O’Reilly Southern All-Stars to invade Union County for the First Time

For race fans that attend the weekly shows at the Union County Speedway, one of your wishes have been granted this week. And for race fans that like to double-up on events, your wish has been granted as well.

                Fans have wanted to see the dirt super late models attack this multi groove track for years, and Friday night, fans as well as drivers, will get that wish granted.

                The O’Reilly Southern All Stars, East Division will invade the Union County Speedway this Friday night, with the race winner receiving a $3,000 check for his nights work. Many fans of the Union County Speedway are calling this event, the race of the century.

                “I have been looking forward to this race since the schedule came out. Union County has a good core group of fans that fill the stands week in and week out, and I am certain this one will be standing room only,” said track photographer Mike Butler.

                Butler may need a camera in each hand this week. Each week, drivers at Union County can run high and low on the track, providing some of the best racing in the upstate. When these 800 horsepower super late models take the track, fans and drivers alike will be amazed by the lap times, and with the door-to-door action.  

                “I raced karts on this track back in the eighties. It was a fun track then and I know the supers will put on a good show for the fans at Union County Friday night,” said Jeff Cooke, current driver for the Hamrick’s Racing Team of Gaffney.

                An added bonus for the fans in the stands will be that the teams are tearing the roofs off the cars for this one. “NASCAR had a convertible division years ago, and fans always enjoyed watching the drivers wrestle the cars. This will be a real treat for race fans in the upstate this weekend,” said the co-host of Droppin’ the Hammer, Greg Moore.

                This ‘topless’ race will be so good, fans will be wishing for another one, and that wish has been granted as well.

                The O’Reilly Series will load up and roll into the Cherokee Speedway on Saturday night. Just like at Union County, the roofs will be removed from the cars again, and this race pays $4,000 to the winner. If the same driver can win both events, a $7,000 weekend will be a great boost to his season.

                Both tracks will have weekly support classes competing along with the O’Reilly East Series on both nights.

Chris Madden and Jonathan Davenport in the O'Reilly's Southern All Star race at the Cherokee Speedway March 8, Davenport went on to take the Checkers. Look for action like this at Union County Speedway May 29th.


                Last Saturday night, Jeff Smith picked up the win and the points lead in the Carolina Clash race at the Travelers Rest Speedway. This series will also be in action this weekend, at the Fayetteville Speedway Saturday night.  

                In other local track action, The Greenville Pickens Speedway will honor a former track champion this Saturday night.

                In you first walk in the Greenville Pickens Speedway, one of the first names you notice on The Wall of Champions’ is that of three time NASCAR Champion, and the Sports Illustrated Driver of the Century, David Pearson.

                Pearson, who recorded 105 top level NASCAR wins, dominated the Greenville Pickens Speedway on his way to the 1959 Championship.  In celebration of the Pearson’s track championship, the late models will run Twin 50-lap features Saturday night. For fans of local racing that have been waiting to get out to the track, this is the weekend to go, whether you like dirt racing or asphalt racing, you will get your monies worth this weekend.

71pearson-vi.jpg David Pearson Talladega 1972 image by MWRfan 

David Pearson's 1971 Wood Brothers Purolator Mercury