Rarely has there ever been a greater gathering of top short track stock car drivers than the one that assembled at Georgia International Speedway for the inaugural World Crown 300 on Sunday, November 27, 1983.
The all-star starting lineup included Jody Ridley, Mark Martin, Freddy Fryar, Darrell Waltrip, Alan Kulwicki, Rusty Wallace, Bob Senneker, Mike Alexander and the ‘Alabama Gang’ – Neil Bonnett, Bobby, Donnie and Davey Allison.
Wisconsin short-track legend Dick Trickle bested them all taking home the first-place trophy at the 1983 World Crown 300. Since then, the biggest names in auto racing have also captured the race with Waltrip, Mike Eddy, Rich Bickle, Rick Crawford, Paul Kelley, Jimmy Garmon and Ronnie Sanders among those taking home the title of ‘King Of The Short Tracks.’
On Sunday, November 14, a host of drivers from all over the United States and Canada will see if they can make history and be the next to wear the ‘Crown’ when the 27th-edition of the classic race takes the green flag at what is now Gresham Motorsports Park.
In recent years, the World Crown 300 has grown into a weekend racing experience with the addition of championship events for the Mini Stock, Renegade Street Stock, Truck, Outlaw Late Model and US Legends International Legend and Bandolero divisions.
This year, the Mini Cup cars have been added to the World Crown weekend mix – along with the first-ever World Crown 125 - a $7,000 to win Pro Late Model race on Saturday, November 13.
Sunday’s Super Late Model World Crown 300 – a 300-lap live pit stop battle – will pay $20,000 to the winner making it one of the biggest season-ending short track events in the country this year.
“This will be the most exciting race of the season, especially now that we’ve added the Saturday evening Pro Late Model race to Sunday’s World Crown 300 Super Late Model event,” said Dan Elliott, general manager at Gresham Motorsports Park. “That’s going to double the excitement. We’ll have some of the best drivers in the nation here – new talent against a number of seasoned veterans. There’s a lot of kids who are up and coming talents and others who are proven champions. You have to respect both for their accomplishments – and we’re going to have a lot of both of them here next weekend.”
Among those vying for this year’s ‘King Of The Short Tracks’ title are Kelley, the only-four time winner of the World Crown 300 and the defending champion of the event. Previous Crown champs Russell Fleeman and Garmon are also entered.
Additional top drivers filing entries for the November 14 classic are Chase Elliott, Johanna Long, Ross Kenseth, Augie Grill, Jason Hogan, Mike Garvey, Wayne Anderson, Bubba Pollard and Eddie Hoffman, Jr.
To see a pair of huge photo galleries from the 2009 World Crown 300, please click on the following GreshamMotorsportsPark.com web links –
On-track action for the 2010 World Crown 300 weekend will roll off with a two-hour Super and Pro Late Model practice on
Thursday, November 11 from 5-7 p.m. That practice is free of charge to the viewing public in the GMP Trackside Parking area.
Friday’s race card will be highlighted by competition in the US Legends International Legends and Bandoleros, Mini-Cup,
Outlaw Late Model and Renegade Street Stock divisions. Super Late Model qualifying for Sunday’s World Crown 300 will close out Friday’s on-track activities.
The Pro Late Model division will practice throughout the day Saturday, November 13 at GMP with the World Crown 125 later that evening. World Crown championship Truck and Mini-Stock division events will also highlight Saturday’s racing action.
Sunday’s World Crown 300 event will begin with the gates swinging open at Noon.
Opening Ceremonies are set for 1:30 p.m. with the green flag falling at 2 p.m.
Reserved Seat Tickets for the 2010 World Crown 300 at GMP are on sale now by calling 706-367-9461 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and also available on line 24/7 at http://greshammotorsportspark.ticketforce.com/
Full four-day general admission adult ticket packages are just $55.
Gresham Motorsports Park accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Gresham Motorsports Park is located just off I-85 at Exit 140, next to the Jackson County Airport in Jefferson. GA.
World Crown 300 Past Winners
1983 - Dick Trickle - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
1984 - Gary Ballough - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1985 - Mike Eddy - Midland, MI
1986 - Darrell Waltrip - Franklin, TN
1987 - Darrell Waltrip - Franklin, TN
1988 - Event Not Held
1989 - Event Not Held
1990 - Rich Bickle - Edgerton, WI
1992 - Rich Bickle - Edgerton, WI
1993 - Billy Bigley, Jr. - Naples, FL
1994 - Rick Crawford - Mobile, AL
1995 - Mike Cope - Pinellas Park, FL
1996 - Freddy Query - Mooresville, NC
1997 - Bobby Gill - Bradenton, FL
1998 - Jimmy Garmon - Braselton, GA
1999 - Freddy Query - Mooresville, NC
2000 - Micky Cain - Cleveland, GA
2001 - Paul Kelley - Pendergrass, GA
2002 - Event Not Held
2003 - Clay Dale - Jefferson, GA
2004 - Fredrick Moore - Gainesville, GA
2005 - Ronnie Sanders - Fayetteville, GA
2006 - Paul Kelley - Pendergrass, GA
2007 - Paul Kelley - Pendergrass, GA
2008 - Russell Fleeman – Dacula, GA
2009 – Paul Kelley – Pendergrass, GA