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Officials from Caraway Speedway announced late today that the 18th Annual North-South Shootout will be moving to the 55-year-old facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several options were explored including keeping the event at Hickory Motor Speedway or even possibly cancelling this year's event. The 18th Annual North-South Shootout will continue to be the weekend of November 6-7 and will feature 150-lap events for the Tour-Type Modifieds and Super Late Models. The Limited Late Models will also be in action, along with 602 Modifieds, 602 Super Limiteds, and Mini Stocks.
"We tried everything we could do to keep the North-South Shootout at Hickory, but were unable to finalize anything due to the unknowns surround the state government's COVID restrictions," said North-South Shootout promoter, Darren Hackett. "Luckily we have plenty of room at Caraway to social distance and we felt like moving it back here for this year was the next best option."
Caraway Speedway hosted the North-South Shootout from 2011-2014 with the four races there being split between Matt Hirschman and Ryan Preece. Hirschman is excited to try an extend his wins record in the North-South with the return to Caraway.
"2020 has been such a strange year for motorsports, nothing surprises me," says Hirschman, seeking an unprecedented 7th win in the North-South Shootout. “The different rules for different states during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected everyone and we just have to do whatever we can to support these events when we can.”
Top Southern Modified runner Burt Myers scored back-to-back wins in the North-South at Concord Speedway in 2008-2009 and leads a strong southern contingent of Modified drivers like Brian Loftin, John Smith, Bobby Measmer, Jr., and Jeremy Gerstner in defense of their home turf. Hirschman realizes a win at this year's Shootout will be tough to achieve with so many strong teams having experience at Caraway Speedway.
“Ultimately the cream will rise to the top," says Hirschman. "Some of the Southern Modified teams with a lot of laps at Caraway will be tough, but it will come down to good cars with good setups and a good race strategy to be on top at the end of the night no matter where the event is held.”
On Saturday, November 7th, the 18th Annual North-South Shootout will see 150 laps for the Tour-Type Modifieds, paying $7,500 to win and $1000 to start. Super Late Models will also be racing for 150 laps with $5,000 going to the winner and $500 to start. Limited Late Models will compete in a 75-lapper for $2,000 to win and the 602 Modifieds will also be in action. On Friday, November 6th there will be practice and qualifying for the Tour-Type Modifieds and Super Late Models, along with feature events for the 602 Super Limiteds, Mini Stocks, and more.
Entry forms and the complete weekend schedule are now available at CarawaySpeedway.com
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to drive around a world-class NASCAR racetrack?
The American Cancer Society and Atlanta Motor Speedway are offering race fans and all driving enthusiasts a chance to drive onto the high banks of its historic 1.54-mile oval to benefit breast cancer patients and raise funds for research.
Laps For Hope, sponsored by Chevy Cares, will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, and allow participants to drive their own vehicles onto the 24-degree banked turns and take laps up to 80 mph around the speedway behind the pink Chevrolet SS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer pace car. The event will open at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
“We’re so excited for this new event to support our fundraising efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” says Mayela Allen, executive director for the American Cancer Society in Georgia. "Without our annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this fall, we were searching for ways to keep our participants engaged and this is a safe way to do that. Each car that comes through the tunnel and rolls onto the track is a celebration of our survivors and knowing we are saving more lives from cancer.”
The first lap of the evening will be a special tribute lap dedicated to Marcy Scott, director of Marketing & Promotion at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 2005-2013, who passed away from breast cancer. The infield media center has been named the Marcy Scott Media Center in her honor.
Admission will be $50 per vehicle for three laps around the track. To ensure limited contact during the experience, tickets must be purchased online prior to arriving at the facility. Participants will enter at the main tunnel off Speedway Boulevard to have their tickets scanned and proceed into the speedway. To maintain social distancing guidelines during the event, participants will be required to remain in their vehicles while inside the facility.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, visit makingstrideswalk.org/
A perfect time.
The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series returns to Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway for Friday night’s World of Westgate 200 and the 17th race of the season is exactly what Austin Wayne Self and the AM Racing needed.
Las Vegas is a place known for taking chances and with the team hungry for a top-10 finish in Truck Series competition, the opportunity to roll the dice in Sin City this weekend is definitely on the table.
Speed hasn’t been a problem for the AM Racing team over the last eight weeks, unfortunately, two races in particular at World Wide Technology Raceway and last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway saw missed opportunities for the operation as Self was involved in incidents, not of his making.
Bouncing back is important in sports and NASCAR is no different.
Knowing that crew chief Eddie Troconis is bringing Self a competitive truck and a chance to earn a top-10 finish – Self plans to make his move and hope it’s a blackjack type of feeling.
“I’m looking forward to Las Vegas this weekend,” said Self. “It’s one of the stops on the schedule that I know that we should be competitive and have an opportunity to put our AM Racing near the front.”
Self will make his eighth career start at the 1.5-mile speedway track. In his previous seven starts, he hasn’t finished worse than 21st which ironically came in his track debut in 2016.
To bookend the Las Vegas race this year, JB Henderson Construction is returning as the primary partner this weekend.
Established in 1959, JB Henderson performs general and mechanical contracting and is dedicated to serving their customers and employees through collaborative construction focused on safety, solutions, and skill.
“It is great to have JB Henderson Construction back on board this weekend at Las Vegas,” added Self. “They stepped up their commitment to our team this year and we’ve been able to represent them in a larger role which has been a big boost for our team.”
This weekend, Self returns to Las Vegas on the heels of back-to-back 17th place finishes last fall and this past February.
17th won’t cut it as far as Self is concerned. He hopes to rekindle the strength of their fall effort in 2018 where the team finished ninth after starting 25th.
“Las Vegas is a fun place to race,” he added. “The track has a lot of character and is very sensitive to weather. With no practice or qualifying, I know we’ll have to make some tweaks on our truck at the end of the first stage, especially as the track transition from day to night.
“We just need to make sure we can get our truck handling through the bumps and accelerating the way we want through exiting the turns and onto the straightaways.”
Even out of the Playoff picture, it’s still business as usual for the AM Racing team as Self expects the upward performance trend to continue to climb aboard his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado from now until Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway in November.
“We’re a relatively small team, but sometimes David can beat the Goliath and at times we’ve been able to show that on track with our heart and passion of racing,” added Self. “We have a lot of people, including our partners who are devoted to our race team and focused on seeing our team succeed not only in 2020 but as we start to think ahead to 2021.”
In addition to primary partners JB Henderson Construction and GO TEXAN, AM Technical Solutions, AIRBOX Air Purifier, Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle, Kreuz Market and Prasek’s will serve as associate partners in the 18th race of the year.
In 101 NGROTS races, the 2014 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has two top-fives (second at Daytona 2017, fifth at Michigan 2019) and seven top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.7 during his five years of competition.
The Austin, Texas native is nestled 17th in the championship standings with six races remaining.
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The World of Westgate 200 (200 laps | 300 miles) is the 18th of 23 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 36-truck field will take the green flag on Fri. Sept. 25, 2020, shortly after 9:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
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South Boston Speedway officials announced this week the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event that was postponed in March will not be rescheduled.
The event, which was originally scheduled for March 21, was to have been the 2020 season-opening event at “America’s Hometown Track.”
“It is disappointing that we are unable to reschedule the event,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.
“We miss the great racing and the excitement the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour brings for our fans.”
Fans that purchased advance tickets for the event should contact the South Boston Speedway office at 434-572-3945 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540 for information.
South Boston Speedway has been a popular venue for the NASCAR Modified competitors.
“Fans across the region have enjoyed seeing the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour teams compete here,” Rice said.
“The Modifieds are the fastest and most powerful cars that fans see race here, and the competition level on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is very high. Fans are treated to a great show when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visits our track for one of its stops in the South.”
Ron Silk won at South Boston Speedway in 2019 when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to “America’s Hometown Track” for the first time since 2001.
Prior to that, the former NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour visited South Boston Speedway each season from 2009 through 2016, with a total of 11 events being held at the .4-mile oval.
The history and popularity of the Modifieds at South Boston Speedway pre-dates the touring series events. The Modified Division was the featured racing division at South Boston Speedway from the time the track held its first race in 1957 through 1968 season.
South Boston Speedway joined the NASCAR fold in 1960, and for a total of nine seasons the track’s NASCAR track champion was the Modified Division champion. The legendary late Ray Hendrick won four of his five career South Boston Speedway track championships in the Modified Division.
No racing events have been held at South Boston Speedway this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the speedway is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for teams wishing to schedule testing sessions. The track is available for testing from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Teams wishing to schedule testing sessions should contact the speedway office at least a day ahead to schedule a testing date.
For the latest information and announcements about South Boston Speedway and its events go to the track’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com and follow South Boston Speedway’s social media outlets.
When the ARCA Menards Series (AMS) added a race at Memphis (Tenn.) International Raceway to their 2020 schedule, two-time winner Gus Dean (@gusdean) knew he had to be a part of the series’ nearly 20-year return.
Dean will compete in Saturday afternoon’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 and look for a positive finish to conclude his limited ARCA Menards Series schedule this season.
The Bluffton, S.C. native is a former winner at Memphis in 2014 competing in the X-1R Pro Cup Series (now CARS Tour).
Adding strength in numbers, Dean’s crew chief Jamie Jones is also a prior Memphis winner taking home the checkered flag in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) in 2005 with driver Brandon Whitt.
And with this weekend’s race being the first show for the ARCA Menards Series at Memphis since 2001, the Win-Tron Racing team is hoping to be a serious contender in the 18th ARCA race of the season and help Dean achieve his third career victory.
“I’m stoked about going to Memphis, obviously,” added Dean. “It’s a fun race track and it brings a lot of memories from 2014 – where I beat some of the best of the best in Late Model competition.
“I know Jamie (Jones) is hungry to win there again and I hope we can go out there this weekend and have a good showing and hopefully bring home the checkered flag.”
Memphis though isn’t just about winning for Dean. He’s eyeing the 0.750-mile paved oval as a chance to close out his ARCA season on a high note.
Dean has been a top-10 contender all season. From his first start of the year at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway to his most recent start last Thursday night in the Bush’s Bean 200, but bad luck has bitten the NASCAR driver and left the Statesville, N.C.-based team with less than desirable finishes.
“Whether it was an accident trigged by the pace car, an electrical issue at Talladega or a parts failure with about five laps left at Bristol, luck has not been on our side this season. That changes this weekend at Memphis!
“It’s the perfect place for our luck to change and the right spot to give us some momentum going into the offseason to get ready for 2021.”
But before Dean can shift his attention towards an ARCA and NASCAR schedule next season, he knows he’ll have to conquer Memphis first, a place he remembers quite well.
“You have to be easy on the throttle and make sure you are conserving the tires, those will be the two biggest factors at Memphis this weekend,” sounded Dean. “We have a short practice then qualifying and then the race.
“Obviously, the track will change throughout the race, but it is making sure we’re keeping up with those changes, especially following that final segment that I hope will make us a factor on Saturday night.”
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The 26-year-old Dean will also return to the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series this season with details being announced soon.
Since 2016, Dean has 54 ARCA Menards Series starts with two poles, two wins, 14 top-five and 30 top 10 finishes driving for just two teams Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Win-Tron Racing. For more on Gus Dean, please visit GusDean.com, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@GusDean).
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The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (200 laps | 150 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., Sept. 26, 2020 with a forty-five-minute practice session from 1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is slated for 3:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m., televised live on MAVTV and NBC Sports TrackPass Gold, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).
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Drydene Performance Products will be the title sponsor of the fifth annual World Short Track Championship, DIRTcar Racing announced on Thursday. With a purse of over $125,000, the mega-event will once again give the best weekly racers from across the country the chance to shine at one of the premier dirt racing facilities, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, October 29-31.
Drydene, headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania, is a historic brand and a staple in the mid-Atlantic region and offers a product lineup that includes engine oils, racing oils, transmission oils, hydraulic oils, grease, gear lubricants, diesel exhaust fluid and other functional fluids. The company once again demonstrated its strong support of grassroots racing with this multiyear title sponsorship.
“We are thrilled to support the grassroots core of racing with this incredible opportunity,” said Dave Klinger, President of Drydene Performance Products. “Their passion, like ours, is unmatched, and as the hardest working brand in heavy-duty lubrication, we certainly understand how much elbow grease they put into their racing. What better way to celebrate that hard work than on a big stage like Charlotte.”
Drydene’s support of motorsports cuts across multiple levels and classes nationwide. The company is a proud partner of the World of Outlaws and is the Official Motor Oil and Official Diesel Exhaust Fluid of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series, as well as the presenting sponsor of DIRTVision. Team Drydene’s roster of national drivers includes Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, as well as legend Scott Bloomquist and Ricky Weiss in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. On the regional level, Team Drydene drivers can be found in Dirt Late Model, Sprint, and Midget series across the country.
The Drydene World Short Track Championship once again runs the week before the World of Outlaws Can-Am World Finals (Nov. 5-7) at The Dirt Track to kick off two gripping weeks of racing.
Like the previous two years, nine divisions will compete for titles.
• Drydene DRF Crate Sportsman/Street Stocks
• FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Models
• Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models
• Summit Racing Equipment DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
• Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds
• VP Racing Fuels DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds
• DIRTcar Pro Stocks
• COMP CAMS Monster Mini-Stocks
• DIRTVision FWD/Hornets/Sport Compacts
Since its inception in 2016, the World Short Track Championship has attracted over 300 racers across eight and nine divisions during three nights of action-packed racing. And once again, the 2020 Drydene World Short Track Championship will be broadcast on DIRTVision Presented by Drydene as part of the monthly FAST PASS subscription, increasing the exposure for some of dirt track racing’s most exciting divisions.
Each division will have a chance to get a feel for the track during open hot lap sessions on Thursday, October 29.
On Friday, October 30 the program will include qualifying Heat Races, as well as 20-lap All Star Invitational Features for the Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks, plus two 15-lap FWD/Hornet Features.
Saturday, October 31, the final night of competition, will begin with Last Chance Showdown races for five divisions and end with Championship Features for all nine divisions. Sunday will be used as a rain date, if necessary.
Online registration is open through October 21. Drivers who pre-enter will receive a FREE Pit Area Camping permit and an extra entry in the Chevrolet Performance 602 and 604 engine drawing. Each team entered will also receive a complimentary ATV Pass.
Two-day general grandstand admission (Friday and Saturday) will be $55 for adults. Children 13 and under get in free. Single-day general admission will also be available. Tickets will be sold at the track only, during the days of the event. Camping at the Charlotte Motor Speedway campground can be reserved in advance by contacting the Speedway’s camping office at 1-800-455-FANS.
For more information about the Drydene World Short Track Championship, head to https://dirtcar.com/events/
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On the heels of an impressive run in his first start at Bristol Motor Speedway, Carson Hocevar and Niece Motorsports announce today that Hocevar will compete fulltime for Niece Motorsports in 2021 in the Truck Series.
“I’m so excited to get the opportunity to race fulltime next year with the Niece Motorsports group,” said Hocevar. “We’ve had some really strong runs in the few starts that we’ve had this season and I am grateful for the chance to continue that next year. I’ve learned so much already this year and know that we will keep improving next year too.”
To date, Hocevar has made five starts this season with the team. The young driver has shown an impressive ability to maneuver some of the toughest short tracks on the circuit, with his best finish of 12th coming at Dover International Speedway.
“Carson has really impressed us this season,” said team owner Al Niece. “He’s proven his talent – getting into the truck with no track time and really holding his own. We’re thrilled to have him with us fulltime next season and look forward to contending for wins together.”
Hocevar has also driven his family-owned No. 14 GM Parts Now, Precision Fleet Image super late model to five victories in keystone events across the country in 2020.
In addition to races at Bristol and Darlington, Hocevar has also raced at the Daytona Road Course, Gateway Motorsports Park and Richmond International Raceway this season for Niece Motorsports.
“As an organization we’ve been really impressed with Carson’s ability to race at these tracks that he hasn’t seen before, with no track time before the race,” said general manager Cody Efaw. “He’s a great racer and continues to learn and improve every time he gets behind the wheel. We have no doubt that Carson will be in contention for wins next year.”
Hocevar will return behind the wheel this season in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event at Martinsville Speedway. The NGROTS will take the green flag on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET and will air live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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TikTok breaks into NASCAR and partners with Ryan Vargas and JD Motorsports for remainder of 2020 season
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) is proud to announce the start of a new, iconic partnership. TikTok, the fastest growing social media platform of the decade, will partner with Ryan Vargas for the remainder of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Vargas has competed for JDM in three NXS races this season with starts at Pocono Raceway, Kansas Speedway, and Darlington Raceway. In 2019, he also made three starts with the team including his debut at Iowa Speedway with others coming at Road America, and Phoenix Raceway.
The newly turned 20-year-old out of La Mirada, California has captured the hearts of many fans through social media engagement. As a member of the 2018-2019 NASCAR Next class, Vargas learned valuable skills on the business side of the sport, including relationship building and partnership acquisition.
Ryan is an alumnus of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and won the prestigious Wendell Scott Trailblazer award, presented to an outstanding minority or female driver who displays exceptional on-track performance, sportsmanship, and community service.
“TikTok has provided me with an incredible outlet to reach new fans and demographics through fun and creative content, and I've seen the highest growth in followers on TikTok over my other social channels. The opportunity to run the No. 6 TikTok Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the rest of the season is an absolute dream come true. Johnny Davis and the whole JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team took a chance on me last year and I’m excited to bring this amazing TikTok partnership their way. I wouldn’t want to make this partnership a reality anywhere else."
TikTok will be supporting Vargas for the final six races of 2020, with events at Talladega Super Speedway on October 3rd, Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10th, Kansas Speedway on October 17th, Texas Motor Speedway on October 24th, Martinsville Speedway on October 31st, and the season finale at Phoenix Raceway on November 7th.
The social media giant has gained a massive following with millennials and young adults through viral videos. Vargas has found great success on the platform as a content creator, so when the partnership opportunity presented itself, there was a natural fit.
“Creators of all sizes and backgrounds show up to TikTok with their genuine, authentic selves” said Nick Tran, Head of Global Marketing at TikTok. “Partnering with an iconic brand like NASCAR to sponsor Ryan Vargas on his racing journey is a way for us to continue to support, celebrate and elevate the diverse creators that make our TikTok community what it is today. Ryan is an incredible athlete, and we’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside the rest of the TikTok community!”
To keep up with Ryan Vargas, follow his official TikTok channel, @RyanVargas_23 and use the hashtag #TikT6k. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01 or visit on the web www.TeamJDMotorsports.com. #TeamJDM
Fr8Auctions announces an expanded partnership with 2018 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Champion, Brett Moffitt, for the 2020 season. Next week, at Talladega Superspeedway, Moffitt will carry the Fr8Auctions livery on both the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado and the No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
"Marcus Barela and Fr8Auctions are a huge part of my career and I can truly say I wouldn't be there I am today without their support," said Moffitt. "To have Fr8Acutions on both the Truck and Xfinity Chevys at Talladega for the doubleheader next weekend is really special!"
Fr8Auctions will have a familiar camouflage look for the Sugarlands Shine 250 on Saturday, Oct. 3rd, as he looks to punch his ticket into the Round of 8 for the Gander Trucks Playoffs. Following the Gander Trucks event, Fr8Auctions will go with a new all black-and-white scheme on the No. 02 for the Ag-Pro 300 Xfinity Series event, for the second part of the doubleheader Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.
"Brett is part of our Fr8Auctions family and has done so much for our efforts with Brave Like Wyatt and the kids we support through the foundation," said Barela. "He's a great talent behind the wheel and it's been a lot of fun to be a part of his success over the years. Hopefully, we can get to victory lane together twice next weekend at Talladega!"
The Fr8Auctions No. 23 GMS Racing Silverado will take to the track at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday at 1:00pm on FS1, followed by the No. 02 Our Motorsports Camaro at 4:30pm on NBCSN.
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Record $1500-to-win for Hobby Stocks at Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series finale on October 3
The Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) finale doesn’t take place until October 2-3 but there is no doubt the hype is building for the upcoming Hal Renninger Tribute weekend which is race number five of the popular series of events.
Sure there is the excitement of the Mahoning Modified division regulars ready to battle the touring Race of Champions Asphalt Tour Modified stars as well as a number of other invaders in a 99-lap showdown with and the Series title on the line.
But keep in mind the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also part of the MVSHoFS and likewise the points are very close.
And, for the Hobby Stocks, not only is there the prestige of being named the first MVSHoFS champion, but this race will reward a record payout to win as well.
It had already been announced that first place was to receive $1000 but thanks to Aqua Duck Water Transport Systems of the Lehigh Valley through the cooperation of owner and racer Todd Baer, the winner’s share will now be a never-before-paid $1500-to-win. Plus second through fifth will also be taking home added money with $700, $550, $450 and $400 respectively.
The feature distance is set for 33 laps.
“The Hobby Stocks are a great class and the numbers of cars each week show. Their support of Mahoning Valley Speedway speaks volumes and I feel they really deserve something special like this,” said Baer.
“They, just like all the divisions, are vital and key to the success of the race track and I feel everyone should be treated as equally as possible when coming through the pit gates. The Hobby Stocks always put on a great show and they warrant a good payout.”
Although the regular point season has wrapped up and Al Arthofer was able to repeat as champion, there remains the fight for the MVSHoFS title and it’s a close one with the Hobby Stocks.
Trisha Connolly holds a four point edge over Jacob Boehm, seven better than Ryan Berger, 12 above Justin Merkel and 20 ahead of Corey Edelman.
“I’m excited about it. Winning this year’s championship was our goal and now to go out and hopefully win this last Hall of Fame race, it would be a great way to finish out the year on top,” said Arthofer.
“With such a nice payout it’s definitely an incentive to be there and I think it will make for a good car count. It means a lot to us guys in the Hobby Stocks because we all put in the time and this shows that we’re being recognized for that effort. There’s no reason this will be a good and competitive race.”
The stage for the 33-lap feature will first be set the night prior on Friday, October 2 starting at 7:00 p m. with timed dashes taking place and the top three fastest earning guaranteed pole starting spots for their heats the next day. Modifieds and Street Stocks will also run the times dashes.
Also on Friday will be the “Unfortunate 25s” which will are 25-lap mains for Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. That event is an open invite to any 2020 non feature winners from any track so long they conform to Mahoning Valley respective class rules.
Saturday racing, which gets underway at 4:00 p.m., will complete the grid with heats and consi’s
Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Hobby Stocks make up the card.
For updates and further info log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.