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500 Sprint Tour, Little 500 goes to DirtVision

Jack Kessler

The 500 Tour, in addition to its marquee Little 500 at Anderson Speedway, will air on DirtVision this season.

It becomes the first pavement property to air on DirtVision, owned by World Racing Group, which also operates and broadcasts the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and Xtreme Outlaws Midget Series.

It also recently acquired the American Sprint Car Series, a 360 national Sprint Car Tour, with regional divisions as well.

“In the storied history of the Little 500, many dirt Sprint Car drivers have crossed over and raced this event on pavement,” DIRTVision’s Brian Dunlap said. “The Little 500 and the 500 Sprint Car Tour is the pinnacle of open wheel paved short track racing, it’s an honor to be chosen as their broadcast partner and showcase their events alongside The Greatest Shows on Dirt.”

Kody Swanson and Tyler Roahrig won the first two championships in series history. The series currently promotes 10 races across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

The first event will be Saturday, April 6, at Anderson Speedway. Other venues on the tour include Berlin Raceway and Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park and Salem Speedway in Indiana, and Toledo Speedway in Ohio.

“We are very excited to bring DIRTVision on as our broadcast partner for the 2024 season,” said Jared Owen, 500 Sprint Car Tour Series Director. “As a pavement series, we will be exposed to an entirely new demographic being on a predominately dirt racing platform. We can’t wait to put on a great show for all the fans out there.”

The Little 500 is one of the purest motorsports events imaginable — a 500 lap race around the Indiana quarter mile frequently won by multiple laps where every lap and pit stop matters. It’s quite the spectacle.

Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He also has extensive experience covering NASCAR, IndyCar and Dirt Sprint Cars.

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