March 7, 2009

North Georgia opens Sat. night, with the Southern All Stars Earnest
Young Memorial Race, with $5000 to win. Next show at the Chatsworth
track is a regular weekly show on Sat., Mar. 21. Their biggest show of
the summer, paying $10,000 to win, is the Lucas Oil Series Fri., June

Biggest paying dirt show this weekend is the Fastrak Racing Series at
Modoc Speedway, across the state line from Augusta. It pays $10,000 to
win, and $250 for fast qualifying. The Fastrak crate cars qualify and
run heat races Friday, and 26 will start the feature Sat. Entries
include Travis Pennington, Timbo Magnum, Jonathan Davenport, and
Shannon Buckingham. Four support classes will also be in action.
Tickets arre $15 Fri., $20 Sat.

South Alabama Speedway, in Opp, has their 33rd Annual Rattler Weekend
Sat. and Sun., with a 125-lap pro LM race Sat. and a 250-lap super LM
race Sun. The Rattler pays based on car count: up to 20 entries =
$7,500, 21-49 entries = $10,000, and 50+ = $20,000. Last place pays at
least $500.

Boyd’s March Madness 50, headlined by a $5000 to win super LM race,
will be Fri., Mar. 13, and they hope to attract race teams headed to
the Southern All Stars Shamrock at Cleveland the next day.
Boyd’s Cabin Fever 250 was rained out last week, and will be
rescheduled Mar. 20-21.
The track will race every Friday through early Oct., including a USCS
Sprint Cars Sept. 4.

Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, has an open practice April 25, and opens
the season Sat., May 2. Rome opens Sun., May 24.

Lanier opens Mar. 28, with all divisions competing. The track will
close April 4, to support the GAS race at The ‘Melon, and hosts the ASA
Southeasst Asphalt Tour and their TV cameras April 11. Join their email
list for a chance to win a season pass.

Lavonia opens with their second Late Model Mania Mar. 20-21, with the
Southern All Stars LMs, Fastrak crates, and Southeastern Late Model
Sportsmen all running Sat. night. Last spring, this was one of the
biggest and best shows of the year.
The regular season and points races start April 4, and includes an
Easter Egg Hunt.

Hartwell open for practice Sat., and the first race is Mar. 14. The
Carolina Clash visits Hartwell April 25, and the Southern All Stars May
9. Hartwell and Lavonia are now alternating Sat. nights.

Toccoa has a practice Sat., and the first race, the Spring Thaw, Sat.,
Mar. 14. Grand Opening and the start of weekly shows is Aptil 11.
The Southern All Stars visit April 18.

Gresham Motorsports Park, formerly Peach State Speedway, is being
remodeled in a big way, and no racing is expected until the fall.
Photos of work in progress and lots of snow are on the website.

Vince Whitmire’s new Southern Pro Late Model Series will kick off at
Senoia Raceway Sun., Mar. 15, with the Shamrock 100. They’ll race
again at Senoia April 4, in a double-header with ASA South.
In all SPLM Series stand alone events, Northeast Georgia Racing Tires
and Hoosier will give drivers finishing in the 11 thru 20 positions a
$100.00 discount coupon toward purchase of tires at the next SPLM
Series standalone event. Complimentary pit passes, entry fees and fuel
cards for haulers will be awarded to teams.

Cochran opens with a practice Sat., Mar. 24, and there will be
trophies for the best appearing cars. Opening night is Mar. 28, and
points races start April 4.

Oglethorpe Speedway Park, near Savannah, has the Monster Trucks, Big
Foot, and Spiderman Fri., Sat., and Sun. Racing begins next Sat., Mar.
14, with the National Late Model Series plus three local divisions.
Admission is $15, with a discount for the military and seniors. OSP’s
regular season starts Fri., April 3.
Over the winter, OSP has had six kart races, with lots of karts. Tim
Miller and Eddie Morris were the top two in the Outlaws Karts Div.

The Lucas Oil Dirt Series visits Screven Fri., April 3, with a $7,000
to win show.
Jason Fitzgerald qualified fifth and won $3000 the Winter Thaw at
Screven’s National Late Model Series show Feb. 21. Brad Comer set fast
time at 88.2 mph on the high banks.

Swainsboro opens for a car show and practice Mar. 14, and starts
racing in five local divs. Mar. 21. New rules for 2009 all involve tire

Waycross has a practice Sat., and opens the season Sat., Mar. 21.
They’ll race two Saturday’s per month thru the summer.

There’s semi-good news at Golden Isles, as Russell Dugger and Jason
Perry are in the Glynn Co. slammer accused of stealing the track’s
safe, containing up to $70,000, during the January Super Bowl of
Racing. They may have already spent the money. Track owner Frankie
Lloyd described them as “punks from Brunswick.” New GIS rule: no cash
payouts – winners get checks.
The United Dirt Late Model Series, which usually has a lot of cars,
will have a $10,000 to win race at GIS Mar. 27-28.

The Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele has an open practice Mar.
21, and starts the season Mar. 28 with local divs. and the USCS winged
sprint cars.

South Georgia Motorsports Park hosts the Sports Car Club of America
Mar. 13-15. Up to 300 drivers are expected, and they do solo runs
around temporary courses Sat. and Sun.
The track has a cookout for 2008’s champions and an open practice Mar.
Tickets are only $10 for South Georgia’s Mar. 28 Short Track Nationals
double-header with 100 lap features for the ASA South late models and
the Southern Pro (crate) Late Models.
The ASA Late Model Series has visited the SGMP every season since 2006
and have given the Georgia fans a great show each time. On July 3rd,
2006, Landon Cassill won the event, 2008 Season Champion Jeff Choquette
won the event in 2007, and 2008 Season Champion Jimmy Lang won the
2008 race.

West Georgia Speedway in Whitesburg opens Sat. night, with racing at
7:30. Admission is $15/$5. This year, no children under 12 in the
pits. There’s some great action pictures on the website.

Albany Motor Speedway has new local owners, but Skip Pannell is still
the General Manager. Their season starts Saturday for the local divs.,
and continues every other Sat. night.

Sugar Creek Raceway, in Blue Ridge, will be racing again in 2009 on
Fridays, after a very short 2008, and Bobby West is the new promoter.
Sugar Creek is pairing with Tri-County Racetrack nearby Brasstown, NC,
a Sat. night track, and both will feature the NeSmith Chevrolet crate
series cars and rules.

Dublin’s 441 Speedway opens April 4, as a dirt track, after closing
as an asphalt track several years ago. The new rules put a 30-min. time
limit on a races. They’ll draw for starting positions in heat races,
and the feature lines up based on heat race finishes – saving a lot of
boring qualifying time.
Posted on Announcer needed for Dublin’s re-opened 441
speedway. Email
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Douglas Motor Speedway has a new owner, and opens Mar. 14 with races
starting at 6:00. They plan to race every other Saturday, with a
National Late Model Series show June 12-13.
Douglas is bringing back a “Skeeter” class, with bodies from the
1928-48 era, sprint car-style wings on top, and cast iron engines.
Late model driver Scott Johnson, of Brunswick, and his 12J will be at
the first show.

The Talladega (AL) Short Track has a practice Tuesday, and then opens
their 32nd season Mar. 14.
The biggest single day race of the season is the 3rd running of the
“Talladega Short Track Nationals” June 13 featuring the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series in a Speed TV event paying the winner $10,000.
The annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial, with the O’Reilly Southern All
Stars, is July 25. They’ll also have big shows on NASCAR weekends
April 24-25 and Oct. 30-31.

WSB’s Racing Show has live coverage from Atlanta Motor Speedway this
weekend. Captain Herb and Doug Turnbull will be on the air from 12-1:30
p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday. Listen to News/Talk 750
WSB in Atlanta or online at
Captain Herb has hosted a weekend racing show on WSB radio for 15
Turnbull writes a NASCAR column at

Macon racer Beau Slocumb has a rare form of soft-tissue sarcoma called
Synovial Sarcoma. He had surgery in Macon Jan. 28, and is now at the
Univ. of Texas Medical Center for six weeks of chemo treatments. Get
well cards:
>Beau Slocumb
>c/o Sam & Dave Mosley
>16407 Canyon Chase Dr.
>Houston, TX 77095
Updates and reports from sister Maggie:
Slocumb’s racing career had gotten a boost from NASCAR driver Kevin
Harvick and he had tested an ARCA car at Daytona in December, reaching
182 mph.

Matt Hawkins, a young stock car racer from Canton, GA, died Feb. 14
from a tragic accident at his home, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday morning
around 5 a.m., Matt Hawkins was handling a .9 millimeter handgun. It
went off, one bullet hitting him in the head, killing him.
Investigators are labeling this an accident and that it underscores the
essential importance of gun safety.
On the track, Hawkins had built up an amazing resume. He won in his
first career starts in both the ARCA REMAX Series and USAR Pro Cup
Series – a seemingly-impossible accomplishment that may never be
matched. He also won numerous Pro Late Model races in the Southeast and
finished in the top three of the Snowball Derby for the last two

In an effort to promote short track racing and to bring awareness and
coverage to the drivers of the Georgia Asphalt Series, Lanier Speedway
has created the GAS Radio Network which will broadcast all of the 2009
GAS races. New Lanier Media Relations guy Scott Pinner will be in the
broadcast booth.
The GAS series will offer up to $50,000 in potential prize money for
2009. If a driver can win the Triple Crown – consisting of Lanier’s
Super Six Series, The Lanier Late Model Season Championship, and the
GAS Championship – he will take home a $50,000 bonus for the season. If
a driver wins two of the three titles, the driver will take home
$25,000 for the year in bonus money.
GAS will kick off its 2009 season at Watermelon Capital Speedway April
4, and the first-ever CRA South Super Late Model race will be a
companion event.

The PASS South Super Late Models kick off the 2009 season with their
second trip to the Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 14, with
the 4th Annual South Carolina Clash.  Last year’s race was contested in
August and was won by Woodstock, GA’s Justin Wakefield.  In addition
to the PASS South Super Late Models, the South Carolina Clash will see
the debut of the PASS Late Model Trucks.  Late Model Truck regulars
from Dillon and throughout the Carolinas will race for 75 laps in the
Nation’s newest touring division.

Kyle Lowry’s Pro Championship Legends car from Thursday Thunder and a
winning car at Cordele is for sale. $9,500.00. E-mail for more info.

“Stephen” posts at
Carl Dean Combs, a 57-year-old North Carolinian who ran 24 NASCAR
races back in the early 1980s, was arrested late last week for running
According to the Wilkes-Journal Patriot, Combs’ operation was highly
professional and clean, with all sorts of shiny stainless steel vats
and condensers and doo-hickeys and stuff and a production capacity of
about 300 gallons of corn mash per run — which, if you think about it,
is kind of too bad: Somehow it would have been more poetic if Carl ran
his operation out of shotgun shack back o’ the slaughter house and with
50-gallon barrells and five-gallon buckets.
Nevertheless, this strikes me as pure, marketing gold for NASCAR.
Haven’t fans been bitching and moaning about how the sport has lost
touch with its roots? The way I see it, Brian France needs to call up
ol’ Carl and have him be Grand Marshall for the next 39 races. Not only
that, but Carl needs to bring ample quantities of his product with him
each week, perhaps taking a nip or two as he regales fans with what it
was like when he ran Cup and finished eighth at Atlanta.

A numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and
figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in
the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the
track’s history.
2: The fewest cautions during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.
6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His
first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win at 2003 at
the Bass Pro Shops MBNA in March.
9: Most individual wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Dale Earnhardt.
41: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway Sprint Cup
racing history.
60: The most starts by any active driver at Atlanta Motor Speedway,
Bill Elliott.
133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural
NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.
169: Total number of ‘One-Hit Wonders’, drivers to appear only once in
a Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
$3,249,155: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor
Speedway, the most among all drivers.
            History will be made this March during the Kobalt Tools
500 on March 8 and fans can witness the action by calling the AMS
ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or by visiting

Georgia Natives Abundant During Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend
            In addition to Georgia-born drivers Bill Elliott, David
Ragan and Reed Sorenson, a number of NASCAR crew members from the Peach
State will descend on Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500
race this weekend.
  Including the three Sprint Cup drivers from Georgia, 16 participants
in the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend are competing at their home-state
track. Below is a list of Georgia natives participating in the Sprint
Cup and Camping World Truck Series races:
< NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Georgia Natives
Name                          Hometown                 
Team              Position
Bill Elliott                    Dawsonville               No.
21             Driver
David Ragan             Unadilla                      No.
6               Driver
Reed Sorenson         Peachtree City          No. 43            
Jason Jones              Rhine                          No.
5               Pit support
Brian Taylor               Cuthbert                     No.
14             Mechanic
Shannon Keys           Byron                          No.
8               Front tire carrier
Adam North               Sonoraville                 No.
31             Jack man
Dion Williams            Stone Mountain         No. 5              
Rear-tire carrier
Dwayne Moore          Griffin                          No.
55             Rear-tire carrier
Matt Skeen                Stone Mountain         No. 88            
Pit support
Larry Hart                   Chatsworth                 No.
1               Transport driver
Jayme Christianson  Marietta                      No. 83            
Media relations
Chip Wile                   Atlanta                        No.
12             Media relations
< NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Georgia Natives
Name                          Hometown                 
Team              Position
Scott Brook                Carrolton                    No.
15             Mechanic
Jerel Dawson            Danielsville                No.
6               Pit support
Billy Ballew                 Atlanta                        No.
51             Owner

Sponsorship ideas: 18-year-old Matt Larmore, of Clermont, FL, started
his racing career in 2001 at Fruitland Park Speedway (FL) racing
go-karts. The passion of racing soon turned into racing for wins, with
6 wins in the 2003 Season; followed by a championship that same year.
The wins kept coming in with 5 more the next season. In 2006 Matt took
a break from racing, but it would not last long. In 2008 the ‘racing
bug’ bit Matt again, and he decided to get back into racing, dirt track
style, with a Mini Sprint. His goals for the 2009 season was to get as
much seat time as possible, but with the gloom of the economy and going
to school at the same, money is extremely tight but hopefully through
the 10DollarSponsorship idea, he will be able to race a few more races
this year.

Shanon Buckingham, of Morris, TN, won Saturday’s NeSmith Chevrolet
Dirt Late Model Series 50-lap feature at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park.
Top Georgians were 9th Frank Ingram, of Woodstock, 10th Hunter Peacock,
of Macon, and 11th Jeff Fields, of Aragon. Chip Brindle, of Chatsworth,
qualified fifth and finished 16th.
At the 40-lap feature race Friday night at East Bay, defending NeSmith
National Champion Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA, was 10th in the CSC
Trailer Repair/Brindle Brothers Auto Parts Mastersbilt. KY driver Doug
Horton won, with two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series
National Champion David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN, returning from a
year’s suspension to finish third.
In preliminary action on Friday night, the eight-lap heat races were
won by Brindle, Mathews, Hines, and Frank Ingram of Woodstock, GA, in
the Gardner Excavating Rocket. The two 12-lap B-Main races were won by
Phillip Cobb of Riverview, FL in the Coastal Trucking GRT, and Hunter
Peacock of Macon, GA, in the Nasworthy Mechanical Bullitt.
In Thursday’s show, Derrick Rainey, of Powder Springs, was seventh, and
Jeff Fields, of Aragon, GA, was eighth.


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