Mooresville, NC. driver Mike Harmon travels the country as an ARCA competitor, but he's looking forward to one more trip this season.
Harmon will compete in the Nov 10-11 World Classic at Birmingham Int'l Raceway. It will be homecoming for Harmon, who used to race out of Birmingport, and who won the BIT track championship in 1990 and 1991.
"I still have my Late Model, and I have a fresh engine for it. It's a Pontiac, and I haven't raced it in two years. I took it to the track at Concord and shook it down, but I didn't race. I don't want anything to happen that would keep us from coming to Birmingham.
Can he win at his old home track?
"Oh, I think so," Harmon said. "I know I haven't forgotten how to get around the track. The setup will be the same because the track hasn't changed. We'll have a good shot at winning. I'm just glad things worked out so I could be in the World Classic.
"I'm looking forward to it because running at Birmingham got me into doing the racing I'm doing now. I probably won't know half the guys who are racing there now, though."
Mike Harmon will move from the ARCA car to a Super Late Model at BIR. (51 Photos)
He has bittersweet memories of one World Classic.
"I finished second to Barry Martin one year. A tire went down the last 10-or 15 laps, and I just couldn't get by him. But I guess I was lucky to finish second a flat tire. It just had five or 10 pounds of air in it.
"The last time we won a race in Birmingham was 1999. I think we won five features and finished second or third in points. I missed a race in Birmingham to run an ARCA race in Charlotte, and that hurt us."
Harmon, who is part owner of his ARCA team, like Mooresville, which is near Charlotte, the hub of stock car
"We raced all the ARCA races this season, and so far that's all we've done."
Harmon said. "We finished 15th in points. Last year and we were eighth in points and were pretty satisfied with that.
"ARCA has gotten so competitive now that you have to ask of your equipment.
We had a decent run at Talladega. We finished 13th and didn't get in the wreck. We would have moved up in the last 15 laps but they shortened the race. But I was pretty satisfied. Who knows, we might have gotten upside down if it had continued. Thirteenth at Talladega isn't bad.
racing. "There are race cars and hot rod stuff everywhere you look," he said. "If I need a part I know where to get it. I couldn't do what I 'm doing in Alabama."
The race is being held in the memory of Charlie Bradberry, who won the last two World Classics. Bradberry lost his life in a passenger car accident this year.
Also as it being held on Veterans Day weekend all Veterans will be admitted free to the grandstands for this event.
A 150 lap race for the Super Late Models will be the premier race of the World Classic on Nov 11. It will pay $10,000 to the winner. That's night's program also will include a 100 lapper for the O'Reilly Supertruck Series, a 50 lap Open wheel modified event, 30 laps for the sportsman, 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds, a 20 lap for the Street Stocks and a 20 lap event for the Buzz division. Racing will begin at 6 pm
The Nov 10 schedule includes qualifying for the Super Late Models, O'Reilly Supertrucks and Open Wheel Modifieds with features for the Sportsman, Mini Modifieds, Street Stocks and Buzz cars. Gates will open at 6 pm with qualifying at 7 pm and race time at 8 pm.
Some of the drivers that are expected include Dave Mader III, Ken McFarland, Johnny Brazier, Augie Grill, Josh Hamner, Andy Antinoro and Larry Speakman. Promoter B J Parker said he expected 30 cars will start the Super Late Model event.