SRL Southwest Tour

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The SRL Southwest Tour Series is a Late Model racing league operating since 2001. The series is a continuation of the Tri-Track Challenge run in California between 1997 and 2000. The series is also connected to the former Supermodified Racing League, previously headed by Davey Hamilton. Through the years the series expanded its racing calendar as well as racing series adding spec late model series and Legends car racing

History[edit]

Tri-Track Challenge[edit]

Starting in 1997 Madera Speedway, Stockton 99 Speedway and Altamont Motorsports Park started cooperating to form the Tri-Track Challenge for their late model racing classes. Eric Holmes raced in the series in 1998.[1] The 1999 season was won by Burney Lamar, despite only winning a single race at Stockton. Terpstra, Fensler, Holmes and Tucker completed the top five.[2] After the 2000 season, won by Jim Pettit, II, the series was disbanded. The main reason being Stockton 99 Speedway not wanting to continue to support the series.

Supermodified Racing League[edit]

In January 2001 the promotors of Altamont and Madera tried to found a series the same rules as the existing NASCAR Elite Division. Davey Hamilton and Rick Gerhardt, promoting a California based supermodified racing division under the Supermodified Racing League sanctioning body offered to sanction the new late model series under their umbrella. The SRL Wild West Shootout Late Model Series was founded for the 2001 season with Altamont and Madera running six races each. Stockton returned on the calendar for the 2002 season. Gerhardt sold his interest in the series at the beginning of 2004 to Steve Fensler.[3] For 2005 the supermodified division was sold to form the Western States Supermodified Racing League.[4] The late model series continued under the management of Fensler.

SRL Southwest Tour[edit]

For 2006 the SRL Southwest Tour was formed in affiliation with the ASA.[5] After the announcement that the NASCAR Elite Division would be disbanded after the 2006 season the NASCAR organisation encouraged the Elite Division teams to join the SRL series.[6]

Legends car racing was introduced in the SRL series in 2010. With spec legends cars built by US Legend Cars the series was run following the INEX regulations. Cale Kanke won the first two seasons before graduating into the Southwest Tour in 2015. In 2011 Sean Rayhall and Ben Rhodes were some of the guest starters in the series.[7] Despite attracting large grids, the series was discontinued after the 2015 season.

For 2013 the S2 class was introduced, later renamed as the spec late model class. The series focused on young drivers coming from go-karts or legends racing. The first season was won by Ryan Cansdale who later graduated into the main Southwest Tour.[8] The 2014 season was won by Brandon Weaver.

A pre-season non-championship race, the SRL Winter Showdown, was introduced in 2015. The race at Kern County Raceway Park invited many non-SRL racers to compete for the crown. New to the SRL series were Dustin Ash, Preston Peltier, Dalton Sargeant among others. South-eastern based short track specialist Bubba Pollard won the first two editions of the race.[9]

Classes[edit]

SRL Southwest Tour[edit]

The main series is a super late model stock car based class. The series is open to any chassis fabricator such as Lefthander, LFR or Howe. The bodies, based on late model cars by Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge or Toyota. The bodies match the brand of engine used in the car.

Racecar Factory Spec Late Model Touring Series[edit]

The spec late model class (also known as the S2 class) is a class for spec racing late model stock cars. The cars ar built by the Racecar Factory based in Irwindale, California. The tube chassis is slightly smaller than a regular (super) late model car. The body is provided by Fivestar RaceCar Bodies and is similar to the ones used in the Mid-American Stock Car Series and the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series.[10] The spec engine is provided by General Motors.[11] The Chevrolet Performance CT350 crate engine produces 350hp. The engine is a Chevrolet small-block in a V8 configuration.[12]

Champions[edit]

Tri-Track Challenge Supermodified Racing League
Year Champion Champion
1997 United States Dave Byrd
1998 United States Mike David
1999 United States Burney Lamar
2000 United States Jim Pettit, II United States Troy Regier
Supermodified Racing League
Year Wildwest Shootout champion Supermodified champion Lites champion
2001 United States Nathan Tucker United States Troy Regier
2002 United States Jeff Anthony United States Lonnie Adamson United States Darrell Herzog
2003 United States Ron Strmiska, Jr.
2004 United States Steve Belletto United States Troy Regier
2005 United States Jason Fensler
StockCar Racing League
Year Southwest Tour champion Legends Tour champion Spec Late Model champion Winter Showdown winner
2006 United States Eric Schmidt
2007 United States Dave Byrd
2008 United States Jim Pettit, II
2009 United States M.K. Kanke
2010 United States Jonathan Gomez United States Cale Kanke
2011 United States Jim Pettit, II United States Cale Kanke
2012 United States Derek Thorn United States Darren Amidon
2013 United States Jim Pettit, II United States Ricky Schlick United States Ryan Cansdale
2014 United States Derek Thorn United States Tony Mangini United States Brandon Weaver
2015 United States Jacob Gomes United States Robby Czub United States Dylan Garner United States Bubba Pollard
2016 United States Derek Thorn United States Todd Conrad United States Bubba Pollard
2017 United States Derek Thorn

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1998 Shell Tri-Track Challenge Central". The Third Turn. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "1999 Shell Tri-Track Challenge Central". The Third Turn. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "About". SRL Southwest Tour. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Davey Hamilton sells interest in Supermodified Racing League". Nevada Appeal. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "ASA & SRL TEAM UP TO HELP FIND A REPLACEMENT SERIES FOR ELITE WESTERN TEAMS". Speed 51. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "SRL GETS NASCAR ENDORSEMENT AS ELITE REPLACEMENT SERIES". Speed 51. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "2011 SRL Legends Tour Central". The Third Turn. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Cansdale". The Third Turn. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "SRL Winter SHowdown". The Third Turn. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "S2 Sportsman Bodies, Components & Windows". Fivestar RaceCar Bodies. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "RULES". Racecar Factory Spec Late Models. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Chevrolet Performance CT350". GM Performance. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 

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