HEADIN’ OUT… To The Track by Mike Twist
Scary Races Fill the Need for Speed This Week
The PASS South drivers are hoping for treats, and no tricks, when they return to South Carolina this weekend.
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The calendar is gettign near the end of 2007 and many short tracks across the land have hung up signs saying that they will be back inthe Spring. But short track racing isn't in hiberation yet. Check out some of the events on tap for this weekend:
The Howler 150 – PASS South will invade Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) this weekend for 150 laps of Southern Fried Super Late Model racing on Saturday.
There probably won't be any ghosts, goblins or monsters on the entry list. Instead there will be some Yankees like Ben Rowe, Mike Rowe and Cassius Clark taking on the regulars of PASS South - characters like Ryan Lawler, Dean Clattenburg, Tim Nooner, Preson Pelltier and Heath Hindman. We're not sure what category to put Corey Williams in. The former PASS North drivers has headed South and won three events this season. Expect him at Greenville as well.
And as always seems to be the case at PASS South races, a few surprise last minute entries will likely be in the pits. They might hail from Georgia or Florida or Alabama. We won't be sure until Saturday.
But the evening won’t only be about action on the track for families to share in. There
will be plenty of action off of the track as well, and once again, it’s PASS South leading the way. The evening’s events include trick or treating with the teams during the autograph session and a costume contest for kids. Adults can dress up as well if they like.
WESC 92.5FM, The Racing Station, will sponsor the Racing Trick of Treat portion of the event and children’s costume contest. The station will award prizes to the winners, as judged by local on-air personalities for WESC.
PASS South encourages all of the teams competing at Greenville-Pickens to bring several bags of candy with them to the autograph session to pass out to the trick of treaters.
In addition to the activities for kids, the “Howler” event will also feature commemorative t-shirts for fans to buy. 51 Sports is designing a special “Howler” t-shirt that will only be available for sale at the track.
And if you can't make it out to the track this weekend, be sure to check out Speed51.com's Trackside Now coverage of the event.
Here is the scoop on other big races this weekend.
ASA Late Models, Southern Division - Birmingham: This might be the most under-appreciated track out there. Birmingham International Raceway is a very historic and challenging facility that is a great place to watch a race at. Unfortunately, not enough people seem to get it and crowds have been thin as a result.
But we're telling you that if you are in the area, there is no good excuse to miss this weekend's ASA Late Model South race there. You'll see a cahmpion crowned, as Brandon Johnson and Beau Slocumb try to catch Jeff Choquette in the final points race of 2007. You'll also likely see some great racing. The track surface at BIR is old and challenging, so whoever wins the Alabama 125 on Saturday afternoon will likely have earned it.
South Boston 300 (LMSC): "When the annual running of the SoBo 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race at South Boston Speedway comes around in the fall, fans can expect to see the cream of the crop of the region’s NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division drivers and teams."
Jeff Choquette is hoping to become the ASA LM South champion when all is said and done at BIR this weekend.
That is how the track PR department at South Boston Speedway hypes this weekend's event and we couldn't describe it any better. Hundreds of LMSCs race weekly throughout the Carolinas and Virginia and this weekend, many of them will two to SoBo for a big show paying $10k to win. For more information on Saturday's race, visit the SoBo website by clicking right here.
Halloween Howler, All-Star Speedway (NH) – This writer is a veteran of a few Halloween Howlers himself and the race is a hoot. Hundreds of just-off-the-street enduro cars will hit the track, with many sporting Halloween themes. We've even seen a Cadillac hearse complete with a dummy (we hope) coffin in the back race in years past.
Another unique sight to the Howler is that if you get there early enough, you will likely see people in the parking lot chaining bumpers and painting numbers on cars that they drove to the race to compete with.
To say that this race is wild would be an understatement. Plus it's also the last new England stock car race that we know of until New Year Eve's Pre Hangover 150 at Riverside Speedway. So take some time away from watching the Red Sox in the World Series if you are in the area and see stock car racing in its purest form. It's on this Saturday night at All-Star Speedway in Epping, New Hampshire.