Michigan Featured Seven Times on 2021 Schedule
Cassopolis, MI (Friday, January 29, 2021) - One of the premier pavement Sprint Car sanctions in the country released their 2021 schedule earlier this week, boasting a 19 race schedule, split nearly evenly between Winged and non-Winged events. The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints (AVBBSS) schedule has shows spread out across a half-dozen different states and twelve different race tracks from June through September.
The non-winged events kick off the 2021 campaign on Saturday, June 5 at Winchester Speedway. The most recent time the AVBBSS were at Winchester Speedway was back on June 23rd of 2019. New Castle, Indiana’s, Caleb Armstrong dominated the race, picking up the win at the end of the 40-lap contest. June 5th marks the first of two non-wing appearances at Winchester for the series.
On Saturday, June 19th the AVBBSS head to southern Indiana and Salem Speedway for the first time in nearly two decades. The last time the AVBBSS were scheduled to be at Salem was in May of 2015, however, before the event, officials from the track and the series elected to pull the plug on the AVBBSS portion of the show. Prior to that, the Series was there in July of 2005 with the wings on, and Litchfield, Michigan’s, Jason Blonde won the 30-lap feature. The June 19th event is currently the only confirmed AVBBSS date for wing or non-wing cars.
Anderson Speedway prepares for the non-wing drivers on Saturday, July 10th. It’s the first of three times the non-wing show will be sanctioned by AVBBSS. Non-wing cars are no strangers to the high-banks in Anderson, Indiana with several shows held there each year, including the historic running of the Little 500. In addition to July 10th, Anderson will see AVBBSS sanctioned non-wing shows on July 31st and October 2nd.
Finally, Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway will host the AVBBSS on two occasions in 2021. The series didn’t go to Berlin during the pandemic shortened 2020 season, however, in 2019, Kody Swanson picked up the win following a long rain delay. The non-wing drivers return to Berlin on Saturday, July 24th and Saturday, August 28th.
The Winged portion of the 2021 schedule features a total of 11 race dates and begins in Michigan at Birch Run Speedway and Event Center on Friday, June 11th. Then, the Series heads across the state to Berin Raceway on Saturday, June 12th.
After the Michigan swing, it’s a three-day Independence Day weekend road trip. First, on Friday, July 2nd the AVBBSS team up with the other Tom Hartsell involved project, King of the Wings - a Sprint Car Series owned by former IndyCar driver, Davey Hamilton. The co-sanction event heads for Intermountain Speedway in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Saturday and Sunday, the co-sanctioned weekend wraps up at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colorado.
A mid-July stop back in the Mitten State breaks up the road trips for AVBBSS. Kalamazoo Speedway welcomes the winged cars to town on Friday, July 16th, the first of two confirmed dates at the western Michigan facility. The Series returns on Friday, August 27th.
Another three-day weekend of travel kicks off the month of August with the second co-sanctioned trifecta in the midsouth. First, Kentucky Motor Speedway, a 3/8ths high banked oval (not to be mistaken for Speedway Motorsports, Kentucky Speedway) hosts the Series on Thursday, August 5th. Then, south toward Nashville, Tennessee - first, a Friday night stop at Veteran’s Motorplex at the Rim (formerly Highland Rim Speedway), before the inaugural stop at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, August 7th.
The entire AVBBSS schedule is currently set to come to a close on Saturday, September 11th back in Michigan. Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway will host the Winged Sprints for the first time in several years.
According to the AVBBSS website, Hartsell is still working to confirm dates in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. The website says the series will not release any tentative dates until the track and series reach an agreement.
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June 5, 2021, Winchester Speedway
June 19, 2021, Salem Speedway
July 10, 2021, Anderson Speedway
July 24, 2021, Berlin Raceway
July 31, 2021, Anderson Speedway
August 28, 2021, Berlin Raceway
September 4, 2021, Winchester Speedway
October 2, 2021, Anderson Speedway
June 11, 2021, Birch Run Speedway and Event Center
June 12, 2021, Berlin Speedway and Entertainment Complex
July 2, 2021, Intermountain Speedway with the King of the Wing
July 3, 2021, Colorado National Speedway with the King of the Wing
July 4, 2021, Colorado National Speedway with the King of the Wing
July 16, 2021, Kalamazoo Speedway
August 5, 2021, Kentucky Motor Speedway with the King of the Wing
August 6, 2021, Highland Rim Speedway with the King of the Wing
August 7, 2021, Tennessee Fairgrounds Speedway, with the King of the Wing
August 27, 2021, Kalamazoo Speedway
September 11, 2021, Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway
Story - Zach Hiser, Horsepower Happenings
Photos - File Photo, John Lund