BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tony Stewart will accompany the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 when the tour opens its point season at Park Jefferson Int’l Speedway on May 29-30.
Originally slated to award a pair of $5,000 pay days, the weekend now carries a total winner’s share equaling $13,200 (with $6,600 to each race winner) thanks to Kevin Rudeen of Rudeen Racing.
Stewart, the owner of the All Star Circuit of Champions, is a five-time winner with the traveling All Stars over the course of his career, most recently claiming $26,000 during the Rayce Rudeen Foundation event at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa, on July 28, 2019. The 2020 Rayce Rudeen Foundation race, once again awarding a $26,000 top prize, will be contested at the Plymouth (Wis.) Dirt Track on Thursday, July 30.
Rudeen decided to beef up the payouts at Park Jefferson Int’l Speedway by adding a $3,000 kick to each night’s feature purse, ultimately bumping the top prizes from $5,000 to $6,500. In addition, the runner-up and third-place finishers on each evening will receive an extra $500, with the fourth and fifth-place finishers on each evening receiving an extra $250.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing sprint cars back on the track on a consistent basis,” said Kevin Rudeen. “I hope to be able to get to South Dakota next weekend to watch in person, but if not, I’ll be tuned into FloRacing. I appreciate the efforts of Tony and his team to get the season started.”
Earlier this week Trunk Bar in Knoxville, Iowa, posted $100 per night bumping the total to $6,600-to-win on Friday and Saturday.
As an added bonus, Kevin Rudeen will also award $250 to each heat race winner at Park Jefferson International Speedway.
“Kevin (Rudeen) has been nothing but supportive of the All Stars for the last two years and the sprint car industry on the whole for many more years,” said Stewart. “It was pretty cool winning the inaugural Rayce Rudeen Foundation race last year at 34 Raceway and I look forward to defending the title this year at one of my favorite tracks – Plymouth, WI. I’m really excited that we are getting the season started next weekend with the All Stars. Ten races over a 17-day period beginning with two at Park Jefferson. It’s been a long while since I’ve raced in South Dakota.”