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Fast Facts: Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout

January 4, 2017, 11:19 am
From staff and track reports

(Complete coverage)

Dates: Jan. 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15 ($5,000-to-win features, along with heats and consolations on Jan. 7, 8, 11, 13 and 14; $12,000-to-win feature, along with heats and consolations Jan. 15).

Track: Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, Ariz. (third-mile high-banked dirt oval)

Purse: Total six-day purse of $129,150 includes five $5,000-to-win features leading up to a $12,000-to-win feature on Jan. 15.

Points fund: $10,000 (co-sponsored by M&W Transport and Black Diamond & Club 29 Race Cars), with the overall champion earning $3,000.

Sanction: None.

2016 winners: Jonathan Davenport, three wins; Don O’Neal, two wins; Darrell Lanigan, one.

Former miniseries champions: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga. (2016); Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas (2015).

Winningest series drivers (complete history): Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark. (12); Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. (10); Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis. (5); Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky. (4); John Anderson, Omaha, Neb. (4); Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind. (4).

Tickets: Single-day general admission $20 (children 6-12, $10; children 5-and-under, free) for each of the first five nights; Sunday, Jan. 15 general admission is $25 (children 6-12, $10; children 5 and under, free). Six-day adult general admission $100. Advanced tickets available at wildwestshootout.net,

Pit passes: $35 each day

Camping: Free at Arizona Speedway. Spots are first-come, first-served.

Pay-per-view: Shows set for Jan. 7, 8, 11, and 13-15, DirtonDirt.com’s live video coverage includes every lap of Super Late Model and modified action, complete with on-screen race lineups and a live timing and scoring feed. Prices are $22.99 each for the first five nights and $24.99 for the Jan. 15 finale. The Michael Reiners-produced broadcast will feature Ben Shelton on play-by-play and Dustin Jarrett reporting from the infield and pits. Follow this link for complete pay-per-view information.

Miniseries website: wildwestshootout.net

Wild West Shootout office phone: (520) 664-2074

Track phone: (480) 926-6688

Notes: Title sponsor Keyser Manufacturing is offering a $250,000 bonus to any driver who can pull off a six-race sweep in the miniseries, with an added incentive of $100,000 going to any driver who can win five of the six features and a $50,000 bonus for capturing four main events. ... O'Reilly Auto Parts is the presenting sponsor. ... The race format includes time trials, eight-lap heat races, 12-lap B-mains and a 30-lap feature. The $12,000 finale is scheduled for 40 laps. ... This marks the 15th time in the last 16 years the racing season has been kick-started with a high-profile event in Arizona. The last seven years have featured at least six nights of actions (there were eight nights of racing in 2013) ... The event moves to Arizona Speedway outside Phoenix for the first time. ... The winner’s share of the WWS finale has been bumped up from $11,000 a year ago to $12,000 this year. ... For the first time in its history, Late Model drivers at the Wild West Shootout will qualify for their heat race starting position and then race for their respective starting spot on the feature grid rather than use a passing points system. ... Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won the 2016 Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Model Championship. ... Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., was the only driver to win feature events in both 2015 and 2016. … 2016 World 100 winner Bobby Pierce will make his first-ever appearance in the desert miniseries. … Iowa’s Todd Shute topped the 2016 Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border International USRA Modified Wild West Shootout championship. ... More than 160 drivers in three divisions are expected during the six nights of racing. ... Mesilla Valley Transportation/Border International USRA Modifieds presented by Arizona Differential will race for $1,000 each day and $2,000 on both Sundays. ... Ernie Mincy, 64, of Casa Grande, Ariz., will serve as the event’s grand marshal. Mincy launched the annual January migration of Dirt Late Model drivers to Arizona when he founded the Early Thaw series in the early 2000s. ... Saturday and Sunday events go green at 5 p.m., with Wednesday and Friday events starting at 7 p.m. ... There will be scheduled testing on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5-9. Cost $200 per car; no pit passes required.

Late Model purses

Jan. 7, 8, 11, 13, 14
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
Sunday, Jan. 15
1. $12,000
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

Event schedule

Friday, Jan. 6
3 p.m.: Pit gate opens
6-9 p.m.: Practice
Saturday, Jan. 7
Noon: Pit gate opens
3 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
5 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing
Sunday, Jan. 8
1 p.m.: Pit gate opens
3 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
5 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing
Tuesday, Jan. 10
3 p.m.: Pit gate opens
5-9 p.m.: Practice
Wednesday, Jan. 11
3 p.m.: Pit gate opens
5 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
7 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing
Friday, Jan. 13
3 p.m.: Pit gate opens
5 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
7 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing
Saturday, Jan. 14
1 p.m.: Pit gate opens
3 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
5 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing
Sunday, Jan. 15
1 p.m.: Pit gate opens
3 p.m.: Grandstand gate opens
5 p.m.: Hot laps, followed by time trials and racing

 
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