The calendar officially turns to springtime this weekend and the short tracks are starting to come back alive as a result. Here are a few of the events that race fans will be headin' out to this weekend.
Florida All Star Tour, Auburndale Speedway (FL) - Wayne Anderson won the first two races in the history of the FAST series this year, but the car counts have been strong and there are plenty of Super Late Model drivers who are shooting to knock him off his throne. This Saturday at Auburndale Speedway, they will get their chance in the Port City Race Cars / AMF Chassis 100.
Also on the racing card at Auburndale will be several local divisons of racing - Mini Cups, Mini Stocks, Bandoleros, Street Stocks, Legends, V-8 Bombers and the Kid's Club.
Practice starts at 10am, qualifying takes place at 5:30pm and heat races will kick off the racing action at 5:30pm.
Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals, Orange County Speedway (NC) - The same folks who bring you the North South Shootout Modified race at Concord Speedway (NC) every season each fall have expanded their schedule to include a race earlier in the season. This Saturday will mark second annual version of the Frostbite Modified Winter Nationals at Orange County Speedway (NC).
Matt Hirschman won this event last season, but he'll have some fierce competition this time around. “Madhouse” reality television stars Burt Myers, Jason Myers and Junior Miller are all entered as well as Ted Christopher, George Brunnhoelzl, III, James Civali, Zach Brewer, TJ Zacharias, Jimmy Zacharias, Brian King, Chris Zacharias and John Markovic.
Also on the racing card at Orange County will be feature events for the Ace Modifieds, Legends and Bandos. The Josh Jenkins Memorial 125 will be the Modified main event - with 125 green flag laps promised. The main gates at Orange County are scheduled to open at 3:30pm with a pit party from 5:00-5:45 and racing starting at 6pm.
Speed51.com will be on hand at Orange County to bring you Trackside Now coverage. The race will also be broadcast live on RaceTalkRadio.com as a Speed 51 Radio production.
Show Me The Money Series, Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) - Some of the best Pro Late Models in the Deep South will head to Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) this weekend for the first round of this year's Show Me The Money Series. Augie Grill will try to back up his dominating performance in the CRA race at Gresham Motorsports Park of last weekend, but he'll have his hands full as Josh Hamner tries to enjoy some home state glory and Hunter Robbins looks to make his mark on the sport as well.
The 125-lap Pro Late Model race will be the first of six Show Me The Money Series events at Montgomery in 2010.
Also on the racing card this weekend at Montgomery will be Pure Stocks, Trucks and the Buzz division. For more information on the event, please call 334-262-6101.
Texas Super Racing Series, Thunderhill Raceway (TX) - The Texas Super Racing Series isn't going on tour in 2010. Instead, the series will try to save teams travel money by running all of their events at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. The first of those events will take place this weekend with feature events being run on Saturday.
Fans will be greeted with plenty of improvements to the facility. A new midway, kids area and driver autograph area are all ready for this weekend.
The track offers this information about the event on their website:
“The full racing agenda for Saturday night will include the fan-favorite TSRS (Texas Super Racing Series) Late Models, along with the TSRS Allison Legacys, Texas Pro Sedans, Dwarf Cars, SportMods, ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks and Mini Stocks.
"Kids' bicycle races are on Saturday's list of activities, and kiddie rides (in the race cars) will also be offered at the end of the night.
"Grandstand gates will open on Saturday a little earlier than usual - at 4 p.m. Qualifying will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Driver Autograph Session at 5:15 p.m. The racing action will begin with heat races at 6 p.m. and opening ceremony and feature races immediately afterwards.
"Admission for the grandstands is $12 for adults (including tax), with a $2 discount for seniors, military and police and EMS personnel (with ID). Children 12 and under are free.”