HEADIN’ OUT… To The Track Compiled by Mike Twist
Gobble, Gobble...It's Time For Racing
Wall is a place where things happen to Modifieds in a hurry. (Rick Ibsen Photo)
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It's Thanksgiving weekend and millions of Americans will be hitting the roads to visit family, eat turkey and go shopping. Quite a few will also be hitting the road for racing this Turkey day as well. Here's where they will be going, and where you could also head to for some short track racing action:
Friday and Saturday, November 23rd-24th - Turkey Derby, Wall Township Speedway (NJ) – This race is simply a tradition in the world of Northeastern short track racing. Wall Township Speedway Modified regulars faced off against invaders from the RoC and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours on a bullring known for its rough and tumble way of racing.
You never know who will show up at the Turkey Derby either. Last year, True Value Modified Racing Series standout Les Hinckley was a surprise entry who almost upset local native Jimmy Blewett, before Blewett simply booted him out of the way and went on to win the race.
Don't blame Blewett for being a bad guy though, Wall is just a place where you have to use the chrome horn - or someone will use it on you.
In addition to the headlining Modified race, the Turkey Derby will also feature events for the Wall/SK/B/SST Modifieds, Legend Cars and various other divisions.
Speed51.com will be on hand to bring you a recap from the weekend as well.
Other Races This Weekend:
Thursday, November 22nd - 67th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix, Irwindale Speedway (CA) – Jerry Coons Jr. and Johnny Rodriguez are headed for second USAC driving championships Nov. 22 when the National and Western USAC Midget Series conclude their respective 2007 seasons in the 67th “Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.
Rodriguez was 20th and Coons 36th in Thursday night’s 25-mile “Copper World Classic” Midget feature at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway behind winner Dave Steele.
Steele, of Tampa, Fla., ended his five-month USAC hiatus with a stunning victory in Thursday’s Phoenix race. Driving the Toyota Oakley/Performance Racing Industry Beast/Pink Toyota, Steele caught Billy Wease on lap 20 and led the final six circuits of the one-mile paved oval to beat Bobby Santos III, Kody Swanson, Bobby East and Wease. Santos led the first two laps and Wease led the next 17.
Josh Wise was Thursday’s fastest qualifier in the 47-car field and finished seventh in the 25-mile feature.
Friday-Sunday, November 23rd-25th - The Thanksgiving Classic, Southern
National Speedway (NC) - It will be a big weekend for Late Model Stock Car teams
in the Carolinas as Southern National Speedway opens its gates for The Thanksgiving
Classic. Denny Hamlin will return to his roots for the event this year, along with some
of the best LMSC teams in the region.
Sunday, November 25th - Turkey 300, Caraway Speedway (NC) - Caraway
Speedway (NC) will host the Turkey 300 Sunday afternoon at 2pm. On schedule will
be a 150 lap V6 Enduro, 100 Lap Mini Stock, 50 Lap Street Stock, 12 Lap Cab Car
and 10 Lap U-Car events. Grandstands will open at 12 (noon) and the race will begin
Late Model Stock Cars will be on parade in The Thanksgiving Classic, this weekend at Southern National Speedway (NC).