Georgia Short Track Racing April 12-19

“Nightmare at the Creek” - Sugar Creek, in Blue Ridge, has a big $2000 to win crate LM race, with Fastrak rules, Friday, with practice starting at 7:00. They’ll have qualifying and features for crates and limited LMs, and features for four local divs. Adm. $12. Directions: go north on I-575, which becomes Hwy. 515, to just north of Elijay. Turn on White Path Rd. just before McDonalds. Three pretty decent BBQ places along 515.

The O’Reilly Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will run a $5000 to win 50-lapper Sat. at Lavonia Saturday, with hot laps starting after the 7:00 drivers meeting. All of Lavonia’s regular divs. will also race, with double points awarded. Lavonia is located at I-85 exit #177 (near the SC border), then 5.1 miles south on SR 77, and turn right at the Shell station on SR 77 connector.

Fan Appreciation Night at Toccoa Sat. means $10 admission, and they’re promising Prizes galore. Plenty T-Shirts, CASH, and all kinds of stuff will be given away. Plenty of Stuffed animals for the Kids. Also on tap for Saturday will be an action filled night of Racing, featuring the Limited Latemodels / Crate Latemodels / Street-Hobby / Enduro / Street Stock 4Cyl. / Young Guns 4Cyl. / and the front wheel drive Bombers. Directions: I-85 north to exit 173 (near the SC border), and go north on Hwy. 17 11.9 miles., and then take Hwy. 17 Alt. north a half mile.
Next week: Toccoa Speedway will host the largest Monster truck Show in North Georgia History. Five Monster trucks will compete on April 21! The trucks, which are a fan favorite, will do everything from racing in the infield to crushing cars.

Racing Starts at 8:00 pm at Oglethorpe Speedway Park near Savannah, with four divs. racing: Boo-Koo Late Models, Love's Seafood Street Stocks, Southern Racing Supplies Pure Stocks, Four Star Security 440's, and Red Diamond Homes Mini Stocks. Tickets are $12.

Brian Duke at West Georgia in Whitesburg has regular shows planned for every Sat., with some championships planned next month.

It wasn’t warm at Waycross Motor Speedway last Sat., but the National Late Model Series still had a full show. Fast qualifier was Brandon DeWitt at his home track, and he finished second to Mike Carter. Following them were Dusty Cone, Terry Lumley, Mark Whitener, Scott Johnson, Alex Vickers, Bo Allen, Tyler Ivey, Russell Brown Jr., Brad Comer, Phillip Cobb, Clay Bedenbaugh, Travis Grant, Skip Pannell, Lonnie Roberts, Rhett Carter, Bo Johns, John Henderson, Jr., Johnny Collins, Keith Tuten, Jay Johnson, Cary Corbin and Dillon Wood.
The series moves to East Bay Raceway near Tampa April 20-21 for a $5000 to win. $500 to start show, and to New Gordon Park near Augusta May 5.
The East Bay race, the Scott Thompson Memorial Race, honors the son of car owner Bill Thompson. Scott Thompson was the 2005 Volusia Speedway LM champion, and was running for 2006 NLMS Rookie of the Year when he died in a traffic accident near Tampa. He drove car No. 38, and the race will be 38 laps.

North Georgia Speedway postponed their OSAS show last week due to the cold, but they’ll be running Super LMs and Limited LMs this Sat. Rodney Martin, of Cartersville, and and multi-time track champion Gary McPherson, of Dalton, are off and running, winning the first two SLM division features of the season. Rick Hixson has won both Limited features.

The Advance Auto Parts Thunder Series is at Cleveland Sat. for the $3,000 to win Lamar Lowery 45, dedicated to the memory of long-time Late Model racer and Cleveland Speedway regular Lamar Lowery. His now famous #45 race car will live on in the memories of many fans who knew and cheered for him and his son Jake Lowery, who no longer drives race cars.

Ray Cook won the Fastrak “Alabama Chiller” Sat. night at Green Valley, after starting second behind Chip Brindel of Chatsworth. Fastrak is at Lancaster, SC, this Sat. This may have been Cook’s first crate motor race and/or win.

Screven Motor Speedway will open May 12, with practice on the upgraded track and a BBQ banquet and shrimp boil at 5:00 for $15. They also have an updated concrete dragstrip. Racing starts Fri., May 18, with vintage motorcycles. The Florida 360 winged sprint series and all local divs. race Sat., May 19.
Screven has a big dirt LM show scheduled Sat., May 26, with the Southern All Stars going for $5000 to win, and the new Southeastern Limited Late Model Series going for $2000 to win.

Young Taylor Satterfield, of Commerce, won his first Georgia Asphalt Series Pro Late Model race, leading the final 65 laps at the freshly re-paved track at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, AL. He was also fast qualifier, over Greg Motes, last week’s winner at Watermelon Capital Speedway Korey Ruble, and Series points leader Russell Fleeman. Fleeman started first, after the invert.
* With his fourth place finish, 18-year-old Michael Pope, of Dublin, moves into second place in points. He’s been in the top seven every race in 2007.
Next up is a 100-lapper at Lanier April 21.
GAS 100, April 7
South Alabama Speedway
1. Taylor Satterfield
2. Korey Ruble
3. Bubba Pollard
4. Michael Pope
5. Ronnie Sanders
6. Greg Motes
7. Russell Fleeman

Brian Tyler of Parma , Michigan led all 150-laps Saturday night as the Premier Racing Association launched its second season at South Georgia Motorsports Park . Tyler, who was fastest qualifier, drew the number one starting spot, which was hidden inside a plastic Easter egg. 10-year old Kaylee Stone held the Easter basket containing the eggs, and was wearing a pair of pink rabbit ears.
After the draw, Tyler borrowed the ears, taped them to his helmet and they stayed on the entire race. “When I needed weight in the right rear”, Tyler joked, “I would just lay my head back and it would put a little more bite in the car.”
Wayne Reutimann Jr. passed A.J. Fike on the final lap to take the runner-up position. Eric Gordon wound up fourth and Nascar Nextel Cup star Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.
The PRA Big Cars will return to South Georgia Motorsports Park on December 1st.

Frankie Beard set a new crate LM fast time for this year at Modoc Speedway and collected the $300 Bounty that was put on Bill Morgan after he won the first three weeks of racing action at Modoc. Morgan was second.
1 #21 Frankie Beard
2 #M1 Bill Morgan
3 #05 Grant Jordan
4 #15 Henry Carter

61 drivers with their crews, families and friends braved the cold Friday, and got a head start for the 10th season of Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Congratulations to the winners:
Bandits - Kyle Benjamin
Young Guns - Scott Hensley
Chargers - Sam McAuly
Semi-Pro - Zac Kittle
Masters - Brian Weimer
Pro - Casey Roderick
Roadsters - Ed Clark

Cleveland (TN) Speedway hosts the Advance Auto Parts Thunder Series’ 2007 campaign Sat. The $3,000 to win Lamar Lowery 45 is dedicated to the memory of long-time Late Model racer and Cleveland Speedway regular Lamar Lowery who’s now famous #45 race car will live on in the memories of many fans who knew and cheered for him and for his son, Jake Lowery, who no longer drives race cars. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, won this race last year.
Tommie Kerr, of Maryville, TN, leads the Thunder Series points with 460 after three races, folowed by Mike Weeks (413), Rick Rogers (393), Jimmy Owens (390), Randy Weaver (386), Anthony White (355), Tommy Bailey (343), Vic Hill (320), Aaron Ridley (292) and David Payne (288).

The postponed Top Tracks Challenge Series race at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL, will be Sat.
It will be a forty-lap, $2,000 to win, feature. Hot Laps at 6:15PM and racing to follow.

Clint Smith, of Senoia, and Shane Clanton, of Locust Grove, are in the top five of the World of Outlaws LM points.
1 Clint Smith 633 0
2 Chub Frank 621 0
3 Shane Clanton 619 0
4 Rick Eckert 613 0
5 Steve Francis 605 0
Their schedule goes to NJ, VA, and PA this weekend, and to Lowe’s Dirt Track in Charlotte next Fri. and Sat. for the $50,000 to win Colossal. The PA and VA shows will be taped for SPEED TV broadcasts in May.

Trent Mayo and his #13 Gibson Custom Guitars Pro Challenge car have returned to racing, after breaking his leg in a Nashville wreck last year. At Hickory’s Easter Bunny 50, he started 10th, and was up to 6th before damaging his sheet metal and overheating. He’s a junior at GA Tech, and will be racing at Lanier April 21.

Suicide Circle Speedway in Albany starts counting the points this week. Adm. $8, kids $5.

The Watermelon Capital Speedway has a very active forum on their website, with drivers from all divisions asking questions, commenting, and bitching, with track owner Marvin Ragan regularly making announcements and pronouncements.
“Bradd” posted there last week: “As many of you may have seen, there was an altercation in the pit area of Andrew Smith Racing as the result of a racing incident that unfortunately left the #26 car with a good bit of damage. The cause of that incident will always be a "he said, she said" deal with neither side thinking they were in the wrong. That is not the subject of this comment.
“I would like to apologize to any my family and team, any fans that may have been near, and to the #26 team for my actions and my language during the pit deal. While I will always defend my driver and our equipment, I must also try and set a good example for others. My actions were certainly not a good representation of what Andrew Smith Racing is about, not did I represent my Christian faith favorably. For that I am most sorry.
“Again, please accept my apology.”
The Watermelon Capital Speedway hosts the ASA South LM Series May. 5.