Story By: BRYAN HULBERT / ASCS – TULSA, OK – The conclusion of the American Sprint Car Series 30th season welcomes a new chapter as the 2022 round of events will be under new ownership, with Terry Mattox taking over as head of the Oklahoma based series.
Founded by Emmett Hahn in 1992, the American Sprint Car Series stands as the largest sanctioning body for Sprint Car racing in the world, with nearly 200 events contested yearly across a lineup of National and Regional tours. Looking to the 2022 season, Emmett will still work closely with Terry over the next year.
“I’m not getting any younger, and with everything that has gone on in the last six months with my family, it’s time for a change,” stated Emmett Hahn of the decision to sell the series.
“I love Sprint Car racing and want to see it continue to grow and thrive. I also wanted someone who has the time to put into making that happen. Terry is 26 and has the time and drive to work on this deal in the best interest of the teams and the sport. Of course, I’m not retiring. I’m still doing the Tulsa Shootout and the Chili Bowl, so I’ll still be plenty busy.”
No stranger to series ownership and management, Terry Mattox has been the Competition Director for the ASCS Sooner Region for the past ten years, as well as the head of scheduling for the National Tour of the American Sprint Car Series for the past four years.
Outside of ASCS, Terry’s portfolio is extensive, having built the National Open Wheel 600 Series from the ground up into one of the nation’s largest sanctioning bodies for Micros. The 2022 season will be the 10th year for the Micro touring series. In addition to that, Terry is also co-owner of the Oil Capital Racing Series and an active promoter of events with Terry Mattox Promotions with shows in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas over the past five years.
“This is something that I’ve been working towards since I started. I was surprised that it came this fast, but I am honored that Emmett trusts me to carry on the series and make it grow,” said Terry.
On any possible changes to the series, Terry said, “Right now, I am still going over everything and making sure that any changes I want to make are going to be what’s best for the series, but also the teams and the tracks. Car-wise, I don’t have anything that I see that needs to be changed right now. Emmett had already announced the aluminum block option for next year, so we are working on that. Where I will be looking is more in nightly logistics. Making things run quicker in order to get fans a better show.”
Along with ownership, Terry is also going to take over the role of National Competition Director. This will put him at every event on the National Tour schedule as Matt Ward has stepped down to help his grandfather [Emmett] with the Tulsa Shootout and Chili Bowl Nationals. His wife, Ashleigh, is also stepping down as head of timing and scoring.
“Matt and Ashleigh have done a great job, and they are still going to help me. We are still in the same office, we all work the same events, and we are very close friends. There were several years where they gave me a place to live, so beyond being friends, I have a lot of respect for them.”
The office of the American Sprint Car Series will not change, nor the phone number. Anyone with questions can still contact the series at (918) 838-3777 or at 1141 S. 83rd East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74112.