CALLAWAY, VA :: Every division has their crown jewel race. For Late Model Stock Cars, it’s Martinsville, for NASCAR, it’s the Daytona 500 and for Mini Cups it’s the World Series at Franklin County Speedway.
On Saturday October 19th, Andy Lombi became the inaugural World Series of Mini Cups winner. It was the biggest race of the season for quarter scale Mini Cup cars that compete all around the country. Lombi of Loxahatchee, FL competed in just two races during the 2013 season finishing dead last in his first attempt in an 18-car field but returned for the World Series and dominated to the finish.
Lombi was one of many out of state travelers who made their way to Franklin County Speedway to compete in the Mini Cup division during the course of the 2013 season. Rain in the forecast and cold temperatures kept the inaugral World Series field short of expectations with just 18-cars but the racing was incredible throughout the field. A wild night culminated in Lombi’s victory and setting the stage to grow the World Series event for the smallest cars that compete on the 3/8 mile high banked track.
2014 will bring about the second annual World Series of Mini Cups event and with drivers already showing interest from around the country. The field for this event could be one of the biggest fields in the history of Mini Cup racing.
“We’ve got a lot to be excited about during the 2014 season at Franklin County Speedway but I have to admit building on the World Series of Mini Cups event is at the top of my list,” said Franklin County Speedway promoter Langley Austin. “They might be the smallest cars but for us last year they were the largest car counts many nights and put on the best shows. I had people coming from all over the Carolina’s just to watch these guys and that says a lot.”
This year’s event will build upon last year’s success. The purse for this race which will be announced at a later date will be one of the largest in Mini Cup racing. The event this year will feature three feature events in three separate divisions. The main event will compete under Franklin County Speedway Mini Cup rules while an Open division has been added for cars that don’t fit the track rulebook. The third division will feature the brightest up and coming young drivers as the 15 and under contingent competes in the Junior World Series of Mini Cups.
“We like to think that we’ve got the best rulebook in Mini Cup racing,” continued Austin. “Almost any driver or car can compete with us at any given race and that’s why we think this race will continue to grow. I’ve had phone calls from close to five guys who compete at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven, Florida who are all planning to make the over 11 hour trip to compete in this event.”
Austin says he intends on growing this event and the Mini Cup division in general.
“We’re aiming to make this event the biggest Mini Cup event in the country or anywhere. We’ve already got one of the biggest groups of regulars in this division of any track or series in the country and we want everyone to get to compete at Franklin County Speedway. If you have a Mini Cup car, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be here on August 16th and if you do you’ll wish you were from here and could race with us every week.”
Saturday August 16th is certainly a date that race fans will want to mark on their calendar for the 2nd Annual World Series of Mini Cups. For more information visit www.FCSpeedway.com or contact Langley Austin at 276.613.4208.