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Fast facts for Tucson's sixth Wild West Shootout

January 12, 2012, 7:07 am
From staff reports

Wild West Shootout

(Complete Wild West Shootout coverage)

Site: Tucson, Ariz.

Track: USA Raceway (3/8-mile oval; capacity 4,000)

Dates: Jan. 14-15, 18, 20-22 (six races); practice is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Times: Racing at 1 p.m. for daytime events (Jan. 14-15, 21-22); 7 p.m. for nighttime events (Jan. 18, 20).

Purses: Four $3,000-to-win races for Late Models; $5,000-to-win on Jan. 15 and $10,000-to-win on Jan. 22.

Late Model sanctioning: None

Other divisions: Modifieds (six $1,000-to-win events), stock cars (Jan. 14-15), super stocks (Jan. 14-15), factory stocks (Jan. 21-22), X-mods (Jan. 21-22).

Pay-per-view: Live video of final four events (Jan. 18, 20-22) at DirtonDirt.com. Check the FAQ or order your package.

Single-race ticket: $18 (adult), $15 (senior or military), $5 (ages 7-11), $30 (VIP suite)

Three-race pass: (first three races or last three races): $49 (adult), $39 (senior or military), $12 (ages 7-11), $79 (VIP suite)

Six-race pass: $79 (adult), $69 (senior or military), $20 (ages 7-11), $109 (VIP suite).

Fan amenities: Dry camping area available. Full concession area. No coolers allowed, but fans can bring in one bottle of water. VIP seating. Wheelchair accessible viewing area.

Lodging: $59 rooms at Courtyard by Marriott. Call (520) 537-0000 and mention USA Raceway rate.

Track website: usaraceway.net

Track phone: (520) 574-8515

Last year: Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., won three of six events, including the $10,000-to-win Bill Cheesbourg Memorial finale. Other winners: Pat Doar, Bub McCool and Moyer's son, Billy Moyer Jr.

Race format: Drivers draw daily for heat race starting spots. Six heat winners and six other drivers accruing the most passing points locked into main event. Four drivers from each of three consolation races round out 24-car starting field.

Miniseries history: The Ernie Mincy-founded Early Thaw Series (2001-05) evolved into the Benji Lyons-promoted Wild West Shootout. Races have primarily been held at Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande ('01-'08) and USA Raceway ('06, '09-'10). Forty-five Late Model feature events have been held, drawing drivers from 34 states and three Canadian provinces.

Notes: The miniseries high car count of 73 cars came in 2003. ... Terry Phillips is the winningest driver with nine victories. ... The best finish for a home-state driver was R.C. Whitwell, who finished second three times in 2011. ... Winners have come from Arkansas, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming. ... Eddie Kirchoff of Gillette, Wyo., is the only driver from west of the Rocky Mountains to earn a victory. ... There have been two rainouts in 47 scheduled Late Model events..

Purse structures

Jan. 22
1. $10,000
2. $5,000
3. $2,500
4. $1,500
5. $1,200
6. $1,000
7. $900
8. $800
9. $750
10. $700
11. $700
12. $700
13. $700
14. $700
15. $700
16. $700
17. $700
18. $700
19. $700
20. $700
21. $700
22. $700
23. $700
24. $700
($34,150 total; $100 apiece to non-qualifiers)
Jan. 15
1. $5,000
2. $2,500
3. $1,500
4. $800
5. $700
6. $600
7. $550
8. $500
9. $450
10. $400
11. $400
12. $400
13. $400
14. $400
15. $400
16. $400
17. $400
18. $400
19. $400
20. $400
21. $400
22. $400
23. $400
24. $400
($18,600 total; $100 apiece to non-qualifiers)
Jan. 14, 18, 20-21
1. $3,000
2. $1,500
3. $800
4. $600
5. $550
6. $500
7. $450
8. $400
9. $350
10. $300
11. $300
12. $300
13. $300
14. $300
15. $300
16. $300
17. $300
18. $300
19. $300
20. $300
21. $300
22. $300
23. $300
24. $300

($12,650 total; $100 apiece to non-qualifiers)

Arizona miniseries history

2011
Jan. 8, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Billy Moyer Jr.)
Jan. 9, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $5,000 (Pat Doar)
Jan. 12, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 14, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 15, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Bub McCool)
Jan. 16, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $10,000 (Billy Moyer)
2010
Jan. 9, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Jimmy Mars)
Jan. 10, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $5,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 13, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 15, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 16, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 17, USA Raceway, Tucson, Ariz., $10,000 (Jimmy Mars)
2009
No races
2008
Jan. 12, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Jimmy Mars)
Jan. 13, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Jimmy Mars)
Jan. 16, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Eddie Kirchoff)
Jan. 19, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (John Anderson)
Jan. 20, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $7,500 (John Anderson)
2007
Jan. 13, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 14, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 17, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 20, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Brad Looney)
2006
Jan. 7, USA Race Park, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (Steve Francis)
Jan. 8, USA Race Park, Tucson, Ariz., $3,000 (John Anderson)
Jan. 14, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Wendell Wallace)
Jan. 15, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 18, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 21, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 22, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $7,500 (Jack Sullivan)
2005
Jan. 15, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Don O'Neal)
Jan. 16, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Billy Moyer)
Jan. 18, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 20, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Ken Schrader)
Jan. 21, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Steve Francis)
Jan. 22, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $10,000 (Steve Francis)
2004
Jan. 17, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Steve Francis)
Jan. 18, Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, Ariz., $5,000 (Terry Phillips)
Jan. 20, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (John Anderson)
Jan. 24, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Steve Francis)
Jan. 24, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Jeff Taylor)
2003
Jan. 18, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Al Purkey)
Jan. 19, Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, Ariz., $4,000 (Pat Doar)
Jan. 21, Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix, Ariz., $3,000 (Bill Frye)
Jan. 23, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $3,000 (Pat Doar)
Jan. 25-26, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $10,000 (Jeff Taylor)
2002
Jan. 19-20, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $10,000 (Bill Frye)
Jan. 26-27, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $10,000 (Al Purkey)
2001
Jan. 27-28, Central Arizona Raceway, Casa Grande, Ariz., $5,000 (Steve Drake)
 
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