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Competition Enhancements And A Daredevil's 'Twist' In Line For Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship At Texas Motor Speedway

by TMS Media Relations | Sep 12, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sep. 12, 2013) – The Port-A-Cool® U.S. National Dirt Track Championship set for Sept. 20-21 at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will have several new elements to further enhance the fan experience and competition.

Stuntman Spanky Spangler Jr., currently being featured on the HISTORY Channel show, “American Daredevil,” will be filming one of the episodes next Saturday night prior to the championship races as he will entertain the fans with a barrel roll car stunt. The on-track action also will get a boost with three-wide feature starts and the institution of a popular restart procedure.

The weekend features the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series along with Modified and Limited Modified racing, with the latter two divisions making the competition tweaks at the .4 oval. For the first time in the dirt track’s 14-year history, the Modified and Limited Modified divisions will utilize a three-wide start for their championship feature events. Nine rows three wide should ramp up the action and drama as soon as the green flag drops.

Both divisions also will move to the popular “Delaware” style for restarts. In this format, each race will be restarted at the chalk line in Turn 4 and the leader will be out front while the other competitors will start behind in a side-by-side, double-file field.

Spangler Jr. made his Texas Motor Speedway debut in June prior to the Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Series race. In that stunt that also was featured in “American Daredevil,” he launched himself off a ramp in a car and crashed directly into a pyramid of junker cars set up along the frontstretch.

This stunt will have a new “twist” as Spangler Jr. will come flying through the track’s infield tunnel in his car; hit a ramp that will send his car into a barrel roll and then land on a bed of junkers below with a pyro show to boot.

Gates open for the Port-A-Cool® U.S. National Dirt Track Championship at 4 p.m. CT both days. On Friday, Sept. 20, on-track action begins at 5 p.m. for practice with opening ceremonies set for 6 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 21, opening ceremonies are slated for 6:15 p.m.

Grandstand tickets for Friday’s action are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. On Saturday, tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Event parking is free throughout the weekend. 

Fans and competitors can visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call (817) 215-8500 for additional i