Saldana, McMahan and Lasoski Excited for Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Saldana, McMahan and Lasoski Excited for Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Names are beginning to fill the entry list for the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown.

More than two dozen entries have been sent in for the prestigious sprint car event, which will be held at Cocopah Speedway on Jan. 2-3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 9-10 of next year.

“We are extremely excited about the overwhelming response so far and we look forward to continue to build this event in the coming months,” Cocopah Speedway Promoter Greg Burgess said. “The level of talent from drivers and teams who have already committed is outstanding.”

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan are two of the premier names who have announced their intention of competing for the $12,000-to-win prize during the four weekend races and the $5,000-to-win payout for the midweek show.

“It’s a big deal,” McMahan said. “They are putting on a purse that’s better than an Outlaw paying purse. It’s going to be fun. I’ve never been there, but I’m really looking forward to going there. Any time you can get out of the cold weather in Pennsylvania and down in Arizona it’s going to be relaxing for the guys. I’ll be able to hopefully make a little bit of money and not have to travel around the world.”


While the money and weather will be a benefit, so is the opportunity to spend the holidays with family.

“I think it’s great for me,” Saldana said. “I’ve been lucky enough to go to Australia. I went for 12 or 13 years. Something like this is definitely awesome for me because my boys are 4 and 11 now so Christmas is very important. I can continue to race in the offseason and continue to race at a high level and race for good money so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

Former World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski will also compete throughout the week and a half of competition at Cocopah Speedway.

“I think it’s an absolute home run for everyone,” he said. “At that time of the year the racing has been over for about two months. True race fans are dying to get back in it. Now you can see the best of the best in Arizona for two weeks. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”


Tickets are available for sale online by visiting Additionally, anyone who purchases a ticket by Dec. 1, 2014, will receive a free fan pit pass from 2-5 p.m. on that race date.


Dates: Jan. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2015


Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.


Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 2-3, 9-10); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 6); approximately $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. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.



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




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