Comp cams midsouth dirt track championship presented by driven racing oil rapidly approaches


Memphis, TN – One of the hidden gems of the Midsouth racing community will soon once again burn up the track as the 6th Annual COMP Cams Midsouth Dirt Track Championship Presented by Driven Racing Oil™ comes to life.

 Each and every weekend from February to November, special events for the Dirt Late Model division are contested across the nation. While the premier events like the World 100 at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) and the Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) never get any shortage of attention or respect, sometimes the best races of the year can get lost in the shuffle. Many of these great races are held on the regional level, and one such event is the annual COMP Cams Midsouth Dirt Track Championship presented by Driven Racing Oil, held at Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, Arkansas).  The event serves as the season finale for the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) Super Late Model tour.  In 2012 the sixth edition of this great race will be held on Saturday, October 20th, and will offer a $3,000 winner's check.

Over the years this event has been held at two different tracks as it was born at Northeast Arkansas Speedway (Harrisburg, Arkansas) in 2007.  A relative newcomer to the Dirt Late Model scene at the time stole the win in the inaugural event as Kyle Beard from Trumann, AR, upset the veterans to claim the big victory. The following season the veterans reclaimed bragging rights as national standout Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR, turned in a dominant performance in claiming the title in the 2008 edition of the event.

In 2009 the race changed venues as it moved sixty miles southeast to Riverside International Speedway, and it was home track favorite Jamie Dacus who blistered the 1/4 mile, gumbo oval to register the win in front of an approving crowd.   One year later in 2010 Open Wheel Modified graduate Jesse Stovall took advantage of his new ride to win the title in his first-ever appearance at Riverside.

Through the first four editions of the race there had never been a repeat winner, but Wendell Wallace changed that in 2011 when he returned to Riverside International Speedway for the first time in over two decades and claimed another convincing triumph.

For 2012 story lines abound as the event draws near for the sixth time.  One of the biggest stories going in is that Jon Mitchell holds just an eight-point advantage over defending series champion, Brandon Smith, in the CCSDS standings.  As a result, it's highly likely that the championship will not be determined until the final corner of the final lap. Another change for 2012 is that COMP Cams® has become the title sponsor of the event, with Driven Racing Oil serving as the presenting sponsor.

"Over the past few years COMP Cams has really enjoyed being involved with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series,” says COMP Cams Vice President of Marketing, Chris Douglas. “This regional tour features fierce competitors and great racing action. These racers represent the backbone of our sport. It's an honor to be involved with the tour, and it's definitely an honor to be the title sponsor of this great event for 2012. Not only can I not wait to see who wins this race, but I also can't wait to see which driver claims the championship. This is a thrilling scenario for everyone involved."

In addition to sponsoring the event, COMP Cams will also pay half the entry fee for any driver in the top ten in the series standings to reward them for their support of the tour in 2012.

The 6th Annual COMP Cams Midsouth Dirt Track World Championship will be held on Saturday, October 20th, at Riverside International Speedway. The program will be headlined by a $3,000-to-win/$400-to-start main event, and a full complement of local divisions will also be on the card.

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