Story By: KOLBY RAMEY / SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY – SWEDESBORO, NJ – Spirit Auto Center Speedway has once again stepped up their racing game as the 2018 racing season quickly approaches. The success at Spirit’s 1/4 mile has grown leaps and bounds in the past few seasons and this year is already shaping up to be the best one yet.
Spirit has become known for it’s popular and well-paying Poker Series events that have been added to the schedule over the past few years. Last season, the ‘Skyscraper’ was created and quickly became a must see and attend event in all of micro racing. However, it’s Spirit’s Friday night program that has been the backbone behind the track’s most recent successes. The always well-maintained track surface and quick-efficient Friday programs is what has led many drivers to become weekly competitors at the South Jersey facility. Well, this year the drivers in each micro division will be vying for something extra each and every week. The drivers of the wingless 600 and winged 270 divisions will be racing for $500 weekly thanks to ‘ACE Overhead Door Company’.
“I can’t thank Bill Calvert and ACE Overhead Door enough for their partnership with Spirit Auto Center Speedway heading into this season,’ offered general manager Danny Serrano. “It’s been a constant effort on our part to make sure the 1/4 mile drivers that compete at Spirit never take a back seat to the 5/8 program we operate on Saturday nights. I think we’ve grown Spirit Speedway into it’s identity and have created its own brand for marketing purposes,” Serrano added. “We re-invest nearly every penny that is kept here and we sought out a company that wanted to see their sponsorship go directly back to the drivers through our weekly purse. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and I personally can’t wait for the ’18 season to get started!”
For over 60 years ACE Overhead Door Co. has served the needs for their customers in PA, NJ, and DE. Their time-tested and proven track record include installations, repairs, preventive maintenance programs, fire door inspection and testing, 24 hour emergency service, custom metal fabrication and many more services. ACE Overhead Door is located in Trevose, PA and can be reached 215-676-1500. To find out much much more about Spirit’s new division sponsor you can log onto www.aceohd.com and see all the services that their website has to offer. “Our son Billy started racing a 600 last year and our whole family fell in love with the whole new lifestyle,” expressed Calvert. “We love the Friday night program and wanted to see the track continue to thrive especially with their weekly deal. You see a ton of companies advertising with the speedway and I just felt that getting Ace Overhead Door out to the public was an easy decision,” Calvert added.
Two pre-season practices take place on the Spirit 1/4 mile before the season officially starts. March 24 and and April 7 will be the two test and tune dates for all 1/4 mile competitors (600, 270, 4 & 8 cylinders, slingshots, excel mods, mini late models, ect.). The first Friday night point show will kick off on April 13. Three Sunday Poker Series races have been inked on the schedule – May 13, July 8, & Aug 26. The remaining two Poker Series events will be the two ‘biggies’ at Spirit. Oct. 7 2nd Annual Skyscraper Weekend and the 8th Annual Bill Thomas Memorial on Oct. 27. Two special Saturday race programs will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 and ‘Pack the House’ Night on June 16 (both shows will pay $500 to win).