King of the West and California drivers/teams set to tackle The 2nd Annual Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway
Somerton, Arizona – December 28 2015…After a successful debut last year the second edition of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona goes green in a big way this weekend.
The much anticipated & marquee Winged 410 Sprint Car event takes place on January 1 & 2, January 5 and January 8 & 9, with the four weekend shows paying $12,000-to-win & $1,000-to-start, while the Tuesday event is $5,000-to-win & $400-to-start. Numerous California competitors are expected, including King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series regulars from this past year Bud Kaeding of Campbell, DJ Netto from Hanford, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi & Penngrove’s Chase Johnson.
Kaeding is coming off a solid season that saw him just miss out on his first KWS title. Along the way he earned his first career victories at the prestigious Trophy Cup & Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial. Kaeding will be aboard the Washington based Rudeen Racing No. 26 at the Winter Heat Showdown. Netto & Scelzi each captured two KWS wins apiece last season, finishing fourth & seventh in the standings respectively. Johnson completed his first King of the West Series season by earning Rookie of the Year honors.
Other current or past California regulars set to take on the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will include former King of the West Series champion Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, reigning Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu from Rutherford, Ocean Sprints champion Justin Sanders of Watsonville, Sacramento’s Willie Croft and World of Outlaws regular Paul McMahan, who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Sanders this coming season is expected to get a healthy dose of 410 Sprint Car racing, with the Showdown kicking that off.
The 23-year-old Larson ranks 16th on the all-time KWS win list, sitting in a tie with Jimmy Sills, Greg Decaires & Randy Hannagan with seven wins to his credit. The current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won a thriller during the second night of the inaugural Winter Heat Showdown. His good pal Abreu is 13th on the all-time KWS win list, tied with former series champs Ronnie Day & Jason Statler with nine victories under his belt. The fellow 23-year-old is looking to follow in Larson’s footsteps, moving up through the ranks after completing his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
California based Roth Motorsports, Tri-C Motorsports & Joe Von Schriltz Racing will also have Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana; Elk River, Minnesota’s Craig Dollansky & Pennsylvania Posse member Greg Hodnett competing for them respectively.
The nightly format will be similar to what is seen at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals each January, with heats & qualifying races to determine main lineups. 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 qualifying races will then 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.
A $10,000 point fund will be split among the top-five point earners for the week thanks to support from Cometic Gasket, JE Pistons and K1 Technologies. The champion will receive a $4,000 bonus with drivers finishing second through fifth each earning $1,500. A driver will earn points throughout heat races, qualifying races and main events during the five events. A competitor must attempt to race in all five Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown races to be eligible for the point fund.
Speed Shift TV is offering a live pay per view broadcast each night for those can’t make the event https://speedshifttv.com/WinterHeat/
The Cocopah Speedway is a blazing fast semi-banked 3/8 mile clay oval and has a large 4000 seat capacity concrete grandstand area, with great views of the entire race track. Great speedway concessions, a large pit area with racer store and plenty of spectator parking can be found at the facility. The Cocopah Indian Tribe purchased the speedway, formerly the Yuma Speedway complex, in June of 2005. For more on the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown log onto http://cocopahwinterheat.com/.