Staff Report

 

All eyes in the sprint car world will be on Mansfield, Ohio this weekend as the .44-mile dirt oval hosts the $100,000 to win, COMP Cams Sprint Car World Championship. With the car count north of 70 drivers, the world’s best should put on a fantastic show for the fans.

The inaugural event will open Thursday with practice. Racing is slated for Friday and Saturday. From veterans like Sammy Swindell to youngsters like Giovanni Scelzi, fans will get a look at the best in the sprint car industry.

“I ran there a few times maybe back in the ’70’s and 80’s,” Swindell said. “I believe the last time I was there I won. That was when Earl Baltes leased the track. We’re going to go there with the best we have and hopefully have a good run. I was there last year and helped Kevin (Swindell) when he and Spencer (Bayston) almost won so at least we have some kind of idea what to expect.”

Sammy Swindell - Photo Courtesy: Casey Jones
Sammy Swindell – Photo Credit: Casey Jones

Bayston lost that race last July on a last lap pass by Rico Abreu. Both Bayston and Abreu are set to compete in Mansfield this weekend.

Scelzi is among the youth that will make the trip. The California native will visit after posting his best finish of the season on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, finishing second during the Asparagus Cup. This weekend Scelzi will make his season debut in the Bernie Stuebgen owned, Indy Race Parts backed No. 71.

Giovanni Scelzi - Photo Courtesy: DRP
Giovanni Scelzi – Photo Credit: DRP

“I’m looking forward to it,” Scelzi said. “There’s a test on Thursday evening so hopefully we’ll get everything comfortable to get ready for the races.”

Thursday nights practice session will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday the pit gate opens at 1 p.m., the front gate opens at 5 p.m. with hot laps scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. followed by qualifying at 6 p.m. Gate times for Saturday are the same as Friday. Hot laps will begin Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies for the night scheduled for 7 p.m. For a complete list of event details, ticket information and more click here.

What The Drivers Are Saying

Kerry Madsen

“It’s exciting that someone is stepping up to the plate to make another big sprint car event,” said Madsen. “I’m ready to go and compete. The money is the attraction for going, but at the same time it’s exciting to go race against some of the top competition.

Madsen season stats: 12 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 7 tops 10’s, 9 top 15’s and 11 top 20’s

Brian Brown

“I’m looking forward to getting to Mansfield,” said Brown. “It’s exciting someone has put up $100,000 to win. There will be 70 cars there that can win so the competition will be tough.”

Brown season stats: 13 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10’s, 7 top 15’s and 9 top 20’s

Other Notables Making The Tow

Jac Haudenschild, Dave Blaney, Joey Saldana, Dale Blaney, Brock Zearfoss, Danny Dietrich, Cale Conley, Chad Kemenah, Caleb Helms, Tim Shaffer, Carson Macedo and Parker Price-Miller. You can find a complete list of drivers who have registered here.

 

Driver Information Courtesy:

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Fully Injected Motorsports

Rico Abreu Racing