PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Showtime Speedway has announced preliminary details for a $5,000 to win non-winged pavement sprint car event on Feb. 19-20.
Showtime Speedway promoter Robert Yoho announced that the proposed event will be at least 100 laps in length, and possibly longer. A final decision hadn’t been made at the time of the announcement, which was made by Yoho during a Facebook Live post on Monday.
It is no secret Yoho has long desired to have a mega pavement sprint car race at his track during Speedweeks, which would draw northern-based cars to compete alongside Florida based BG Southern Sprint Car Shootout series competitors.
The current plan calls for Little 500 rules to govern the event. Under this plan, 360, 410, and V-6 engine cars will be going head-to-head at the quarter-mile, slightly-banked asphalt oval. The unsanctioned event will be organized by Showtime Speedway.
The late Dave Steele captured the last non-winged sprint car race contested at the track on Oct. 29, 2016, winning a BG Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series race.
There will be an open practice on Wednesday night, Feb. 19, with racing activities scheduled for the following night. The event will be available as a pay-per-view through Low Budget TV.
The weekend will also include a $15,000 to win late model Figure-8 race, $10,000 to win super late model race and a high-paying Legends car event.
The announcement of the event drew immediate interest. Shane Butler, Johnny Gilbertson, and Joe Liguori were the first few drivers to express a desire to compete.
Due to the time of the year, and the planned use of Little 500 rules, Showtime’s special is expected to draw three or more cars that could include former Little 500 winners behind the wheel in Brian Tyler, Eric Gordon, Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Kyle Hamilton.
Other invaders who regularly compete in the Little 500 that could compete at Showtime include Bobby Santos III, Kyle O’Gara, Tyler Roahrig and Chris Neuenschwander.
The event is also expected to draw a handful of Florida drivers who annually compete in the Little 500, including John Inman, Tommy Nichols, and Mickey Kempgens.