Kevin Cooper Captures World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals 2014 Championship

 

Cherokee Speedway hosted the 2014 World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals on November 28th - 30th. 27 drivers took the green in the Stock 4 WC4CN main and when the event came to a close and the checkered flag fell Kevin Cooper took is Stock 4 #X to the Cherokee Speedway victory lane to capture the 2014 World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals Championship. 

Stock 4 WC4CN Results:
1) Kevin Cooper #X, 2) Kyle Cooper #84, 3) Jamie Mattison #97, 4) CJ Phillips #6, 5) Lance Moss # 01M, 6) Brayden Pruitt #13, 7) Scott Morgan #21M, 8) Bubba Kolb #208, 9) Rickie Waters #28, 10) Jamie Massey #M6, 11) Matthew McDonald #05, 12) Blake Pryor #78, 13) Nick Walker #04, 14) Jason Buff #21B, 15) Dustin Morris #8M, 16) Guy Neely #20, 17) Travis Sharpe #T2, 18) Ricky Bogan #483, 19) Tack Brown #4, 20) Blake Bentley #00B, 21) Chris Cantrell #114, 22) Layton Sullivan #08, 23) Ronnie Brown #B25, 24) Austin Mintz #18, 25) Bradley Weaver #2, 26) Clyde Scott #112, 27) Tim Bristol #R8

 

Other division winners on November 30th include: Chris Meadows #34 (E4), Coby Lambert #33 (YG), Mitchell Duvall #5D (PS), and Taylor Puckett #28 (CS).

Cherokee Speedway WC4CN November 28th - 30th

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals on Friday November 28th, Saturday November 29th, and on Sunday November 30th.
 

Open practice Fri. Nov. 28th - Gates open 1 PM with Practice from 3 PM to 7 PM. Teams have the option of having cars teched during this time.

Sat. Nov. 29th - Gates will open at 9 AM. Drivers meeting will be at 1 PM SHARP! All cars must be registered, entry fees paid, and signed in before drivers meeting on Saturday.

Tech inspection line will open at 9:30 AM. Tech line will close at 12:30 PM. If a race car is not in tech line by 12:30 PM you will not be allowed to qualify and will start in the rear of a heat race. All 4 Cylinder cars will be group qualified (2 laps) and all cars must be ready when group is called to staging. If any car fails to show for assigned group, that car will forfeit qualifying and will start in the rear of a heat.

Sun. Nov 30th - Gates open 11 AM with drivers meeting at 1 PM SHARP!

The line up for mains will be determined through qualifying, heats, and consi's as follows:

Stock 4 - $100 entry fee / $5,000 to win / $2,500 winner bonus if 80 or more cars are registered. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats 10 laps each). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi's with top 3 advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from the Blue/Gray Qualifier Race. 24th spot will be from fast time not making the field. 25th spot will go to track points. 26th spot will go to longest towing RACE CAR not making field (Out of Carolina's) 27th spot will be Past Champion Stock 4, if needed. (2011 thru present) 50 lap main.

Extreme - $75 entry fee / $2,000 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats-10 laps each). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi races with top 3 cars advancing to main (22 cars). 23rd spot will be track points. 24th spot will be from 4 Cyl. Shakedown qualifier race, if needed. 25 lap main.

Young Guns RWD - $500 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (3 heats-10 laps each). All cars will run a heat race with top 3 cars inverted. We will take 6 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (18 cars) Sunday there will be 1 consi race with top 4 cars advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from track points. 15 lap main.

$10 Transponder Rental Fee for all 3 divisions, unless you have your own transponder or have access to borrowing one from someone. If so, you will need to sign-in your transponder number at registration.

Raceivers are Mandatory. Track does not supply, drivers responsibility to possess Raceiver.

Young Guns - A copy of your birth certificate or drivers license will need to be turned in at registration. Please remember to bring this!

Friday - Stands Free / Pits $15
Saturday - Stands $10 / Pits $20
Sunday - Stands $15 /  Pits $30
2 Day Pass - Stands $20 / Pits $45


4 Cylinder Shake Down November 23rd

Cherokee Speedway will host the 4 Cylinder Shake Down on Sunday November 23rd with racing in Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns RWD. Gates open at 11 AM with drivers meeting at 1 PM.


Scott Bloomquist Bags Southern Nationals Bonus Series Blue Gray 100 At Cherokee Speedway

Official Summary of Results
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race # 9
Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC
Saturday Night October 25, 2014
“24th Annual Blue/Gray 100”

A-Main Finish:
1) Scott Bloomquist #0, 2) Jonathan Davenport #6, 3) Casey Roberts #101, 4) Chris Madden #44, 5) Brandon Overton #5B, 6) Dustin Mitchell #D8, 7) Steve Francis #15, 8) Don O'Neal #5D, 9) Boom Briggs #99B, 10) Ross Bailes #87, 11) Brent Dixon #1D, 12) Austin Kirkpatrick #11K, 13) Kenny Collins #1, 14) Anthony Sanders #421, 15) Jonathan Edwards #32, 16) Dale Hammond #9, 17) Kevin Wilson #618, 18) Robbie Bailey #72, 19) Kevin Godwin #G2, 20) GR Smith #22, 21) Austin Hubbard #11, 22) Chris Ferguson #22F, 23) Douglas Davis #8D, 24) Doug Sanders #42

DNS: Dennis Franklin #2


Yellow Flags: Five (laps 11, 21, 48, 59, 76)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Mitchell (1-10), Bloomquist (11-100)
Provisional Starters: None
Entries: 25
Overall Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist - 15.976
Margin of Victory: 01.605 seconds
Time of Race: 36 minutes, 36 seconds

Heat-1 Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, Austin Hubbard, Rick “Boom” Briggs, Douglas Davis, Dale Hammond, Kevin Godwin, Kenny Collins, Dennis Franklin (DQ’d)

Heat-2 Finish: Dustin Mitchell, Casey Roberts, Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson, Brent Dixon, Kevin Wilson, Jonathan Edwards, Austin Kirkpatrick

Heat-3 Finish: Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Don O’Neal, Ross Bailes, Anthony Sanders, G.R. Smith, Doug Sanders, Rob Bailey


Chris Ferguson Claims $7,000 In Robert Pursley Memorial At Cherokee Speedway

Official Summary of Results
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race # 8
Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC
"Robert Pursley Memorial"
Friday Night October 24, 2014

A-Main Finish:
1) Chris Ferguson #22, 2) Steve Francis #15, 3) Casey Roberts #101, 4) Scott Bloomquist #0, 5) Ross Bailes #87, 6) Dennis Franklin #2, 7) Chris Madden #44, 8) Brent Dixon #1D, 9) Don O'Neal #5D, 10) Brandon Overton #5B, 11) Austin Kirkpatrick #11K, 12) Dustin Mitchell #D8, 13) Kenny Collins #1, 14) Doug Sanders #42, 15) Kevin Wilson #618, 16) Boom Briggs #99B, 17) Austin Hubbard #11, 18) Johnny Pursley #10, 19) GR Smith #22, 20) Jonathan Davenport #6, 21) Anthony Sanders #421, 22) Dale Hammond #9

Yellow Flags: Five (laps 8, 9, 10, 25, 28)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Ferguson (1-40)
Provisional Starters: None
Entries: 22
Overall Fast Time: Ferguson-14.991 seconds
Margin of Victory: 04.233 seconds

Dash for Cash Finish (6 laps): Steve Francis ($300), Chris Ferguson ($200), Ross Bailes ($100), Rick “Boom” Briggs ($100), Casey Roberts ($100), Scott Bloomquist ($100)


24th Annual Blue Gray 100 October 24th-25th 2014

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the 24th Annual Blue Gray 100 October 24th-25th 2014 sanctioned by the Southern Nationals Series. The race program will include the Pursley Memorial paying $6,000 to win, the Blue Gray 100 paying $10,000 to win, SECA City Late Models paying $2,000 to win along with racing in other support divisions. Drivers meeting is set for 6:30 PM on Friday and 4 PM on Saturday with on track activities to follow. Cherokee Speedway will also be holding a open practice for all divisions on Thursday October 23rd prior to the event weekend with a admission of $15.

 

Friday Admission: Stands $20 / Pits $30
Saturday Admission: Stands $25 / Pits $35

Two Day Pass: Stands $40 / Pits $60
Kids 10 & under Free!

 

Robert Pursley Memorial & Blue Gray 100 Race Schedule


Thursday 10/23 - Open Practice 6-10 PM. Gates open 5:00 PM.

Friday 10/24 - Gates open 4:00 PM. Drawing 4:30-6:15 PM. Drivers meeting 6:30 PM.

Saturday 10/25 - Gates open 1:00 PM. Drawing 1:30-3:50 PM. Drivers meeting 4:00 PM.

Friday Running Order:
 

Hot Laps - Crate Sportsman (Qual.), Stock 4, Extreme 4 (Qual.), SECA Late Models, Super Late Models


Heats & Qualifying - Stock 4 (Qual.), Super Late Models (Qual.), SECA late Models (Qual.), Super Late Models (Heats)

Heats & Mains - Stock 4 (Heat), Super Dash, Extreme 4 (Main) $400 to win, SECA Late Models (Heat), Crate Sportsman (Main) $500 to win, Super Late Models 35 lap (Main) $6,000 to win

Saturday Running Order:

Hot Laps - Stock 4, Super Late Models, Limited Sportsman (Qual.), Vintage, Renegade (Qual.), SECA City Late Model

Qualifying - Super Late Models (2 laps)

Heats & Mains - Stock 4 (Main) 20 laps $1500 to win $60 to start. No entry fee along with double file restarts till 5 to go. Qualifier race for WC4CN), Limited Sportsman (Main) $800 to win, Super Late Models (Heats), Vintage (Main), Super Late Models (Consi)


Main Events - SECA City Late Models (Main) 25 laps $2,000 to win $250 to start with a $100 entry fee. (Double file restarts till 5 to go.), Renegade (Main) $500 to win, Super Late Models (Main) 100 laps $10,000 to win


Cherokee Speedway Closed October 11th

Cherokee Speedway will be closed on October 11th. The next event scheduled at Cherokee Speedway will be the 24th Annual Blue Gray 100 October 24th-25th 2014.


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


WC4CN November 29th, 30th, And December 1st

WC4CN Race Schedule & Info. November 29th, November 30th, and December 1st 2013.

Open practice Friday November 29t - Gates open 1 PM with practice from 3PM to 7PM. Teams will have the option of having cars teched during this time.

Saturday November 30th - Gates open 9 AM with drivers meeting at 1 PM SHARP! All cars must be registered, entry fees paid, and signed in before drivers meeting on Saturday. Tech inspection line will open at 9:30 AM. Tech line will close at 12:30 PM. If race car is not in tech line by 12:30 PM you will not be allowed to qualify and will start in the rear of a heat race. All 4 cylinder cars will be group qualified (2 laps) and all cars must be ready when group is called to staging. If any car fails to show for assigned group, that car will forfeit qualifying and will start in the rear of a heat.

Sunday December 1st - Gates open 11 AM with drivers meeting 1 PM SHARP! The line up for mains will be determined through qualifying, heats, and consi's as follows:

Stock 4: $100 entry fee, 5000 to win, $2500 winner bonus if 80 or more cars registered. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi's with top 3 advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from the Blue/Gray Qualifier Race. 24th spot will be from fast time not making the field. 25th spot will go to track points. 26th spot will go to longest towing race car not making field (Out of Carolina's). 27th spot will be Past Champion of Stock 4, if needed (2012, 2011, 2010). 50 lap main.

Extreme 4: $50 entry fee, $1200 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi races with top 3 cars advancing to main (22 cars). 23rd spot will be track points. 24th spot will be Blue/Gray Qualifier Race, if needed. 25 lap main.

Young Guns: $500 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (3 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 3 cars inverted. We will take 6 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (18 cars). Sunday there will be 1 consi race with top 4 cars advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from track points. 15 lap main.

FWD Young Guns: $100 to win. Draw and main event on Saturday November 30th.

$10 Transponder Rental Fee for all 3 divisions, unless you have your own transponder or have access to borrowing one from someone. If so, you will need to sign-in your transponder number at registration. Receivers are mandatory. Track does not supply, drivers responsibility to possess Receiver.

Young Guns: A copy of your birth certificate or drivers license will need to be turned in at registration. Please remember to bring this!

Renegade and Crate Sportsman divisions will race on Sunday December 1st.

Friday: Stands Free /  Pits $10
Saturday: Stands $10 / Pits $20
Sunday: Stands $15 / Pits $30
2 Day Pass: Stands $20 / Pits $45


WC4CN Pit Crew Challenge November 30th

World Crown Pit Crew challenge will be held on Saturday November 30th after racing. Each team will consist of no more than 6 people (Driver plus 5 crew members max). The team with the lowest total time on track plus stop will be declared the winner. Drivers will take the green flag, next time by the driver will stop (in designated area on frontstretch) The crew must change both left side tires, driver will then drive around track and come to the checkered flag. Any driver not stopping in the designated area will face a time penalty. Any lugs that are not tightened to atleast 30 ft lbs will also be a time penalty. (Torque will be checked after car has pulled into infield).

Get Creative: Battery Operated Guns only (Any Volts). (All tire changes will take place on frontstretch, so no Airguns). Any mechanical jack (meaning crew members will not be holding cars in the air while changing tires). All cars must have All lugs on before and after tire change. Yes, officials will be right beside tire changers. (RULES MAY BE MODIFIED OR ADDED BEFORE EVENT) This is a winner take all event. Entry fee will be $10 per team. All entry fee money will be awarded to the fastest team.

Bonus money so far: Timmy Mac $50, Leagons Racing Heads $25, Eric Knight $25, Skidmore Motorsports $25, Ivey Construction $25, Lambert Racing $25, Brayden Pruitt Racing $25, Dirt Race Fans $25, Tack Brown Racing $25, Kelli Dawson $25, RPM Graphics $25.

With all eyes on the drivers for this weekend, we want to see the four cylinder teams get a little bit of the spotlight also. This event is designed to be fun, but competitive. We will continue to accept sponsorship for this challenge and hopefully we can grow this into an annual event.


Chris Madden Captures 23rd Annual Blue Gray 100

Two time Southern All Star Champion Chris Madden captures the 23rd Annual Blue/Gray 100 sanctioned by the Southern All Star Series for the 4th time in his racing career worth $10,000. Madden who took the lead at the start continued to stay up front on the lap five rain delayed restart as he showed his home track dominance leading all 100 laps and holding off challenges from Casey Roberts early in the race, Jonathan Davenport through the middle stages of the race, and then finally a spirited battled with Don O'Neal late in the race to get the win.

Blue Gray 100 Results: 1) Chris Madden, 2) Don O'Neal, 3) Jonathan Davenport, 4) Chris Ferguson, 5) Casey Roberts, 6) Steve Shaver, 7) Dennis Franklin, 8) Johnny Pursley, 9) Bret Holmes, 10) Ross Bailes, 11) Kevin Wilson, 12) Zack Mitchell, 13) Doug Davis, 14) Jared Landers, 15) Jeff Smith, 16) Brett Hamm, 17) Dale McDowell, 18) Scott Bloomquist, 19) Steve Francis, 20) Tyler Castle, 21) Riley Hickman, 22) Dale Hammond


Blue/Gray 100 Finale Delayed Until Nov. 24th

The 23rd Annual Blue/Gray 100 will fell to rain after 5 laps and will be continued on Sunday afternoon November 24th with gates opening at 11 am, drivers meeting at 1 pm with hot laps to follow. Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC., has the lead at this point in the race with Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA., in the second spot, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA., third, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN., fourth and fast qualifier Chris Ferguson sitting in the fifth spot.

The race will continue from lap 5 and will start in the order that they were running when the rain began to fall. The winner of the event will get $10,000 with $500 to start.

Blue/Gray 100 Running Order At Lap 5: 1. Chris Madden, 2. Casey Roberts, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Don O’Neal, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Jared Landers, 7. Dale McDowell, 8. Dennis Franklin, 9. Scott Bloomquist, 10. Johnny Pursley, 11. Ross Bailes, 12. Steve Shaver, 13. Steve Francis, 14. Zack Mitchell, 15. Tyler Castle, 16. Riley Hickman, 17. Brett Hamm, 18. Kevin Wilson, 19. Bret Holmes, 20. Doug Davis, 21. Jeff Smith, 22. Roger Dale Hammond, 23. Mike Gault

The Crate Sportsman division will also be running their main on Nov. 24th. Cherokee Speedway will also be having a open practice after all the racing activities are completed for all 4 Cylinder drivers. Practice for 4 Cylinders will be $20 per car.

All armband and tickets will be honored for the rain out date on Sunday afternoon November 24th. Drivers meeting will begin at 1:00 PM with hot laps starting at 1:30 PM.


Blue Gray 100 November 16th & 17th

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the 23rd Annual Blue Gray 100 on Saturday November 16th and Sunday November 17th. On Saturday the race program will include: Extreme 4 (Qualifier race for the World Crown, Heats, and Main), Stock 8 (Heats and Main), Stock 4 (Qualifier race for the World Crown, Qualifying, and Heats), Renegade (Qualifying and Heats), and Crate Sportsman (Qualifying and Heats) . Harris rules will apply in the Stock 8 division. Crate Late Models and Super Late Models will also have a open practice on Saturday. On Sunday the race program will include: The Southern All Star Racing Series Super Late Models (Qualifying, Heats, Consi's, and Main), Crate Late Model (Qualifying and Main), Renegade (Main), Stock 4 (Main), Crate Sportsman (Main), and Vintage (Heats and Main).

The Southern All Star Racing Series "Blue Gray 100" event will be paying $10,000 to win along with $500 to start. The event will be 100 laps. The tire rule for the event will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1450, 1600, 21, and 55. Lucas Oil 03,05, 06, and the Hoosier 70. These tires will be the only tires that can be used in Southern All Star competition. The 70 tires can be run on any wheel of the car. NO Hoosier 2700 tires can be used.

The Crate Late Models will be paying $1,500 to win. Stock 4 and Crate Sportsman divisions will be paying $800 to win. The Stock 8 division will be paying $600 to win. The Renegade division be paying $500 to win.

Gate will open both days at 10:00 AM. with drivers meeting at 12:30 PM. Grandstand admission will be $10 on Saturday, $25 on Sunday, or $30 for a two day pass. Pit Admission will be $20 on Saturday, $35 on Sunday, or $45 for a two day pass.


November 2nd Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday November 2nd at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


November 2nd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday November 2nd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


October 19th Schedule & Line Up

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


October 12th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 12th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Open Wheel Modified. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


October 5th Schedule & Line Up

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the USCS Outlaw Sprint Car North vs. South Shootout Saturday October 5th. October 5th race program will include USCS Sprint Cars, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman,  Renegade, Stock 4, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


USCS Outlaw Sprint Car North vs. South Shootout Finale Headlines Racing Action At Cherokee Speedway Saturday (10/05)

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 for the first time in eight seasons. It will also be the first 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. The event for winged sprint cars is the Finale of the 5th 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 seventeenth 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 Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Stock Four and Rookie Four divisions will join the two sprint car divisions with special events of their own in their final points race of the 2013 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 three other divisions will also contest a full program of qualifying races and main events. The Cherokee Speedway weekly racing series The 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 28th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 28th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


September 21st Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday September 21st at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


September 21st Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 21st racing program will be a regular show for all divisions along with the Southern Open Wheel Modified Series. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Open Wheel Modified. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


September 14th Schedule & Line Up

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


September 7th Schedule & Line Up

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


September 1st Schedule & Line Up

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will be back at Cherokee Speedway on Sunday
September 1st for the hall of fame race paying $4,000 to win. September 1st race program will include Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM. Grandstand admission will be $20 and pit admission will be $30. Kids 10 and under will be free.


August 24th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 24th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage cars. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


August 17th Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday August 17th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


August 17th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 17th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


August 10th Schedule & Line Up

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


August 3rd Schedule & Line Up

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Saturday August 3rd for a $4,000 to win event. The race program will include the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Vintage Cars, and other support divisions. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


July 27th Schedule & Line Up

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


July 20th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 20th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including the Southern Open Wheel Modified Series. The race program will include Southern Open Wheel Modified Series, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.

July 13th
Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday July 13th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


July 13th Schedule & Line Up

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

July 6th
Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday July 6th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


July 6th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 6th racing program will be a regular show including Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7:30 PM. Admission will be $5 in the grandstands.


July 3rd
Race Rained Out

Racing for Wednesday July 3rd at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.

July 3rd Schedule & Line Up

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Wednesday July 3rd for a $4,000 to win event. The race program will include Carolina Clash ($,4,000 to win), Crate Late Model ($1,200 to win), Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, and Extreme 4. Bonus money in all classes and also a $200 new winners bonus in Renegade. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7:30 PM.


Carolina Clash Back At Cherokee Wednesday July 3rd

Cherokee Speedway will be having the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series back at Cherokee Speedway on Wednesday July 3rd. Cherokee Speedway will also be racing a regular race on Saturday July 6th with $5 in the grandstands.

June 29th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 29th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Vintage. The Crate Late Model race will be paying $1,000 to win along with 12 cars or more $300 bonus 15 or more $500 bonus.


Madden Makes Haste, Defends Home Track, Wins Cherokee

Hometown driver Chris Madden led all the way on Friday night to win the Grassy Smith Memorial at Cherokee Speedway. Madden took home $10,000 for his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Madden had tough competition early from Brent Dixon and Chris Ferguson until those two drivers experienced problems. The defending race winner, Steve Francis finished second followed by Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Dale McDowell.

“It feels great to win here at Cherokee, it has been a while. The car was super tonight, we had a few problems there in traffic, but overall, after that last caution, I could drive it anywhere on the track. I have a lot of friends here tonight. My wife and kids left for vacation, I will join them tomorrow,” said the winner afterwards.

Madden battled with Ferguson and Dixon for the first several circuits. Dixon got by Ferguson on lap 16 and then pursued Madden for the lead. Dixon and Ferguson were able to stay close to Madden as the race for the lead began to heat up as the trio got into lapped traffic.

Dixon nearly took the lead from Madden before a caution came out as the two split a lapped car. Madden then slipped in turn two drifting up the track on the restart and again Dixon nearly gained the lead. Dixon held second until three laps remained when he slowed suddenly bringing out the final caution of the race.

Madden then cruised on for the victory after Dixon was through for the night. “I have to thank Clements Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Henderson Amusement, KC Transport and all of my other great sponsors for making this possible, the track was real good tonight it had two distinct grooves and I hope the fans enjoyed the show.”

Francis and Erb, who battled for fourth and fifth for most of the last half of the race, were the beneficiaries after Dixon left the race, but neither driver had anything for Madden in the final laps. Last year’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Davenport was running third when he lost his fuel cell on lap 42 bringing out a red flag.

Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens and Chris Ferguson.

In preliminary action, Steve Shaver set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 27 entrants, with a lap of 15.021 seconds. Casey Roberts set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.073 seconds. Chris Madden, Chris Ferguson, and Brent Dixon won their respective heat races. Tim Allen 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 21st, 2013
15th Annual “Grassy Smith Memorial”
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC

Red Buck Fast Time Group A: Steve Shaver / 15.021 seconds
Red Buck Fast Time Group B: Casey Roberts / 15.073 seconds

Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Chris Madden, Dennis Franklin, Earl Pearson Jr., Dale McDowell, Craig Vosbergen, Billy Moyer Jr., Tim Allen, Kevin Wilson, Steve Shaver

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Chris Ferguson, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ricky Weeks, Johnny Pursley, Jimmy Owens, Jerry Lierly, Joe Ramey

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Brent Dixon, Casey Roberts, Dennis Erb Jr., Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Jared Landers, Zack Mitchell, Ty Dillon, Jeff Smith

CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim Allen, Steve Shaver, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, Kevin Wilson, Joe Ramey, Jimmy Owens-DNS, Jerry Lierly-DNS, Zack Mitchell-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps): Chris Madden #44, Steve Francis #15, Dennis Erb, Jr #28 E, Don O'Neal #71, Dale McDowell #17 M, Jared Landers #5, Earl Pearson, Jr #44, John Blankenship #23, Jimmy Owens #0, Chris Ferguson #21, Eddie Carrier, Jr #28, Craig Vosbergen #8, Billy Moyer, Jr #21 Jr, Ricky Weeks #1 W, Tim Allen #17, Jerry Lierly #7 L, Brent Dixon #1 D, Jonathan Davenport #49, Ty Dillon #41, Dennis Franklin #2, Steve Shaver # 6 S, Jeff Smith #70, Johnny Pursely #09, Casey Roberts #101

Race Statistics

Entrants: 27

Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 – 50)

Caution Flags: Dennis Franklin (Lap 15); Ty Dillon (Lap 41); Debris (Laps 42); Brent Dixon (Lap 47)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Jerry Lierly

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none

RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: none

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 23rd, Finished: 9th, Advanced: 14 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.

JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr.

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Kuntz Racing Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Heather Lyne (Dennis Erb Jr.)

HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap# 17;15.801 seconds)


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Plus Support Divisions June 21st

Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the Grassy Smith Memorial event sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday June 21st. The event will be worth $10,000 to win. June 21st race program will also include SECA Crate Late Model ($1,200 to win), Crate Sportsman ($500 to win), Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, and Young Guns. Gates open at 4 PM. Grandstand admission will be $25 and pit admission will be $35.


June 15th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 15th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


June 8th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 8th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


June 1st Schedule & Line Up

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


May 25th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 25th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Limited Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


May 18th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 18th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Open Wheel Modified. The Crate Late Model division will have a bonus being $300 with 12 or more cars or $500 with 15 or more cars. The Renegade and Stock 4 divisions will have a $100 new winner bonus. Any division having 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


Carolina Clash Plus Regular Divisions May 11th

Cherokee Speedway will host the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series on
Saturday May 11th along with racing in Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Young Guns, Stock 4, and Extreme 4. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM


May 4th Schedule & Line Up

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


April 27th Schedule & Line Up

The Southern Open Wheel Modified Series will be at Cherokee Speedway on Saturday April 27th. April 27th racing program will include Southern Open Wheel Modified Series, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


April 20th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 20th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


April 13th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 13th racing program will be a regular show. Limited Late Models return to Cherokee Speedway Saturday April 13th. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Limited Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. The Limited Late Model division will be racing for $1,500 to win and the Crate Late Model division will be racing for $1,500 to win also. Both Limited Late Model and Crate Late Model divisions will have two laps of qualifying with the top four drawing for starting position in Main Event. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


April 6th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 6th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Points will start this weekend. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, Extreme 4, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage. If the Crate Late Model division has 12 or more cars there will be a $300 bonus added. Any other divisions having 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus added. Gates open at 5 PM with drivers meeting at 7 PM.


March 30th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday March 30th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. The race program will include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4. The Crate Sportsman division will be racing for $700 to win and any class with 15 or more cars will have a bonus.


Jared Landers Wins March Madness XI At Cherokee

Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark. took the win at March Madness XI Sunday March 3rd at Cherokee Speedway. Landers led ever lap around the 4/10 mile oval to earn the $10,000 victory.

SAS / Clash Feature Results: 1) Jared Landers #5, 2) Steve Francis #15, 3) Randy Weaver #116, 4) Jonathan Davenport #49, 5) Dennis Franklin #37, 6) Johnny Pursley #09, 7) John Pursley #9, 8 ) Zack Mitchell #57, 9) Riley Hickman #R1, 10) Ross Bailes #B4, 11) Mark Rosner #17, 12) Jason Hiett #1J, 13) Brett Holmes #H2, 14) Roger Hammond #9H, 15) John Garvin #4, 16) Mike Gault #448, 17) Casey Roberts #101, 18 ) Doug Sanders #42, 19) Mike Weeks #22, 20) Dustin Mitchell #D8, 21) Wayne Hughes #1H, 22) Kevin Wilson #618, 23) Mike Marler #08, 24) Chris Madden #44, 25) Ricky Weeks #1


March Madness March 2nd And 3rd

Cherokee Speedway will host March Madness Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd. Saturdays race program will include qualifying and heat racing in Crate Sportsman, Stock 4, and Renegade. Also on Saturdays race program includes heats and mains for Young Guns and Extreme 4. Sundays race program will include Super Late Model qualifying, heats, and $10,000 to win main along with mains for Crate Sportsman, Stock 4, and Renegade. Admission for stands on Saturday will be $10 and $25 on Sunday. Admission for pits on Saturday will be $25 and $35 on Sunday. Two day pass for stands will be $30. Two day pass for pits will be $45.


February 23rd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday February 23rd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions.


Why Cherokee Speedway Chose SECA For Crate Program

Why Cherokee Speedway chose SECA for our crate program for 2013. As we was neared the end of the 2012 race season lots of uncertainties was in question for the 2013 crate programs. It looked as if no one knew 100% what was going to happen or the direction they were headed. This is when Marion,Scott and Timmy came to me about SECA about the potential for our racers to run for a solid points fund and not have to leave their home track I saw where the racers would benefit from this. Marion and Timmy both have "SERIES" backgrounds, that along with Scott and Marions success at weekly promotions last season at Harris. This deal was a no brainer for me, I feel these guys care about the racers first. That is important to my crate racers here at the speedway.

As things progressed and SECA partnered with two of the most valuable company's in crate racing (City Chevrolet and Hoosier Racing Tire) it became a bigger deal.  Not only a good idea but a solid and stable program for the racers $17,000 points fund ( that will continue to grow ) and all that my racers have to do is race and take their best 15 races. (finishes at any SECA member track)

Having worked with Hoosier and City Chevrolet for many years I know how much passion and dedication those guys have for dirt racing and not to mention the support they have gave Cherokee Speedway over the years. They have both been involved with my crate program from the beginning when we was the only track in the Carolina's to even think of running a crate late models. It was definitely was a good idea, that year we started with only two crate cars but quickly grew by the end of the season we had right at 20 cars..

Crate late models got everyone's attention and most tracks in our area started running them the following season and we know at Cherokee this could have not have transpired with out the support we had from City Chevrolet and Hoosier.

Why is this a great deal for the track because it will help keep the racer at their home track plus there is no mandatory membership so the guys that can't run all the races or may just not have the extra cash at the time can still race at Cherokee without buying a membership  or paying every week to enter.

For the racer in today's economy it's so hard for racers to travel up the road 2 or 3 hours and in most cases if you don't win you can't break even. With SECA you stay at your home track and run for points without the worries of being in a points chase or knowing you have to travel a few hours to race.

This is some of the reasons Cherokee speedway is a SECA sanctioned track
And 100% ready for a great 2013 racing season.

Thanks Lennie Buff


Open Practice Is Set For February 17th

Open practice for the 2013 racing season at Cherokee Speedway has been set for Sunday February 17th. Practice is scheduled from 1 PM to 5 PM. The first race for the 2013 racing season is set for Saturday February 23rd.


Cherokee Speedway Signs On With SECA For 2013

The newly formed South Eastern Crate Association is pleased to announce that in 2013 the drivers from Cherokee Speedway will be eligible for the City Chevrolet Weekly Championship . Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney S.C is dubbed as "The place your momma warned you about". The action is always fast and exciting in the crate late model division. In 2012 Cherokee averaged between 15-18 crate late models per week. "We see no reason for this to change in 2013, I feel that SECA will provide our drivers with another shot at some extra money. Drivers are familiar with the rules, and the layout of what SECA is offering, and from a promoters standpoint, I feel like we need to try and keep our weekly drivers at home, give them a chance to win more than just track points" stated Cherokee Promoter Lennie Buff.

"There are a bunch of cars at Cherokee on a weekly basis, and the location is really perfect, right off the interstate which makes it easy for drivers passing through to drop in and race. This is just one of the many reasons we put Cherokee Speedway on our radar. We at SECA want all drivers at our sanctioned tracks to have a chance to race for something extra. I have always had a great relatioship with the owners and the entire staff at Cherokee, I see this being a great fit for SECA and the weekly program at Cherokee" said Timmy Mcabee. Drivers choosing to sign up with SECA will collect City Cherolet Weekly Championship points each week at Cherokee Speedway. The top 15 races will be counted toward the final standings, and the leader at the end of the season will grab a cool $6,000. The total purse will consist of $17,000 paying back the top 20 positions. SECA sanctioned tracks will run under SECA rules for weekly crate late model programs, this will include a tire rule of: HOOSIER HTS spec 1350 and HTS spec 1600.

"City Chevrolet ,Hoosier and myself have had a great relationship ever since our first days of crate racing, when I seen those guys were supporting SECA, we decided to join up. I really think SECA will benefit the drivers and Cherokee Speedway. Everything I have heard has been positive from the drivers that have heard about it or been inquiring about SECA" Buff added.

The Cherokee season is slated to get started as always with a bang with a fan favorite March Madness weekend scheduled for the first weekend of March.

Information about Cherokee Speedway can be found at http://www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com

SECA contacts:
Timmy Mcabee (864)761-6039
Scott Childress (864)346-3588
Marion Limbaugh (864)238-2254

www.secaracing.com
http://www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com

Partners of SECA include: City Chevrolet, Hoosier Racing Tires, Collins Signs, Ivey Construction, Heintz Performance, Ellison Racing Engines, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Hendren Racing Engines, Big A's Custom Graphics, & Thomas Clarke Performance.


Cherokee Speedway 2012 Points Banquet Set For January 11th

The 2012 Points Banquet will be held on January 11th at 7 PM. at Our Place (OP'S) in Blacksburg, SC. Our Place is located off I-85 exit 100. Turn North after exiting and Our Place is 1/8 mile on right. Advance tickets are $15 and tickets will be $25 at the door. We will have a dinner, the points award ceremony, and then some socializing time with music and dancing. Contact Lennie or Chan for advance ticket arrangements.


Cherokee Speedway Winter Nationals Racing Series For Karts

Cherokee Speedway Winter Nationals Racing Series for karts includes the following dates December 2nd (Points and Money Race), December 16th (Points and Money Race), January 6th (Points and Money Race), January 13th (Points and Money Race), and January 27th (Double Points and Money Race). Gates are scheduled to open on these dates at 11:00 AM. with drivers meeting at 12:45 PM. and practice at 1:00 PM.


2012 World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals November 23rd, 24th, And 25th At Cherokee Speedway

Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, South Carolina will be hosting the 2012 World Crown 4 Cylinder Nationals on November 23rd, 24th, and 25th. The divisions competing include Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns. Open practice will be held Friday Nov. 23rd with gates opening at 1 PM. Practice will be held on Nov. 23rd from 3 PM. till 7 PM. Teams will have the option of having cars teched during this time.

On Saturday Nov. 24th gates will open at 9:00 AM. Drivers meeting will be held at 1 PM. SHARP! All cars must be registered, entry fees paid, and signed in before drivers meeting Saturday. Transponder fee will be $10. The tech inspection line will open at 9:30 AM. Tech line will close at 12:30 PM. If a race car is not in tech line by 12:30 PM. you will not be allowed to qualify and will start in the rear of a heat race. All 4 Cylinder cars will be group qualified (2 laps) and all cars must be ready when group is called to staging. If any car fails to show for assigned group, that car will forfeit qualifying and will start in the rear of a heat.

On Sunday Nov. 25th gates will open at 11:00 AM. with drivers meeting at 1 PM. SHARP!

The line up for mains will be determined through qualifying, heats, and consi's as follows:

Stock 4 will have a $100 entry fee with $5,000 to win. $2,500 winner bonus if 80 or more cars are registered. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi's with top 3 advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from the Blue/Gray qualifier race. 24th spot will be from fast time not making the field. 25th spot will go to track points. 26th spot will go to longest towing race car not making field (Out of Carolinas). 27th spot will be Past Champion Stock 4 if needed. (2011, 2010, 2009) 28th spot will be Guaranteed 11-11-12 winner only, if needed. 50 lap main.

Extreme 4 will have a $75 entry fee with $1,500 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (4 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 4 cars inverted. We will take 4 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (16 cars). Sunday there will be 2 consi races with top 3 cars advancing to main (22 cars). 23rd spot will be track points. 24th spot will be from Blue/Gray qualifier race, if needed. 25 lap main.

Young Guns will have a $50 entry fee with $1,000 to win. All cars will qualify to set heats (3 heats). All cars will run a heat race with top 3 cars inverted. We will take 6 cars from each heat and they will advance to main (18 cars). Sunday there will be 1 consi race with top 4 cars advancing to main (22 cars). Provisional for 23rd spot will be from the qualifier race. 24th spot will be from track points. 15 lap main.


There will be a $10 transponder rental fee for all 3 divisions, unless you have your own transponder or have access to borrowing one from someone. If so, you will need to sign-in your transponder number at registration.

Receivers are mandatory. Track does not supply, drivers responsibility to possess Receiver.

Young Guns drivers a copy of your birth certificate or drivers license will need to be turned in at registration. Please remember to bring this!

Friday admission will be grandstands free with pit admission $10. Saturday admission will be grandstands $10 with pit admission $20. Sunday admission will be grandstands $15 with pit admission $30. A two day pass will be available for grandstands at $20 and pits at $45.     

Stock 4 Purse - $5,000, $2,000, $1,000, $700, $500, $400, $300, $250, $225, $200, $175, $150, $125, $100 thru field.

Extreme 4 Purse - $1,500, $800, $500, $350, $250, $200, $150, $125, $100, $80, $75 thru field.

Young Guns Purse - $1,000, $500, $300, $200, $150, $125, $100, $80, $70, $60, $50 thru field.

Crate Sportsman will be the support division that races on Sunday only with hot laps, qualifying, heats, and main. The event will pay $500 to win. If 15 or more cars, a extra $300 will be added to purse. Drivers will decide how to distribute.

Mike Marlar Wins Blue Gray 100 SAS Event At Cherokee Speedway

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. took tops honors Sunday at Cherokee Speedway in winning the 22nd Annual Blue Gray 100 worth $10,000 sanctioned by the Southern All Stars Racing Series.

Blue Gray 100 Finish: 1) Mike Marlar, 2) Jared Landers, 3) Dennis Franklin, 4) Casey Roberts, 5) Ivendent Lloyd Jr., 6) Chris Madden, 7) Chris Ferguson, 8) Jamie Lathroum, 9) Petey Ivey, 10) Ricky Weeks, 11) Jeff Smith, 12) Dale Hammond, 13) Doug Sanders, 14) Johnny Pursley, 15) Randy Weaver, 16) Steve Francis, 17) Josh Henry, 18) Mike Gault, 19) Jonathan Davenport, 20) Steve Shaver, 21) Billy Workman, 22) Bret Holmes, 23) Bubba Russell.

Fast Qualifier: Randy Weaver (15.361)

Heat Race Winners: Randy Weaver, Mike Marlar, Jared Landers


Southern All Stars Blue/Gray 100 Paying $10,000 To Win Set For Sun Nov 18th At Cherokee

After a four year absence, the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series will return to Lennie Buff's Cherokee Speedway paying $10,000 to win on Sunday Afternoon November 18, 2012 for the 22nd annual Blue/Gray 100. The series' last to Cherokee Speedway was in November 2008 when Randle Chupp claimed the Blue/Grey 100 event win. The defending race winner is Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA who claimed the event win during the Ultimate Series-sanctioned race in 2011. Multiple winners of the Blue/Gray 100 include Freddy Smith (three times); Scott Bloomquist (three times); Chris Madden (three times) and Donnie Moran (two times).

Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN holds a 110 point lead over current runner-up and Rookie of the Year leader Mike Weeks of Friendsville, TN in the SAS championship point standings. Shan Smith of Dade City, FL, Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN reside in third through fifth in series points. David Payne of Murphy, NC won the series' most recent event at the Toccoa (GA) Speedway during the Georgia State Championship race on October 27th where he collected his first-career SAS victory over Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA and Mike Weeks of Friendsville, TN.

In addition to the SAS Late Models on Sunday's group qualifying, heat races, Last Chance Showdowns and the 100 lap main event, the Crate Late Models will qualify and run their Main event and the Renegade, Stock Four, Open Wheel Modified and Vintage Cars will run their main events that afternoon. On Saturday, the track hosts opening Blue/Grey events with Renegade, Stock Four, Young Guns and Extreme Four preliminaries.

Schaeffer's Racing Oil will be providing a case of oil to the SAS Super Late Model event winner and a case of products to the FredWhiteRacing.com Overall Fast Time Award at Cleveland and Cherokee.

The gates open Saturday 11:00 am with Tech and Registration open from 11:30 until 12:50 and the Driver's Meeting will be at 1:00 pm. Gates will open SUNDAY 10:00 am, Tech and Registration open from 10:45-11:50 and the Driver's meeting will be at 12:00 pm.

On Sunday, Adult General Admission is $25.00 but a two day pass (includes Saturday) can be purchased for $30.00. In the Pits, it will be $35.00 per person but a two day pass (includes Saturday) can be purchased for $40.00. Camping is welcomed in the parking area outside of the Speedway but no hook-ups are available.

The night before the Blue/Gray 100, the SAS Late Models will race at the Cleveland Speedway in Cleveland, TN for the 24th annual Gobbler/Joe Lee Johnson Memorial event paying $5,000 on Saturday Night November 17th.

Further information on the Cherokee Speedway can be obtained by calling the track office at (864) 489-1969 or call track owner Lennie Buff at (864) 505-9199. The Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Road, Gaffney, SC 29341. Keep up to date on the Cherokee Speedway Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/cherokeespeedway 

Further information on the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series can be obtained by calling General Manager Lynn Acklin at (256) 509-6603 or PR/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or you can log on to the official series website at www.sasdirt.com . Also, LIKE the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series on Facebook or be a FOLLOWER on Twitter @SASDIRT.

Blue/Gray 100 Winners: 1991 - Freddy Smith, 1992 - Scott Bloomquist, 1993 - Donnie Moran, 1994 - Scott Bloomquist, 1995 - Donnie Moran, 1996 - Scott Bloomquist, 1997 - Clint Smith, 1998 - Jack Pennington, 1999 - Freddy Smith, 2000 - Freddy Smith, 2001 - Steve Lucas, 2002 - Jeff Cooke, 2003 - Petey Ivey, 2004 - Chris Madden, 2005 - Randy Weaver, 2006 - Chris Madden, 2007 - Jimmy Owens, 2008 - Randle Chupp, 2009 - Dale McDowell, 2010 - Chris Madden, 2011 - Jonathan Davenport

SAS $10,000 to win Purse: 1) $10000, 2) $5000, 3) $2500, 4) $2000, 5) $1500, 6) $1300, 7) $1200, 8) $1100, 9) $850, 10) $800, 11) $750, 12) $700, 13) $650, 14) $600, 15) $550, 16) $500, 17) $500, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500, 23) $500, 24) $500.

2012 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Sponsors

Hoosier Racing Tire "The Official Race Tire" of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

VP Racing Fuels "The Official Fuel" of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

Arizona Sport Shirts "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series

2012 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Supporters Include: Schaeffer's Racing Oil by Elaine White, Gotta Race, AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Cruise with the Champions, MSR Mafia Web Design and Service and H3 Performance Graphics.

Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series Championship Points (after October 27th)

1. Randy Weaver-1,148 (Crossville, TN)
2. Mike Weeks-1,038 (Friendsville, TN)
3. Shan Smith-818 (Dade City, FL)
4. Billy Ogle Jr.-672 (Knoxville, TN)
5. Skip Arp-544 (Georgetown, TN)
6. Riley Hickman-512 (Chattanooga, TN)
7. William Thomas-500 (Phenix City, AL)
8. Jake Knowles-458 (Tyrone, GA)
9. Mark Vineyard-454 (Powell, TN)
10. Ray Cook-440 (Brasstown, NC)

November 17th And 18th Schedule & Line Up

Cherokee Speedway will host the 22nd Annual Blue Gray 100 this weekend. On Saturday November 17th the Renegade and Stock 4 divisions will qualify and run heats along with Extreme 4 and Young Gun divisions running heats and mains. On Sunday November 18th Crate Late Models will qualify and run main. Renegade, Stock 4, Open Wheel Modified, and Vintage divisions will also be on Sundays schedule to run main. Southern All Star Super Late Model Series will also be at Cherokee Speedway on November 18th for the 22nd Annual Blue Gray 100. The event will be paying $10,000 to the winner. SAS will have qualifying, heats, consi's, and main all on Sunday. Gates will open at 11:00 AM both days with drawing from 11:30 AM to 12:50 PM. Drivers meeting is set for 1:00 PM with hot laps immediately afterward. Admission for Saturday is stands $10, pits $20, and kids 10 and under free. Admission for Sunday is stands $25, pits 35, and kids 10 and under free. Two days passes are stands $30 and pits $40. Camping welcomed in the parking area outside of the Speedway. No hook ups are available.

November 11th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday November 11th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 11:00 AM. with drivers meeting at 1:00 PM. Any divisions having 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus added to purse. Cherokee Speedway will also host a 4 Cylinder Shakedown on November 11th with the Stock 4 winner guaranteed a starting spot in the WC4CN.

October 27th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday October 27th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM. Renegades will have a $200 bonus divided back threw the field plus a $400 bonus for a new winner. Other divisions will have a $200 bonus for 15 or more cars.

October 20th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday October 20th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including $2,000 to win in Crate Late Model and $1,500 to win in Limited Late Model. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

October 13th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday October 13th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including $1,000 to win in Open Wheel Modifieds with 10 or more cars and $500 to win in Crate Sportsman plus DirtRaceFans fan appreciation bonus money. City Late Models will be off. Any class with 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus added to purse. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

October 6th Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday October 6th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


October 6th
Schedule & Line Up

Saturday October 6th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including $1,000 to win in Open Wheel Modifieds and $500 to win in Crate Sportsman. City Late Models will be off. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

September 29th
Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday September 29th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.


USCS Outlaw Sprint Cars Coming Saturday September 29th...


The (130 MPH PLUS) USCS Outlaw Sprint Cars will be coming to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday September 29th. September 29th racing program will also include USCS Outlaw Mini Sprints, Fastrak Late Models ($1,000 To Win), Open Wheel Modifieds ($600 To Win), Crate Sportsman ($500 To Win), Front Wheel Drive ($300 To Win), and Legends Modifieds. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

September 22nd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 22nd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including $1,000 to win in Crate Late Model. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

September 15th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 15th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including $500 to win in Crate Sportsman. Also any divisions with 15 or more cars a $200 bonus will be added to purse. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


September 8th
Race Rained Out

Racing for Saturday September 8th at Cherokee Speedway has been rained out.

September 8th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday September 8th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

Casey Roberts Declared Winner After Post Race Inspection

Following a post-race inspection the Battle of the Eastern All Star Tour (BEAST) has stripped Chris Madden of his $4,000 victory at Cherokee Speedway on Sunday Night September 2nd. Tire samples taken following qualifying and the feature event, did not match the Hoosier benchmark sample at the independent laboratory, thus resulting in disqualification.
Casey Roberts will inherit the victory and all drivers will be moved up one spot in the events final standings.

 

BEAST Series Event Finishing Positions:

1) Casey Roberts
2) Johnny Pursley
3) Riley Hickman
4) Jeff Smith
5) Brent Dixon
6) Chris Ferguson
7) Mike Gault
8) Scott Shirey
9) Larry McDaniels
10) Jonathan Petrea
11) Russell Kennerly
DQ - Chris Madden


For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries . For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee at jammer50@charter.net or at 864-761-6039. Also contact Clint Elkins at clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com or at 980-429-0398.

The BEAST Series thanks the following sponsors : Hoosier Racing Tires, American Racing Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Products, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, CARS Carolina Auto Racing Show, and Sisco fire and Safety.

September 2nd Schedule & Line Up

The BEAST Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Sunday September 2nd for the "Hall Of Fame Race" paying $4,000 to win. Divisions on the racing program for September 2nd include BEAST Super Late Models, Crate Late Model ($1,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Stock 4, Open Wheel Modified, and Young Guns. The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees include Johnny Hightower, Billy Bishop, Glenn Sparks, and John Pursley. Grandstand admission will be $20 with pit admission being $30. Gates open 5:00 PM. with drawing at 5:30 PM. - 6:50 PM. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be at 6:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

The BEAST Series Returns To Cherokee September 2nd

The BEAST Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Sunday September 2nd for the "Hall Of Fame Race" paying $4,000 to win. Cherokee Speedway support divisions will be racing as well.

August 25th
Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 25th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


August 18th
Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 18th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


August 11th
Schedule & Line Up

Saturday August 11th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions.
Renegade and Stock 4 $1,000 to win with a $30 entry (16 car minimum). No FWD this week. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

Shaver Wins Stick Elliott Memorial BEAST Event At Cherokee

Steve Shaver
of Vienna, WV. captured the BEAST Super Late Model Series victory in the Stick Elliott Memorial at Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, SC. on August 4th. The event was worth $4,000. John Pursley and Casey Roberts rounded out the top three. 

 

BEAST Series Event Finishing Positions:

1) Steve Shaver #6S
2) Johnny Pursley #B4
3) Casey Roberts #101
4) Chris Madden #44
5) Dennis Franklin #37C
6) Brent Dixon #1D
7) Ross Bailes #87
8) Jeff Smith #18M
9) Chris Ferguson #22F
10) Doug Sanders #42
11) Mike Gault #17MG
12) Jay Sessoms #00
13) Dustin Mitchell #D8
14) Scott Shirley #10X
15) Brian Ledbetter #07
16) Tim Allen #17
17) Greg Clark #84
18) Thomas Hedgepath #28
19) Bob Robertson #2D
20) Kenny Rominger #448
21) Billy Lambert #9
John Henderson #2X DNS
Brian Nuttall #16N DNS
Mike Plummer #81 DNS


For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries . For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee at jammer50@charter.net or at 864-761-6039. Also contact Clint Elkins at clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com or at 980-429-0398.

The BEAST Series thanks the following sponsors : Hoosier Racing Tires, American Racing Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Products, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, CARS Carolina Auto Racing Show, and Sisco fire and Safety.

Cherokee Speedway In Gaffney SC. Is Set To Host The BEAST Series For The 28th Running Of The Stick Elliott Memorial On August The 4th.

The 2012 event will pay $4,000 to the winner. One of several memorials held at Cherokee Speedway each season for the super late models. The Stick Elliott race hits home for people in the local community. Stick was from nearby Shelby N.C. His daughters were raised in Gaffney S.C which is also the home of Cherokee Speedway.
 
Born Gene Daves and known to most as Stick Elliott, this race honors the Shelby NASCAR and dirt track star. Elliott competed against the likes of Ralph Earnhardt and Billy Scott on the Carolina clay. Stick collected over 400 career feature victories, with 106 of them from 1967-69 while driving for Toy Bolton. He drove a Ralph Earnhardt-owned car in 1973, winning 18 straight races. Carolina legend has it that Stick tutored Dale Earnhardt on how to race on dirt while stacking up his 9 track championships at Metrolina Speedway in Charlotte, NC. He had 93 NASCAR' starts from 1962-71. 'Stick Elliot' lost his life to Cryptococcal Meningitis on November 1st, 1981. "'Stick' Elliott was one of the hardest drivers to ever come out of this area. He was an icon to the sport," said Cherokee Speedway announcer Kevin Wray.
 
"It is one event I look forward to each year, it is great that Charlotte (Sticks wife) and her daughters can come out to this race each year." stated series director Timmy Mcabee. "The last few years have been pretty touching, as Sticks grandchildren have been able to come out and see the race that honors their grandfather. It is ironic as I had the privilege of going through school and even living in the same neighborhood with two of Stick's daughters and never knew who their father was until the 11th grade" added Mcabee.
 
Cherokee Speedway Promoter Lennie Buff followed by saying "The Stick race has always been a staple here at Cherokee Speedway. We intend to continue to work with the Daves family and keep it here at home."
 
2012 has been an extremely competitive year thus far for the drivers. No driver has yet to visit victory circle more than one time. "The Mac Daddy" Dale Mcdowell picked up the most recent win in Beast competition as he ousted the field on July 3rd also at Gaffney. Other drivers to visit victory lane in 2012 include Ross Bailes, Johnny Pursley, Casey Roberts and "Rambo" Dennis Franklin.
 
Johnny Pursley will lead the BEAST drivers into Cherokee Speedway as he currently holds the points lead over Casey Roberts, Ross Bailes, Mike Gault and Jeff Smith. "We know all of those guys we are racing are tough to beat, they want a championship just like we do. This makes Bobby and the crew work even harder on the car. We have to be on top of our game at every race." stated Pursley.
 
Past winners of the Stick Elliot Memorial Race include Mike Duvall, Rambo Dennis Franklin, Chris Madden, Casey Roberts and defending race winner Chris Ferguson
 
Beast Series Tire Rule:Hoosier 1300:1350:1600 / American Racer 44:48:56
 
For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at
www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries.
 
Cherokee Speedway will open its gates at 4 PM on Saturday and the drivers meeting is scheduled for 7:30 with racing to begin at 8 PM.
 
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.
 
The BEAST Series sponsors include: PPM Products, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, American Race Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, SRI-Supplies, Steel & Stock Car Aluminum Inc., Velocita & Thomas Clarke Performance.
 
For More Series Information Please Contact:

Timmy Mcabee 864-761-6039
Clint Elkins 980-429-0398
Technical Questions: Chester Brooks 704-200-7379
Media Relations: Jason Curd -
Dirtmanjc@aol.com


The BEAST Series Returns To Cherokee August 4th

The BEAST Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Saturday August 4th for the "Stick Elliott Memorial" event paying $4,000 to win. Cherokee Speedway support divisions will be racing as well.

July 28th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 28th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

July 21st Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 21st racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

July 14th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 14th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

July 7th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday July 7th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions.
Crate Late Model, Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Young Guns, and Extreme 4 if 15 or more cars in the division there will be a $200 bonus added to the payout for that division. Drivers will decide how to distribute in purse. Crate Sportsman drivers in free (You will pay at the gate then your pit fee will be refunded in your pay envelope at payout) . Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

McDowell Wins Robert Pursley Memorial BEAST Event At Cherokee


By Gene Murphy: Dale McDowell dominated the Robert Pursley Memorial at Cherokee Speedway Tuesday night and pocketed $5,000 for his efforts.

The Chickamauga, Ga., native led flag to flag in the 40 lap BEAST Series main event after earning the pole position in time trial qualifying among 19 entrants.

“The car was good, but my hat's off to John and Johnny Pursley tonight,” McDowell said. “This race was about their father and grandfather. It was pretty neat with Johnny starting up there next to me (outside of row one). I lost my mother last year, so it's pretty special when you honor someone like that.”

At the drop of the green flag, McDowell outran Pursley to the first corner and secured the top spot off of Turn 2. Behind them, Ross Bailes, who won this race last year, lost the third spot to Casey Roberts in the first couple of laps.

Following the first caution period on the seventh lap, McDowell again got the jump on the ensuing restart over Johnny Pursley. The two cars of Brian Ledbetter and John Pursley tangled off of the second turn, which brought out the yellow again.

The yellow waved for a third and final time on Lap 13. Shortly after that restart the best battle on the track was a battle for the fifth spot between Chris Madden, Dennis Franklin, and Jeff Smith. The three-way fight for the position brought the grandstand crowd to their feet. Madden slid high and Franklin and Smith both drove to the low side past him.

The track visibly began to rubber up before the field took the halfway sign from the flagman. As the track blackened, Johnny Pursley was able to run into the corners deeper for a few laps and close the gap on McDowell. But McDowell's machine rotated through the corners well and he increased the distance with a good run off the turns.

In the closing laps, the right rear brake rotor on McDowell's car was glowing orange. With the added braking however, McDowell was keeping his car straighter through the turns, decreasing the tire wear.

At the checkered flag, McDowell's advantage over Pursley was about a half a straightaway. Bailes, Roberts, and Franklin rounded out the top five.

BEAST Series Event
Finishing Positions:

1) Dale McDowell
2) Johnny Pursley
3) Ross Bailes
4) Casey Roberts
5) Dennis Franklin
6) Jeff Smith
7) Chris Madden
8) Mike Gault
9) Zack Mitchell
10) Brent Dixon
11) Tim Allen
12) Robbie Bailey
13) Scott Shirey
14) Thomas Hedgpath
15) Travis Leake
16) Andy Blackwood
17) Furman Parton
18) Brian Ledbetter
19) John Pursley

The next event for the BEAST series will be August 4th at Gaffney SC as they will be at Cherokee Speedway for the Stick Elliott Memorial.

For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries .
 For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee at jammer50@charter.net or at 864-761-6039. Also contact Clint Elkins at clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com or at 980-429-0398.

The BEAST Series thanks the following sponsors : Hoosier Racing Tires, American Racing Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Products, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, CARS Carolina Auto Racing Show, and Sisco fire and Safety.

July 3rd Schedule & Line Up

The BEAST Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway Tuesday July 3rd for the 7th Annual Robert Pursley Memorial paying $5,000 to win. Divisions also scheduled to race on July 3rd include:
Crate Late Model $1,000 to win, Crate Sportsman $600 to win, Renegade $500 to win, Open Wheel Modified $600 to win, and  Extreme 4 $300 to win. Gates open at 5:30 PM. with drawing from 6:00 PM. till 7:20 PM. Drivers meeting will be at 7:30 PM.

7th Annual $5,000 Robert Pursley Memorial Race Set For Tuesday July 3rd At Cherokee Speedway

 July 3rd is always big race & firework night at Cherokee Speedway, but this year's race is a little extra special as it will carry the 7th Annual Robert Pursley Memorial Race billing under the sanction of the BEAST 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. "The difference this year will be the reason for this race and the increased purse money. We are already at $5,000 to win and looking at several enhancements to the purse. I will say you can expect it to grow up to race week" stated BEAST Series Director Timmy Mcabee.

The additional purse money comes in from family and friends that The Pursley's have met and built relationships throughout their racing journey. There are always those "private" donations also. "After working with John & Johnny and everyone involved over the past few seasons, I am always honored when they ask me to help put this deal together." This race means more than just loud engines and fast cars to The Pursley Family. It is a time of remembrance for their HERO. The man the community knew as "POP" is celebrated by the gathering of people who all have the love of racing in common. "We will announce the official purse in the coming weeks, and with John you just never know what kind of cards he is holding." Mcabee went on to say. In the last two years alone, this race has paid out over $43,000 in total purse (combined).

Robert "Pop" Pursley, the father of John Pursley/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. 'Pop' 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."He was my hero," said son John Pursley. Jeff Smith, son of Dirt Hall of Fame Freddy Smith, added "It was an honor to win the first Robert Pursley Memorial. I've known John for years and his dad was a lot like my grandfather as far as being friendly to everyone and well respected at the tracks."

Announcer and long time promoter Duane Goins reflects on Mr. Robert 'Pop' Pursley, "I'd see Mr. Pursley come in right before hot laps, with that blue shirt and those red suspenders. I'd go into part of my act, saying the family section is over here, drinking section over there, and all with red suspenders need to sit waayyyy down there on the end behind the light pole! He'd just keep walking, slowly throwing up that hand. He knew it was all an act and he was part of the show. Before the night was over, I'd take time to go and shake that hand. He was a true 'fan in the stands'. I miss those race nights, and I miss Mr. 'Pops' Pursley. I'm very sure a lot more folks do also, he was a great one."

Past winners of the Pursley Memorial Race include Jeff Smith, Furman Parton, Chris 'Smokey' Madden, Chad Paxton, Casey Roberts and last year's winner Ross Bailes.

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.
 

For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries. For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee (jammer50@charter.net) at 864-761-6039 or Clint Elkins (clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com) at 980-429-0398.

 
The BEAST Series thanks the following sponsors : Hoosier Racing Tires, American Racing Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Products, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, CARS Carolina Auto Racing Show, and Sisco fire and Safety


June 30th Race Canceled

Racing for Saturday June 30th at Cherokee Speedway has been canceled due to the extreme and dangerous heat.

June 30th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 30th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

Francis Is Fantastic In Winning Grassy Smith Memorial At Cherokee Speedway

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY held off a late-race charge from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA to win the 14th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway. Francis earned his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned win of 2012 while piloting the Valvoline, Barry Wright House Car. He is taking home $10,000 for the victory. It is also Francis’ first ever win at the track. Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV, got around Davenport near the end, to finish second. Davenport had passed Francis for the lead heading down the backstretch with five laps remaining, but a caution flag sent him back to the second spot, taking away the potential winning pass. Davenport got out of the groove in turn two on the ensuing restart which allowed Shaver to get by. Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN finished fourth, followed by 2-time series champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN led the first 18 laps of the race. Francis passed him in heavy traffic on lap 19. O’Neal then suffered driveline failure on the restart, forcing his car to slow dramatically on the frontstretch. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, the current series point’s leader, suffered a flat tire and pitted, giving up fifth position in the race.   Owens had run as high as second until his tire started to go flat. Francis went on to lead the rest of the event and took the victory at his car owner and chassis builder, Barry Wright’s home turf. “To win for Barry and Lance Wright here at their home track is just terrific! I couldn’t wait until this race was over, because I wasn’t sure how much right rear tire we had left. We held on, and I had to get up on the wheel at the end when Jonathan pressured me on the outside,” said the 44-year-old racer. We have been coming here a long-time and to finally win here is something we can be proud of, the Clements Engine ran great and the car was just superb, I was saving my tires. I got a little too conservative there, we caught a break on that yellow when he (Davenport) got by me.” Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Jeff Smith of Gastonia, NC; Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.
In preliminary action, Mike Marlar set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 28 entrants with a lap of 15.541 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jimmy Owens, Steve Shaver, Don O’Neal, and Steve Francis. Johnny Pursley and Ross Bailes won their respective B-Mains.

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Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: 
Jonathan Davenport / 15.652 seconds (Group A and Overall)
Mike Marlar / 15.541 seconds (Group B)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Eric Wells, Johnny Pursley, Freddy Smith, John Pursley

U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Shaver, Casey Roberts, Tyler Reddick, Austin Hubbard, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, Chris Madden-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, Ross Bailes, Tim Rivers, Dennis Franklin

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, Chris Ferguson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Gault, Donald Bradsher, Brent Dixon

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Johnny Pursley, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, John Pursley, Freddy Smith-DNS, Chris Madden-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Ross Bailes, Mike Gault, Donald Bradsher, Dennis Franklin, Tim Rivers, Brent Dixon

Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series "Grassy Smith Memorial" Feature Results:
1) Steve Francis #15, 2) Steve Shaver #6s, 3) Jonathan Davenport #15d, 4) Mike Marlar #5b, 5) Scott Bloomquist #0, 6) Dale McDowell #17m, 7) Jeff Smith #18m, 8) Dennis Franklin #37c, 9) Jimmy Owens #20, 10) Earl Pearson Jr. #44, 11) Eric Wells #18e, 12) Mike Gault #17, 13) Ross Bailes #87, 14) Johnny Pursley #B4, 15) Austin Hubbard #11h, 16) Tyler Reddick #11t, 17) Brent Dixon #1d, 18) Ty Dillon #41, 19) Casey Roberts #101, 20) Donald Bradsher #93, 21) Freddy Smith #16, 22) John Blankenship #23, 23) Jared Landers #5, 24) Don O'Neal #71, 25) Chris Ferguson #22


Race Statistics:

Entrants: 2
Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 -18); Steve Francis (Laps 19 – 50)
Caution Flags: Ross Bailes (Lap 19); Earl Pearson Jr., Ross Bailes, John Blankenship (Lap 19); Eric Wells (Lap 27); Ty Dillon (Lap 44); Austin Hubbard (Lap 45); Tyler Reddick (Lap 49)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none
Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: Brent Dixon, Dennis Franklin
Cherokee Speedway Track Provisional: Freddy Smith
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Franklin (Started 24th; Finished 8th; Advanced 16 positions)
Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Steve Shaver
ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Steve Francis
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars
Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Lance Wright (Steve Francis)
Time of Race: 40 minutes 59 seconds


June 22nd Schedule & Line Up

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be at Cherokee Speedway Friday June 22nd hosting the "Grassy Smith Memorial" event. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series show will be worth $10,000. Support divisions will include
Crate Late Model, Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, and Stock 4. Grandstand admission will be $25 and pit admission will be $35. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drawing from 5:30 PM. to 6:50 PM. and drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series visit www.lucasdirt.com .


June 16th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 16th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series Coming To Cherokee June 22nd

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will be at Cherokee Speedway Friday June 22nd hosting the "Grassy Smith Memorial" event. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series show will be worth $10,000. Support divisions will be racing also. Grandstand admission will be $25 and pit admission will be $35.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series visit www.lucasdirt.com .


June 9th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 9th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including a $1,000 to win Crate Late Model event. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

June 2nd Schedule & Line Up

Saturday June 2nd racing program will be a regular show for all divisions including a $900 to win Limited Sportsman event. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

May 26th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 26th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Divisions scheduled to race on May 26th include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

Carolina Driveline Schools Summer Shootout

Carolina Driveline Schools out for Summer Shootout is shaping up to be another great success in its second season! The event will be held on Saturday May 26th for the Young Guns paying $500 to win. Some of the event sponsors include: Carolina Driveline,
Mechanical Edge, Scraps for Us, The BEAST Series, Cherokee Landscaping, HiBridge Automotive, STI Trucking, Taylor Puckett Racing, Upstate Medical Supply, Carolina Collision, The Arsenal, Lil Indy Speedway, and Double Deuce Decals.


May 19th
Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 19th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Divisions scheduled to race on May 19th include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns, and Open Wheel Modified.
The racing program will also include twin mains for Extreme 4 along with the Open Wheel Modified Southern Modified Tour race. Any division having 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus added to the purse and drivers will decide how to distribute. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM. The Renegade division will be off on May 19th.

May 12th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 12th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions plus $1,000 to win in Crate Late Model. Divisions scheduled to race on May 5th include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns. Any division with 15 or more cars will have a $200 bonus. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

May 5th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday May 5th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions plus $500 to win in Renegade. Divisions scheduled to race on May 5th include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns, and Open Wheel Modified.
Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

April 28th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 28th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions plus $600 to win in Crate Sportsman. Divisions scheduled to race on April 28th include Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, Extreme 4, and Young Guns. There will be a $200 bonus for any division having 15 or more cars. Drivers will decide in drivers meeting how to disburse. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.

Dennis 'Rambo' Franklin Beats The Rain & Tames The BEAST At Cherokee's Rock Gault Memorial

 

As the rainy weather played in the distance surrounding the famed Cherokee Speedway, many longtime fans new faces were spotted at the track for The BEAST season opening ROCK GAULT MEMORIAL. As the clouds broke and the skies cleared, the race track was ready for hot laps on a track that was smooth and fast. Johnny Pursley, Dennis Franklin, Tim Allen and Chris Madden laid down the top 4 speeds of each of the sessions. Dallas N.C driver Jeff Smith got off to a terrible start as his engine went south just after two practice laps. "It's frustrating, a real tough pill to swallow, Zach and the crew worked a lot of hours, over night, and all day to get this piece ready and all for two laps" said the pilot of the 18M. As time trials rolled around, it was Augusta GA native John Henderson's turn for his as his 2x machine made a popping noise as he sailed into turn one. Henderson would also be a scratch for the remainder of the event even though he turned in the 9th fastest time on the night. Clover's Johnny Pursley who was sporting a new haircut and a new ride for the BEAST series, took the Bobby Wilson Owned Service Master Clean, Chris McCraw-CPA. Pa sponsored B4 to the top of the grid. With the field now set for the 40 lap feature, teams made final adjustments to their race cars, and made their way to the frontstretch. Pole sitter Johnny Pursley opted to use the outside pole starting position, forcing Rambo down to the bottom. "That is common here, everyone wants to be on the outside coming to the green flag" Pursley later stated, With the field in tow, the #17 MotorMaxx, Gault's Used Cars Rocket chassis of Mike Gault proudly displayed the checkered flag and moved over to form the missing man formation in honor of late father Edgar "Rock" Gault. Once the fireworks were done, and the cars were lined back up, the green flag flew, and Pursley and Rambo raced to turn one. It did not take Pursley long to know he had made the wrong choice on this night, as Rambo was able to get enough grip on the bottom to power past the B4 coming off turn two. That was the last real challenge Franklin would get. His paced over the caution free 40 lapper would only slow due to lap traffic. Looking down in victory lane, you can bet that if his son could not be victorious only one other driver could make him smile in this event. That driver was none other than the driver of the AES #37 Barry Wright chassis, Dennis Rambo Franklin. Mike Gault got into victory lane as soon as possible, with a big smile and a huge congrats to Franklin. After securing the $4,000 pay day Franklin went on to say the track was super fast, near as perfect as he had ever seen, "It got just a bit choppy going into turn one, other than that, you can't get it any better than what we had here tonight" said Franklin of the track conditions. "We came here tonight with intentions of trying something we have never tried and it was fast right off the truck." Franklin later added. As the race wound down, Pursley came home 2nd, Casey Roberts finished 3rd after holding off a hard charging Chris Madden, and Dustin Mitchell rounding out the top 5. Up next the BEAST tour visits Gordon Park this Saturday April 28th for the 2nd Annual Jack Starrette Memorial.  

 

Rock Gault Memorial Finishing Positions:

1) Dennis Franklin
2) Johnny Pursley
3) Casey Roberts
4) Chris Madden
5) Dustin Mitchell
6) Brent Dixon
7) Ricky Weeks
8) Zach Mitchell
9) John Pursley
10) Jay Sessoms
11) Tim Allen
12) Doug Sanders
13) Mike Gault

Ross Bailes DNS
John Henderson DNS
Jeff Smith DNS

For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at www.racethebeast.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries . For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee at jammer50@charter.net or at 864-761-6039. Also contact Clint Elkins at clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com or at 980-429-0398.

The BEAST Series thanks the following sponsors : Hoosier Racing Tires, American Racing Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Products, Thomas Clarke Performance, Velocita, CARS Carolina Auto Racing Show, and Sisco fire and Safety.


April 21st Schedule & Lineup

Saturday April 21st Cherokee Speedway will be hosting the Rock Gault Memorial. The racing program will include racing in The BEAST Super Late Model Series ($4,000 To Win), Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade ($500 To Win), Young Guns, and Open Wheel Modifieds ($700 To Win). Gates open at 5:00 PM. Drawing will be held from 5:30 PM. to 6:50 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be $20 with pit admission being $30. Kids 10 and under free.

Renegade purse is as follows:
$500, $300, $175, $125, $100, $75, $60, $50, $40, $30, $25.

Open Wheel Modified purse is as follows:
$700, $350, $270, $230, $200, $150, $125, $100, $90, $80, $70 To Start.


"The New BEAST Series Roars Into Cherokee Speedway For The 3rd Annual Rock Gault Memorial Sat. April 21st"

The "Battle Of The Eastern All-Stars Tour" better known as "THE BEAST SERIES" is ready to kick off its 2012 race season with its first scheduled event at "The Place Your Mama Warned You About" Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, SC. on Saturday Night April 21st.

The Speedway is ready to get back to big time Super Late Model racing under the lights at the semi banked oval that is known to provide exciting side by side action. The event will be paying $4,000 to win will pay honor to the Speedway Legend "Rock Gault ". Support division include Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportman, Renegade, Young Gun and Open Wheel Modified classes. Gates open at 5, Drivers Meeting at 7 and Hot Laps to immediately follow.

Ed 'Rock' Gault, the well respected and loved owner/promoter of more than 30 years at Cherokee Speedway left his mark on the sport and area racers. "He made Cherokee Speedway the home to himself and his family, I am honored to be a part of this great event" said track promoter Lennie Buff.

"I loved that ol' man," were the words of C.L. Pritchett, a former dirt star from Commerce, Ga., and outright cult figure in the dirt racing world. "We would come up there from Georgia and take that money from those North and South Carolina boys, and Ol' Rock would always make sure we were coming back the next week. If we had trouble, he made sure we had enough to get back home."

When asked to present a memory of Rock Gault, 1985- 1991 and 2006 Cherokee Speedway announcer Duane Goins said, "You had to listen real close to what he was saying, but he always made a point. He really saw the big picture, no matter what was going on. He used to come up on Saturday when he 'declared' the track ready to race on and would show me how it looked. I used to tell him that if he did it long enough, he might get it right. He liked me to pick at him, and he always returned it in some way. That's MY Rock Gault, and I'm sure for many others. The racing community misses him. I still miss him."


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.


For information on "THE BEAST SERIES" please visit us online at
www.racethebeast.com
and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BEASTRacingSeries .
 For more Series information please contact Timmy Mcabee at jammer50@charter.net or at 864-761-6039. Also contact Clint Elkins at clint@carolinaautoracingshow.com or at 980-429-0398.

The BEAST Series sponsors include: PPM Products, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, American Race Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

The Beast Series Ready To Invade Cherokee Speedway For Stop One


"Battle Of The Eastern All-Stars Tour" better known as "THE BEAST SERIES" is ready to kick off its 2012 race season with its first scheduled event at "The Place Your Mama Warned You About" Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, SC. on April 21st. Cherokee Speedway is a 3/8 mile semi banked oval in which provides exciting side by side action. The event will be paying $4,000 to win and it will be apart of the "Rock Gault Memorial". For more information concerning Cherokee Speedway visit there website at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com . For more information on "THE BEAST SERIES" visit there website at www.racethebeast.com .

The BEAST Series sponsors include: PPM Products, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, American Race Tires, Big A's Custom Graphics, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

April 14th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 14th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


April 7th Schedule & Line Up

Saturday April 7th racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM. The Easter Bunny will be visiting Cherokee Speedway on April 7th and Cherokee Speedway will hold a supervised Easter egg hunt during hot laps for kids 6 and under along with a egg race for kids 7 to 11 and 12 to however old. The egg race will be held on the front stretch. Lots of candy and prizes for kids. Limited Sportsman will have a $500 bonus added to purse for 10 or more cars. Admission for April 7th will be stands $10, pits $20, and kids 10 and under free.

March 31st Schedule & Line Up

Saturday March 31st racing program will be a regular show for all divisions. Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM.


March 24th Schedule & Line Up


Saturday March 24th racing program will be a regular show including $1,000 to win in Crate Sportsman, Renegade, and Stock 4. Limited Sportsman, Extreme 4, Young Guns, and Open Wheel Modifieds will also be racing. Crate Late Models will be off.  If 16 or more cars show in (Limited Sportsman, Extreme 4, Young Guns, and Open Wheel Modifieds) a $500 bonus will be added to that divisions purse. Bonus will be added throughout the field; Not just on top.  

Crate Sportsman, Renegade, and Stock 4 divisions will be on transponders. ($10 rental or bring your own and give transponder # at drawing) Drviers will draw for a qualifying position, then 4 cars at a time will qualify during hot laps to determine starting positions for heats.

Gates open at 5:00 PM. with drivers meeting at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be $10 with pit admission being $20. Children 10 and under free.

No Racing At Cherokee On March 18th


Cherokee Speedway has made the decision to cancel  Sunday March 18th event due the rain at Lancaster. We fell that it's best to work with them in this case. Next Saturday March 24th will be our first night race. The event will be paying $1,000 to win in Stock 4, Renegade, and Crate Sportsman. $500 will be added to the regular purse in any other classes having 16 cars or more. Crate Late Models will be off.

Jared Landers Captures $15,000 To Win March Madness X

Jared Landers of
Batesville, Arkansas scored the second biggest win of his career on Sunday afternoon by topping the $15,000 to win March Madness X event at Cherokee Speedway. It was a flag to flag victory for Landers as he led all 75 laps.

Super Late Model "March Madness X" Rundown:

1) Jared Landers #5
2) Steve Francis #15
3) Casey Roberts #101
4) Chris Madden #44
5) Dale McDowell #17M
6) Dennis Franklin #37C
7) John Pursley #9
8 ) Ty Dillon #41D
9) Chris Ferguson #22
10) Ross Bailes #B4
11) Scott Bloomquist #44S
12) Mike Gault #17
13) Donnie Tanner #22T
14) Johnny Pursley #09
15) Donald Bradsher #93
16) Jonathan Davenport #15
17) Brent Dixon #1D
18) Brandon Overton #76
19) John Henderson #2X

Support division winners include:
Crate Late Model: David Smith #11, Crate Sportsman: AJ Cable #G1S, Limited Sportsman: Danny Tessnier #25T, Renegade: Pebo Johnson #11, Extreme 4: Scott Cloniger #3C, Stock 4: Brayden Pruitt #13, and Young Guns: Devin Fuller #25.

March Madness Set For March 3rd And 4th


Cherokee Speedway will kick off its 2012 racing season on March 3rd and 4th with the tenth edition of 'March Madness' featuring an Old-Fashioned Unsanctioned $15,000 to win Super Late Model show, the largest winner's purse paid at the famed speedway in
modern history. This will be an Outlaw event pitting Hoosier vs. American Racer tire, utilizing the Lucas Series tire rule of nothing softer than 1300 or SD44 and Punch Rule in effect.
Cherokee Speedway is still fresh on the minds of fans for a spectacular season ending Blue Gray 100 that many regard as one of the best races ever at the historic speedway. 'Superman' Jonathan Davenport kept the crowd on their feet as he went on to beat out a star studded field which included Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr, Booper Bare, Earl Pearson Jr, Steve Shaver and his new Clint Bowyer racing team mate Jared Landers. Davenport is expected to be on hand to defend his 2011 March Madness 9 victory, another great race where he edged Scott Bloomquist to the checkered flag. The driver list is getting longer each day, and Cherokee Speedway plans to hold an open practice Saturday Feb 25th from 1-5 PM to allow teams to shake down their new cars.

 

The line up for Saturday March 3rd will include hot laps for Super Late Model, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, FWD, and Young Guns. Qualifying will include Super Late Model (2 Laps), and Crate Late Model (2 Laps) . Heat races will include Super Late Model (8 Laps), Crate Late Model (8 Laps), Crate Sportsman (5 Laps), Limited Sportsman (6 Laps), Renegade (5 Laps), Stock 4 (5 Laps), FWD (5 Laps), and Young Guns (5 Laps) . Main events on Saturday will include Renegade (10 Laps), FWD (10 Laps), and Young Guns (10 Laps) . Cherokee Speedway will also be having a 45 minute open practice at the conclusion of Saturdays main events.

The line up for Saturday March 4th will include hot laps for Super Late Model, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, and Stock 4 . The program will also include the consi race for Super Late Model in which will be 10 Laps. Main events on Sunday will include Super Late Model (75 Laps) $15,000 to win, Crate Late Model (20 Laps), Crate Sportsman (10 Laps), Limited Sportsman (12 Laps), and Stock 4 (10 Laps) .

 

Gates will open both days at 10 AM, Drawing at 10:30 AM, Drivers Meeting at 12:00 PM and Hot Laps immediately following. Admission will be as follows: Stands (Sat. $10) (Sun. $25) (2 Day Pass $30) / Pits (Sat. $20) (Sun. $35) (2 Day Pass $45).

 

For schedule, point standings and 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 for the most up to date race information.

Open Practice Set For February 25th

Open practice before the 2012 racing season starts at Cherokee Speedway has been set for February 25th. Practice will be for all divisions and will begin at 1 PM. Practice will end at 5 PM.

Rock Auto Joins Cherokee Speedway Sponsors

A special thanks to sponsor RockAuto.com for providing wristbands for the event. Order auto parts online from RockAuto.com 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and have them conveniently delivered to your door. RockAuto.com has everything from one lug nut to a new fender or remanufactured engine; all at everyday low prices. Visit RockAuto.com after the race and find all the parts your car or truck will ever need!