Racing at Sunshine SpeedwayBy RYAN BOYLE
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 1, 2003
WHAT: The 2003 Winternationals, featuring the 50-lap "Wild Bill" Revard Figure 8 Race, plus other short-track competition in the Open Wheel Modified, Outlaw Late Model, Mini Stock, Enduro and Street Stock classes.
WHEN: Sunday. The grandstands open at noon. Figure 8 qualifying starts at 1 p.m., and racing begins at 2.
WHERE: 4500 Ulmerton Road (State Road 688).
ADMISSION: Adults, $12; children 6-12, $5; children under 6, free; parking, free.
NOTES: With two months of much-needed rest and recuperation for the drivers and their vehicles and another four weeks until the official start of the 2003 season, racers will suit up for the Winternationals. For the second year, all drivers in points classes taking the green flag in their feature event will receive 10 points to count toward the upcoming campaign, a gesture aimed at those unwilling to risk their machines in a race carrying no weight. Sunday's headlining event, the fourth annual "Wild Bill" Revard Memorial Figure 8 Race, is named for a fallen driver. The event is an emotional one for participants, many of whom raced with or considered themselves friends of Revard. St. Petersburg's Art "The Master" Calkins, who will be in car No. 11, won last year's showdown. The 2002 Figure 8 points champion, Cliff Rousseau, and his black No. 3, along with No. 89 racer Ron "Hollywood" Davis, are sure-fire contenders. A full schedule of action is set, including twin Street Stock featuresthat will culminate in a 10-lap shootout.
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