Gresham Mtrspts. Park Announces World Crown Schedule
Classic Event To Re-Open Georgia’s Newest Speedway
Track PR Report
Gresham Motorsports Park (GMP) has formally announced the event schedule and divisions competing in the 2009 World Crown 300 – the event that will re-open the totally renovated former Peach State Speedway.

The historic 26th-annual racing classic will open with World Crown 300 Pro Late Model transporter parking and race vehicle tech inspection from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday, November 12. The first on-track action at the all-new racing facility will take the green flag with Pro Late Model practice at 10 a.m. Friday, November 13.

"With construction finally winding down, we are shifting our focus to the scheduling, entries and rules for the World Crown weekend,” stated GMP General Manager Dan Elliott. “We are proud of our new facility and all of the efforts from our contractors and surrounding community.  We look forward to finally getting into the racing aspect of Gresham Motorsports Park.”

Formerly Peach State Speedway, Gresham Motorsports Park features a new half-mile racing surface, fencing and retaining walls. A new quarter-mile oval has been constructed to provide better racing in multiple divisions while a fresh aluminum grandstand and lowered infield pit area will give fans better sight line race viewing.

A new Control/Media/VIP tower, rest rooms, concessions, lighting and sound systems, and trackside parking are just a few more of the improvements made during the summer-long GMP renovation.

This year’s three-day World Crown 300 racefest will feature a host of highlights including the first-ever appearance of the 600 Racing Legends cars on Friday night. The full program of exciting Legends racing action – which will also include Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters - will cap the day’s activities.

Saturday’s World Crown 300 events will roll off at 10 a.m. and will be highlighted by full racing programs in four divisions – Iceman Late Models, Mini-Stocks, Trucks and Renegades. Action on the freshly minted GMP racing surface Saturday will also feature practice and qualifying for Sunday’s World Crown 300 Pro Late Model event.

The amazing transformation of the new GMP facility has made the 2009 World Crown 300 one of the most highly anticipated events of this racing season. The pit area will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, November 15 with Opening Ceremonies and Driver Introductions set for 1:15 p.m. The 26th-Annual World Crown 300 will take the green flag at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

“Over the next few weeks, we will be testing to determine tire compounds and the exact rules for all divisions,” stated Elliott. “Our primary goal is to provide the best competition among all divisions for the Crown weekend. We will be holding open test dates in October, so please stay tuned to our website for date announcements and rules that will be released as they become available.”

Tickets for the 2009 World Crown 300 weekend at Gresham Motorsports Park will be available in mid-September. Please log on to www.greshammotorsportspark.com regularly this month to keep abreast of the surrounding the reopening of Gresham Motorsports Park and the 2009 World Crown 300.

About Gresham Motorsports Park

Opened as Jefco Speedway with a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman (now Nationwide) race in 1967, Gresham Motorsports Park has served the auto racing community for more than 40 years. The half-mile asphalt oval, located just outside Jefferson, GA, is currently under a total facility renovation and is expected to reopen with the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 November 12-15, 2009. The multi-purpose facility is currently formulating plans to host a wide range of events in 2010 including multiple divisions of auto racing, local and regional Craft Shows, Farmer’s and Flea Markets, Car Shows, Concerts and other community events. For more information about Gresham Motorsports Park – or to enquire about booking a 2010 event at the facility - please log on to www.greshammotorsportspark.com or contact Dan Elliott at info@GreshamMotorSportsPark.com.


2009 World Crown 300 Schedule of Events

Thursday - November 12, 2009

10 am – 12 pm              Late Model Hauler Parking (Parking Only)
1 pm - 6 pm                  Late Model Tech & Check In
6 pm – 8 pm                 Pit Party (Pit Pass required for admission)

Friday - November 13, 2009

7:30 am                        Additional Late Model parking
8 am                             Late Model Pit Opens
8 am                             Tech, Late Model Teams, Sign In
9:30 am                        Late Model Driver’s Meeting
10 am - 12 pm               Late Model Practice (Break every ½ hr to clear gate)                             
12 pm - 1 pm                 Lunch Break, Trackside Parking and Grandstands Open
1 pm - 3 pm                  Late Model Practice (Break every ½ hr to clear gate)
2:30 pm                        Legends Pit Opens
3:30 pm – 6 pm             Bandoleros, Legends, Thunder Roadster Practice
6:15 pm                        Driver’s Meeting for all INEX Divisions
6:45 pm                        Opening Ceremonies
7 pm                             Feature Events

Bandoleros - 25 laps, 2 divisions, 15 min clock Trophy to win
Legends - 25 laps, 4 divisions, 15 min clock     
Thunder Roadsters - 30 laps


Saturday - November 14, 2009

8 am                             Late Model, Renegade, Mini Stock, Truck Pits Open
10 am                           Grandstands & Trackside Parking Opens
10 am - 12 pm               Late Model Practice (Break every ½ hr to clear gate)
                                   Local Divisions Safety Inspection
(Mandatory Prior to any On-Track Activity)   
12 - 1pm                       Pick Late Model Qualifying Position
12 pm                           Renegade, Iceman, Mini Stock, Truck Driver’s Meeting
1 pm – 3 pm                 Renegade, Iceman, Mini Stock, Truck Practice (Rotate 15 min sessions)
1 pm – 4 pm                 Late Model Qualifying Tech
4:30 pm                        Late Model, Renegade, Iceman, Mini Stock, Truck Driver’s Meeting
5 pm                             Qualifying for World Crown

                                   Opening Ceremonies Immediately Following Qualifying

7 pm                             Feature Events

Mini Stocks       50 laps
Iceman              35 laps           
Last Chance Race for Late Models (Laps TBD)
Trucks              75 laps           
Renegades       50 laps


Sunday - November 15, 2009

9 am                             Pits Open
9:30 am   - 11:30 am      Late Model Tech (All cars must be lined up before 11:30 am)
11:30 am                       Chapel Services at Infield Tech Building
12:15 am                       Driver’s Meeting - Driver, Crew Chief, and Spotter must attend
(Mandatory: Failure to attend & answer roll call will result in loss of starting position)
1:15 pm                        Opening Ceremonies, Driver Introductions
2 pm                             Feature Event

World Crown 300