Bill Thomas Memorial


Bill Thomas Memorial


Spirit Auto Center Speedway is preparing to wave the checkered flag on the 2016 season with a big three day weekend show - the 6th Annual Bill Thomas Memorial

Bill Thomas was instrumental in the building of the small car divisions on the Bridgeport quarter mile before his untimely death. The Speedway and the Thomas family continue to honor Thomas' memory with the running of this annual event.

Action gets underway on the quarter mile track on Friday evening with qualifying action for the winged 270s and wingless 600s. Both divisions will run qualifying races and then compete in twenty lap feature events that will lock both winners into their big races later in the weekend - the 270s on Saturday and the 600s on Sunday. The Four Cylinder Enduro cars will run their final race of the season on Friday night as well. Practice sessions will be offered for the Winged 600s and Slingshots with the fast time from each division being locked in to their main event on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Gates open at 5pm with racing getting underway at 8pm on Friday.

Saturday's action will highlight the winged divisions - the 270s and 600s. After completing the starting line-up with qualifying races, the 270 Micros will race in a thirty lap feature event with $1,000 going to the winner. The Winged 600s will compete in a forty lap main event with $1,500 as the top prize. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 four car field.) The Xcel 600 Modifieds will complete the Saturday race card. The wingless 270s will have practice session at the conclusion of the day's racing. Gates open at 2:00 with racing to begin at 6:00.

It's Wingless Sunday as the 270s and the 600s are featured in the final day of the trifecta. After the field is determined through qualifying races, Wingless 600s doing battle in a forty lap main event with the winner's share posted at $1,500. $500 awaits the winner of the Wingless 270 main event at the end of twenty-five laps. The Slingshots will take to the quarter mile for the forty lap King of the Sling with a $1,000 payday for the race winner. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 car field.) The Eight Cylinder Enduros will complete the weekend's action with a thirty lap main event.

This event is sure to attract the best of the best - including Spirit Auto Center 2016 Champions - Tyler Reinhardt and Jon Keller. It was Reinhardt's four consecutive Championship in the 270 division on the former Bridgeport quarter mile. While Keller earned the season title in the 600s, it was invader, Tommy Kunsman who won three races in a row to capture the Poker Series title in the same division. With three wins and a pair of runner-up finishes, Pat Bealer claimed the Poker Series title in the 270s. Chris Kurtz will be in the field for the King of the Sling after collecting four wins and the Poker Series Championship.

Camping will be available on the speedway grounds beginning on Thursday evening. No electric or hook-ups.

The action will be at Spirit Auto Center Speedway this weekend. Will you?

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