Duck River Speedway
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
DIRT Motorsports News from Duck River Speedway
by Race Author
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Tour will return to action this weekend with the three-race Salute To The Armed Forces Tour. All three races will take place in Middle Tennessee with the top Crate Late Model drivers in the country expected for rounds five, six, and seven of the 2006 StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Tour.
The Tennessee Trio of 50-lap $3,000-to-win events begins this Thursday night at Duck River Speedway in Wheel, TN, then travels to Thunderhill Raceway in Lawrenceburg, TN on Friday night, and concludes on Saturday night at Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway in Clarksville, TN.
It could be a possible $10,000 payday if a driver can win all three races, as StormPay.com will pay a $1,000 bonus if a driver can win two of the three races.
This kind of money is expected to bring out many legendary dirt late model drivers, including Hall of Fame inductees, as well as several young guns looking to make a name for themselves in the sport. They all will be competing in the most economical dirt late models in the country powered by GM Performance Crate Engines, built and sealed at the factory.
The GM Performance Crate Engines cost one-tenth of what an unlimited engine costs, and the equality of what is under the hood lends more emphasis on driving talent and chassis set up, rather expensive horsepower.
Shannon Buckingham of Morristown, TN is one of the newcomers on the dirt late model scene, and he leads the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National point standings with one win on the season. Buckingham is the only driver to post top ten finishes in all four StormPay.com DLMS events this season.
Buckingham holds a 24-point lead over National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN, who also has a win this season in StormPay.com DLMS action. Johnson also leads the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger point standings with three top ten finishes.
Less than 100 points separate the top ten drivers going into the three-race holiday weekend swing.
Young Gun Frankie Beard of Hartwell, GA is the leading Rookie of the Year candidate in the StormPay.com DLMS National Tour. The 20-year-old driver is third in the National point standings, just four points behind Johnson.
David Gentry of Lewisburg, TN will be looking forward to racing in his own backyard over the weekend. The popular Tennessee racer is fourth in the StormPay.com DLMS National points with one win. Gentry, who has led the most laps of competition in the series this season, is only six points behind Beard.
Jimmy Kay of Taylorsville, GA is fifth in the StormPay.com DLMS National points with a pair of top five finishes in four races. Kay is only ten points behind Gentry. Four drivers are right on Kay's heels for the fifth spot, with just 20 points separating fifth through ninth.
Last year's StormPay.com Dirt late Model Series National Championship Runner-Up Jeff Fields of Aragon, GA is sixth, just eight points behind Kay. The Defending StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Denny Slayton of Rossville, GA is only six points behind Fields in the seventh
Carnell Parker III of Clarksville, TN is eighth, just two points behind Slayton, and Jeff Smith of Villanow, GA is ninth, only four points behind Parker. Zach Nichols of Cedartown, GA rounds out the top ten, 30 points behind Smith.
Other top entries expected for the StormPay.com DLMS Salute To The Armed Forces three-race swing this weekend include a pair of legendary dirt late model drivers.
Jeff Purvis of Clarksville, TN has returned to his roots in racing with the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series. After a spectacular dirt late model career that landed him in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, Purvis went on to make a name for himself in NASCAR racing. Purvis returned to dirt late model racing last year, and finished sixth in the StormPay.com National points.
Driver turned race track promoter Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS will trade his promoter's hat for a crash helmet this weekend, and climb aboard his dirt late model for StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series action. Stokes is well known for his success as both a driver and a promoter.
Stokes is the promoter at Columbus Speedway, and Magnolia Motor Speedway, both in Columbus, MS. Both tracks are sanctioned under the StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series banner.
Another top entry expected is Tony Albright of Clarksville, TN. Albright leads the StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series West Region for non-touring drivers, and competes weekly at Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway.
Drivers will also have an opportunity to compete in StormPay.com Weekly Racing Series action at Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway before and after the three-race National swing. Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway will present a special $1,000-to-win WRS show on Wednesday night, and a regular Weekly Racing Series program on Sunday night.
This Thursday night at Duck River Speedway, the gates will open at 4 p.m., with the drivers meeting at 7 p.m., and hot laps are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Duck River Speedway is located just north of U.S. Highway 64 in Wheel, TN on Haskins Chapel Road. For more information call 931-684-8200, or visit the track web site at www.duckriverspeedway.com.
On Friday night, the Thunderhill Raceway gates will open at 4 p.m., with the drivers meeting set for 6:15 p.m., and hot laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thunderhill Raceway is located north of Lawrenceburg, TN just off U.S. Highway 43 on Old Military Road. For more information call 931-964-2120, or visit the track web site at www.thunderhillspeedway.net.
Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway will open the gates at 3 p.m., with a 5:15 p.m. drivers meeting, and hot laps scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Clarksville StormPay.com Speedway is located on Needmore Road, just off Highway 79 at Exit 4 on I-24. For more information call 931-645-2523, or visit the track web site at www.clarksvillespeedway.com.
For more information about the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.stormpayracing.com.