Months of anticipation will come to a head this weekend when Gresham Motorsports Park reopens with the 26th-Annual World Crown 300. The historic late model stock car race will close out a three-day weekend speedfest that begins this Friday at the totally refurbished racing facility. Formerly Peach State Speedway, the facility has undergone a massive eight-month renovation that has completely changed the landscape of the track.
“It’s hard to totally conceive how much work has been done here,” said Dan Elliott, Gresham Motorsports Park General Manager. “We’ve repaved the track, but that is just a part of what we’ve done. We’ve also made major improvements to the rest of the facility, things that will enhance the experience here for our fans and sponsors. What is for sure is that the weekend is going to end with another great addition of the World Crown 300. It’s race weekend and it’s time to show off what we’ve done. This is a culmination of nearly a year’s work.”
Included in the GMP facility improvements were the resurfacing of the half-mile oval and the creation of a quarter-mile track, all-new lighting and sound system, an aluminium grand stand, rest room and concession amenities. The track is also one of the most technologically advanced anywhere with an Inis Motorsport, Ltd. wireless and solar powered safety lighting system, a 7-loop data/timing scoring system and a two-lane drive-thru Infield Technical Center.
Meanwhile, a host of top Late Model Stock Car drivers have entered Sunday’s 26th-annual World Crown 300 event. Defending champion Russell Fleeman of Dacula, GA leads the list of this year’s hopefuls. Fleeman will have his work cut out for him against the likes of three-time World Crown titlest Paul Kelly and former World Crown winners Bobby Gill and Fredrick Moore. Additional challenges will come from young chargers Chase Elliott and Max Gresham while Taylor Saterfield, Cassius Clark, Ryan Sieg, Shane Hall and Jeffrey Choquette are just a few of the more than 40 entries expected for Sunday’s 300-lap headline event.
This year’s World Crown weekend will take the green flag Friday when the INEX/600 Racing Series Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Cars make their first-ever appearance in the more than 40-year history of the track. Adult tickets for Friday’s inaugural GMP event are just $10.
Saturday’s World Crown action will feature main events in the Mini-Stock, Renegade (Street Stock), Trucks and Iceman Late Models as well as Late Model Pole Qualifying for Sunday’s World Crown 300.
Sunday’s schedule is chocked full of activity with a dedication and ribbon cutting of the new GMP facility, pre-race entertainment and the running of the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
“It’s going to be an exciting weekend, not only for the fans, but for the competitors too,” said Elliott. “Be sure you are here early so you don’t miss a minute of the weekend – from Friday’s first-ever INEX/600 Racing program here to Sunday’s pre-race where we have a couple of surprises planned that we know the fans will enjoy and right down to the final lap of this year’s World Crown 300.”
Tickets for the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 are also now on sale at www.GreshamMotorsportsPark.com and will be on sale all three days of the event at the GMP ticket office.
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 has undergone a total facility renovation and will reopen with the 26th-Annual World Crown 300 November 13-15, 2009. The multi-purpose venue is currently formulating plans to host a wide range of events in 2010 including multiple divisions of auto racing, local and regional Trade 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 contact Dan Elliott at info@GreshamMotorSportsPark.com.