Fight Dirty Truck teams are arriving in Daytona for the opening race ofthe Fall/Winter season at NORL. Rod Weston is looking to defend his FDTS Championship against a host of very talented drivers this season, some new some returning to try to dethrone Rod as the champion. The FDTS schedule jumps from 6 to 12 races this season with all tracks from last season returning and 6 new. A win at Daytona will certainly set the pace for the Fall/Winter season.
From the BIG track to the SHORT track, FDTS leaves Daytona and heads to the mountains of Virginia and to the Martinsville Speedway. This famed "Paperclip" seems like a slower pace but always produces great racing. Watch for the cream to rise to the top early and stay there for most of the race.
Martinsville to North Wilkesboro. NORL is doing it's part to SAVE THE SPEEDWAY. Though NASCAR racing ceased here years ago the FDTS takes its chance to fill the seats once again at North Wilkesboro. This track also produces great races not only up front but all through the field. Watch for underdogs to make their way to the front here and in turn make a bid for the championship.
Halfway across the country sits Texas Motor Speedway. Mostly dormant this time of year, FDTS is going to wake up the DFW with the "Remember the Alamo 117." This race last season produced first time winner Tim McDonnell in his #31 Honda Ridgeline. An early crash involving most of the drivers combined with Tim's smooth driving style to stay ahead of the crash, allowed him to effectively lap the field with second place driver JR Foley finishing 1 lap down. Watch for the #31 and #18 to be strong againthis season. Head north the the mid-west states and Iowa Speedway. This race last season proved as the midpoint in the championship. With only 3 drivers making the trip Iowa was almost thrown out of the schedule. Management has graciously invited FDTS back to disprove last seasons event and fill the stands. This mid-sized track can allow for long green flag runs. Watch for "short-track aces" to prove their worth here.
Also new for the FDTS is the trip to the chilly confines of Canada this season with a trip to the all new Victoria Speedway in the beautiful surroundings of British-Columbia. Previous testing at this track proved to be very racey with a comparable outside lane to provide for great racing all evening.A win here would surely produce a championship caliber driver.
From Snow to Dirt we move back into the US to Rossburg, OH and the famed dirt confines of Eldora Speedway. Tony Stewart has assured FDTS officials a perfect racing surface for our first trip to the dirt. Although this is just an exhibition race, racers should be able to enjoythemselves and relax a little and let the track come to them. Again watch the underdogs as no one can be counted out for this race. If all goes well Eldora could end up on future schedules as a points paying event.
After a hearty Thanksgiving dinner the FDTS heads back north to do battle in front of the Big 3 automakers at Michigan Int'l Speedway. Michigan never disappoints for great racing. Watch for "invaders" to enter and make a stand in the motor city.
East to New York and Watkins Glen Road Course. This will be the 2nd trip to the Glen for the FDTS. Frank Womack paved the way last season proving his road racing prowess. Can he dominate this race again?
Richmond. What else really needs to be said. Trucks take the track under the lights which will certainly provide a beautiful backdrop for all the sparks coming from down on the racetrack. This 3/4 mile track proves its worth on the schedule through the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Being the last race before the chase, Richmond is usually the turning point in a lot of racers season setting up a run for the championship. Hopefully doing the same for FDTS.
Off for 2 weeks providing travel and recovery time from Christmas and New Years, FDTS returns to action at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hangover recovery in the "Dirty South" most usually means "Hair of the Dog" but FDTS hopes to provide the "Sobering"experience we've all waited for. Fast speeds and "hanging" RPM's will most certainly make for an interesting night.
Dirty South to the desert. FDTS heads west to the other tricky triangle in Phoenix Motor Speedway. Excellent handling and throttle control seem to be key here. Again watch for "invaders" or even "Aces" to find their way to the front.
Once again FDTS finds its way across the continent back to Florida and
Homestead Speedway. Homestead produced great racing last season as Rod Weston only had to start to clinch the championship. Could this be his repeat season or can the King be dethroned? If last season was any indication this should probably be about the best race of the season, especially if the championship is still up for grabs. Though Homestead is in danger of losing it's season ending slot on the schedule watch for this track to return next season as a key race in the run for the FDTS championship.