Rain Creates Busy Schedule for Local Racers and Fans this weekend

Dale Wilkerson                                                          March 2011

Heavy rain forced all local tracks to cancel events that were scheduled last weekend. With other events that were already scheduled this week, race fans will have a buffet of motorsports available this weekend.
For starters, the Carolina Clash series will take the green flag Friday night, for qualifying and heats, at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia. Defending Series Champion Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin will be among the drivers looking for the $4,000 prize in the Skyler Trull Memorial Race on Saturday night.

Other events on the schedule for Saturday night include opening day for the Greer Dragway, Harris Motor Speedway, Travelers Rest Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, and heat races for the support classes for March Madness at the Cherokee Speedway. Not to be forgotten, the Camping World Truck Series will take the green flag around 5:00pm, at the Darlington Raceway, in the lone national NASCAR event for the weekend. These choices could leave fans pondering their decision on how to satisfy their racing appetite like a kid in Toy’s ’R Us with a $100 gift card.

Opening day at any track is always very exciting, and the asphalt tracks here in the Upstate have two big events planned. At the Anderson Motor Speedway, fans will enjoy 150 laps of Super Late Model action along with support classes. Greenville Pickens Speedway will kick off the season with the Twin 50 lap features for the NASCAR Late Models. For drag racing fans, the Greer Dragway will open the gates at 10:00am with cars hitting the track at 12noon.

Travelers Rest Speedway and the Harris Motor Speedway will open at 11:00am Saturday morning with cars beginning hot laps around 1:00pm. Cherokee Speedway will open the gates on both Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am. Chris Madden, who scored his first win of 2011 in the season opener for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series last Saturday at Modoc, will be looking for another win in March Madness on Sunday afternoon.
For the race fans that have been waiting for the local tracks to get back in action, this weekend is the one you have been waiting for all winter.