GEORGIA STOCK CAR RACING MAR. 5-12, 2009

3-2-09: Atlanta Motor Speedway April-May calendar
3-2-09: ASA TOUR RACING IS ALIVE TODAY FROM COAST-TO-COAST
2-22-09: Chase Elliott wins 3, major announcement coming
2-22-09: No. GA: opens with OSAS Mar. 7
2-18-09: Tony Knowles win Winchester ‘King of the Hill’
2-18-09: "Rattler 250" to be possible $25,000-to-Win Event
2-10-09: PASS South adds Truck div.
2-8-09: CAREER BEST 4TH FOR JOHN WES TOWNLEY AT DAYTONA
2-8-09: WoO: '09 PREVIEW
2-6-09: Atlanta Motor Speedway Partners with Local Hotels to Cap Rates
2-5-09: Denson takes over Nashville Fairgrounds track
2-4-09: Carolina Clash at Lavonia, Hartwell (twice)
2-4-09: USARacing (former Pro Cup) at SGMP April 25
2-4-09: Atl. Speedway Children’s Charities host Clay Shoot and Fast Talk
2-4-09: Southern Pro LM Series schedule
2-4-09: Townley's Daytona ARCA plans
2-3-09: NLMS: Brandon Cameron tops GIS Super Bowl results
2-3-09: AMS Upcoming Events
2-2-09: PIERCE WINS FIRST PRO LEGENDS RACE SATURDAY AT ATLANTA
2-2-09: Faircloths (Swainsboro, GA) take key step up with Super LMs
2-2-09: RIP Birmingham Int'l Raceway
http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/m etro.ssf?/b...
2-2-09: Atlanta Motor Speedway - the Beginning
2-2-09: WoO '09 tour includes Clanton and Smith
2-2-09: Joey’s pictures from Golden Isles: http://www.thesportswire.net
2-2-09: 'Melon announces seven special shows in '09
2-1-09: Golden Isles posts $10,000 reward for stolen safe
2-1-09: New Douglas website: http://www.douglasmotorspeedway.com/
2-1-09: 2008 Legends Awards Banquet
1-27-09: Action pictures from Lanier’s Speedfest: http://finishlinephotography.smugmug...0_hLms2#P-13-9
1-26-09: Carolina Clash Skyler Trull Memorial Set Mar. 13-14 at Carolina Speedway
1-26-09: Carolina Clash adds crate division
1-26-09: Sugar Creek Raceway Gives NeSmith Series Another Friday Track
1-21-09: Gordon Park Speedway Swap Meet Feb. 21
1-21-09: PASS South at New Senoia Speedway June 20
1-21-09: Steve Hixson's SOUTHERN RANKINGS 2009 ON ICE
1-21-09: SpeedFest 2009 is Ready to Roll
1-20-09: Tony Knowles opens '09 at Columbus Jan. 24
1-20-09: 2009 CRA South tent. Schedule incl. twice at Lanier
1-20-09: Jay Middleton Is Crowned at ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour Banquet
1-18-09: Screven Feb. 21: 1st Annual Winter Thaw NLMS
1-17-09: Mar. 20-21: The Return of Late Model Mania to Lavonia Speedway
1-16-09: Kyle Busch to Race SpeedFest 2009 at Lanier
1-16-09: USAR, Pro Cup Series gets Green Flag for 2009
1-15-09: O’Reilly Southern Nationals Series Releases Schedule
1-15-09: Oglethorpe 3/13: National Late Model Sportsman Series
1-14-09: DISPUTE OVER ASA TRADEMARK AMICABLY RESOLVED
1-14-09: '09 schedule: ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour
1-14-09: "Southern Race Week" weekly radio show restarts Jan. 21
1-13-09: Casey Roderick to run CRA, GAS LM Races at SpeedFest
1-13-09: NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS 23-Race National Touring Schedule
1-12-09: Super Bowl of Racing opens Golden Isles 2009 Schedule
1-12-09: Ken Butler, Aarons get part-time Nationwide Series ride
1-12-09: ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour concludes at Concord
1-11-09: Results: Ice Cold Shriners Bowl at Lanier Nat'l Speedway
1-10-09: CRA Super Series 2009 Season Schedule (incl. Lanier, Nashville)
1-9-09: New BOYD's SPEEDWAY Unveils 2009 Web-site & Rules:
1-9-09: BDI Racing Signs Michael Pope for Breakout 2009 Season
1-8-09: Modoc Mar. 6-7: $10,000 to win Fastrak Crate Late Models
1-8-09: Currie Pierce, 17, moves up to Legends Pro Class
1-8-09: PASS South Awards Dinner, 1st race, at Dillon Mar. 13-14
1-7-09: Southern Pro Late Model Series Opens at Senoia Mar. 14-15
1-6-09: Swainsboro Raceways 09 Schedule is Posted
1-6-09: Douglas: Re-opens, drivers meet Jan. 31, practice Feb. 14
1-6-09: AMS Fri. nite drags: the Great Moodini, jet cars, hot rods, nitro bikes and more
1-5-09: Ice Bowl SLM Results - Ray Cook wins
1-4-09: Adrian native working in NASCAR truck series
1-4-09: Ice Bowl Photos: http://racedayprints.smugmug.com/2009%20Racing%20Photos
1-4-09: Albany: New local ownership
1-4-09: Screven Jan. 24 Pure Stock v8 Shootout
1-3-09: AMS: LABOR DAY WEEKEND TICKETS ON SALE
1-3-09: http://racingwrecks.info

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North Georgia opens Sat. night, with the Southern All Stars Earnest Young Memorial Race, with $5000 to win. Next show at the Chatsworth track is a regular weekly show on Sat., Mar. 21. Their biggest show of the summer, paying $10,000 to win, is the Lucas Oil Series Fri., June 12.
http://www.northgeorgiaspeedway.com

Biggest paying dirt show this weekend is the Fastrak Racing Series at Modoc Speedway, across the state line from Augusta. It pays $10,000 to win, and $250 for fast qualifying. The Fastrak crate cars qualify and run heat races Friday, and 26 will start the feature Sat. Entries include Travis Pennington, Timbo Magnum, Jonathan Davenport, and Shannon Buckingham. Four support classes will also be in action. Tickets arre $15 Fri., $20 Sat. http://www.modocspeedway.com/

South Alabama Speedway, in Opp, has their 33rd Annual Rattler Weekend Sat. and Sun., with a 125-lap pro LM race Sat. and a 250-lap super LM race Sun. The Rattler pays based on car count: up to 20 entries = $7,500, 21-49 entries = $10,000, and 50+ = $20,000. Last place pays at least $500. http://sas.bozpc.com/

Boyd’s March Madness 50, headlined by a $5000 to win super LM race, will be Fri., Mar. 13, and they hope to attract race teams headed to the Southern All Stars Shamrock at Cleveland the next day.
Boyd’s Cabin Fever 250 was rained out last week, and will be rescheduled Mar. 20-21.
The track will race every Friday through early Oct., including a USCS Sprint Cars Sept. 4.
http://www.boydsspeedway.com/

Dixie Speedway, in Woodstock, has an open practice April 25, and opens the season Sat., May 2. Rome opens Sun., May 24. http://www.dixiespeedway.com

Lanier opens Mar. 28, with all divisions competing. The track will close April 4, to support the GAS race at The ‘Melon, and hosts the ASA Southeasst Asphalt Tour and their TV cameras April 11. Join their email list for a chance to win a season pass. http://www.lanierspeedway.com/

Lavonia opens with their second Late Model Mania Mar. 20-21, with the Southern All Stars LMs, Fastrak crates, and Southeastern Late Model Sportsmen all running Sat. night. Last spring, this was one of the biggest and best shows of the year.
The regular season and points races start April 4, and includes an Easter Egg Hunt. http://www.lavoniadirttrack.com/

Hartwell open for practice Sat., and the first race is Mar. 14. The Carolina Clash visits Hartwell April 25, and the Southern All Stars May 9. Hartwell and Lavonia are now alternating Sat. nights. http://www.hartwellspeedway.com

Toccoa has a practice Sat., and the first race, the Spring Thaw, Sat., Mar. 14. Grand Opening and the start of weekly shows is Aptil 11. The Southern All Stars visit April 18. http://toccoaspeedway.info/

Gresham Motorsports Park, formerly Peach State Speedway, is being remodeled in a big way, and no racing is expected until the fall. Photos of work in progress and lots of snow are on the website. http://www.greshammotorsportspark.com

Vince Whitmire’s new Southern Pro Late Model Series will kick off at Senoia Raceway Sun., Mar. 15, with the Shamrock 100. They’ll race again at Senoia April 4, in a double-header with ASA South.
In all SPLM Series stand alone events, Northeast Georgia Racing Tires and Hoosier will give drivers finishing in the 11 thru 20 positions a $100.00 discount coupon toward purchase of tires at the next SPLM Series standalone event. Complimentary pit passes, entry fees and fuel cards for haulers will be awarded to teams.
http://www.newsenoiaraceway.com/

Cochran opens with a practice Sat., Mar. 24, and there will be trophies for the best appearing cars. Opening night is Mar. 28, and points races start April 4. http://www.cochrangaspeedway.com

Oglethorpe Speedway Park, near Savannah, has the Monster Trucks, Big Foot, and Spiderman Fri., Sat., and Sun. Racing begins next Sat., Mar. 14, with the National Late Model Series plus three local divisions. Admission is $15, with a discount for the military and seniors. OSP’s regular season starts Fri., April 3.
Over the winter, OSP has had six kart races, with lots of karts. Tim Miller and Eddie Morris were the top two in the Outlaws Karts Div.
http://www.ospracing.net/

The Lucas Oil Dirt Series visits Screven Fri., April 3, with a $7,000 to win show.
Jason Fitzgerald qualified fifth and won $3000 the Winter Thaw at Screven’s National Late Model Series show Feb. 21. Brad Comer set fast time at 88.2 mph on the high banks. http://screvenmotorspeedway.com

Swainsboro opens for a car show and practice Mar. 14, and starts racing in five local divs. Mar. 21. New rules for 2009 all involve tire specs. http://www.swainsbororaceway.com/

Waycross has a practice Sat., and opens the season Sat., Mar. 21. They’ll race two Saturday’s per month thru the summer.
http://www.wayxspeedway.com

There’s semi-good news at Golden Isles, as Russell Dugger and Jason Perry are in the Glynn Co. slammer accused of stealing the track’s safe, containing up to $70,000, during the January Super Bowl of Racing. They may have already spent the money. Track owner Frankie Lloyd described them as “punks from Brunswick.” New GIS rule: no cash payouts - winners get checks.
The United Dirt Late Model Series, which usually has a lot of cars, will have a $10,000 to win race at GIS Mar. 27-28. http://www.goldenislesspeedway.com/

The Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele has an open practice Mar. 21, and starts the season Mar. 28 with local divs. and the USCS winged sprint cars. http://www.watermeloncapitalspeedway.com/

South Georgia Motorsports Park hosts the Sports Car Club of America Mar. 13-15. Up to 300 drivers are expected, and they do solo runs around temporary courses Sat. and Sun. http://scca.com
The track has a cookout for 2008’s champions and an open practice Mar. 21.
Tickets are only $10 for South Georgia’s Mar. 28 Short Track Nationals double-header with 100 lap features for the ASA South late models and the Southern Pro (crate) Late Models.
The ASA Late Model Series has visited the SGMP every season since 2006 and have given the Georgia fans a great show each time. On July 3rd, 2006, Landon Cassill won the event, 2008 Season Champion Jeff Choquette won the event in 2007, and 2008 Season Champion Jimmy Lang won the 2008 race.
http://www.racesgmp.com www.splmseries.com www.asalatemodelsouth.com

West Georgia Speedway in Whitesburg opens Sat. night, with racing at 7:30. Admission is $15/$5. This year, no children under 12 in the pits. There’s some great action pictures on the website. http://www.geocities.com/westgaspeed...ex.html?200910

Albany Motor Speedway has new local owners, but Skip Pannell is still the General Manager. Their season starts Saturday for the local divs., and continues every other Sat. night.
http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome....ymotorspeedway

Sugar Creek Raceway, in Blue Ridge, will be racing again in 2009 on Fridays, after a very short 2008, and Bobby West is the new promoter. Sugar Creek is pairing with Tri-County Racetrack nearby Brasstown, NC, a Sat. night track, and both will feature the NeSmith Chevrolet crate series cars and rules. http://www.sugarcreekraceway.net/ www.nesmithracing.com

Dublin’s 441 Speedway opens April 4, as a dirt track, after closing as an asphalt track several years ago. The new rules put a 30-min. time limit on a races. They’ll draw for starting positions in heat races, and the feature lines up based on heat race finishes - saving a lot of boring qualifying time. www.441speedway.com
Posted on 4m.net: Announcer needed for Dublin’s re-opened 441 speedway. Email dublin441speedway@hotmail.com
Dublin - from Yahoo maps: http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=h&lat=32....936934&zoom=17

Douglas Motor Speedway has a new owner, and opens Mar. 14 with races starting at 6:00. They plan to race every other Saturday, with a National Late Model Series show June 12-13.
Douglas is bringing back a “Skeeter” class, with bodies from the 1928-48 era, sprint car-style wings on top, and cast iron engines.
Late model driver Scott Johnson, of Brunswick, and his 12J will be at the first show. http://www.sjimotorsports.com
http://www.douglasmotorspeedway.com/

The Talladega (AL) Short Track has a practice Tuesday, and then opens their 32nd season Mar. 14.
The biggest single day race of the season is the 3rd running of the “Talladega Short Track Nationals” June 13 featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in a Speed TV event paying the winner $10,000.
The annual Michael Head Jr. Memorial, with the O’Reilly Southern All Stars, is July 25. They’ll also have big shows on NASCAR weekends April 24-25 and Oct. 30-31.
http://www.talladegashorttrack.com/

WSB’s Racing Show has live coverage from Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Captain Herb and Doug Turnbull will be on the air from 12-1:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday. Listen to News/Talk 750 WSB in Atlanta or online at wsbradio.com.
Captain Herb has hosted a weekend racing show on WSB radio for 15 http://www.talladegashorttrack.com/years. http://geocities.com/avsf120/
Turnbull writes a NASCAR column at http://motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/turnbull

Macon racer Beau Slocumb has a rare form of soft-tissue sarcoma called Synovial Sarcoma. He had surgery in Macon Jan. 28, and is now at the Univ. of Texas Medical Center for six weeks of chemo treatments. Get well cards:
>Beau Slocumb
>c/o Sam & Dave Mosley
>16407 Canyon Chase Dr.
>Houston, TX 77095
Updates and reports from sister Maggie: http://beauslocumb.blogspot.com/
Slocumb’s racing career had gotten a boost from NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and he had tested an ARCA car at Daytona in December, reaching 182 mph.

Matt Hawkins, a young stock car racer from Canton, GA, died Feb. 14 from a tragic accident at his home, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Saturday morning around 5 a.m., Matt Hawkins was handling a .9 millimeter handgun. It went off, one bullet hitting him in the head, killing him. Investigators are labeling this an accident and that it underscores the essential importance of gun safety.
On the track, Hawkins had built up an amazing resume. He won in his first career starts in both the ARCA REMAX Series and USAR Pro Cup Series – a seemingly-impossible accomplishment that may never be matched. He also won numerous Pro Late Model races in the Southeast and finished in the top three of the Snowball Derby for the last two seasons.

In an effort to promote short track racing and to bring awareness and coverage to the drivers of the Georgia Asphalt Series, Lanier Speedway has created the GAS Radio Network which will broadcast all of the 2009 GAS races. New Lanier Media Relations guy Scott Pinner will be in the broadcast booth.
The GAS series will offer up to $50,000 in potential prize money for 2009. If a driver can win the Triple Crown - consisting of Lanier’s Super Six Series, The Lanier Late Model Season Championship, and the GAS Championship - he will take home a $50,000 bonus for the season. If a driver wins two of the three titles, the driver will take home $25,000 for the year in bonus money.
GAS will kick off its 2009 season at Watermelon Capital Speedway April 4, and the first-ever CRA South Super Late Model race will be a companion event.

The PASS South Super Late Models kick off the 2009 season with their second trip to the Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 14, with the 4th Annual South Carolina Clash. Last year’s race was contested in August and was won by Woodstock, GA’s Justin Wakefield. In addition to the PASS South Super Late Models, the South Carolina Clash will see the debut of the PASS Late Model Trucks. Late Model Truck regulars from Dillon and throughout the Carolinas will race for 75 laps in the Nation’s newest touring division.

Kyle Lowry's Pro Championship Legends car from Thursday Thunder and a winning car at Cordele is for sale. $9,500.00. E-mail lowry33@bellsouth.net for more info.

“Stephen” posts at http://www.allleftturns.com/carl-dea...troubled-times
Carl Dean Combs, a 57-year-old North Carolinian who ran 24 NASCAR races back in the early 1980s, was arrested late last week for running 'shine.
According to the Wilkes-Journal Patriot, Combs' operation was highly professional and clean, with all sorts of shiny stainless steel vats and condensers and doo-hickeys and stuff and a production capacity of about 300 gallons of corn mash per run -- which, if you think about it, is kind of too bad: Somehow it would have been more poetic if Carl ran his operation out of shotgun shack back o' the slaughter house and with 50-gallon barrells and five-gallon buckets.
Nevertheless, this strikes me as pure, marketing gold for NASCAR. Haven't fans been bitching and moaning about how the sport has lost touch with its roots? The way I see it, Brian France needs to call up ol' Carl and have him be Grand Marshall for the next 39 races. Not only that, but Carl needs to bring ample quantities of his product with him each week, perhaps taking a nip or two as he regales fans with what it was like when he ran Cup and finished eighth at Atlanta.

A numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the track’s history.
2: The fewest cautions during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.
6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win at 2003 at the Bass Pro Shops MBNA in March.
9: Most individual wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Dale Earnhardt.
41: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway Sprint Cup racing history.
60: The most starts by any active driver at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bill Elliott.
133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.
169: Total number of ‘One-Hit Wonders’, drivers to appear only once in a Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
$3,249,155: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.

History will be made this March during the Kobalt Tools 500 on March 8 and fans can witness the action by calling the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

Georgia Natives Abundant During Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend
In addition to Georgia-born drivers Bill Elliott, David Ragan and Reed Sorenson, a number of NASCAR crew members from the Peach State will descend on Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500 race this weekend.
Including the three Sprint Cup drivers from Georgia, 16 participants in the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend are competing at their home-state track. Below is a list of Georgia natives participating in the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series races:
< NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Georgia Natives
Name Hometown Team Position
Bill Elliott Dawsonville No. 21 Driver
David Ragan Unadilla No. 6 Driver
Reed Sorenson Peachtree City No. 43 Driver
Jason Jones Rhine No. 5 Pit support
Brian Taylor Cuthbert No. 14 Mechanic
Shannon Keys Byron No. 8 Front tire carrier
Adam North Sonoraville No. 31 Jack man
Dion Williams Stone Mountain No. 5 Rear-tire carrier
Dwayne Moore Griffin No. 55 Rear-tire carrier
Matt Skeen Stone Mountain No. 88 Pit support
Larry Hart Chatsworth No. 1 Transport driver
Jayme Christianson Marietta No. 83 Media relations
Chip Wile Atlanta No. 12 Media relations
< NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Georgia Natives
Name Hometown Team Position
Scott Brook Carrolton No. 15 Mechanic
Jerel Dawson Danielsville No. 6 Pit support
Billy Ballew Atlanta No. 51 Owner

Sponsorship ideas: 18-year-old Matt Larmore, of Clermont, FL, started his racing career in 2001 at Fruitland Park Speedway (FL) racing go-karts. The passion of racing soon turned into racing for wins, with 6 wins in the 2003 Season; followed by a championship that same year. The wins kept coming in with 5 more the next season. In 2006 Matt took a break from racing, but it would not last long. In 2008 the 'racing bug' bit Matt again, and he decided to get back into racing, dirt track style, with a Mini Sprint. His goals for the 2009 season was to get as much seat time as possible, but with the gloom of the economy and going to school at the same, money is extremely tight but hopefully through the 10DollarSponsorship idea, he will be able to race a few more races this year. http://www.10dollarsponsorship.com/about.htm

Shanon Buckingham, of Morris, TN, won Saturday’s NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 50-lap feature at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park. Top Georgians were 9th Frank Ingram, of Woodstock, 10th Hunter Peacock, of Macon, and 11th Jeff Fields, of Aragon. Chip Brindle, of Chatsworth, qualified fifth and finished 16th.
At the 40-lap feature race Friday night at East Bay, defending NeSmith National Champion Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA, was 10th in the CSC Trailer Repair/Brindle Brothers Auto Parts Mastersbilt. KY driver Doug Horton won, with two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN, returning from a year’s suspension to finish third.
In preliminary action on Friday night, the eight-lap heat races were won by Brindle, Mathews, Hines, and Frank Ingram of Woodstock, GA, in the Gardner Excavating Rocket. The two 12-lap B-Main races were won by Phillip Cobb of Riverview, FL in the Coastal Trucking GRT, and Hunter Peacock of Macon, GA, in the Nasworthy Mechanical Bullitt.
In Thursday’s show, Derrick Rainey, of Powder Springs, was seventh, and
Jeff Fields, of Aragon, GA, was eighth.