January 14, 2019
For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations
Officials announce $1,000-to-win race at Cotton Bowl for Texas Dirt Truck Series
Companion race with Ultimate Super Late Model series set for June 22
PLEASANTON, Texas (Jan. 14, 2019) — Officials of the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced a special addition to their inaugural event schedule.
On Saturday, June 22, the series will run a $1,000-to-win, $200-to-start feature at the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway as part of the Ultimate Super Late Model series weekend. The popular dirt track tour will also be in action on Friday, June 21, kicking off a two-night spectacle of great racing.
Officials from both touring series feel the newly-created TDTS is an ideal companion division and expect plenty of action at Cotton Bowl. The Ultimate SLM tour will run a 14-race schedule for the Deep South region in 2019, while the TDTS was hoping to add Cotton Bowl to it's schedule.
“We're pretty excited to have this opportunity to race at Cotton Bowl alongside the Deep South SLM teams,” TDTS co-owner George Jones said. “Ultimate series officials reached out to us, praised what we're doing and invited us to come down. I believe we'll give their fans an exciting show.”
The Ultimate Super Late Model tour covers much of the country, with its Deep South region joining the Mid-Ohio Valley, Northeast and Heart of America divisions. Super Late Model racing on dirt is popular across much of the nation, and the USLM delivers quality entertainment at every track.
“Having the Texas Dirt Truck Series as part of our show at Cotton Bowl is an excellent fit,” Deep South region series director Charles Evans said. “That gives us four classes to run, offering a body style for all types of race fans. They love trucks in Texas, so we're excited to bring them on board.”
The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in October of 2018 and will make its on-track debut at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, on March 23. The series was created on the concept of offering an affordable yet highly-competitive and entertaining product based on America's love for trucks.In early January, the series announced five confimed race dates at I-37 this year thanks to a belief by track owners Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich that the TDTS will succeed. Other tracks and promoters are also expressing an interest, putting a big smile on the faces of series officials
“I'm thrilled with our chance to race at Cotton Bowl alongside a well-proven series like the Ultimate Super Late Models,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “Their two-night show will be very exciting, and we're honored they wanted us there. I hope this leads to more companion shows for us.”
Based in Carnesville, Georgia, the Ultimate Super Late Model series is the southeast's premier touring division. Chris Ferguson won the inaugural USLM championship in 2011, while Zack Mitchell won the 2018 points title. Casey Roberts leads the all-time win list with 20 USLM feature victories.
For more information on the Texas Dirt Truck Series, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. To learn more about the Ultimate Super Late Model tour, visit them online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
Sep 21, 2018
NEW TEXAS DIRT TRUCK SERIES
Welcome to the all new TEXAS DIRT TRUCK SERIES Official Web Site. This site will expand substantially as we begin to roll out an all new racing series in Texas, running full-sized racing Pickup Trucks, under its own set of rules, regulations, and procedures at hosting facilities.
This new dirt-track series will be based at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX. We expect the series will be a regular class on the schedule for all I-37 events in 2019. With good participation we intend to occasionally bring the series to other area dirt tracks when not scheduled at our "home-track", I-37 Speedway.
TDTS is planning to have two race-ready trucks on display at the final 2018 event at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX on November 9-10, 2018.
The website will be the method used to communicate "Official" updates, notifications, schedules, driver information, point standings and other important information. We encourage you to log on to the Official TDTS web site at www.texasdirttrucks.com on a frequent basis and please "stay-tuned" for further information. We're looking forward to presenting drivers and fans with more of the best dirt track racing in Texas!
Please take a few moments and check out the 2019 Rules and Regulations. And, please send us photos of your truck build so we can share them with others and show everyone how well this new series is taking off.
Start building! Thank you for your interest and please feel free to contact us at any time.
Dec 20, 2018
RULES PACKAGE FINALIZED
The initial rules package for the Texas Dirt Truck Series has been published. Please click on the link above. We will be reviewing these during an upcoming Informational Meeting planned for mid-January. Stay tuned for further updates.
Sep 27, 2018
Phil Whipple Joins Texas Dirt Truck Series as Media Coordinator
Series co-owners George Jones and Mike Fortier would like to welcome Maine resident Phil Whipple to the Texas Dirt Truck Series. Whipple will serve the TDTS as Media Coordinator, providing industry and local media outlets with timely, accurate information about this exciting new series.
Whipple started his motorsports journalism career back in 1992, writing a column for the famed ‘Speedway Scene’ trade paper. In 1993, he began a busy three-year run as a PR representative in the NASCAR Busch North Series.
He returned to journalism in 1998, and was hired by the award-winning Lewiston Sun Journal in 2000. Whipple spent the last 18 years covering auto racing for the Maine-based daily newspaper. He now covers weekly and touring Super Late Model racing throughout New England for Speed51.com, the nation’s No.1 Web site for short track stock car racing coverage.
At this time, we offer a hearty Texas-sized welcome to the Texas Dirt Truck Series. We know he brings a lot to the table and look forward to his written materials as we move forward into 2019. He’ll be visiting us in early December to shake hands and talk racing.
Oct 31, 2018
Truck builds are well under way with Jeremy Hernandez burning the midnight oil getting the Mike Fortier Motorsports #51 Truck in shape. The Chevy Powered Ford F-150 is in the final phase of building and will be ready for the "TDTS Trucks on Display" at I-37 Speedway's season finale November 9-10, 2018.
Simultaneously, George Jones and Russ Parker are making excellent progress on the #28 Chevy Silverado and is expected to be ready as well. Please take a moment and check out "Build Photos".
I-37 Speedway has committed to nine races for the Texas Dirt Truck Series during the upcoming 2019 season. Specific dates are being set and will be released soon. And other tracks have expressed interest in the TDTS as well. So..... we're well on our way!
Plans are being made to host a general meeting open to all interested drivers and owners in the very near future. We need to gauge participation in the series, explain the series' objectives, rules, race procedures, membership, and address questions or concerns. There is a lot of interest and excitement. Drivers and truck owners from Texas, Florida, and even Iowa have expressed interest in this new series. Please stay tuned for further information. We are confident that the Texas Dirt Truck Series will be fantastic and hope to see you at our up-coming meeting.
Please, contact George Jones or Mike Fortier with any questions. And remember, this website is the "Official" source of information for the series.
January 6, 2019
For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations
Officials announce partial 2019 schedule for Texas Dirt Truck Series
New tour will run five races at home base of I-37
PLEASANTON, Texas (Jan. 5, 2019) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced the first confirmed race dates for their inaugural season. The series will compete on five occasions at its home base of I-37 Speedway, with events at other tracks now in final discussions.
As Spring arrives in south Texas, the series will make its official debut at I-37 on Sat., Mar. 23. Interest has been strong in this exciting new tour since it was officially announced in early October of 2018. Series owners expect a solid field of trucks at the highly-anticipated debut race.
“I feel like we have the potential to have a very exciting inaugural season,” series co-owner and founder George Jones said. “We're fortunate to have Ray Doyon and Mike Keylich at I-37 serve as our home, and other successful tracks have shown a strong interest in our series, as well.
“We're also very excited to see new trucks being built. Interest from racers is growing each week. It takes time to build a base, yet I feel like we're well under way in that respect.”
With its wide racing surface and loyal fan following, I-37 Speedway serves as an ideal home venue. The five dates for the TDTS at the popular oval in Pleasanton include the opener on March 23, April 13, June 29, July 27 and November 8. More dates at other Texas tracks will be announced soon.
Officials have also announced details on qualifying procedures and features for 2019. Heat races will be run to determine starting lineups, and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) will be run when needed. Teams and fans will be able to follow Live Timing & Scoring for the Texas Dirt Truck Series using the MyRacePass App on their mobile devices.
Details on TDTS rules and procedures, etc., will be discussed in detail at a general meeting for drivers and team owners who are already locked into or considering racing with us in mid-January. For now, a date of Jan. 26 is being considered. Look for a confirmation on our Facebook page shortly.
“We're working with a couple of potential title sponsors that will determine the exact details of our purses,” series co-owner Mike Fortier said. “George is working on behalf of our racers to ensure our payouts are ample and allow them to stay active. We'll support our race teams as much as we can.”
Both Jones and Fortier have built trucks for 2019 to bolster the count, and to enjoy seeing their drivers take on the challenges of an entirely new yet exciting race vehicle. Jones will field the No. 28 Chevrolet Silverado with driver Russell Parker; while Fortier will field the No. 51 Ford F-150 with driver Tony Bernal at the wheel. Both drivers are eager and anxious to do some preseason testing.
For more information, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. Fans can also follow the series on social media at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/and on Twitter by searching for @TexasDirtTrucks.
October 2, 2018
For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations
New Texas Dirt Truck Series announced for 2019
Tour to be based at I-37 Speedway
PLEASANTON, Texas (Oct. 2, 2018) — Fans of dirt track stock car racing in the Lone Star state have a new reason to get excited about the 2019 season.
Officials of the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) announced on Friday the formation of a new division for full-sized pickup trucks. The series was formed by I-37 Speedway General Manager George Jones and his partner Mike Fortier and will launch its inaugural season next February.
“Our intention is to bring an exciting, fun and affordable division to the racers, fans and track promoters,” Jones said. “This will be a professionally run series created with race fans in mind.”
Series co-owners felt there was a void in the current dirt world, one the TDTS can easily fill.
“The world of dirt Late Model and modified racing is thriving in south Texas, yet we felt the need to create this series for several reasons,” Fortier said. “The popularity of pickup trucks is huge down here, and fans love a great dirt track race. We're going to give them a show with nice trucks.”
The series will utilize AR brand bodies and will feature primarily Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 styles. The trucks will closely resemble those in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as well as the popular Midwest Truck Series that races on asphalt.
“When you look at the incredible popularity of NASCAR's annual visit to Eldora with their trucks, you can see the interest,” Fortier added. “There is a growing trend in America for folks to own and be proud of their trucks, especially here in Texas. We're hoping to capitalize on that trend in 2019.”
“The trucks will be affordable to build and maintain, they'll be very racy and also fun to drive. We're excited about the potential for this series. While I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX, will be considered our home track, we'd like to see them compete at other dirt tracks throughout Texas next year to expand our reach. We feel like this could be very popular.”
With the first truck to be utilized for this series now with it's shiny new Ford F-150 AR body mounted by veteran I-37 racer Jeremy Hernandez, plans to get the TDTS up and running are in high gear. There will be two trucks built this fall for demonstrations at I-37's season finale on Nov. 9-10.
“Jeremy is going to drive for me in Truck No. 51 and is very excited about this new series,” Fortier added. “He was driving my Dwarf car previously but is now all-in with the TDTS. We're lucky to have him involved, and I know he'll be helping us show other racers the viability of these trucks.”
Taking a look at the 2019 rules package for the series, interested teams will find a very affordable engine rule running SBC or sealed 602 Crate engines, and a low-cost shock package. Readily available 108-inch Metric frames will be used. Tire costs will be contained by using only Hoosier F-45 asphalt take-offs.
For more information, go to www.texasdirttrucks.com. Fans can also follow the series' progress on social media at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/ and on Twitter by searching for @TexasDirtTrucks.
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