Desert Classic this Weekend at CSP!


Lonnie Wheatley, PEORIA, Ariz. (February 24, 2016) – The month of February winds down in tremendous conclusion at Canyon Speedway Park this Friday and Saturday with the 28th Annual Desert Classic set to unfold atop the 1/3-mile clay oval.


Following an open practice on Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., two full nights of racing action will follow with the Arizona Differential IMCA Modifieds battling it out for a $5,000 winner’s share.


In addition to the IMCA Modifieds, the weekend double will also include the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades presented by Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive, Dwarf Cars and Micro Sprints.


Racing action goes green at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.


Reigning Desert Classic champion Ricky Thornton, Jr., enters the weekend with a hot hand after topping three of five Winter Challenge feature events that closed out the month of January.  Missouri’s Hunter Marriott took the other two Winter Challenge wins.


Thornton, Jr., who has captured 24 Modified feature wins at CSP since the 2014 season, topped the preliminary portion of the 2014 Desert Classic before Jason Noll took the finale.


Thornton, Jr., and Noll will face a host of strong contenders from throughout the nation over the course of the weekend.


Friday’s card for IMCA Modifieds will consist of two-lap qualifying and Twin 20’s to set the stage for Saturday’s $5,000-to-win Desert Classic championship finale.


Thornton, Jr., also reigns as the defending Desert Classic champion in the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars.  George Fronsman captured three Winter Challenge victories in recent action with defending track champion Matt Martinez topping the other two.


While Daniel Romero is the defending Desert Classic winner in the IMCA Hobby Stock vs. Renegade presented by Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive ranks, Jason Crowe and Paul O’Connor split Renegade victory honors during Winter Heat action.


The Dwarf Cars and Micro Sprints join in on the weekend’s Desert Classic action as well.  Danny Wagner and John Isabella enjoyed Dwarf Car honors during recent Winter Challenge action at CSP while Jarrett Martin took two of three Micro Sprint wins with Colton Hardy victorious as well.


Tickets for this weekend’s 28th Annual Desert Classic are just $16 on Friday and $18 on Saturday.  Children ages 7-12 are $6 on Friday and $10 on Saturday with children 6 and under admitted free.  VIP passes are available for $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday All Access Passes $35 on both nights.


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Canyon Speedway Park is located in north Peoria, AZ, off Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway.  For more information, contact the track at 602-258-RACE (7223) or check online at