2019 AMERI-FLEX / OCRS Racing Scheduled Unveiled
A New Era Begins With a Changing of the Guard
Caney Kansas (December 21, 2018) - Not only will the spring of 2019 be the start a new racing season for the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprint car series, it will also become the beginning of a new era for the 360 champ sprint series as Caney Valley Speedway promoter Kerry Gorby purchased the series from Barry Grabel on December 8th. Grabel owned the series in 14 of the previous 17 seasons the series has been established. Gorby will not make any major rule changes for the race cars and there will be some new venues on the 2019 tour that the race teams are sure to find intriguing. One aspect of the series that is not changing is the fact that Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories is continuing their title sponsorship of the series.
At press time, the 2019 schedule currently shows 17 nights of racing action. The AMERI-FLEX / OCRS teams are slated to fire their engines for the first time at the Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker Oklahoma on Saturday, March 16th. One week later, the caravan treks northeast of Meeker for a long-awaited return to the Creek County Speedway in Kellyville Oklahoma. It will mark the first time the series will compete on the 1/4-mile bullring since 2008. The March 23rd event marks the first of two visits for 2019 at "The Creek" as the series is set to return on September 14th.
The third scheduled stop is set for a May 11th visit to the Salina Highbanks for the Oklahoma Open Wheel Thunder Nationals presented by Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories. In addition to the winged sprints, Casey Shuman brings his Lucas Oil WAR Non-Wing sprinters to the Highbanks in what is sure to be a grand night of sprint car racing with both groups on the docket.
With a TBA for Friday, May 17th on the calendar, Saturday, May 18th will see the teams visit Jerry Hoffman's Springfield Raceway in Springfield Missouri for the first time in series history. Springfield is known for holding quality events and the series is excited to visit the facility in 2019.
For the the third year in a row, a Memorial Day weekend doubleheader will take place with Caney Valley Speedway in Caney Kansas hosting the first leg on Saturday, May 25th with 81 Speedway in Park City Kansas taking Sunday, May 26th for the running of "Sprint Car Maynia III". This event will also feature the NCRA sprint car series and the URSS 305 sprints. This is a sprint car fans delight as an average of 80+ sprint cars have packed the pits during the previous 2 Maynia's.
The Salina Highbanks welcomes the series back on Saturday, June 8th for another crack at the steep-banked oval and on the following weekend, it's another two-fer as the sprints return to the "Hummer" aka the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt Kansas after a 1-year hiatus on Friday, June 14th. The next night (June 15), will see another new track for the series as it's back to the Show-Me State to the Nevada Speedway in Nevada Mo. The Nevada track is just 70 miles from the Hummer and like the Hummer, it is a quarter miler. Going to be lots of nerf bar sparks this weekend!
On June 22/23, it's on to the largest track in Oklahoma as the 5th Annual Harold Leep Classic takes place at the historic Thunderbird Speedway. Former modified champion Mike 'Fuzzy' Withrow has been tabbed by track owner Randy Gass to oversee the operations for T-Bird in 2019. Sheldon Barksdale is the defending Leep Classic victor.
Another doubleheader takes place over the 4th of July weekend as Monett Motor Speedway in Monett Missouri awaits the return of the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS sprint car series on Friday, July 5th to perform for Kyle Slagle and his fan base. Slagle purchased the track a couple of seasons ago and the 3/8's mile track has been a popular one in years past when the teams visited the "Grand Ol Lady". The next night, Saturday, July 6th, finds the series making a second visit to the Caney Valley Speedway to complete the stars and stripes double.
After taking the customary first half of August off for the 360/410 national events in Knoxville Iowa, racing resumes for the series on Saturday, August 17th at the Enid Speedway in Enid Oklahoma where a big fast 3/8-mile track awaits the teams for this event. The perviously mentioned date with Creek County Speedway is next up on September 14th and then its the event that has become the staple mark of the the series as on Saturday, September 21st, it's the Ameri-Flex Challenge IV at the Salina Highbanks that will once again honor the winner with a $3,000 payout while dolling out $1,000 minimum just to start the main event.
Pending any added dates or changes, the AMERI-FLEX / OCRS racing season is currently scheduled to wrap up with the 13th Annual Oklahoma State Championship on September 28th at George Welch's Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada Oklahoma. The 4/10 mile track at OSP is one of the fastest tracks on the tour.
The 2019 schedule is subject to change so check with the series website regularly for updates at www.ocrsracing.net
An announcement of all the 2019 marketing partners will be made once the line-up is complete.
2019 AMERI-FLEX / OCRS SCHEDULE (Tentative)
March 16: Red Dirt Raceway/ Meeker OK (Season Opener)
March 23: Creek County Raceway / Kellyville OK
May 11: Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina OK (Open Wheel Thunder Nationals)
May 17: TBA
May 18: Springfield Raceway / Springfield MO.
May 25: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney KS (Salute The Troops)
May 26: 81 Speedway / Park City KS (Sprint Car Maynia III)
June 8: Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina OK
June 14: Humboldt Speedway / Humboldt KS
June 15: Nevada Speedway / Nevada MO
June 21: Thunderbird Speedway / Muskogee OK (5th Annual Harold Leep Classic)
June 22: Thunderbird Speedway / Muskogee OK (5th Annual Harold Leep Classic)
July 5: Monett Motor Speedway / Monett MO
July 6: Caney Valley Speedway / Caney KS
August 17: Enid Speedway / Enid OK
September 14: Creek County Speedway / Kellyville OK
September 21: Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina OK (Ameri-Flex Challenge IV)
September 28: Oklahoma Sports Park / Ada OK (13th Annual Oklahoma State Championship)
About the Ameri-Flex / OCRS Series -
Established in 2002, the Ameri-Flex / OCRS series sanctions dirt track sprint car racing in the southern region of the central plains. Fan appeal and quality race teams, combined with our solid core of supporting sponsors are the nucleus of the series. Thrilling competition providing the ultimate quality family entertainment is the essence of what the Ameri-Flex / OCRSseries is all about.
About Ameri-Flex Hose & Accessories -
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