By James Essex
The 2022 FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 season is set to get under way in less than three months, kicking off what is set to be another highly competitive and action-packed campaign for the country’s original touring winged sprint car series. Additionally, the All Stars will upgrade its year-end points to a record-setting $345,000, representing an increase of nearly 35% from 2021. The series is owned by Tony Stewart.
“We’re really excited to get the schedule released so that our teams and fans can begin making their 2022 plans. To be able to expand the points fund next year is something that I am absolutely thrilled about,” Stewart said. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the extended support from our tracks and partners. I want to thank Mark Floreani and his team at FloRacing, Mobil 1, Kevin Rudeen, as well as our other great partners, track promoters and owners.
“It is humbling to see the continued interest from tracks that continue to grow our events, and partners that want to utilize our platform to promote their brands. This growth can be attributed to the team owners and drivers that support our series; we wouldn’t be in this position without them all.”
Highlighted with 56 dates across 11 states, the 2022 All Star agenda boasts a stout lineup of high-profile events with all the series’ major blockbusters making their return. The list includes Attica Raceway Park’s points commencing Spring Nationals, Port Royal Speedway’s $29,000-to-win Bob Weikert Memorial and $55,000-to-win Tuscarora 50, Lincoln Speedway’s $20,000-to-win Dirt Classic, the highly touted $26,000 to win Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race, which moves to I-70 Motorsports Park, an annual visit to the sprint car capital of the world, Knoxville Raceway, and Ohio Sprint Speedweek capped with Portsmouth Raceway Park’s Dean Knittel Memorial awarding $20,554.
The Beach Brawl at Lake Ozark Speedway, awarding a total weekend winner’s share of $18,000, will also make its return to the All-Star agenda, as well as the $10,000-to-win Keith Kauffman Classic at the Port Royal Speedway, the $10,000-to-win Night Before the Tuscarora 50, Williams Grove Speedway’s $10,000-to-win Memorial Day weekend event, and the season-ending Jim and Joanne Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway, padded by a $10,000-to-win finale.
New dates on the 2022 All Star campaign trail include Sharon Speedway’s Sharon Nationals, an $18,000-to-win weekend which is set to make its return Sept. 2-3, a pair of $12,000-to-win visits to Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, New York; Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, New Jersey, and Atomic Speedway’s George Fisher Memorial/Freedom 40 awarding $15,000 to win.
The All Stars will return to central upstate New York for the first time since 2019 and visit Outlaw Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway, and Weedsport Speedway Aug. 19-21 to challenge for $8,000, $10,000, and $8,000-to-win purses, respectively.
The Series will make its first and second ever starts at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway in April and August. The facility is promoted by Port Royal promoter, Steve O’Neal.
“Fans will continue to see all of our staple events in 2022,” Stewart said. “It’s also important to continue to evaluate new opportunities and expand to new markets or re-visit tracks that we don’t necessarily get to race at every year. Ninety percent of the schedule is done by the end of October. It is a collaborative effort to get the remaining 10 percent done. Much appreciation goes out to our track partners for working with us on the scheduling efforts for 2022.”
As tradition has it, series competition will begin in early February with a short stint of non-points action, kicking things off with a two-day visit to Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia, Feb. 4-5. A first-ever visit to the central Georgia venue, the weekend pair will award $8,000 and $10,000, respectively. Following its visit to The Peach State, All Star action will continue with a pair of DIRTcar Nationals appearances at Volusia Speedway Park Feb. 8-9, followed by another pair of Florida stops at East Bay Raceway Park Feb. 14-15. All four visits to Volusia and East Bay will award $6,000 top prizes.
Commencing the 2021 All Star Circuit of Champions points battle, the April calendar will ignite with Attica Raceway Park’s Core &Main Spring Nationals April 8-9, followed by a Central Pennsylvania four-pack April 21-24. The weekend will consist of appearances at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, Williams Grove Speedway, Port Royal Speedway and Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. The April slate will conclude with an Ohio double at Sharon Speedway and Waynesfield Raceway Park on April 30 and May 1.
The month of May will continue with a Michigan and Illinois takeover of I-96 Speedway and Dirt Oval at Route 66 May 13-14, flanked by a Wisconsin triple-header May 20-22. Once again battling head-to-head with the IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, the All-Stars’ Badger State brawl will feature stops at Wilmot Raceway, Plymouth Dirt Track and Angell Park Speedway in consecutive fashion. The Mace Thomas Classic at I-96 Speedway will once again award an $8,500 top prize, and the Dirt Oval at Route 66 will reward the winner with $8,000.
May will conclude with another power weekend through Pennsylvania Posse Country, this time headlined by the two-day Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway May 28-29. Bumping the total weekend winner’s share to $49,000, the three-race Pennsylvania invasion will begin one night prior, with Williams Grove Speedway set to host the precursor on May 27.
Featuring 10 confirmed dates including nine consecutive, June’s slate is all but lax, igniting the month with Atomic Speedway’s $15,000-to-win George Fisher Memorial on June 4, then setting aim on another installment of Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
The Bert &Bridgette Emick Classic at Attica Raceway Park on June 10, will kick off the nine-race Ohio Sprint Speedweek schedule and will continue with visits to Fremont Speedway June 11-12, Wayne County Speedway on June 13, Sharon Speedway on June 14, Atomic Speedway on June 15, Waynesfield Raceway Park on June 16 and Limaland Motorsports Park on June 17, before concluding with the Dean Knittel Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park on June 18.
Despite kicking off the month with a New York doubleheader at Ransomville Speedway and Stateline Speedway, July will swing wide and west, ultimately hitting high gear with visits to Missouri and Iowa in the form of Lake Ozark Speedway, I-70 Motorsports Park, and Knoxville Raceway.
After a two-week break, the All-Star Circuit of Champions will begin its August campaign with a three-race sweep through central New York, visiting Outlaw Speedway, Utica-Rome Speedway and Weedsport Speedway Aug. 19-21. Just three days later, the Series will be back in action with a return visit to Bloomsburg Fair Raceway, followed by trips to Bridgeport Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and the first of two events at Lincoln Speedway. Known on the track calendar as the Jack Gunn Memorial, the August visit to Williams Grove will once again feature twin features awarding $4,000 each and the Kramer Klash at Lincoln Speedway will again award $7,300 to the winner.
The All-Stars’ September slate features four events awarding at least $10,000: the Sharon Nationals finale on Sept. 3 awarding $12,000, Port Royal’s Night Before the Tuscarora 50 on Sept. 9 awarding $10,000, the 55th annual Tuscarora 50 on Sept. 10 awarding $55,000 and the Lincoln Speedway Dirt Classic on Sept. 17 awarding $20,000. The September list also includes Eldora Speedway’s 4-Crown Nationals, which will once again feature All Star competition alongside all three national divisions of USAC.
The 2022 All Star Circuit of Champions season will end Oct. 7-8, with the two-day Jim &Joanne Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway; the weekend finale will pay a $10,000 top prize.