As I write this, NASCAR has just levied its penalties for Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer’s little “incident,” and teams are on their way to Homestead to finish out the season. For most short track racers, the season is already over, and thoughts are on the 2013 season—and it’s not much different for the Circle Track magazine team. We are just a few weeks from the PRI and IMIS trade shows, and once those have past, our attention turns to Speedweeks.
Twenty thirteen is a big year for Circle Track, as it marks our 30th anniversary. We’re planning a few different ways to celebrate, but what we are particularly excited about is going to take place at Speedweeks. NASCAR has turned the backstraight at Daytona into a short track, where it will host a series of races coined the UNOH Battle At The Beach. Included in the two-day event will be Whelen Modifieds, K&N Pro Series, and Whelen All-American series, and I’m proud to announce that Circle Track magazine will be celebrating 30 years with a car that we will field in the Whelen All-American Series race on Monday, February 18.
Our Monte Carlo’d body Hess chassis will proudly display the Circle Track magazine 30th anniversary paint scheme. It will have KT Engines power under the hood, and we are very excited to work with Ken Troutman once again, as he has been a huge resource to the magazine in the past.
Driving duties will be handled by Dalton Zehr, who has been an instrumental part of not only the Project G.R.E.E.N Camaro, but other Circle Track projects as well. This, combined with his Super Late Model experience throughout various Midwest tracks and series makes him the perfect person to have behind the wheel.
“I’m really excited about the idea of being part of Daytona International Speedway’s Speedweeks,” explains Zehr. “How many racers get to do that? This year they are going to include a lot of up-and-coming drivers by adding the UNOH Battle at the Beach race, and I get to be one of those drivers. Not only that, but I get to do it in Circle Track magazine’s 30th Anniversary car. I have to be one of the luckiest guys out there!”
The entire Circle Track staff is excited to celebrate our 30-year anniversary, and a solid run at Daytona would definitely start the year off in style. If you’re going to be in Florida in February, come cheer us on!