TMS Media Relations | Mar 06, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 6, 2014) – Rob Litton will look to this weekend’s Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track to begin his quest for his fifth championship in the P&W Sales SUPR Dirt Late Models’ Tour.
Litton, already a record four-time series champion riding a streak of two in a row, is chasing the series record for most consecutive titles (3) as the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship serves as the series opener for the sixth year in a row.
The two-night event will open Friday beginning at 5 p.m. CT with heats and qualifying in three series as the P&W Sales SUPR Dirt Late Models’ Tour is joined by limited modified and modified competition. Last-chance qualifiers and championships in all three series will be held Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.
Litton, a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., is a two-time Texas Motor Speedway dirt track champion, but he hasn’t won at the .4-mile oval since 2009. A win would be a great start to his pursuit of his fifth series championship and would come with the largest purse on the 18-race schedule. The SUPR Late Model winner takes home $3,500 at Texas Motor Speedway with no other event on the tour awarding more than $2,000.
“Texas is just one of the tracks that suit our driving style,” Litton said. “We always seem to be competitive there. Last year we were close and kind of felt like we gave it away, but we’re definitely coming back looking for win number three.
“It’s a little early to start thinking about another (SUPR Late Model) championship. Right now, we just want to win our third at Texas Motor Speedway.”
Litton’s strongest competition this weekend and throughout the tour will come from Shane Hebert, the 2013 SUPR Series runner-up and defending Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track champion. Hebert, a native of Lafayette, La., won last year’s Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship after starting 14th and surging his way through the field before wrestling away the lead on Lap 38 of the 40-lap main event. Litton had a strong season-opening performance as well, finishing third.
“The prestige of Texas Motor Speedway is the cool thing about it,” Hebert said. “So many cars there and so many people watching it, it’s the first race of the year and everybody is amped up ready to race. I like to go fast and Texas Motor Speedway is big and fast and it suits my style. Hopefully we can repeat and take that (winner’s) cowboy hat back to Lafayette.
“He (Litton) is definitely going to be our toughest competition. He’s always consistent. Not just at Texas, but every track we go to in the series. He’s not the four-time champion for nothing. He knows how to get it done.”
Also putting pressure on Litton will be Longview’s Morgan Bagley, the 2011 SUPR Series champion and current World of Outlaws competitor. It will be the third consecutive year that Bagley will be competing at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track despite not being a fulltime competitor in the Southern United Professional Racing Series. It also will be a rare treat for him to race alongside his Team 14 teammate Zack McMillian as Bagley takes a break from his strenuous World of Outlaws’ tour schedule to compete in the marquee event in his home state.
“We try to be one of the best and to be one of the best, you got to race against the best,” Bagley said. “Any time we get to come back home to race at Texas Motor Speedway in front of our hometown fans, it’s always nice.”
The Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship also will feature some of the best talent in the modified and limited modified divisions. This weekend’s field features 12 returning Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track champions, including the 2013 modified champion Rodney Sanders. Also competing will be three-time Texas dirt track champion Troy Taylor, of Fort Worth, along with two-time winners and Texas natives Dennie Gieber (Frankston), Clyde Dunn (Sunnyvale), Steve Whitaker Jr. (Corpus Christi) and Chris Brown (Spring).
Gates open for the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship at 4 p.m. CT Friday and Saturday. On-track action begins Friday at 5 p.m. for practice with opening ceremonies set for 5:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies for Saturday’s championship evening is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Grandstand tickets for Friday are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults and $10 for children for Saturday. Event parking is free throughout the weekend.
Fans and competitors can visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call (817) 215-8500 for additional information on the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship.
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