Speed51.com’s Fourth of July Preview
Who Racing, When and a Look at the Key Drivers
From Series PR and 51 Staff
It’s going to be a busy weekend of racing all across the county as racing series and tracks get set to host their big Fourth of July racing events.  Here at Speed51.com, we took some time to show you who is racing this weekend and where.  Several series are getting a jump and running before the Fourth while other series and tracks will use the weekend holiday to draw fans. We hope that you enjoy your weekend at the track.

July 1st
Rusty Harpe Memorial Firecracker 200
Caraway Speedway
Asheboro, NC
Late Model Stock Cars

Preview: With a $10,000 to win show, this could be one of the bigger events of the week.  There have been 10 races at Caraway this year for Late Model Stock Cars and nine different guys have gone to victory lane.  That means that this race is wide open.

July 2nd
Clyde Hart Memorial 125
New Smyrna Speedway
New Smyrna, FL
Super Late Models

Preview: Beating David Rogers, Tim Russell or Wayne Anderson is gong to be tough.  If one knows horse racing they might try to play these three riders as your trifecta in order to get a big pay off.

July 3rd
Whelen Southern Modified Tour 150
Caraway Speedway
Asheboro, NC
Tour Modifieds

Preview: The Southern Modified Tour returns to action at Caraway Speedway on Friday, July 3rd.  The tour has been off for several weeks and we’ll see if George Brunnhoelzl III can keep on posting solid finishes.  He is the current point leader.  Andy Seuss has won two of the first four races on the tour this season and has a strong record at Caraway. 

July 3rd
PASS South / Firecracker 125
Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Super Late Models

Preview: The first of a doubleheader weekend for the PASS South Super Late Model teams as they invade Greenville for a 125 lapper.  The smart money would be on Ben Rowe or Preston Peltier as they have won five races together already this season.

July 3rd
ASA Midwest / 38th Annual Keith Fleck/Miller 100
Hawkeye Downs Speedway
Cedar Rapids, IA
Super Late Models

Preview: It’s hard to guess what’s going to happen each week with the ASA Midwest Tour as the field is filled with talented drivers from top to bottom.  On paper, Steve Carlson has won both previous races at Hawkeye Downs and he has won twice this season already.

July 3rd
Georgia Asphalt Series 100
Lanier National Speedway
Braselton, GA
Pro Late Models

Preview: The GAS Series gets back into full swing at Lanier National Speedway.  One key thing that we’ll be looking for is if the series picks up a few of the Southern Pro Late Model Series drivers.  Their series folded up for the season earlier in the year.  Casey Roderick is the point leader heading into this event.

July 3rd
Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Magic Valley Speedway
Twin Falls, ID

Preview: The Rocky Mountain Challenge Series will be making only their third start this season at Magic Valley Speedway.  John Dillon and Eddy McKean won the first two races of the season.

July 3rd
Bailey's 200
South Boston Speedway
South Boston, VA
Late Model Stock

Preview: Another big Late Model Stock race at a track that has had well over forty cars race in their premier division this season.  Nick Smith won the last race at SoBo.  Can he do it again? 

July 3rd
Firecracker 150
Tri-County Speedway
Hudson, NC
Late Model Stock

Preview: This Late Model Stock event should draw a good field this weekend with Hickory being off. Dexter Canipe Jr. has three wins this year at the Hudson, NC track.

July 4th
Cherry Bomb 200 / ASA Late Model Challenge
Rockingham Speedway
Rockingham, NC
Late Models

Preview: We expect this could draw one of the best car counts of the week.  A field of 20 or so ASA Late Model Southern drivers mixed in with 20 or so ASA Late Model Challenge drivers could make this an all out dogfight.  We wouldn’t dare bet on anyone, except for maybe Drew Brannon, but he’ll have a tough field to beat. 

July 4th
NASCAR Camping World West
Toyota Speedway
Irwindale, CA

Preview: Jason Bowles won at Toyota Speedway last year, and he’s looking to do it again.  Bowles and point leader Eric Holmes have combined for five of the seven wins this season.

July 4th
UARA-Stars 150
Lonesome Pine Speedway
Coeburn, VA
Late Model Stock Cars

Preview: Paddy Rodenbeck has two wins in 2009, so does Matt McCall.  Brandon McReynolds has looked good as well.  Throw Jamey Caudill and some others in the mix and you never know what you’re going to get. We’ll just tell you that this should be a heck of a battle.

July 4th
Wisconsin Challenge Series
Dells Raceway Park
Dells, WI
Super Late Models

Preview: Steve Holzhausen has won both events so far in 2009.  Look for him to get his third win of the season this weekend. 

July 4th
CRA Super Series / EMF 125
Angola Motor Speedway
Angola, IN
Super Late Models

Preview: There have been three-point races thus far in 2009 and Johnny VanDoorn has won twice and finished second the other time.  The trip to Angola will be no cakewalk as Scott Hantz and Aaron Pierce are right on his tail in the points.  Hantz won at Angola last year.

July 4th
CarQuest / Forbes Chevrolet 100
Scotia Speedworld
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Super Late Models

Preview: The Maritime Pro Stock Tour will take part in the Fourth of July race weekend with a 100 lapper at Scotia Speedworld.  Greg Proude won at Scotia earlier in the season.

July 4th
ACT Castrol 250
Autodrome Montmagny
Montmagny, QC
Late Models

Preview: A big race on a tight little race track is going to make this a very interesting show for the ACT Castrol Series.  There are way to many names in the mix to pick a winner, Mario Gosselin won both races at Montmagny in 2008.

July 5th
PASS South / Independence 150
Hickory Motor Speedway
Hickory, NC
Super Late Models

Preview: The second leg of the PASS South Weekend will take place on Sunday, July 5th.  Ben Rowe won at Hickory earlier this season, but Preston Peltier has really come on strong with three wins since the first Hickory race.  Only Ryan Lawler has won more then once at Hickory.

Super Late Models at New Smyrna.
NASCAR Whelen Modifieds at Caraway.
ASA Midwest Tour at Hawkeye Downs.
Late Model Stocks at South Boston.
ASA Late Models at Rockingham Speedway.
UARA-Stars Late Model Stocks at Lonsome Pine.
CRA Super Series at Angola.
PASS South Super Late Models at Hickory.