Diversified, 21-Event 2020 Schedule Set for Gas City I-69 Speedwayadmin
GAS CITY, Ind., Jan. 27 – From sprint cars to monster trucks, tractors and everything in between, a diversified, 21-event schedule is set for Gas City I-69 Speedway’s 2020 season.
It begins Friday night, May 1 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 3.
Anchoring the schedule will be the 410-c.i., non-wing sprint cars, featuring 14 non-sanctioned races and three sanctioned events. UMP-style modifieds will compete regularly on the quarter-mile, semi-banked clay oval with at least 12 events, along with street stocks (12 races) and hornets (14 races).
USAC’s Indiana Sprint Week returns to Gas City for its opener on Friday night, July 24. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Series visits again on Thursday night, Sept. 24 for the third annual James Dean Classic. The popular BOSS sprint cars invade Gas City on Friday night, May 29.
Two major winged sprint car programs are scheduled on Saturday nights, with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Gas City after an absence of approximately two decades on Saturday night, May 16.
After an exciting race in 2019, the Sprints on Dirt series returns on Saturday night, Aug. 8 as part of a winged and non-wing sprint car doubleheader.
Non-wing sprints will also have a doubleheader on Friday night, Aug. 21 in the “Race Odyssey 20/20,” staging twin 20-lap features.
Midget racing is also well represented. The speedway will host round two of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Series’ Indiana Midget Week on Wednesday night, June 3. The newly created USAC Midget Cup Series, which features open midgets, USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets and 1,000cc mini sprints, is set for May 22 and Oct. 2. USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets will also compete on June 19, July 10, Aug. 8 and Sept. 11, and the newly branded Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets (nee UMRA) round out the midgets’ appearances on May 16 and July 17.
New events include the inaugural Gas City Power Pull sanctioned by the Indiana Pulling League on Saturday night, Sept. 19. It features various classes of trucks and tractors.
The popular “Night of Destruction, Thrills and Chills” is set for Saturday night, Aug. 15. It features monster trucks, school bus races, a mini-van demo derby, a rollover contest, trailer races, a hornet feature and more.
The second annual Fall Festival of Speed featuring 11 divisions will conclude the season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3.
Other classes in action during the year include IMCA 305 RaceSaver winged sprint cars and winged and non-wing outlaw 600cc micro sprints. Lightning/mini-sprints (1,000cc) will be allowed to compete with the USAC Midget Cup and USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 events.
Popular in Western Ohio, the Dirt Track Truck Series featuring four-cylinder Ford and Chevy pickup trucks returns for two events.
“It’s a diverse menu of great racing,” said Jerry Gappens, track promoter.
Gappens will also incorporate his signature intermission entertainment for event nights, including a “Faster Pastor” school bus race, a “Battle of the Badges” featuring first responders racing, plus fun theme nights with human bubble ball, kids’ coin and candy scrambles, toss-the-helmet events, spectator races for “soccer moms” and much more.
“Our goal is to provide fast, fun, family entertainment,” added Gappens. “Once again our team will be vigilant in starting and finishing the programs in a timely fashion.”
Although fans should check the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com for the latest news and updates, the races typically begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights and 7 p.m. for Saturday shows. The complete schedule is posted on the speedway’s website.
Fans and competitors can also follow it on Twitter: @GasCitySpeedway; Instagram: @GasCitySpeedway and Facebook: GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas.
Complete 2020 Schedule Below:
* Saturday, April 18 – Test and Tune Open House (11 a.m.-4 p.m.; open to all race cars) (Rain date: Sunday, April 26, 1:30-5:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 1 – May Day Madness
Sprint cars, UMP modifieds, street stocks, hornets, winged 600cc outlaw micros
Saturday, May 2 – Flea Market/Yard Sale, Summer Outdoor Products Show
Friday, May 8 – A Salute to Moms
Sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, hornets, moms’ street car race
Saturday, May 16 – All Star Shootout
All Star Circuit of Champions winged sprint cars; Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions TQ midgets
Friday, May 22 – A Salute to Indy
Sprint cars, USAC “Midget Cup Series,” (midgets+D2), hornets, AVSCA sprints, street stocks
* Wednesday, May 27 – Test and Tune (5:30– 9:30 p.m.; open to all race cars)
Friday, May 29 – Who’s the BOSS?
BOSS sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, hornets ($250 to win/$75 to start)
Wednesday, June 3 – USAC Midget Week
USAC NOS Energy Drink national midgets, sprint cars, non-wing 600cc micro sprints
Friday, June 12 – Third Annual “Jack and Jiggs Classic”
Sprint cars, IMCA 305 winged RaceSaver sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks, hornets, Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Car Club display and demonstration
Friday, June 19 – Third Annual “Jerry Gappens Sr. Memorial”
Sprint cars ($2,020 to win), USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets, modifieds, street stocks, hornets
Friday, June 26 – Summer Thunder
Sprint cars, modifieds, street stocks ($500 to win; $100 to start), hornets, winged 600cc “A-outlaw” micros
Friday, July 10 – Mid-Season Championship (double points)
Sprint cars, modifieds, USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets, street stocks, hornets
Friday, July 17 – Beach Night Bash
Sprint cars, modifieds, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions TQ midgets, hornets, Dirt Track Truck Series
Friday, July 24 – USAC Sprint Week
USAC AMSOIL National sprint cars, non-wing 600cc micro sprints
Saturday, Aug. 8 – Sprints on Dirt Wing and Non-Wing Showdown
SOD winged sprint cars, non-wing sprint cars, USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets
Saturday, Aug. 15 – Second Annual “Night of Destruction”
Monster trucks, school bus races, mini-van demo derby, rollover contest, hornets and more
* Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Test and Tune (5:30-9:30 p.m.; open to all race cars)
Friday, Aug. 21 – Race Odyssey: 20/20 Twins
Sprint cars -Twin 20s” (20-lap features); modifieds, street stocks, hornets
Friday, Sept. 4 – Labor Day Weekend Classic
Sprint cars, modifieds ($1,000 to win/$150 to start), street stocks, hornets, winged outlaw 600cc micro-sprints
Friday, Sept. 11 – A Salute to First Responders/Battle of the Badges
Sprint cars, USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 midgets, modifieds, street stocks, hornets, “Battle of the Badges” race featuring local police, fire and rescue personnel
Saturday, Sept. 19 – Gas City Power Pull
Indiana Pulling League–Sanctioned truck and tractor pull
Thursday, Sept. 24 – Third Annual “James Dean Classic”
USAC AMSOIL national sprint cars, non-wing 600cc micro-sprints
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3 – Second Annual “Fall Festival of Speed”
Friday, Oct. 2 – Sprint cars, USAC Midget Cup Series (midgets + D2), IMCA RaceSaver winged sprints, non-wing 600cc micro-sprints, AVSCA sprints
Saturday, Oct. 3 – Modifieds, late models, street stocks, super streets, hornets, Dirt Track Truck Series
Plus two-day consumer Flea Market and Fair (midway rides); Winter Product Show
* = Practice day