Local Tracks Heat Up for July Events

Dale Wilkerson                                    June 2011

For many folks the month of July is the time of year to load up the family and head out of town for a well deserved vacation. If that trip does not allow you to fill your weekly dose of local racing, perhaps some of the dates below will be just what the racing doctor ordered.

Cherokee Speedway: The Independence Day Shoot Out featuring the Ultimate Super Late Models highlights the schedule for July at Cherokee Speedway. Last year the fireworks started with the green flag and concluded with a very Patriotic Fireworks show at the end of the night. Then on Tuesday July 5th, Kart Racing returns to Cherokee Speedway. You will not believe the speed from these Karts, the drafting, and the side by side action. The remainder of the month Cherokee will have regular shows with the Renegades and Pure Stocks set to alternate weeks.

Greenville Pickens Speedway: On Monday July 4th more fireworks will be in the air as Greenville Pickens Speedway will feature the S.H. Carter 125 for the Late Models along with the regular divisions of racing. Regular Saturday shows will fill the month at this historic NASCAR sanctioned paved half mile speedway.

Greer Dragway: July 9th will feature Vintage Front Engine Dragsters along with Nitro Powered cars in Grudge Race action. Among the drivers scheduled for the Nitro races are Quain Scott and Greg Porter. Greer will host regular divisions of racing all month with test and tune runs each Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 10:00pm.

Harris Motor Speedway: Harris Motor Speedway has regular shows scheduled for July but when the Limited Sportsman class returns for action on July 9th, Greg Dimsdale will have a Bounty of $250 on him to any driver that can score the win. Greg has to be running at the end of the race, so whoever collects this bounty can’t dump him, they have to outrun him.

Anderson Motor Speedway: The track will take this weekend off and will return to action on Friday July 8th with Late Models headlining the card. Also mark your calendar for July 22nd as the Late Models will again headline the night of action. On July 15th, the B-Mini stocks take center stage with their Summer Explosion Championship. This is another night you need to mark on your calendars as the folks from Pet Dairy will be on hand to give out Ice Cream. The track will also host the Southeast Showcase Car Show on July 23rd – 24th. Yes that’s right free ice cream on a hot summer night. Things like this are why Sylvia and Shirley Porter were awarded Regional Track Promoters of the Year for 2010.

Union County Dragway: Regular shows are scheduled for July which include Test and Tune and Grudge races each Friday night with the All Harley Rock-N-Rally slated for July 29th and 30th.

Laurens County Speedway: The Darlington of Dirt, the only dirt track that hosts Super Late Models every night their gates are open will bring in the Southeastern Late Model Sportsman touring series on July 2nd. The “Men of Steel” will be competing for a $1,500 winner’s purse. Regular shows are scheduled the rest of the month.

Lancaster Speedway: Big Crate Late Model shows serve as bookends to the month of July schedule for the Lancaster Speedway. July 2nd has Twin 25-lap features for the GM Performance Crates with all classes receiving double points. Then on July 30th, the NDRA road show comes back to town.

Westminster Speedway: The track will take this week off to celebrate Independence Day and will return to action for regular Friday Night shows on July 9th.

Cleveland County Speedway: Regular shows fill schedule for July with the addition of the FASTRAK Crates July 1st.

Carolina Speedway: NDRA Crates headline the show on July 1st with the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals rolling in to town on Tuesday night July 12th. This Super Late model summer series hits 10 tracks inside 14 days, a true test of driver, crew, and machine. For the complete schedule visit http://southernnationalsseries.com/snschedule.html

A great resource for schedule updates at these and other regional tracks around the southeast is www.trackforums.com where links are posted to most tracks.

If your vacation puts in you in the East Tennessee area around July 16th, remember the Ultimate Series will take to the high banks of Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap that night. If you’re in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, take I-40 back toward Asheville, merge onto I-81 toward Bristol to Exit 23, turn left drive under the bridge past a couple of restaurants and look up the hill to your left. And, on July 22nd Volunteer Speedway will host the Southern Nationals.
Maybe your family is not headed to the mountains. Perhaps you are heading down toward the Myrtle Beach Grandstand area. Don’t forget about the Myrtle Beach Speedway which hosts regular weekly NASCAR sanctioned shows on Saturday nights.
Yes, any vacation that includes a trip to a race track is a good vacation.