October 4th Schedule & Line Up

The USCS Sprint Cars return to Cherokee Speedway Saturday October 4th to host the USCS vs. URC North vs. South Shootout. The race program will include USCS Sprints Cars, URC Sprint Cars, SECA City Late Models ($1,000 To Win), Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, and Extreme 4. Cherokee Speedway weekly divisions on the program will be having there final points race of 2014. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


USCS Outlaw Sprint Car North Vs. South Shootout Finale And SECA Crate Late Models Headline Racing Action At Cherokee Speedway On Saturday, October 4th


The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters (www.uscsracing.com) returns to the 3/8 mile racing surface at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Saturday, October 4th. It will be the only the 2nd time the 700 plus horsepower, 1300 pound exotic race cars have invaded the re-configured version of the legendary speedway since it was a 5/8 mile oval including a successful return on the same weekend last October. The event for winged sprint cars is the Finale of the 6th annual Carolina Thunder Nationals and also includes the co-sanctioned North vs. South Shootout Challenge Finale for the Georgia based United Sprint Car Series (USCS) and the Delaware based Rislone United Racing Company (URC) sprint car organization (www.urcsprints.com). The USCS is in its eighteenth season of competition and the URC, as the oldest sprint car sanction in the country, has contested sixty plus seasons of competition.

The co-sanctioned sprint car event promises to be loaded with an action-packed sprint car racing program with some of the country’s top ranked drivers and sprint car talent racing for pride and glory for each of their series in this first-time ever USCS vs. URC North vs. South Shootout sprint car challenge event at the Cherokee Speedway. Saturday night’s racing action features a full program of USCS and URC winged outlaw style sprint car racing plus racing in five of Cherokee Speedway’s weekly racing divisions. Additionally the action packed racing card features the winged www.rockauto.com USCS 600 Sprint Car Series mini/micro sprints. The speedway’s popular SECA Crate Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Stock Four and Xtreme Four divisions will join the two sprint car divisions with special events of their own in their final point’s race of the season.

The Cherokee Speedway USCS Vs. URC event is expected to bring top winged outlaw sprint car drivers from at least ten states to the track from as far away as New York, Florida and Arkansas. The exotic fire breathing, alcohol burning, 700 horsepower open-wheeled USCS sprint cars weight just 1,300 pounds, and are pound for pound the World’s most powerful short track race cars. The cars will literally fly around the track surface at speeds well over 130 M.P.H. It is not uncommon to see the USCS sprint cars popping "wheelies" or doing wheel stands because of the brute force of their engines and their huge 17-inch wide rear tires.

The USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour and URC Sprints winged sprint cars and USCS 600 Sprint Car Series will contest a full racing program including their Speed Dash, Qualifying Heat races and Main Events on Friday. All four other divisions will also contest a full program of qualifying races and main events. The Cherokee Speedway weekly racing series SECA Crate Late Models are racing for $1000 to win in their special event portion of the program.

Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Rd., Gaffney, SC 29351. The race track phone number is: (864) 489-1969. The track’s website is www.cherokeespeedwaySC.com For USCS information, please visit the USCS web site at www.uscsracing.com or call the USCS presented by K&N Filters at 770-865-6097.

September 27th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 27th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


September 20th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 20th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model ($2,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. All armbands will be honored from September 13th. You must have armband for readmission.


September 13th Race Rained Out; YG FWD Raced

Before the rain came Saturday September 13th Cherokee Speedway was able to get one feature in. The Young Guns FWD results were as follows: 1) Dylan Lacey #19D, 2) Christina Cloninger #09, 3) Robert Pope #26, 4) Macy Anderson #14B, 5) Jacob Tarin #6D, 6) Justin Armour #98 7) Cody Absher #M1. All other divisions on September 13th race program were rained out.
All armbands will be honored from September 13th event on September 20th. You must have armband for readmission.


September 13th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 13th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


September 6th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 6th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman ($1,000 To Win), Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, Vintage (Twin Races), and UMP Open Wheel Modified. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series And More August 31st

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway on Sunday August 31st for a $4,000 to win event. August 31st racing program will include the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, SECA Late Model ($2,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($800 To Win), Stock 4 ($1,000 To Win), Extreme 4, Young Guns FWD, and Young Guns RWD. Cherokee Speedway will also be hosting the NC/SC FWD Championship paying $800 to win. Highest race finish average between Harris Speedway Saturday night and Cherokee Speedway Sunday night will earn a $200 bonus. Cherokee Speedway will hold its annual Cherokee Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on August 23rd. Ceremony will at start at 5:40. Gates open at 4 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission will be $20 in the grandstand and $30 in the pits. Kids 10 and under free. For more information on the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series visit www.carolinaclash.com .

Class of 2014 Inductees:
Doug Osteen - Lifetime Achievement - Old Timers
Earl "Strawberry" Davis - Lifetime Achievement - Modern Era
Dougman Davis - Lifetime Achievement - Modern Era
JD Brown - Contributor - Promoters Choice
George Hilton - Contributor
Hotrod LaMance - Sportsman


August 23rd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 23rd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($600 To Win), Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


August 16th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 16th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, Young Guns FWD, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Armbands from 8/9 will be honored.


August 9th Race Rained Out

All racing for Saturday August 9th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


August 9th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 9th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, and Open Wheel Modified ($800 To Win). Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


August 2nd Race Postponed

Due to the current weather forecast and rain all racing for Saturday August 2nd at Cherokee Speedway has been postponed.


Southern All Star Racing Series And More August 2nd

The Southern All Star Racing Series returns to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday August 2nd for the "Stick Elliott Memorial" paying $5,000 to win. August 2nd racing program will include the Southern All Star Racing Series, SECA City Late Model ($2,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($600 To Win), Limited Sportsman ($800 To Win), Renegade ($500 To Win), Stock 4 ($800 To Win), UMP Open Wheel Modified ($800 To Win), and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission will be $20 in the grandstand and $30 in the pits. For more information on the Southern All Star Racing Series visit www.sasdirt.com .


July 26th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 26th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


July 19th Race Rained Out

All racing for Saturday July 19th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


8th Annual Robert Pursley Memorial Race At Cherokee Speedway

Carolina Clash

The 8th Annual Robert Pursley Memorial Race will be run under the sanction of the Carolina Clash Series. Fans around the Carolinas flock to this memorial race each year to pay tribute to the Pursley family who has contributed so much to local racing. "This year the race will feature increased purse money. We are already at $5,000 to win and looking at several enhancements to the $4000 purse structure. I will say you can expect it to grow up to race night," stated Mark Huey of the Carolina Clash. The additional purse money comes in from family and friends that The Pursley's have met and built relationships throughout their racing journey. "I have been knowing John & Johnny for many years and know the importance of family to both of them. A strong sense of family is what makes them great to know as friends. This race means more than just loud engines and fast cars to the Pursley family. It is a time of remembrance for their patriarch."

Robert Pursley, the father of John Pursley and grandfather of Johnny Pursley Jr. was a fixture atop the grandstand anytime John and Jr. were racing. He was a devoted family man that was well liked in the community. He was a friend to many of John and Johnny's competitors, and a few of their heated rivals too. Many say he never met a stranger at the race track, and it's only fitting this race carries on his legacy.

The race format will be something new for the Carolina Clash series. All entrants will qualify as usual. Then, the results from qualifying will be used to determine the competitors for an eight (8) lap "Dash for Cash," featuring the top 6 fastest qualifiers. Then, the top six will engage in a "pill draw" to determine the starting lineup for the dash for cash. The results of the eight lap dash will determine the starting lineup for the first six positions in the feature event, with the winner being allowed to choose the inside or outside starting spot on the front row of the feature.

Various tracks have hosted this memorial race and past winners of the Robert Pursley Memorial Race include Jeff Smith, Furman Parton, Chris 'Smokey' Madden, Chad Paxton, Mike Huey, Casey Roberts, Ross Bailes, and Dale McDowell, who won the 2012 edition of the race at Cherokee Speedway.

Other divisions running at Cherokee Speedway on July 19 will be the limited sportsman, crate sportsman, renegade, stock four, and extreme four cylinders.

Cherokee Speedway is conveniently located off of I-85 exit 96 in Gaffney, SC. Physical Address is 153 Speedway Drive in Gaffney, SC 29341. Track phone is (864) 489-1969. More info can be found online at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com and visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cherokeespeedway for the most up to date Speedway information.

Race Format

Qualifying

Dash for Cash

Top 6 qualifiers will have a pill draw to determine the starting lineup for Dash

$500 to win, $300 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Finish of the dash for cash will determine the starting lineup for the first six starting positions in the main event. (winner gets to choose front row starting spot)

Main Event - 50 Laps

Purse structure - $4,000 to win purse

$1000 will be added to the winner

Additional purse monies may be added to the top five finishing spots - TBA

 

For more information on the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series visit www.carolinaclash.com .

Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series And More July 19th

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday July 19th for the "Robert Pursley Memorial" paying $5,000 to win. July 19th racing program will include the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Crate Sportsman ($700 To Win), Limited Sportsman ($1,000 To Win), Renegade ($500 To Win), Stock 4 ($1,000 To Win), Extreme 4, Young Guns FWD, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 4 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission will be $20 in the grandstand and $30 in the pits. For more information on the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series visit www.carolinaclash.com .


Fuel Racing Series Plus More July 12th

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting
the FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Models) Series Saturday July 12th. The FUEL event will be paying $3,000 to win. July 12th race program will include racing in FUEL ($3,000 To Win), SECA Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Limited Sportsman, Renegade ($400 To Win), Stock 4, Extreme 4, Pure Stock and Open Wheel Modified. Limited Sportsman and Stock 4 are locked in and will line up for their main event according to the heat race finishing order from July 3rd. Open Wheel Modified, Extreme 4, and Pure Stock will run heat races and main event. Open Wheel Modified will line up for their heat from their qualifying results from July 3rd. Pure Stock and Extreme 4 will line up for their heats as they were determined by drawing on July 3rd. SECA Late Models will have two lap qualifying and main event. The Renegade division will run heats and main event. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission will be $30 in the pits, $20 in the grandstands, and kids 10 and under free.  For further information on the FUEL Racing Series visit www.fuelracingseries.com .

Independence Shootout And Racing For July 3rd Postponed

Eighty Three cars and a lot of dedicated race fans suffered the wrath of Mother Nature and Arthur on July 3rd as the rain doused all racing plans for the evening at Cherokee Speedway. The FUEL Racing Series and support divisions will return on Saturday July 12th. Hang onto all armbands for re entry. If you do not have your armband from July 3rd then you will have to pay full price to re enter. The FUEL Racing Series will start their $3,000 to win program over from scratch per their weather policy. Limited Sportsman and Stock 4 are locked in and will line up for their main event according to the heat race finishing order from July 3rd. Open Wheel Modified, Extreme 4, and Pure Stock will return and run their heat races and main event. Open Wheel Modified will line up for their heat from their qualifying results from July 3rd. Pure Stock and Extreme 4 will line up for their heats as they were determined by drawing on July 3rd. As a bonus SECA Late Models will be joining the race program on July 12th paying $1,000 to win with two laps of qualifying and a main event. The Renegade division will also be on the July 12th race program paying $400 to win with heats and main event.
Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM on July 12th. Admission will be $30 in the pits, $20 in the grandstands, and kids 10 and under free.


Independence Shootout With Fuel Series July 3rd

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the Independence Shootout Thursday July 3rd with the
FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Models) Series paying $3,000 to win. July 3rd race program will include FUEL Late Model Series ($3,000 To Win), Limited Sportsman, Stock 4 ($800 To Win), Extreme 4 ($500 To Win), Open Wheel Modified ($1,000 To Win), Pure Stock (600 To Win), Vintage, and Georgia Mini Sprints. Cherokee Speedway will be having a fireworks show after the race. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission for July 3rd will be $30 in the pits, $20 in the grandstands, and kids 10 and under free.

June 28th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 28th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. There will be a $200 bonus for a new winner in the Renegade division. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


Don O’Neal Victorious In Grassy Smith Memorial At Cherokee Speedway

GAFFNEY, SC (June 20, 2014) – Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Point Leader, Don O’Neal wrestled the lead away from Brandon Overton with 14 laps to go to win the 16th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway.

O’Neal led the first two laps until Overton powered by him to take the point. Overton then led until lap 36 when O’Neal maneuvered around the leader for good and went on to win his fourth LOLMDS event of 2014. Overton recorded his best career LOLMDS finish with his second place run. Jonathan Davenport finished third, followed by Casey Roberts, and Jimmy Owens.

“What a night! To win for Barry and Lance Wright is great! The race shop is just down the road, so I know its special for them to be in victory lane tonight. We had a terrific night,” said O’Neal, who swept the evenings events

“I kind of stumbled there in turn two on about the third lap and let those guys [Overton and Davenport] by me. But we fought back. I went by Davenport and then followed him [Overton] for what seemed like forever. Traffic kind of held him up a little. I knew I had a car capable of getting back around him. I was patient with him. He drove a very good race. Once we caught up to him we were able to work the car better off of turn four and that’s when we retook the lead.”

“I have to thank Clint Bowyer for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to all of my sponsors, Peak, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Ohlins, Toyota, Georgia Boot, Clements Race Engines, and of course Barry Wright Race Cars. Good to have Casey Bowyer [Clint’s brother] here tonight to see us win. My crew chief Jeremy Justice was giving me hand signals, and telling me where to run, I just can’t thank him enough. He may be young, but he knows what he is doing. It takes a total team effort to win this championship, and we have all the pieces in place.”

Overton; piloting the Troy Baird owned, Baird Transport, Club 29 Race Cars entry; was pleased with his runner-up finish. “To run second with these guys, wow, I don’t know what to say. I thought for a moment, hey I am leading this race, I might just win it. When he [O’Neal] got back around me, I knew I was in trouble. That caution with eight laps to go gave us some hope, but once we went green he [O’Neal] was gone. I have to thank Ronnie Stuckey and Darrell Lanigan for their help on the car. We are very pleased with it. We look forward to running several more Lucas Oil races the rest of the season.”

Davenport came into the race as one of the local pre-race favorites and held steadily in third place at the finish. “We had a really good car tonight, those top two were just a little better than us. We will take it and head to Smoky Mountain tomorrow night, said the driver of the K&L Rumley, Longhorn Chassis #6.

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson, Chris Madden, Dennis Franklin, and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Don O’Neal set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of 15.410 seconds. Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and Brandon Overton won their respective heat races. John Blankenship won the B-Main.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt .

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday Night, June 20th, 2014
16th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC

Miller Welders Fast Time: Don O’Neal / 15.410 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Casey Roberts, Chris Madden, Dennis Erb, Jr., Johnny Pursley, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jared Landers, Eric Jacobsen, Kevin Wilson

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson, Brent Dixon, Jason Hughes, John Blankenship, Ricky Weeks, Anthony Sanders

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Dennis Franklin, Jimmy Owens, Zack Mitchell, Ross Bailes, Dale McDowell, Jason Papich, Doug Sanders, Jason Hiett

JRi Shocks B-Main (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): John Blankenship, Ricky Weeks, Jared Landers, Eric Jacobsen, Doug Sanders, Jason Hiett, Kevin Wilson, Anthony Sanders, Jason Papich, Earl Pearson, Jr.-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps)
Don O'Neal #5 , Brandon Overton #5E, Jonathan Davenport #6 , Casey Roerts #101 , Jimmy Owens #20, Steve Francis #15, Chris Ferguson #22, Chris Madden #44M, Dennis Franklin #2F, Eddie Carrier Jr #28C, Brent Dixon #1D, Dennis Erb Jr #28E, Earl Pearson Jr #44P, John Blankenship #23, Dale McDowell #17M, Jared Landers #777, Ross Bailes #87, Jason Hughes #12, Eric Jacobsen #5J, Jason Papich # 91P, Johnny Pursley #09, Zack Mitchell #57, Scott Bloomquist #0, Ricky Weeks #1W

Race Statistics

Entrants: 28

Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 2); Brandon Overton (Laps 3 – 35); Don O’Neal (Laps 36 – 50)

Caution Flags: Ross Bailes (Lap 42)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr.; Jason Papich

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O’Neal

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started: 23rd; Finished: 13th; Advanced 10 Positions)

Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Don O’Neal

Allstar Performer of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal

Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Jason Hughes

Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Jason Hughes

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeremy Justice (Don O’Neal)

HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #5 – 15.859 seconds)

Time of Race: 17 minutes 02 seconds


Cherokee Speedway Hosts Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series June 20th

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday June 20th. The event will be the "Grassy Smith Memorial" paying $10,000 to win. Pit gates will open at 2 PM with grandstand gates opening at 4 PM. Drivers meeting is set for 7 PM. Cars hit the track at 7:30 PM. June 20th race program will also include racing in Crate Late Model ($1,500 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($800 To Win), Stock 4 ($1,000 To Win), and Young Guns RWD ($300 To Win). Admission will be $25 in the grandstands and $35 in the pits.
Kids 10 and under free. For further information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit www.lucasdirt.com .

June 14th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 14th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


June 7th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 7th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns FWD, Vintage, and UMP Open Wheel Modified. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 31st Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 31st racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, and Pure Stock. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 24th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 24th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 17th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 17th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. The Limited Sportsman division will be racing for $1,000 to win. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 10th Race Rained Out

All racing for Saturday May 10th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


May 10th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 10th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 3rd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 3rd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


Saturday April 26th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD. SECA City Late Models will be paying $1,000 to win and the Crate Sportsman division will be paying $800 to win. If 15 or more cars are registered in the SECA City Late Model division then there will be a bonus of $500. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.

Cherokee Speedway will be carrying over the Easter activities originally planned for last weekend. Supervised Easter Egg Hunt for kiddies 6 and under. Kids will meet under the upper deck beside grandstand entrance at 6 PM. Mrs. Stephanie (track chaplain), Jada Tessnier and Jonathan Morehead will be supervising the kids. Mrs. Stephanie will present the Story of The Eggs to them at this time. Older kids (7 and up) will meet at 7 PM (during drivers meeting time) at the Ice Cream Shack (Green building to the Turn 1 side of the tower) for the Story Of the Eggs from Mrs. Stephanie. The Speedway will also have a Egg race on the front stretch during intermission for kids 7-11 and also 12 and up. You never know who might join in on the older group, have seen a few drivers test their foot speed in the past!


April 19th Race Postponed

Due to the amount of rain that has all ready falling and the current weather forecast Cherokee Speedway has postponed all racing for Saturday April 19th. 


April 19th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 19th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


Hamm Conquers Cherokee To Capture Inaugural FUEL Event

Gaffney, SC - Brett Hamm vaulted to the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back as he captured the FUEL Racing Series season opener this past Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway. The Newberry, South Carolina racer led all 40 laps and held off a late charge from Ross Bailes to secure the $3000 payday in the inaugural touring event of the new CT525 series.

In Klotz Synthetic Lubricants time trials, it was Billy Hicks who recorded quick time and the first ever pole award with a lap of 16.203 around the storied speedway.

With no drivers locked in from Time Trials, the heat race action was intense and competitive. Ricky Weeks captured RE Suspension Heat Race #1 while Ross Bailes emerged victorious in KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2.

After a redraw of the top 2 finishers from both heat races, the field was set with Hamm drawing the pole starting position. Hamm set a blistering pace early on as the battle ensued behind him between Weeks, Bailes, and Hicks. Weeks was very strong early in the event, However, a flat tire ended his bid for the win. Hicks and Bailes resumed the battle for 2nd and even closed in on Hamm in the closing laps of the event but would ultimately fall short in their attempt to overtake the eventual winner.

"We had a good car all weekend long," said Hamm. "We've won both races we've ran with this engine so far this season. This FUEL Racing Series competition is tough but we'll take what we learned tonight up to Elkin in 2 weeks." Bailes, Hicks, Jason Pack, and Donald Bradsher would round out the top 5.

Up next for the FUEL Racing Series will be a Saturday, April 26th trip to Friendship Speedway in Elkin, NC. Be sure to make plans to come watch as the stars and cars of the FUEL Racing Series powered by City Chevrolet Performance.

For more information about FUEL Racing Series, visit the website (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include Chevrolet Performance, City Chevrolet Performance, Klotz Synthetics, RE Suspension, KRC Power Steering, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, Eibach Springs, The Joie of Seating, To The Point, Gale Force Suspensions, Roush Yates Performance Products, AR Bodies, Velocita, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

KLOTZ SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS TIME TRIALS: Billy Hicks 16.203, Ross Bailes 16.280, Chris Cantrell 16.312, Brett Hamm 16.327, Ricky Weeks 16.390, Donald Bradsher 16.411, Ryan Atkins 16.423, Matthew Turner 16.432, Kenny Van Derveer 16.435, Jason Pack 16.534, Carson Ferguson 16.542, David Smith 16.567, Johnny Pursley 16.619, Clinton Cook 16.668, Steve Cooke 16.746, Trent Ivey 16.824, Kip Cochran 17.636.

R.E. SUSPENSION HEAT RACE #1: Ricky Weeks, Johnny Pursley, Billy Hicks, Chris Cantrell, Kenny Van Derveer, Steve Cooke, Carson Ferguson, Kip Cochran, Ryan Atkins.

KRC POWER STEERING HEAT RACE #2: Ross Bailes, Brett Hamm, Donald Bradsher, Jason Pack, Matthew Turner, Clinton Cook, David Smith, Trent Ivey.

FEATURE RESULTS: Brett Hamm, Ross Bailes, Billy Hicks, Jason Pack, Donald Bradsher, David Smith, Matthew Turner, Clinton Cook, Ryan Atkins, Carson Ferguson, Ricky Weeks, Trent Ivey, Kenny Van Derveer, Steve Cooke, Johnny Pursley, Kip Cochran, Chris Cantrell


Fuel Racing Series Plus More April 12th

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting
the FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Models) Series Saturday April 12th. The FUEL event will be paying $3,000 to win. April 12th race program will include racing in FUEL ($3,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($1,000 To Win), Limited Sportsman ($1,000 To Win), Renegade ($600 To Win), Stock 4 ($1,000 To Win), Extreme 4 ($600 To Win), and Young Guns FWD. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Admission for April 12th will be $18 in the grandstands and $30 in the pits. For further information on the FUEL Racing Series visit www.fuelracingseries.com .

April 5th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 5th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns RWD, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


March 29th Race Cancelled

Due to the expected forecast for Friday and Saturday all racing for Saturday March 29th at Cherokee Speedway has been cancelled. Racing will resume on Saturday April 5th under the lights at Cherokee Speedway for our first points race.


March 22nd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday March 22nd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include SECA City Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. March 22nd race program will be a day race.


Cherokee Speedway March Madness March 1st And 2nd

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting it's annual March Madness event on Saturday March 1st and on Sunday March 2nd.

March Madness Event Information

On Saturday March 1, 2014 gates will open at 11 AM. with drawing from 11:30 AM. to 12:50 PM. Drivers meeting is set for 1 PM. Renegade, Extreme 4, and Young Guns FWD divisions will all have a full race program. Southern Nationals Super Late Models will qualify, heat race, and run a 30 Lap $3,000 to win main event. SECA City Late Models, Crate Sportsman, and Stock 4 divisions will all qualify and run heat races.

On Sunday March 2, 2014 gates will open at 11 AM. with drawing from 11:00 AM. to 12:20 PM. Drivers meeting is set for 12:30 PM. Young Guns RWD will have a full race program. SECA City Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Stock 4, and Vintage divisions will all run main events. The SECA City Late Model event will be paying $2,000 to win with double file restarts until 5 laps to go. Southern Nationals Super Late Models will qualify, heat race, run consi's, and run a 60 Lap $10,000 to win main event.

Admission will be $20 in the grandstands on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Pit admission will be $30 on Saturday and $35 on Sunday. Kids 10 and under will be free. Two day pass for the grandstands will be $40 and a two day pass for the pits will be $60.
 

There will be a open practice for all divisions on Friday February 28, 2014 from 6 PM. to 10 PM. Admission for practice will be $15 in the pits and grandstands will be free.

Cherokee Speedway 2014 Season Open Practice Set For February 15th

Cherokee Speedway will be having a opening practice for all divisions on Saturday February 15th to start off the 2014 race season. Gates will open at 12 Noon on February 15th with open practice from 1 PM to 5 PM. The first race event of 2014 will be held on Saturday February 22nd with racing in SECA, CS, Ren, ST 4, EX 4, and YG RWD. February 22nd race event will be a day race.


Southern Nationals Bonus Races Ready For Double Header March Madness Weekend At Cherokee

The Ray Cook Southern Nationals Bonus Races will sanction one of Cherokee Speedway’s largest events of the season with their 11th Annual March Madness weekend March 1-2. For the first time, the weekend will feature two complete Super Late Model races wi
th $3,000 to win / $300 to start going to the winner on Saturday evening March 1st then $10,000 to win / $700 to start going to the Sunday afternoon winner. An open practice session will be held on Friday Night February 28th from 6-10 pm.

Promoter Lennie Buff is currently re-surfacing the 3/8th’s mile track located in Gaffney, SC with new loads of dirt and a complete new surface that will greet the drivers when they compete on the March 2/2 weekend. A couple of practice sessions will be scheduled before the Super Late Model teams hit the track for the March Madness Weekend.

The Southern Nationals Bonus Races will have two complete races with purse monies in excess of $51,000 for both days. Saturday Evening’s format includes the traditional Southern Nationals format and Sunday Afternoon’s format everyone will be running heats with no-one being locked in after Qualifying and everyone being split into an A & B group and B-Mains also being ran. The two highest finishers from Saturday’s feature finish will be guaranteed starters as 23rd and 24th starting spots in Sunday’s main event.

The Series entry fee will be $100.00 each night but if a driver competes on Saturday Night then Sunday’s entry fee will be just $50.00. The Tire rule will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1600, SPEC 70 (right rear option) along with the American Racer 48, 56 and DTW70 (right rear option). On Saturday all tires will be marked before Qualifying. You can only change one tire for the feature. You must run the B-Main on the four tires you qualified on. For the feature everyone can have one tire different and the driver’s choice where it is. On Sunday, it’s the same format for Qualifying and Heats, drivers can change one tire for the B-Main and for the Feature drivers can have as many as they need. Tire samples will be taken all weekend. The Southern Nationals format, race procedures and technical rules will be in effect.

On Saturday March 1st the Gates will open at 10:00 am and Driver’s Meeting will be slated for around 1:00 pm with racing to begin later that afternoon. General Admission for Saturday is $20.00 with Pit Passes going for $30.00. On Sunday March 2nd the Gates will open at 10:00 am with Driver’s Meeting slated for 12:30 pm. Hot Laps will begin around 1:15 pm. General Admission for Sunday is $25.00 with Pit Passes going for $35.00. Two-Day Passes will be offered as a two-day General Admission pass will be $40.00 while a two-day Pit Pass will be $60.00. Support Classes will be ran and be announced by the track.

Further information on Cherokee Speedway located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, SC 29341 can be obtained by contacting the following: Track Phone (864) 489-1969 or Promoter Lennie Buff (864) 505-9199. The track’s official website is located at
www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com  or follow them on twitter @Cherokee_DirtSC.

Further information on the Southern Nationals Bonus Races can be obtained by calling Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at
www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com
.

March Madness Saturday March 1 Purse (35 Laps): 1) $3000, 2) $1500, 3) $900, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $600, 7) $575, 8) $550, 9) $525, 10) $500, 11) $400, 12) $390, 13) $380, 14) $370, 15) $360, 16) $350, 17) $340, 18) $330, 19) $320, 20) $310, 21) $300, 22) $300. TOTAL $13,800

March Madness Saturday March 2 Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10000, 2) $5000, 3) $2500, 4) $2000, 5) $1500, 6) $1300, 7) $1200, 8) $1100, 9) $1050, 10) $1000, 11) $950, 12) $900, 13) $850, 14) $800, 15) $750, 16) $700, 17) $700, 18) $700, 19) $700, 20) $700, 21) $700, 22) $700, 23) $700, 24) $700 TOTAL $37,200

Previous March Madness Winners:
2003-Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH
2004-Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL
2005-Jeff Smith of Dallas, NC
2006-Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC
2007-Clint Smith of Senoia, GA
2008-Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN
2009-Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA
2010-Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN
2011-Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA
2012-Jared Landers of Batesville, AR
2013-Jared Landers of Batesville, AR


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