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August 21, 2012

BOWMAN: Kokomo Speedway set for huge 3-day show

USAC Sprint Car Smackdown to kick off Thursday

In the 67 years of the Kokomo Speedway’s existence, there have been many big events and some very big events. However, few if any compare to what is going to transpire over the next three days.

Beginning Thursday night and concluding Saturday night, the United States Auto Club Amsoil National Sprint Car Series and all the stars and cars will visit the local oval for the first in what looks to be an annual event, the Sprint Car Smackdown.

“For years the World of Outlaws and all the winged sprint cars have had marquee events like the Kings Royal and Knoxville Nationals,” said USAC official Jason McCord, the mastermind behind the three-day show. “Our hope is that folks will talk about going to the Smackdown in the same way that the winged sprint car fans refer to the Kings Royal and the Knoxville Nationals.”

McCord went on to explain how his idea came to fruition.

“Like I said, we [USAC] put on a great show,” he explained. “Myself and Kirk Spridgeon were tossing around ideas and the Smackdown format came up. It is a great plan for the drivers and the fans. The fans can bring their campers and hang out for a few days and take in all the activities that will be going on. During Sprint Week, most of the same people are at each show, but there is the travel of going from track to track. This way, they can bring their campers and just park them for a few days and have a great time.

“My guess is that there are going to be fans coming in from all over the country,” he continued. “I’ve been around racing for a long time, but in talking to fans, drivers and car owners it seems like all of them are very excited. It’s like Christmas is coming early for everyone who loves non-wing sprint car racing.”

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