USAC National Sprint Car Series schedule announced


Fifty-one events are slated for the 67th season of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition in 2022.

That begins as far south as Florida before hitting mid-season tours as far east as New Jersey and as far north as South Dakota, then rounding out the season with the crowning a new champion out west in California.

A number of events will return to venues after lengthy absences, in addition to first-time tracks and an array of change-ups from recent years. The series last competed at Chillicothe, Ohio’s, Atomic Speedway in 2010, albeit briefly, before rain washed away the remainder of the program. On April 16 of this year, USAC is back 28 years following its last feature event at the ⅜-mile dirt oval in 1994.

A hearty mid-May weekend makes a jaunt across the Mississippi River for three straight USAC National Sprint Car races.

Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, re-enters the fold on May 12 after last holding a series race in 2017. The following night’s venue, U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Missouri, is the lone first-time host on the series schedule, which will be held on May 13. To round out the weekend, it’s off to I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Missouri, which was last visited by the series in 1996 when it was still pavement. The one and only occasion of USAC Sprint Car racing at I-70 on dirt came in 1982.

The 52nd annual Tony Hulman Classic is the longest-tenured race on the series schedule, dating back to 1971. The event has moved to the weekend for the upcoming season and has now doubled in size, going from one night to two on May 20 and 21, where it will now occupy two boxes on the calendar with the second of two nights now paying $10,000 to win at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

Indiana’s newest dirt track, Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, is slated for two consecutive events during the Week of Indy, on May 25 and 26 with the second night there also paying $10,000 to win.

A Badgerland weekend brings the USAC Sprint Cars to the state of Wisconsin on June 25 and 26. The first of the two nights takes the series to Wilmot Raceway for the first time since 2012, while Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie rolls out the red carpet for Thunder and Lightning division action after an absence since 2015.

The bulk of the schedule consists of tried and true, popular annual events across the board, starting off the campaign with Winter Dirt Games XIII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida, for three straight nights from Feb. 17 to 19 with the latter of the trio of evenings paying $10,000 to the winner.

Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway kicks off the first Midwest race of the season on April 2 with southern Indiana staples Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt serving up early season affairs on April 29 for the Larry Rice Classic and on April 30 for the Spring Showdown, respectively.

May brings us horsepower in the form of two-straight Eldora Speedway stops for #LetsRaceTwo alongside the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws on May 6 and 7 at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile, both USAC events paying $10,000 to win each night.

Eastern Storm takes the stage featuring six races in six nights during mid-June in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 14, Bridgeport (New Jersey) Motorsports Park on June 15, Selinsgrove Speedway on June 16 and a return to Williams Grove Speedway for the initial time since 2018.

The series rounds out with a USAC Silver Crown/USAC National Sprint Car doubleheader on June 18 at Port Royal Speedway with the Eastern Storm finale set for June 19 at Bloomsburg Fair Raceway.

The Bill Gardner Sprintacular is annually spectacular, and the event provides back-to-back nights of activity on July 1 and 2 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, the finale paying $10,000 to the victor.

The following week, the series makes the trek to Brandon, South Dakota, for the second edition of the Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals with three nights of USAC National Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders on the card for July 8, 9 and10, the finale of which pays $20,000 for the triumphant driver.

The 35th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has expanded to eight events over a nine-night span between July 22 and 30, featuring seven familiar Hoosier State venues and a first-time host on the annual USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship summer tour.

Gas City, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute, Lincoln Park, Bloomington and Tri-State will be joined by Circle City in making 2022 tied for the largest Indiana Sprint Week slate. An eight-race schedule also has previously taken place in 2007 and 2019.

Sprint Car Smackdown XI welcomes USAC National Sprint Cars for three nights at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway on Aug. 25, 26 and 27 with a $15,000 top prize going to the winning driver on the final championship night.

The final month of the season brings more high-powered, lucrative-paying events with the $12,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler on Sept. 17 at Tri-State Speedway, followed by the James Dean Classic at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway on Sept. 22, which leads right into the $10,000-to-win 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora on Sept. 24 and the $10,000-to-win Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg on Oct. 1.

USAC Sprints closes out the 2022 campaign on Nov. 3, 4 and 5 with the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, which concludes with a $15,000 payday going to the winner of the 26th running of the event.

SRX announces 2022 schedule

After a successful Year 1, the Superstar Racing Experience is back for Year 2.

On Jan. 31, the series, which swept the racing community off their feet last summer, revealed its 2022 racing schedule. Tony Stewart won the inaugural series championship last year.

Overall, there are a lot of new tracks on the schedule this time around. The 2022 SRX season will be kicked off at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, on June 18. Five Flags is the home of the famed Snowball Derby.

From there, the series will move to South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia, on June 25. The series then heads back to Stafford Speedway on July 2. Stafford is one of just two tracks returning to the schedule from 2021. Nashville Fairgrounds, the other track that will return to SRX from 2021, is on tap for July 9.

After the four paved short track shows, the 2022 SRX season will conclude with back-to-back dirt events, then I-55 Raceway in Missouri will be up on July 16, while the 2022 season concludes at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, on July 23.

Just like in 2021, the entire SRX season will be available on CBS and Paramount+.

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