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SUPRS remembers and honors the late Billy Vukovich III Classic 100 at Mesa Marin Speedway
Prestigious Billy Vukovich III Classic Next on SUPRS Schedule

Fresno, CA - February 22, 2019...The Supermodified Ultimate Pavement Racing Series, (SUPRS), will honor the late Billy Vukovich III with the 15th Annual running of the Billy Vukovich III Classic 100 at Mesa Marin Raceway presented by Supermodified Scorecard.

In what is considered one of most prestigious races on the schedule, the SUPRS competitors are not only focused on what will be a tough battle but also ultimately, the reasons why they are running this event.

Callahan Hopes to Break Record

Three-time winner Steve Callahan, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, understands as well as anyone that winning this event is not just another win. “I’m going into this race just like I did the other three, with a lot of focus, and hoping that I can bring it home with a win because it means a lot to me since it’s about Vuky,” he said recently. Callahan is shooting for a record fourth "Vuky" at a track that seems to suit his driving style.

Sponsor Misses Racing


SUPRS co-founder John Davidson, of Sacramento, CA, has sponsored this race through his Supermodified Scorecard business since it’s start. Like Callhan, he's also a three-time winner of the event and would love nothing more than to be able to run this race again. “I miss the racing but most importantly the group of great guys who share and understand what SUPRS is all about ,” he explained. “The Vuky Classic is another classic race to honor a supermodified hero that left us way too early.”

Billy V. III, Part of Dynasty

Billy Vukovich III was a three-time starter of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the first third generation racer to compete in the race and like his father and grandfather before him was named the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Rookie of the Year.

While many in the mainstream motor sports arena will remember Billy III as a rising star of the IndyCar ranks, the supermodified community will always claim him as one of their own. Starting out just like Bill Vukovich and Bill Vukovich II, Billy got his start in midgets in his home state of California and was a champion in that division. He quickly moved through the ranks to the supermodifieds and competed for famed supermodified car builder Jim Belfiore before moving to larger, better funded teams in California’s Central Valley.

During his supermodified tenure, Vukovich III claimed the 1986-87 USAC Supermodified Championship. In 1987 alone he won an incredible 12 of 17 races with a string of seven consecutive victories. He was also a two-time winner of the prestigious Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway and was always a threat to win when he competed at Madera Speedway in the Vernon Reitz “Spirit of Madera” machine.

Vukovich III was killed at the age of 27 while practicing for a CRA pavement sprint car race at Mesa Marin Speedway on November 25, 1990.


Billy Vukovich III Classic Details


Practice begins at 8:00pm with Time Trials 8:30pm. The Fast Car Dash follows at 8:45pm to set the top four starting places of the 15th Annual running of the Billy Vukovich III Classic 100 presented by Supermodified Scorecard 100 lap feature which should take the green flag around 9:10pm.

The race will use the NASCAR Heat sim racing platform and the SUPRS W v6 modification for winged supermodifieds. This year’s show at the NASCAR Heat sim racing track is part of the SUPRS/HeatFinder.net Supermodified Challenge and open to anyone that has the track, the SUPRS modification, and has registered to race at SUPRS.net.

Watch The Vuky

Fans can enjoy all 100 laps of the 15th Annual running of the Billy Vukovich III Classic 100 via SUPRS LIVE! beginning at 9pm EST. Because it is a NASCAR Heat race, there will be no cautions, making for a show that should take under 30 minutes to complete.


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SUPRS Billy Vukovich III Classic 100 History


-2005 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Bud Flath
-2006 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: John Davidson
-2007 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Devin Gee
-2008 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: John Davidson
-2009 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Ray Sand Jr
-2010 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Bobby Gangwer
-2011 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: John Davidson
-2012 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Steve Callahan
-2013 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Steve Callahan
-2014 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Rob Warren
-2015 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Ray Sand, Jr.
-2016 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Bobby Gangwer
-2017 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Steve Callahan
-2018 Billy Vukovich III Classic Champion: Keith Powell

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