HEADLINES FROM THE 2013 SPEARS SOUTHWEST TOUR SEASONadmin
- Jim Pettit II won his third SPEARS Southwest Tour Series championship in 2013, adding his two NASCAR Southwest Tour titles, Pettit now owns five southwest tour titles. Pettit and the rest of the top 10 drivers and teams will be honored at the 2013 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series championship awards banquet set for Saturday, February 8th at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.
- Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Doss of Upper Lake, California, claimed the 2013 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Rookie-of-the-Year, the 2013 Flowmaster Young Guns title – for drivers under the age of 23, Doss also won at Stockton and placed second in the 2013 championship standings.
- On September 29th, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series competed for the first time on a track larger than ½ mile, when the series traveled to the one-mile oval of Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. Veteran Greg Voigt of Goleta, California won the 100-mile event for his second career series win.
- Derek Thorn won five SPEARS Southwest Tour Series events in 2013, while competing full-time and winning the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.
- The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series ventured to Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka for the first time ever and drew the largest crowd on record in over two decades to the raceway.
- Sixty-one drivers took the green flag in the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series in 2013, the second largest number of competitors to participate in the series in one season.
- In furthering their commitment to the series, Spears Manfacturing developed a new series logo to better associate the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and their company, with the series logo better resembling the Spears Manufacturing company badge.
- Spears Manufacturing also announced they will not only continue the “SPEARS Frequent Flyer Program”, which awards teams $1,000 minimum payout per race, but enhanced the program for 2014.
- With all the good news associated with the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series in 2013, the series also suffered two great losses, first with longtime series official Pete Holko losing his battle with cancer in May, and recently losing series photographer David Farr to illness.
For more information about the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series, go to www.srlsouthwesttour.com.