PRP Press Release
Fans and drivers will travel from all over the country to visit Portsmouth this weekend in order to be a part of The 32nd Annual Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship.
This historic three-day event will take place at Portsmouth Raceway Park Thursday through Friday, and it will undoubtedly be the largest happening at PRP in the 22-year history of the Coleman-family owned facility.
“We’re so blessed to have gotten this race on our schedule,” said PRP Track Promoter Donna Rayburn. “I’m so happy for our area and the city of Portsmouth.
“This race is going to bring a lot of new faces to our town and our track, and I’m sure they’ll be impressed with all that this part of the world has to offer.”
What the Dirt Track World Championship has to offer is a $200,000-dollar payout. Fifty thousand dollars of which will go to the winner of the race.
“Money-wise, there’s no doubt this is the biggest race we have ever had,” Rayburn said. “With a purse like this, the best of the best in dirt late model racing are sure to be here, and fans want to see the best drivers go after the big money.”
The Dirt Track World Championship will be highlighted Saturday with a 100-lap Late Model feature that pays $50,000 to the winner, $15,000 to the runner-up, $10,000 to the third-place finisher, and on down the line. The race itself pays $2,000 just to start which is more than most weekly shows pay to win.
Besides the money being attractive, The DTWC’s significance will be magnified even more because it marks the final Lucas Oil Series points race of the season. Heading into this weekend, Tennessee’s Jimmy Owens leads Indianan Don O’Neal by 430 points. Tennessee driver Scott Bloomquist is third. Ashland-native Steve Francis is fourth. West Virginian John Blankenship rounds out the top five. Earl Pearson, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Reddick, Jared Landers, and Eric Wells make up the rest of the top 10.
Ironically, the last time The Lucas Oil Series was in Portsmouth, a local favorite dominated the series drivers. Grayson, Kentucky’s Jackie Boggs won the Pepsi 75 over Labor Day Weekend. Boggs has already locked down a provisional starting position in the DTWC, as a result of winning the inaugural Boone Coleman Memorial “Gator 50” over Memorial Day weekend nearly five months ago.
Another local driver who has a guaranteed starting position in this year’s DTWC is Wheelersburg’s R.J. Conley. He earned a provisional by winning the 2012 PRP Track Championship.
The three-day format for the DTWC will provide fans with plenty of action each night. Thursday will be all about Modifieds. Drivers in this division will qualify, run their heat races, and run their B-Mains. Pits will open at 2 p.m. Grandstands open at 4 p.m.
The pits and grandstands will open at the same times on Friday when the Lucas Oil Late Models hit the track. The Late Model drivers will qualify and race their heats.
On Saturday, the pits will open at 3 p.m. and the grandstands at 4 p.m. The day will start with the Late Model B-Mains and will be followed by the Modified feature paying $3,000 to win, the 100-lap Late Model feature, and the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-qualifiers race for Late Models which pays $3,000 to the victor.
“Even a casual race fan will enjoy this,” Rayburn said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
The DTWC spent its early years at Pennsboro Speedway in West Virginia and has also had visits to KC Raceway in Chillicothe and Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana.
The race draws incredible crowds and PRP Track Operator Tim Coleman has taken necessary precautions to accommodate this weekend’s visitors by adding many extra seats and additional electrical hookups for campers. Coleman has also fixed an area in PRP’s infield where Late Model drivers will have what the sport refers to as a “hot pit.”
If the action on the track isn’t enough, there will be musical entertainment as well. According to www.lucasdirt.com, anyone purchasing a ticket to this mega event will get to see one of the top rising bands in the country. Kentucky’s own country rock band, Borrowed Blue will perform a free concert for fans that purchase an event ticket or pit pass on Saturday in front of the main grandstands at 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.dirtrackworldchampionship.net, www.portsraceway.com, www.lucasdirt.com, or phone (740) 858-6661.