Official release: Valvoline Raceway
June 10, 2016
Valvoline Raceway has today announced the dates and attractions for the 2016/2017 season – and it will kick off on Saturday night, October 1 with the annual Brian Healey Cup for Ultimate Sprintcars.
An incredible 38 nights of competition have been slated with categories including Ultimate Sprintcars, Late Models, Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Legend Cars, Lightning Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks, Fender Benders, F500’s, Modified Production Sedans, Modlites, Compact Speedcars and Micro Sprints.
The second year of the innovative Ultimate Sprintcar Championship (USC) is expected to be the biggest yet with the major highlight being the 55th SCCA Australian Sprintcar Championship being held over three nights on the Australia Day weekend.
The annual blue-ribbon USC Sprintcar race of the summer is always the Scott Darley Challenge and this year’s event will feature a spectacular new addition on the Thursday night (January 12) in the form of the first annual “Origin of Speed” Teams battle.
The International Series will be held between December 26 and January 14 with the identity and quantity of USA drivers being announced at a later date.
“We’re in negotiation with several American drivers at the moment,” says Steven Green, “we’ll be announcing them in weeks ahead. We’re already pleased to confirm that Oklahoma racer Harli White will be running the entire International schedule with the Paul Stirton Motoradco team as well.”
The USC Chase will kick off its NSW arm at VR from March 18 and conclude with the Chase Finale on April 8.
World Series Sprintcars will return to Valvoline Raceway as well with Saturday night, November 5 locked in.
Several bold new initiatives will be launched this season that are directly targeting the fans with great admission offers and new fun approaches to a night at the Speedway.
“Ultimate Pink Night” and “Ultimate Kids Night” plus “Monster Saturday” and “Monster vs Ultimate” will be major highlights of the season plus the fan favourite Demolition Derbies, Caravan-Boat-Dunny Derby, Fireworks Displays will continue to draw in new potential Speedway fans and appeal to existing supporters of the sport.
Speedcar fans will enjoy regular competition with the Super Series Finale and the 50-Lapper being the immediate highlights.
Late Models will again provide their unique brand of grunty muscle car entertainment with the annual Easternapolis being the crown in the jewel for the class.
The inaugural Australian Legend Car Championship and the Wingless Sprint 50-Lapper will be held later in the season as well.
“It’s an epic season ahead of us,” says VR Managing Director Steven Green, “there’s been a huge amount of juggling dates and categories but we think we’ve found a good balance for fans and teams alike. Some 38 nights of racing are locked in. There’s something for everyone.”
Draft Calendar Only – Subject to alteration.
September 10 Practice night ALL sections
September 17 Practice night ALL sections
October 1 OPENING NIGHT
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship (USC) NSW round 1 – Brian Healey Cup, Speedcars, Legend Cars and Demolition Derby
October 8 Late Models, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks, AMCA Nationals and Fender Benders
October 15 ULTIMATE PINK NIGHT
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 2 – Sid Hopping Shootout, Legend Cars and Lightning Sprints
All women welcome FREE (General Admission) in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
October 22 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 3, Late Models and Street Stocks
October 29 Speedcars, Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500
November 5 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 4, Wingless Sprints and AMCA Nationals
November 12 Speedcars, Legend Cars and Fender Benders
November 19 WORLD SERIES SPRINTCARS
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 5, Street Stocks and Lightning Sprints
November 26 ULTIMATE KID’S NIGHT OUT
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 6, Late Models, Legend Cars, a Demolition Derby and Jet Car
December 3 Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks and Compact Speedcars
December 10 DOUBLE DUTY NIGHT
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 7 and Speedcar Super Series
December 17 Late Models, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints and Fender Benders
INTERNATIONAL SEASON - America’s Ultimate join the Ultimate
December 26 VALVOLINE SPRINTCAR GRAND PRIX
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 8, AMCA Nationals and Legend Cars
December 28 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 9 - Peter Murphy Appreciation Night, Wingless Sprints and Street Stocks
December 30 NSW SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 10, Late Models, Legend Cars and a Demolition Derby
January 1 FIRECRACKER 50
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 11, Speedcars and Street Stocks
January 3 NSW SPEEDCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Late Models, Wingless Sprints and Fender Benders
January 7 MONSTER SATURDAY
6 Monster Trucks
Huge Fireworks Display, FMX, Car Jumps and more
January 12 ORIGIN OF SPEED
Sprintcar State of Origin
January 13 SCOTT DARLEY CHALLENGE
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW Round 12 and Legend Cars
January 14 SCOTT DARLEY CHALLENGE
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW Round 13 and Street Stocks
January 26 55th AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT 1
plus Lightning Sprints
January 27 55th AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT 2
plus AMCA Nationals
January 28 55th AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
plus Street Stocks
January 29 Rain out date if required
February 4 Late Models, Wingless Sprints, Legend Cars, Fender Benders and a Demolition Derby
February 11 FOOTY FAN NIGHT
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 17, Speedcars and Street Stocks
February 18 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 18, Wingless Sprints and Micro Sprints
February 25 Speedcars, Legend Cars, AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints and Modlites
March 4 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round 19, Legend Cars, Street Stocks and a
March 11 LATE MODEL EASTERNAPOLIS
Speedcars, Wingless Sprints and Fender Benders
March 18 MONSTER VS ULTIMATE
3 Monster Trucks
Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase Round 3
USC NSW round 20 and Lightning Sprints
March 25 Speedcars, Legend Cars and AMCA Nationals
April 1 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase Round 5
USC NSW round 21, Wingless Sprints, Fender Benders and a Demolition Derby
April 8 ULTIMATE SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINAL
USC NSW Grand Final
Legend Cars and Lightning Sprints
April 22 SPEEDCAR SUPER SERIES GRAND FINAL
Super Sedans, Street Stocks, AMCA Nationals and Formula 500
April 29 CARAVAN BOAT & DUNNY DERBY AND SPEEDCAR 50 LAPPER
Late Models, Lightning Sprints and Fender Benders
May 6 AUSTRALIAN LEGEND CAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Plus Late Models and TBC
May 13 Rain Out Make up night if required
May 20 Sponsor appreciation night
June 10 WINGLESS SPRINTS 50 LAPPER AND MODIFIED PRODUCTION WINTERNATIONALS