After two attempts to get the 2017 season going it looks like the weather is finally going to be picture perfect to open Franklin County Speedway’s 48th consecutive season of racing on Sunday April 9th.
The Autism Awareness Race will kick off the 2017 season in grand style with Twin Late Model features headlining the evening. The event will also feature Mini Stocks, V8 Street (formerly Street Stocks), U-Cars, the Blue Ridge Mini Cups and the East Coast Flatheads.
Headlining the Autism Awareness Race is Twin Late Model Stock Car features. This race will include some of the regions top names including Mike Looney, Kelly Kingery, Dennis Holdren, Ross “BooBoo” Dalton and last years championship contenders Kyle Dudley, Devin Steele, Ricky Gillespie, Wesley Thomason and Jonathan Hall. Plus a cast of newcomers and returning drivers including Bobby Gillespie, Daniel Hutson, Chris Carroll, Josh Leedy, Richard Placer and more.
Other races on the card for Sunday afternoon include the Mini Stock division. Barry Wilson won the most races last season and took home the championship but Chad Burnopp was hot on his heels for much of the season. Burnopp has been testing every chance he’s had this off season and he’s poised to make a run at the championship this season. Several new drivers are signed up to run Mini Stock and some returning drivers will make for a great mix of racers in what should be one of the best races of the evening.
The newly named V8 Street division looks to have a strong field of drivers this season. Jason Warsing dominated last season winning all but two races on the season and the championship but several newcomers look to keep him from the winners circle this season. Those drivers include several top dirt drivers who will be racing asphalt this season in the revamped division. Drivers like Steve Brodie and Patrick McDaniel will bring their dirt racing prowess to the asphalt confines of Franklin County Speedway in hopes of dethroning Warsing and those are just a couple of the drivers who will be aiming to keep Warsing out of victory lane.
The U-Car division championship will be wide open this season as last years champion Larry Isley, Jr. does not intend to compete for the championship again this season. Isley will instead focus on the bigger money races while the contenders for the championship last year will look to get the title this season. W.J. Altizer and Mike Reed will be among the championship contenders along with multi-time winner Tony Housman. Derek Radford who was one position away from the championship last season will run a limited schedule in U-Car while planning to move up to V8 Street.
This weekend will mark the debut of the new Blue Ridge Mini Cup Pro division. This group has split from the tracks weekly racing card to form their own series and will compete in a select number of events this season. The East Coast Flatheads will also compete for the first time this season with their vintage race cars, which is always a treat for the fans.
Track promoter Langley Austin is excited about finally getting the season started and seeing the promise the season holds.
“They say the third time is the charm,” laughed Austin. “It’s got to be. We need to get a race in. The drivers are chomping at the bit, the fans are going stir crazy and Mother Nature is finally ready to let us have a great weekend of racing. Sunday is going to be the start of the biggest season in years for this 48 year old track.”
With the reset season opener expected to see even larger fields given that more teams and drivers have had time to get their cars ready for opening day. Sunday April 9th at 3pm will begin the 48th consecutive season of racing at Franklin County Speedway. Make plans to attend. Adult tickets $10, kids 5-12 $5 and children under 4 get in free.
More information check out www.FCSpeedway.com or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoonshineCapitalPromotions/ or contact Langley Austin at 276.613.4208.