Tomah-Sparta Speedway kicks off 2020 season
The Tomah-Sparta Speedway kicked off its 2020 season Friday night.
New this racing season is the track's affiliation with the High School Racing Association (HSRA) with three dates planned at the quarter-mile paved oval.
Tomah-Sparta, located just outside Tomah off State Highway 21, joins the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway (West Salem) and Madison International Speedway (Oregon) as part of the HSRA
“We think this is a great opportunity to get youth involved further here at Tomah-Sparta. As soon as we heard the concept, we knew that we wanted to have this as part of our race season.” said Tomah-Sparta Speedway president Greg Oliver. Three dates will make up the HSRA season at Tomah-Sparta, all Friday night events.
They are Friday June 19, Friday July 24 and Friday Aug. 28
The new economic division based on American production V-6 sedans will feature high school aged racers, ages 14-18, competing for state and regional titles. For additional information including rules and a complete schedule of HSRA events visit www.highschoolracing.org. Those seeking Tomah-Sparta Speedway information are invited to visit www.tomahspartaspeedway.com.
The goal is to provide youth an economic entry into stock car racing, according to organizers. The HSRA will feature High School aged drivers in competition throughout the summer months.
“This is something that we have been working on for quite some time.” said HSRA co-founder and 2000 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Chuck Deery. “We have seen the potential in this style of racing through our Street Stock and 6 shooter classes, not only at our tracks but tracks throughout the country. This division gives teenagers a fun and inexpensive way to become involved in auto racing. The number of youths involved in E-sports such as iracing is tremendous, this is a way to get them further involved in the sport they love."
Another goal is to add tracks throughout North America into the program and continue to grow the HSRA’s reach each season.
The HSRA feature American Production six-cylinder sedans with various safety enhancements. The driver’s high school colors and mascot must be incorporated into the paint scheme of the car’s roof at a minimum. Students entering their freshman year of high school, current high school students as well as those just graduating from high school, with a minimum age of 14 and maximum age of 19 are eligible to compete.
Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to enter the pit garage area will need to have a completed Minor’s Release form on file at each track they wish to attend. A complete set of rules and regulations can be found on the Official HSRA website at highschoolracing.org
State champions will be crowned in each participating state. The driver’s six best feature event finishes will be used to determine the final standings in respective states. In the event of a tie, the finishing order at the regional event will be used to determine the state champion. Host facilities may or may not choose to crown a track champion.
A Midwest regional event will be held on Saturday Sept. 5 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. In order to qualify for the regional event, a driver must have participated in three HSRA events in that calendar year. Regional events are expected to move locations annually.
Drivers choosing to become members of the HSRA ($20 annual membership fee) will not be charged a pit admission fee at any HSRA sanctioned weekly event. Any student that wishes to work with a car, that possesses a valid School ID will be admitted into the pit area at the lowest rate offered each night, usually matching what a Racing Member is paying ($20-$25). Pit admission age varies from track to track.
HSRA events will take place on both dirt and asphalt oval racing tracks, no larger than a quarter of a mile in length from June through the weekend prior to Labor Day Weekend. Each HSRA track can host up to six regular season events per season, not counting Regional or National events. Racing facilities interested in hosting HSRA events are encouraged to contact Gregg McKarns at firstname.lastname@example.org. The High School Racing Association (HSRA) is not affiliated with any sanctioned racing body.
Other news of note for Tomah-Sparta
Admission is adults - $10, seniors/military - $8, students - $5, under 6 get in for free. Also show your military ID for one free drink at the fan gate.
The Sportsman division at Tomah Sparta Speedway has a new sponsor, Coors Light, for the 2020 season.
They welcome back Tomah Area Credit Union as the title sponsor of the 6-Shooters once again in 2020. TACU has been a sponsor at Tomah Sparta Speedway for several years.
The exciting modifieds have now become the Twisted Tea Modified for the 2020 season.
Oliver said like all racetracks in Wisconsin Tomah-Sparta has been in contact with the Monroe County Health Department, Monroe County Sheriff's Department and respective town board to ensure a safe and exciting experience for the fans, racers and staff in lieu of the coronavirus.
"Things will be a little different for all of us in 2020," Oliver said. "We ask patience and understanding as we all navigate this trying time."
The track also features additional seating and new fence installed by Lovejoy Fencing. For more information and a full season schedule check their web site tomahspartaspeedway.com or their Facebook page.