The inaugural Risk On 360 Open Wheel Showdown is set for this weekend, December 1-2.
Teams from across the country and Canada will battle it out for 100 laps with hopes of taking home the $50,000 first-place prize money in the sprint car division. The event will lure the best in the business to the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The winged sprint car portion will be the richest pavement sprint car race in the history of the sport.
All the action will be broadcast live by SPEED SPORT.tv.
Nearly every single pavement sprint car sanctioning body in the country will be represented including the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro.
Jason Blonde, Davey Hamilton Jr., Ryan Litt, Tyler Roahrig and Bobby Santos III will make the trek west to represent MSR at the Open Wheel Showdown this weekend.
Between the five of them, they account for six series wins and the MSR championship this past season.
Blonde will be competing for the first time on the West Coast. He is coming off the MSR championship. The Michigan veteran may be the weekends wild card. He is teaming up with fellow Michigan car owner Dick Myers and his potent No. 50m Mopar. The Myers-owned car is the winningest active pavement sprint car in the country.
DAVEY HAMILTON JR.
The Idaho-born driver is no doubt the hottest driver entering the Open Wheel Showdown. He is fresh off a Sandi DeCaire Classic 41 win in Florida one month ago at Citrus County Speedway. He will be behind the wheel of the Kirk Morgan Racing Hurricane chassis.
The team has been just as impressive with veteran mechanic Todd Schmidt turning the wrenches. As a team they have eight wins this season, which leads the country. They also have three MSR wins, which is the tops in the series.
The Ontario, Canada drivers heads west for the first time. Litt hasn’t raced much since 2019 due to heavy COVID-19 restrictions in Canada until last season. He picked up an MSR win at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway in July. Litt has regularly beaten the best in the Midwest over the years, and may be a challenger for the $50,000 prize.
The Plymouth, Indiana driver needs no introduction. Roahrig is a two-time Little 500 champion and Indiana’s Anderson Speedway. He returned to winged pavement sprit car racing for the first time in several years this season with a handful of MSR starts.
At the Pink Lady Classic, contested at Meridian Speedway in Idaho, Roahrig worked his way up to third place before running out of fuel.
BOBBY SANTOS III
The Massachusetts-born driver enters the Open Wheel Showdown having been undefeated in West Coast competition dating back to 2019. In fact, Santos swept a pair of events at Colorado National Speedway in July. He also scored a MSR win at Ohio’s Lorain Raceway Park in June.