WEEDSPORT, NY (May 10, 2017) – Weedsport Speedway officials announced on Wednesday that Beyea Custom Headers will be the new title sponsor of the Sportsman Shootout Series which will open on Sunday, May 21 as a part of the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Empire State Challenge.
Weedsport’s Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series will cover eight races at The Port with a minimum of $1,000 going to the winner of each series tilt.
An overall series champion will once again be presented with a hefty $2,000 prize following the final series event during the Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party at Weedsport on Wednesday, October 4. The top ten drivers in the standings will receive a point payout.
Included within the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series will once again be the $2,500 to win Sportsman Classic presented by Industrial Tire of CNY on Monday, July 3. This marquee event draws Sportsman competitors from around the state for the right to be called a Classic champion.
All eight events on the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series schedule will be DIRTcar sanctioned providing bonus opportunities for DIRTcar home track points. As a result, a DIRTcar license will be required at all events in order to compete.
“We are very excited to have Beyea Custom Headers on board for 2017,” said Weedsport Speedway promoter, Jimmy Phelps. “Not only are they the industry leader for custom exhaust, they have always gone above and beyond to help the racers. This partnership truly shows their commitment to the Sportsman division.”
With an action packed series in store from May through October, Weedsport Speedway is also fully committed to Sportsman teams and drivers.
“We love everything about Sportsman racing,” said Phelps. “The competition and drivers are phenomenal and they put on great action here at Weedsport. Central New York is fortunate to have a solid following of competitors in our area and we are proud to do our part in providing an exciting and safe facility for our Sportsman as well as opportunities to run for series type purses.”
Defending Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series champion Rocky Warner is ready to defend his title and says that Weedsport provides non-stop action from the drop of the green flag.
“Weedsport has always been a unique place,” said Warner. “The shape of it and wall placement keeps you up on the wheel the whole race. Sometimes I’m not sure we take a breath there unless there is a yellow or the checkers fly.”
Warner says that Weedsport and the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series serves as a sort of all-star atmosphere for Sportsman racers.
“The competition in the Sportsman division is incredible everywhere you run, but especially when everyone converges on Weedsport,” said Warner. “Most everyone in the division has the same motor which means the only advantage you can have is in setup and driver ability. With guys like Marcuccilli, RD3 (Ronnie Davis III), and others; you have to be busy in the race shop and on the wheel to get wins.”
As an added bonus for this season Beyea Custom Headers will also present a Hard Charger Award. The driver advancing the most positions in a Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series main event will earn a $100 product certificate from Beyea.
With more than 15 years in the header fabrication business, Beyea Custom Headers knows how to customize a racers power curve to create a broader range of power.
Each header or exhaust set up has been tried and tested. Used by many of the top Modified and Late Model race teams and engine builders across the U.S. Beyea ships anywhere in the U.S. and guarantee the fit and performance of each header we sell. For more information visit Beyea Custom Headers online at www.beyeaheaders.com.
Tickets for the return of the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to Weedsport Speedway and the opening round of the Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series are available online at www.weedsportspeedway.com through the ShowClix application on the right hand side of the homepage.
Reserved seating is on sale for $35 with general admission seating available for $30. Student tickets aged 11-17 are $15 with kids 10 and under free.
Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. on May 21 with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.
The following evening the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds will take on
Weedsport for Big Block Monday presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM on May 22, with opening ceremonies also taking place at 7 p.m.. Tickets are also available for that event at www.weedsportspeedway.com.
The Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series will also join the Big Blocks on May 22.
For a full 2017 schedule and Weedsport Speedway information be sure to visit online at www.weedsportspeedway.com. Fans can also FOLLOW on Twitter @WeedsportSpdwy and LIKE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weedsportspeedway.
2017 Beyea Custom Headers Sportsman Shootout Series:
Sunday, May 21 – Empire State Challenge
Monday, May 22 – Big Block Monday presented by Big Dog Country 103.5FM
Sunday, June 4 – Big Block/Small Block Challenge
Sunday, June 25 – ESS/URC Ultimate Wingless Showdown
Monday, July 3 – Sportsman Classic presented by Industrial Tire of CNY
Tuesday, July 11 – Hall of Fame 100
Sunday, August 13 – WACK 1420AM ESS Legends Reunion fueled by Pit Stop Convenience Stores
Wednesday, October 4 – Super DIRT Week Kickoff Party
About Weedsport Speedway: Purchased in 2013 by Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway has returned to a real racers track, providing a complete venue for racers, their families and friends, and for the fans looking for motorsports entertainment. Officially opened for the first time on July 24, 1955 – the Weedsport Speedway 3/8 mile dirt oval has produced a legendary list of drivers and champions including Will Cagle, Danny Johnson, Bob McCreadie, Alan Johnson, Jack Johnson, and Dave Lape to name a few. Today the facility welcomes the best of the best in dirt short track racing from the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series to the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds along with the DIRTcar 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, and more. While racing entertainment is the focal point, Weedsport Speedway has gone the extra mile in welcoming Weedsport Productions, which brings the facility full circle with a dedicated digital entertainment team for web, television, and on site screen usage.