Southern All Stars East Series to take the green flag at Gaffney

                        Dale Wilkerson                                                                           April 2010

The 2010 Southern All Star East Series will kick off their season, with a $4,000 to win race on April 17th at the home track of the series, the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney.

                Series Director Timmy McAbee has worked with track owners in both North and South Carolina to provide a schedule that will allow drivers in the Carolinas’ the ability to compete at numerous tracks while not venturing too far from home.

                “For the drivers and their families, travel time can be the worst part of racing, but our 2010 schedule will afford these teams the chance to compete for a series title while not travelling but up to 90 minutes or so from home. Race fans will also have the chance to attend every race on the schedule without breaking the bank to do so,” said McAbee.

                The 15 race schedule will compete at the following tracks; Buffalo, Cherokee, Chester, Laurens, Travelers Rest, and Westminster in South Carolina and the Harris Motor Speedway in North Carolina. For fans attending the 2010

 races of the Southern All Stars East Series, the staff will be going all-out to enhance the race experience.

“We are working with Jason and Ginger Owens, the owners of the Southern Pride Raceway in Blacksburg, on a new scoring system that East fans will be able to take full advantage of each night. Anyone that has Wi-Fi on their cell phones, PDA devices, smart phones, an I-Pod touch, or a laptop will have access to live timing and scoring for the entire event. They will know which drivers turned the fastest laps in practice, where the stand in qualifying, and where their favorite drivers stand in the heat races and the main event. Fans will have the information they want at their fingertips,” said McAbee.

Casey Roberts from Toccoa GA will be looking for his fourth consecutive series championship this season, as a hungry pack of drivers will be looking to knock him from the top of the hill. Among those looking to compete in the series this season; 2009 Rookie of the Year Colby Cannon, Jeff Cooke, Chris Madden, Johnny Pursley, Big John Pursley, Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin, Monk Gulledge, Freddy Smith, Ross Bailes, Mike Gault and Zack Mitchell.

Three time Southern All Stars East Champion Casey Roberts blasts by on his way to a     victory last May at Union County Speedway

Zack Mitchell became the youngest driver to start a Southern All Stars East event as he competed in the Stick Elliott Memorial race at Cherokee Speedway at the age of 13 last October. Mitchell ran inside the top ten all night and came home in fourth place. This season, Mitchell is planning to run the full series in hopes of winning the Rookie of the year Title for the 2010 season.

“The East Series is one of the toughest in the country. I am looking forward to the challenge of competing in all the races and also to learning more from the veterans like Casey Roberts, Jeff Cooke, Chris Madden, and Johnny Pursley that make this series so great,” said Mitchell.

Among the 15 races this season, The Pop Pursley Memorial Race at the I-77 Speedway in Chester, the Laurens County Shrine Race scheduled for Tuesday night June 8th, the first annual Rock Gault Memorial Race and the season finale and the longest race of the year, the $10,000 to win Blue-Gray 100, both among the series events that will be held at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney.

Posted winner’s purses for the scheduled events start at $3,000 with two events, the Cherokee Hall of Fame race along with the Blue-Gray 100 at $10,000 which will have the field of up to 25 dirt super late models going all-out in an effort to nail down the win each time on track.

For complete schedule information, point’s standings and other information check www.southernallstareastseries.com including weather cancelations.