MANSFIELD,OH. — Mansfield Motor Speedway has entered one of their biggest weekends of the year, as the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals will take place this weekend on Friday August 11th and Saturday August 12th . Teams will start moving in on Thursday August 10th for the optional practice night. Tickets for the weekend event are on sale now and can be purchased online in advance before race day for a chance to save $5 per ticket ($10 both days) at www.MansfieldMotorSpeedway.com/Tickets In what is already a big weekend for Mansfield Motor Speedway, the Great Lakes Dirt Nationals weekend just got BIGGER with Mansfield Motor Speedway breaking news.
On April 27th and 28th 2018 Mansfield Motor Speedway will host one of the biggest dirt races in the world with the inaugural “Sprint Car World Championship” an event paying an impressive $100,000 to the 410 Winged sprint car event race winner. The weekend will have preliminary features on Friday which help set the format for Saturdays massive event. Additionally a non-qualifiers race will be hosted for teams not making the Sprint Car World Championship main event on Saturday. More information regarding the event will continue to be put together and released throughout the remainder of the year but one special note relevant to this weekends Great Lakes Dirt Nationals is already known.
The top 3 finishers of the $15,000 to Win Great Lakes Dirt Nationals main event will be locked into the Sprint Car World Championship next April with provisional starting spots, certainly something teams will be keeping closely in mind this Saturday at Mansfield Motor Speedway.
“We are excited to take on phase 2 of Mansfield Motor Speedway’s #BACKTODIRT movement and continue making Mansfield Motor Speedway a “Motorsports Destination” as we have always said was important to us and was the overall goal. This year has been about establishing ourselves, learning some things, what to do, what not to do, gather useful information and then take the next step in the process…we are at that point now. The announcement of this race for next year is a big example of what this venue can and should be used for” Said President, Cody Sommer. “Adding those Provisionals to this weekends race is our way of saying thank you to teams supporting Mansfield Motor Speedway and we are excited to see what drivers lock themselves into the Sprint Car World Championship next year” Sommer added.
This season, Mansfield Motor Speedway has spent a lot of time establishing itself, developing different areas and processes along the way and has shown major improvement every time the gates open. It has seen large crowds, great racing and a diverse group of competitors and fans. However, Sommer indicates there are still many things he wants to do at Mansfield and does not intend on settling anytime soon.
“I have a big picture in mind for this place (Mansfield Motor Speedway) and have every reason to believe that what we are doing is getting us closer and closer to that vision being reality. We certainly have some things we are going to continue to work on but it is all necessary and part of the process. A lot of these things have either already started or we are in the process of starting. For next April (Sprint Car World Championship) we will be developing specific camping lots and parking spots, hillside seating in turns 1 and 2, Overflow parking, various roadways on property amongst many other things” Said Sommer. “We have a special project that we are working on for the back stretch at the track that will certainly set us apart from any other track in the country and provide fans an exclusive and unique experience down our back straight away”
Additional information regarding the April 27th/28th Sprint Car World Championship will be released soon and made available to both teams and fans.