Drivers Begin to Arrive in Arizona for Inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown

Inside Line Promotions – SOMERTON, Ariz. (Dec. 30, 2014) – Drivers are starting to show up to sunny Southwest Arizona to kick off the 2015 season this weekend.

More than 50 competitors have pre-registered to compete in the inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown at Cocopah Speedway this Friday and Saturday, which are the first two of five 410ci sprint car events in nine days at the 3/8-mile oval.

This weekend’s races and the doubleheader the following weekend – Jan. 9-10 – pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. The event on Tuesday, Jan. 6, pays $5,000 to win. Also, there is a points fund for the top five in the standings following the five races.

“Anticipation for the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown has been building for months,” Cocopah Speedway Director of Operations Greg Burgess said. “The event is finally here. Drivers are beginning to roll into town and the weather is sunny, so the excitement level is very high.”

NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson are both set to tackle the event as well as nine drivers who are competing with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

Drivers from across the country have pre-registered as 19 states will be represented from coast to coast. Additionally, a couple of Canadian competitors have turned in entry forms.

“Not only is there a good number of drivers committed to the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, the quality of drivers committed is outstanding,” Burgess said. “Any time you can have Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, Danny Lasoski, Paul McMahan and all of the elite drivers who are on the entry list it makes for a great show.”

The pit gate is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. each day with the main gates opening at 2 p.m. Hot laps will get underway at approximately 6 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown are available for sale online by visiting

Also, fans can purchase live Pay-Per-View video of the event via SPEED SPORT by clicking http://www.SPEEDSPORT.TV/live. The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will also be taped by SPEED SPORT for a pair of delayed one-hour television shows on MAVTV.

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Dates: Jan. 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2015

Track: Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

Prize: $12,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start each night (Jan. 2-3, 9-10); $5,000-to-win (Jan. 6); approximately $250,000 total prize money

Type: 410ci sprint cars

Times: Pit gate opens at 11 a.m.; main gates open at 2 p.m.; hot laps at 6 p.m.; Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m.


Fans can purchase tickets by clicking


SPEED SPORT Productions will be broadcasting live Pay-Per-View video of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown for $27.95 per night. Visit http://www.SPEEDSPORT.TV/live for more information. The event will also be taped for a pair of one-hour delayed television broadcasts via MAVTV.






The inaugural Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown will showcase the top sprint car drivers in the world in sunny Southwest Arizona during the first two weekends of January in 2015. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to the winner and at least $1,000 to every driver who advances to the main event with the midweek show paying $5,000 to win.


A $10,000 points fund will be split among the top-five finishers. The champion will receive a $4,000 bonus with drivers finishing second through fifth each offered $1,500. A driver will earn points throughout heat races, qualifying races and main events during the five events. A competitor must attempt to race in all five Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown races to be eligible for the points fund.


Cocopah Speedway is a semi-banked, 3/8-mile dirt track located in Somerton, Ariz. It has a concrete wall perimeter, television-quality lighting and the pits are located outside turns three and four. There is also dry camping free of charge on the property. For more information, visit


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