After two weeks of rainouts, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour hopes to return to action this weekend. They're not just going to be content running one race either - the Tour is planning to run a doubleheader with Friday action at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina and then take a trip down I-85 to tackle Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, North Carolina on Saturday night.
Friday - Blizzard SLM Series, Five Flags Speedway (FL)
The Blizzard Super Late Model Series kicks off this Friday night at Pensacola Florida's Five Flags Speedway. A healthy car count is expected with pre-entries already received from Joey Logano, Eddie Mercer, Grant Enfinger, Hunter Robbins, Augie Grill, Jeff Choquette, Josh Hamner, Michael Pope, Donald Long, Adam Crawford, Casey Smith, David Hole, Scott Carlson, Ryan Crane, Justin Drawdy and Ken McFarland.
Speed51.com will be on hand to provide Trackside Now coverage from Five Flags this weekend.
Friday - Georgia Asphalt Series, Anderson Speedway (SC)
The Georgia Asphalt Series Touring Series for Pro Late Models will make the first of two visits in 2008 to Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina on Friday, April 11th. AMS has been a regular stop for the GAS Series over the past three years.
Late Model drivers from throughout the Southeast will converge on the 3/8 mile oval.
Anderson Motor Speedway's wide straightaways and tight, tricky corners are infamous for producing close, competitive short track racing. AMS is truly a drivers track. AMS is located conveniently off of Interstate 85 at Exit 27, then go north on SC 81.
Racing is at 8 PM.
Saturday - CRA Super Series, Anderson Speedway (IN)
The CRA Super Series is set to open its 2008 racing season in the Great Deals 125 at Anderson Speedway this Saturday, April 12th.
There will be an open practice on Friday, April 11th, pits open at 3pm, practice will go from 4 until 8pm. Pits will open on Saturday, April 12th at 12noon, practice will be from 3 to 4pm, qualifying will be at 5:30pm, the race program will begin at 7pm and will include the Great Deals 125 for the CRA Super Series. For information on this weekends event go to www.andersonspeedway.com. For more information on the CRA Super Series go to www.craracing.net.
Saturday, Miller Lite SLM Series, Mobile International Speedway (AL)
Many of the Super Late Model teams that will race in the Blizzard Series opener on Friday night will also double up by entering the Miller Lite SLM race at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday night. Plus, Mobile will have a few of their own cars out there to kick off the 2008 SLM season at the track. Casey Smith is the defending Miller Lite SLM champion at Mobile.
Speed51.com will have Trackside Now coverage live form Mobile on Saturday, so stay tuned.
Saturday - UARA-STARS Series, Motor Mile Speedway
The UARA-STARS will invade the Motor Mile Speedway Saturday April 12, 2008 for their second event of the new season.
Will Jamie Yelton be able to pull off the win at Motor Mile? Yelton was the top dog last time the UARA-STARS visited the speedway in 2006. Yelton comes back full time to the UARA for 2008 with Melling Select Rookie Contender Paddy Rodenbeck in tow as his teammate. Yetlon had a strong run in the season opener and has what it takes to be a powerful contender for 2008.
Rodenbeck will have his share of competition not only for the race wins but also for the Rookie championship. Eleven drivers have pre-signed on as rookies.
Cliff Daniels pulled off a strong 9th place finish at the Concord event and eight of the race qualifiers are Melling Select Rookie contenders. That is a very impressive number out of the forty-three that attempted to qualify.
2007 Champion Ross Furr started his season on an up note same as he ended. Furr won the season opener at Concord Motorsport Park. Furr said “ It feel's great to win this race. Tim Taylor is one of my biggest fans and so is Wanda. They support me ever since I started running late model. They have supported me when I was wrecking and they have supported me when I am winning. I want to dedicate this race to Tim. He is laying up in the hospital right now. If we can win this race, he can beat this cancer that he's got and be here later this year when we win this championship. To be the Champion and win the first race of the season is just awesome.”
Young Jake “The Snake” Crum has shown muscle on the start for 2008 finishing
second in the season opener. During his post race interview with Doc Love Crum
said “If it hadn't been for that last caution, I think we had something for him (Furr).”
Third place finisher Roger Lee Newton said that “We had a little problem with the driver
during qualifying who wheel hopped and broke the rear end.” Newton ended up using
a provisional starting spot and came from 28th to 3rd throughout the night. Newton
said “I just want to thank my crew, they made my job a lot easier.”
On reflection, 4th place finisher Clay Greenfield was very pleased with his run. He
said, “ We had a decent car tonight. You know this isn't one of my favorite racetracks.
Getting out of here with a top five makes me look forward to going to Motor Mile a
place I like.”
Joining the STARS at Motor Mile will be the U-Cars and the Street Stocks to complete
Grandstand gates will open at 11:00 am - Racing will be at 4 PM
Saturday - ASA Late Model North Series, Toledo Speedway (OH)
The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts continues on with the 2008 racing season as the ASALMS Northern Division and the return of the USPRO Cup Series will take their turns in the spotlight at one of the most historic tracks in the entire United States.
The famed 0.500 Mile High-Banked Paved Oval of the Toledo Speedway, in Toledo, Ohio will serve as host for a highly anticipated doubleheader weekend of ASALMS racing!
The ASALMS Northern Division will run in the Glass Breaker 125 while the highly awaited return of the USPRO Cup Series will run the Welcome Back/Glass Breaker 75. The O'Reilly Auto Parts USA Modifieds Series will also be a part of this action packed weekend
Saturday and Sunday, Budweiser Modified Nationals, Waterford Speedbowl (CT)
The 12th annual Budweiser Nationals at Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, Connecticut will feature a star-studded entry list that includes Matt Hirschman, Jimmy Blewett, Jeff Malave, Woody Pitkat, Doug Coby, Kenny Horton, Rob Janovic Jr., Dennis Gada, Frank Ruocco and 2007 winner Jeff Pearl.
The lucrative “150” is the centerpiece of a 10-division agenda that also includes the Bowl's Late Models, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Legends divisions as well as the Northeastern Midget Association, Pro4 Modifieds, AllStar Race Trucks, Allison Legacy Cars and NEMA Lites.
There will be on track action on Saturday and Sunday at Waterford this weekend, with the big 150 lapper taking place on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday - ARCA RE/MAX Series, Salem Speedway (IN)
The ARCA RE/MAX Series hit the high banks of Salem Speedway (IN) on Sunday.
Practice at Salem Speedway is scheduled from 12:30 to 2:00 pm local central time Saturday afternoon, April 12th with SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying following at 3:30 pm. The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts is scheduled to roll off at 2:15 pm Sunday afternoon, April 13th.'
Sunday - 31 Annual Spring Classic, Big 8 Series, Rockford Speedway (IL)
The Spring Classic 100-lap feature is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 13th at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, IL. The race will open the 2008 Big 8 Series schedule.
The 100-lap event will feature a 24-car field with a starting pay of $225 and $1,500 to the winner. The full payoff is also available on the entry form.
Tickets are on sale now for the 31st Annual Spring Classic presented by Yellowbook. You can order the tickets online at www.rockfordspeedway.com or call the track office at (815) 633-1500.