HEADIN’ OUT… To The Track by Mike Twist
The Clock is Ticking on the 2007 Season, But There Are Still Big Races Left
Last year, Eddie Hoffman (L) won the ASA LM portion of the AA 400, while Boris Jurkovic (R) won the CRA Super Late Model show.
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There are still some big short track events left in the 2008 racing season....races like the Snowball Derby, Mason-Dixon Meltdown and Turkey Derby to name a few. But this weekend might be the last big multi-venue, multi-series hit weekend of short track racing in 2007. There is plenty of action going on featuring old traditions and new ones from Florida to North Carolina to Nashville.
Adam Petty Memorial All American 400 – What can you say abou the All-American 400 weekend at Nashville's Music City Motorplex that hasn't already been said? After all, we are talking about a prestigous race that lists names like Trickle, St. Amant, Garvey and Wallace among its winners. Click here to read more about the race's rich history.
After some lean years awhile back, the race is back to being a short track jewel thanks to dedicated track officials, the CRA Super Series and most recently the ASA Late Model Series.
The 400 is actually made up of two 200-lap events. On Saturday, the ASA Late Models will do battle in a non-points big show shootout. The entry list is stocked with recently-crowned ASA Late Model Challenge Series champion Travis Dassow leading a cast of characters that also includes Eddie Hoffman, Michael Annett, Robbie Pyle, Jesse Smith, Travis Cope, Brian Campbell, Jimmy Lang, Trent Snyder, Keeton Hanks, Phil Gill and Greg Stewart.
Other entrants are doing double duty in both races this weekend. Other entrants in the Super Late Model race include Chris Gabehart, May Day, Ryan Lawler, Jay Middleton, Justin Drawdy, Jeff Fultz, Hunter Robbins, Gary Helton, Tim Schendel, Nathan Hassleau, Casey Smith, Eddie Mercer and Russell Fleeman.
Speed51.com will have full Trackside Now coverage of the festivities at Music City Motorplex all weekend long.
John Blewett, III Memorial North South Shootout - Saturday's John Blewett, III Memorial North South Shootout at Concord Motorsport Park (NC) might not have as long of a history as the All-American 400, but it is just as big of a deal in Modified circles as the AA 400 is with the fendered folks.
This year, the event will pay tribute to its two-time winner Blewett, who passed away earlier this season. Blewett was one of only three drivers to win the race. The other two, Donny Lia and Matt Hirschman, are expected to race this weekend.
Also heading South to race will be guys like Ted Christopher, Jimmy Blewett, Chuck Hossfeld, Tony Hirschman, James Civali, Woody Pitkat, Andy Seuss and Bobby Grigas, III.
Defending their home turf will be the Myers Brothers (Burt and Jason), Brian Loftin, Brian King and Frank Fleming - just to name a few.
But it won't just be about Tour-type Modifieds either. The North South Shootout will also feature races for Supermodifieds, SK Modifieds, Crate Modifieds, Outlaw Four Cylinders, Vintage Modifieds and even pedal cars!
Speed51.com will be on hand at Concord with our Trackside Now coverage. Stay tuned to read the latest from the track.
Other Races This Weekend:
USAR Pro Cup Series, USA International Speedway (FL) - The Pro Cup teams have one more chance to shine before cooling their engines for the off-season. Taht will come on Saturday night at Lakeland, Florida's USA International Speedway. While it is a safe bet that Bobby Gill will emerge from the race as the series champion, there are still plenty of teams looking to make their marks with a victory in the season finale.
UARA-STARS, Caraway Speedway (NC) - Who will walk away from Caraway Speedway on Saturday night as the 2007 UARA-STARS Champion, Mark Setzer or Ross Furr? Both men are locked in a very tight points battle.
Sunbelt Super Late Model Series, Orlando Speedworld (FL) - There are just two races to go before the sun sets on the 2007 Sunbelt Series season. Catch the Super Late Models this Friday night at Orlando Speedworld.
Matt Hirschman won last year's North South Shootout. (51 Photo)