America’s Richest Short Track Race

Southwest Tour at Colorado National Speedway. Photo Credit Joe Starr

Bakersfield, CA – With over $156,000 paid out in 2016, the Winter Showdown has reached the distinction of “America’s Richest Short Track Race”.
The 2017 edition of the Winter Showdown held at the state-of-the-art, Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California has moved its race weekend up two weeks to February 9th, 10th, and 11th in 2017.
“The 2017 Daytona 500 date was changed to the final weekend of February, and we wanted to give teams the opportunity to compete at both Speedweeks and the Winter Showdown, so we moved our date up,” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins. “We will also move the race from Sunday afternoon, to a Saturday early evening start.”
The Winter Showdown will be in its third year in 2017, and has hosted the nation’s top Super Late Model drivers. Senoia, Georgia’s Bubba Pollard is the only driver to take home the distinctive Winter Showdown trophy. Pollard collected a record $40,000 for his win in 2016, which was his second consecutive Winter Showdown victory.
The 3rd annual “Winter Showdown” is set for February 9, 10, and 11, 2017, at Bakersfield, California’s Kern County Raceway.



  1. MAVTV to Televise 2017 Winter Showdown

    Bakersfield, CA – MAVTV and Lucas Oil Productions will be on hand once again to nationally televise the upcoming “Winter Showdown” at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

    The $180,000.00 Winter Showdown for Super Late Models/Tour Cars is one of the nation’s richest short-track events, with top drivers from throughout the nation already entered in the February 10th and 11th event. The two-day event will also feature the Lucas Oil Modified Series, which MAVTV will also televise.

    “We’re happy to have the opportunity to be part of the Winter Showdown once again and showcase this great event on MAVTV,” stated MAVTV Director of Programming, Jason Patison. “The Winter Showdown has already become one of short track racing’s premier events and we’re proud to be part of it.”

    The Winter Showdown will air on a taped delayed basis, with the air dates of the “Winter Showdown 250” and the Lucas Oil Modified event to be announced at a later date.

    “MAVTV always does an outstanding job covering the Winter Showdown,” stated the SRL’s Brian Olsen. “We had a great race for television last year, and Bob Dillner and Ralph Sheheen did a great job calling the race.”
    Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motorheads from all walks of life.
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