Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (April 17, 2011)- The 2011 Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) Season is less than a month away. Even though things remain quite in the weeks leading up to the start of the year, once the initial green flag drops there will rarely be a break in action.
The newly-named Patriot Sprint Tour showcases a 30-date schedule that will span much of the Northeast throughout a five month time period. A host of staple facilities, old stops, and even a pair of new locations helped to comprise the jam-packed schedule.
“This is a great schedule that we are confident will work well for race teams which will in turn produce great events for fans from all over,” declared PST President Mike Emhof. “It will be a busy and exciting summer!”
Race teams have had May 7 circled on their calendars for some time now for the PST opener at Black Rock Speedway. This Saturday special will pay $2,500 to the winner of the Spring Sprint Nationals. This will be the first of seven races in what figures to be a busy May with popular stops at Canandaigua, Cayuga County, Woodhull, Ransomville, Stateline and Eriez.
June will also kick off in a big way with a host of Patriot teams heading to Williams Grove Speedway for the first time for the $3,000-to-win MACH 1 Chassis Sprint Challenge at the Grove. The following week the PST will return to the Fulton Speedway before heading to Canada for the final three races of the month with Southern Ontario stops at Merrittville, Ohsweken and South Buxton.
For the second Independence Holiday Weekend in a row, the Patriots will visit the Little Valley Speedway. Black Rock will be the first speedway to host a second PST show the following Friday. The final three weekends of July will feature two-race weekends with the first involving a trip north to Brockville and Cornwall in Ontario. Rolling Wheels hosts the Fast Track Summer Shootout the following week, with the return of the Clinton County and Woodhull Sprint Xpress Weekend closing out the third month of the season.
As it stands now, the first week off within the season will come in the first week of August, allowing teams to catch their breath before the $4,000-to-win A-Verdi Championship at Black Rock on NASCAR Weekend. Return trips in Ontario at Ohsweken, South Buxton and Brockville will also be featured in August.
The traditional Labor Day trip out west will include the 2011 Championship event at Eriez on Sunday. An additional race on the weekend is still in the works. The 7th Annual Arrow Express Canadian Sprint Car Nationals will take place the third weekend of September, with the winner of this year’s main event receiving a record $11,000!
For the third year in a row, Brockville will host the final sprint show in the Northeast with a $2,000-to-win feature in mid-October.
For the third year, the Patriots will tabulate points for multiple regional crowns, declaring Kings of each region. A-Verdi Storage Containers, for a fifth year, will be title sponsor of the King of Upstate New York Series. Riverside Bar and Grill returns to the King of the St. Lawrence. The Southern Tier will be sponsored by Insinger Race Fuels for the second year in a row. Bonnell’s Collision Center along with Fine Touch Collision are new to the fold this year for the newly-named King of the West.
Race teams interested in running with the PST are encouraged to fill out their driver’s profile on www.PatriotSprintTour.com if they have not done so already. All are welcome to visit the new website, along with becoming a friend of the PST on Facebook, where you can play PST Trivia, or follow the series on Twitter.