New track. New state. New Sponsor. New King.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Alcorn @ Dirtstar

New track. New state. New Sponsor. New King. The Dirt Racing Connection is proud to announce a partnership that will bring the 8th annual King of Compacts race to Route 44 Speedway in Liberty, Indiana, on Friday, September 1st, 2017. In addition to a new home, The DRC welcomes JD Byrider as the new title sponsor of the 8th iteration of the ever growing event that annually crowns the region’s top compact racer. Lap sponsor details and advertisement opportunities will be announced at a later date.

The 2016 King of Compact 7, presented by Kentucky Auto Service paid winner Kyle Willoughby $1500, the coveted crown, and etched his name in compact royalty. KoC7 saw a record 55 entries do battle, and 2017 is shaping to be the biggest event ever. Former winners include: Kyle Willoughby, Rex Smith, Jerry “Bubba” Gibson III, Willie Butler,  Jerry “Rooster” Gibson Jr., Kyle Purdy and Chris Shelton.

Dry Ridge, Kentucky’s Kyle Willoughby took the lead on lap 26 and held on to win the 7th Annual King of Compacts Presented By Kentucky Auto Service. Photo Courtesy of Steve Alcorn @ Dirtstar.

Dirt Racing Connection founder and race organizer, Jody Shannon, had to say, “We’re proud to build this new relationship with Route 44 Speedway. They are racers working hard to bring new life back to this track, and have listened to their racers voices to improve on the quality of the track each week. I’m excited to be able to host this race on Labor Day weekend, because blue collar workers and grassroots racing go hand in hand.”

Route 44 Speedway is a high banked 3/8ths track located just outside of Liberty, Indiana. A new committee of racers have taken the reigns of the track and have made many cosmetic, racing surface and safety improvements. The track is located at 3505 State Route 44 West, Liberty, IN 47353. For more information about the track, find us on Facebook or visit our website at
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