With New Year's Day just around the corner, a new racing season will be upon us soon. Here is a list of just some of the events and series we'll eagerly awaiting in 2022.
Big Money for the Southern Super Series - The Southern Super Series will be a hotbed for Super Late Model racing in 2022. The series will now pay $10,000 to win each race and the bonus program will make it a place to be for Super Late Model teams. From the Rattler 250 to the All American 400 and the road to the Snowball Derby, it’s all going to be fun to watch.
Pro Late Model Racing Grows in the Carolinas - We look forward to seeing the success of the Carolina Pro Late Models Series in 2022 as well as the new CARS Tour Pro Late Model Series. Pro Late Model competitors will have options to get their racing fix in the Carolinas in the upcoming year.
Spring Sizzler as Open Show - With the recent growth and success of their midseason Open Modified 80 races and a strong 2021 season, Stafford Motor Speedway made the bold move to run the 50th running of the Spring Sizzler as an Open race this coming April. But, with a $15,000 purse, additional sponsor support from NAPA, the addition of the PASS Super Late Models on qualifying day, and 25 teams already entered before January, ‘The Greatest Race in the History of Spring’ is already looking like one for the ages.
SpeedFest Kicking Off the Year in Style - After a year away due to COVID-19 regulations, SpeedFest returns to Crisp Motorsports Park in 2022. This time, it features a $12,000-to-win Super Late Model feature co-sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series, the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models, a showdown between the Midwest Modifieds Tour and Modifieds of Mayhem, the CRA Street Stocks and Legends Cars.
New Look NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Schedule - Out of the recent shifts in Modified racing, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour 2022 calendar has undergone a major overhaul to feature one of its most diverse slates in years. The Tour will open for the first time ever at New Smyrna Speedway in February, while welcoming back old venues Claremont Motorsports Park, Lee USA Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, Wall Stadium, Langley Speedway and Thompson Speedway. Returns to Riverhead, Oswego, and Jennerstown; as well as NASCAR Cup Series weekends at Richmond, New Hampshire, and the Tour’s season finale at Martinsville round out the impressive lineup.
Superstar Racing Experience, Act Two - How does one follow a successful rookie season? That will be the task for the Superstar Racing Experience going into 2022. The Camping World SRX Series provided plenty of memorable moments with racing legends and short track heroes alike, and it will be interesting to see what the series has in store for an encore.
NE Big-Block Supermodifieds by PASS - In an effort to give New England’s roster of Big-Block Supermodified teams more chances to race in their own neck of the woods, the Pro All Stars Series' Tom Mayberry stepped up this fall with the announcement of the NE Big-Block Supermodified Series. The new series is expected to announce race dates at Oxford Plains Speedway, White Mountain Motorsports Park, Thunder Road & Thompson Speedway; augmenting established events which will be run under ISMA sanction in the region.
Plymouth Speedway’s Grand Slam Outlaw Super Late Model Series - Plymouth Speedway is returning to asphalt racing in 2022 and is handing out the money for Outlaw Super Late Model competitors. The Grand Slam Outlaw Super Late Model Series will consist of four races and will feature a progressive payout based off of participation within the series. The first race will pay $6,000 to win, and will increase as a driver participates in each race. If a driver competes in the first three races, the finale will pay $20,000 to win.
A New Racing Surface at the Madhouse - When April rolls around, Bowman Gray Stadium will be the focus of attention for another season of racing on the famed quarter-mile. The real question is can they break the track record which is a tick under 13 seconds at 12.965 held by Tim Brown from 2016. The track was paved in the off season and grip will be high as will the speeds.
The Eldora Million Returns - Back in 2001, Donnie Moran became "The Million Dollar Man" by winning the first - and to date, only - Eldora Million. The legendary event returns for a second time in 2022, as part of the 28th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream. It will be possible for a driver to win $1.9 million during that June weekend, but one will definitely win the $1,002,022 grand prize.
A Special Anniversary for the Kulwicki DDP - While the Kulwicki Driver Development Program isn't a "series" in the strictest sense of the word, its participants compete annually for the Kulwicki Cup and the $54,439 stipend awarded to its champion each year. In 2022, those "Racing for Alan" will be doing so on the 30th anniversary of his NASCAR Cup Series championship season, making this year's program one to remember.