This past Saturday night, the Southern Thunder Late Model Series came rolling into Golden Isles Speedway and brought a full field of cars plus some to the Waynesville, Georgia race track. Many drivers came from different parts of the Southeast to run the Ben Sumner ran series and the talent was thick. After a practice session, the cars lined up to take on the track one at a time to qualify. Kyle Bridges came out in the blue #6 late model and put a lightening fast speed of 16.216 and kept the pole position for a while but the top dog for the night would end up being Jason Fitzgerald with a time of 16.138. Ryan Van Sickle started in third with a time of 16.277 and fourth position would be another GRT by Fitzgerald driver Brandon Dewitt with a time of 16.379.
This was one of my favorite 10 questions ever. I would like to thank these first set of drivers for participating in my hair-brained question segment. They were all very into the interviews and I can't thank them enough. Check out Scott Bloomquist, Joey Coulter, Josh Adkins, Chad Wallace, and Montana Dudley as they answer ten random questions!
I make no apologies for the obsession I have for East Alabama Motor Speedway. It's a long lasting love affair that started from the first moments I ever stepped foot on the hallowed ground. I was at the Nationals last years when I heard over the intercom, Beverly telling everyone to make sure they were back from the intermission at a certain time so we could hear some big news they were announcing. My phone and Facebook immediately began to blow up from people everywhere asking what the big news was. I sat patiently waiting for the announcement and low and behold, the news WAS huge! The famed Bama Bash that had for the previous 16 years been held at Green Valley Speedway will be moved because of the track being sold, and will now be held at East Alabama.
The news was without a doubt, the icing to my cake as I was already in heaven being at the Nationals. Each day has been marked off the calendar getting one day closer to this historic event. A $17,017 paycheck will be handed to the lucky winner of the super late models. With a huge payday like that, you know all the major names in dirt will be there. Cook, Bloomquist, O'neal, Francis, Davenport, Landers, the list goes on and on for the drivers that are committed to coming. With an out of this world trophy and huge payday coming to the lucky winners in all divisions, it will bring out the best and brightest in dirt track racing. The payday will look like this:
Thursday, the trucks will start hauling in the multitudes of cars and people with a practice for all divisions at 5pm and then on Friday, gates will open at noon and practice and time trials in Late Model Sportsman, Crates, and NDRL Super Lates. Heat races will be ran in Hobby, Super Street, Bomber, Cruiser, and NDRL Supers. Saturday will culminate the weekend will gates opening at noon and at 5pm last chance races and features will be ran in Hobby, Crates, Super Street, Bomber, Late Model Sportsman, Cruiser and NDRL super late models. It will be a weekend you'll create memories that will stay with you forever and will help carry on a storied Alabama tradition. If you've never been to East Alabama make your plans to go and bring someone to share the experience with. For more information check out their website at www.eamsdirt.com or call 334-297-2594.
Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida was a major stop for the heavy hitters of the dirt racing world. The WOO came to BRP on February 16th and put on a show fans won't forget. Darrel Lanigan proved to be the powerhouse at BRP by dominating a full field of tough competitors to take home bragging rights until next year's speedweeks at Bubba Raceway Park.