BROWNSBURG, Ind. – For the first time during Tony Stewart’s tenure as owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions, the tour will invade Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Louisiana.
The four-state tour will take shape over a 11-day span, beginning with a three-pack in the Sooner State and a lone visit to Kansas on Thursday through Sunday, June 4-7.
Dubbed ‘Thunder Through The Plains,’ the All Star trek through Oklahoma and Kansas will ignite with appearances at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla., on June 4; Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., on June 5; and the recently-reopened Outlaw Motor Speedway in Oktaha, Okla., on June 6.
Hopping north into the Sunflower State, the All Stars will conclude ‘Thunder Through The Plains’ with a visit to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., on Sunday, June 7.
It was 17 years ago when the All Star Circuit of Champions last visited Oklahoma. The now abandoned Tulsa Speedway hosted America’s Series on Aug. 23, 2003, with Australia’s Brooke Tatnell earning the main event victory.
More recently, Tim Shaffer was the last All Star to claim a victory in Kansas, capturing a win at the Belleville High Banks on Aug. 5, 2010.
After a three-day break, All Star action will resume with a three-state, four-race weekend through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana on June 11-14.
Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla. – planted just north of the Texas border – will be the first to host All Star Circuit of Champions competition during the second four-race sweep on June 11.
Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, is next on the list with a visit set for June 12, followed by one-night stands at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on June 13 and Chatham Speedway in Chatham, La., on June 14.
Adding a few extra pages to All Star Circuit of Champions history books, the appearances at Lawton Speedway, Red Dirt Raceway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Monarch Motor Speedway, Lonestar Speedway, and Chatham Speedway will all be maiden voyages at the facilities for the All Stars.
Although Louisiana is a new territory for the series, having never visiting the Pelican State during its storied history, the All Stars are certainly no stranger to the Lone Star State, first visiting El Paso in 2004 after sanctioning a two-day stop at Devil’s Bowl in 1990.
With added dates comes schedule changes, and in addition to the already-postponed New York swing that was scheduled for June 5-7, Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires set for June 12-20 has also been postponed.
Ohio Sprint Speedweek has been tentatively rescheduled for July 3-12. Although an exact schedule has yet to be finalized, events at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway on July 3-4, as well as at Sharon Speedway on July 11-12, have already been established.
All Star and remaining track officials are working together to determine a final layout for the events in between.