Inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Announces Race Format and More

Inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Announces Race Format and More

Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (April 17, 2014) – The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will utilize a unique racing format for its four-day event in 2015.

Cocopah Speedway Director of Operations Greg Burgess and Event Competition Director Tommie Estes decided on a format that will reward passing every time a driver hits the 3/8-mile track during the 410ci sprint car extravaganza next Jan. 2-3 and Jan. 9-10.

Drivers will start each night by drawing a random pill, which will determine the lineups for the heat races. Passing points will be calculated based on the results of the heats.The qualifiers will have an inversion, which will be based on car count.   The combined points earned through the heat races and qualifiers will then determine the feature lineups.

“This format really equals things out,” Burgess said. “In many cases track conditions can vary by as much as two or more seconds from the beginning to end of time trials. Going early or late in time trials can pretty much dictate how a racers night will go. Adding the qualifiers after the heats essentially eliminates the luck of the draw. With the combined points from both heat races and qualifiers, the drivers will have to race their way into the feature.”

The format also provides spectators multiple opportunities to cheer for their favorite drivers, who will be on the track for at least hot laps, a heat race, a qualifier and a feature.

All four nights of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will pay $12,000 to win, $6,000 for second place, $3,500 for third place and at least $1,000 to start. The complete payout can be found at in the “Winter Heat” section.

Additionally, the registration fee will be waived for any driver who signs up prior to Aug. 1. That driver will also be allowed six pit passes per night at a discounted rate of $30 apiece.

Fans can purchase tickets by clicking


Dates: Jan. 2-3 and 9-10, 2015

Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night; almost $250,000 total prize money

Type: 410ci sprint cars


Fans can purchase tickets by clicking Anyone who purchases by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a free fan pass to the pits from 2-5 p.m. on that race date.






The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weekends of January in 2015. Each of the four races pays out $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event.


Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit



Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit 

Share this post