Faster sprint cars coming to Montgomery speedway this summer
By staff writer
If you liked the one Saturday of sprint car racing last year at Montgomery County Motorsports Park in New Florence, then you’re going to love what’s in store in 2013.
The big boys will line up their cars this summer at the New Florence 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt track, where the 410 winged-sprint cars will replace the 360s that “teased” race fans last summer.
One night of the winged cars was scheduled last July 20, but this year three nights of sprint car racing have been scheduled, according to Ted Daleen, who helps promote the races.
“We’re going to run four nights of racing this year, and three of them will be the 410 sprint cars; they’re faster than what we had last year,” said Daleen, who added a fourth night of racing is in the works. He indicated that night will probably be the midgets and vintage cars.
Three Saturday nights scheduled so far are on May 18, June 22 and Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
Sprint cars have a high power-to-weight ratio, making speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour possible on some tracks.
The 410 cubic inch engine displacement are the biggest of sprint cars, and 900 horsepower is common for these machines.
Some NASCAR drivers like Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart used sprint car racing as a stepping stone on their way to more high profile divisions.
Last year Montgomery County Motorsports Park opened after three years of being without racing. Daleen said the 2012 summer racing season was a successful one.