Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Outlaw Super Late Main Event XXV at Sandusky October 19-21
by Adam Mackey
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- The season ending specials across the country are winding down and one that many mark on their calendars has a change of venue in 2012. The Main Event Racing Series, holding its 25th annual season ending Main Event for Outlaw Super Late Models, is scheduled to run a 100-lap, $6,000 to win race Sunday, October 21st at Sandusky (OH) Speedway. The event was previously scheduled for September but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The special event for the touring series has called Columbus Motor Speedway home for 21 of the last 22 years, with only the 2003 edition held elsewhere, at Mansfield. This year's event will be a homecoming of sorts, as the event started at Sandusky during the 1988 season. Michigan driver Dennis Berry claimed the trophy during the inaugural event, while Canadian driving ace Junior Hanley claimed the top prize in 1989. It was in 1990 that the series moved the event to Columbus.
While many will miss the Columbus speedplant, the event could see a new winner in victory lane at Sandusky. It took 22 years before the season ending Main Event race saw a repeat winner. While a number of drivers were close to doing it, Terry Senneker, Jr. became the first repeat winner in 2009 when he claimed his second trophy. His first came in 2007. From 2007-2011, the events were all won by the Terry Gentry funded teams of Senneker and Steve Needles. Needles claimed two, while Senneker has won three of the last five.
This year's three day show will see two premier divisions of racing in the midwest. In addition to the Outlaw Super Late Models of the Main Event Racing Series, the MSA Supermodifieds will be in action. Competing at a number of tracks throughout Ohio and surrounding states, the winged cars will turn wicked fast times around the Sandusky 1/2-mile and fill an additional need for speed during the weekend. Modifieds and Street Stocks are also on the card for a can't miss show.
The Main Event 100 will pay $6,000 to the winner and $1,000 to start. The MSA Supermodified 40 lap race will pay $1,700 to win and $400 to start. $1,200 is on the line to win the Modified 40 lapper, while starters will receive $150, and the Street Stock event will pay $300 to win and $100 to start. Sunoco Race Fuels has put up additional bonuses of $200 for fast time and $200 to lead halfway in the Super Late Model portion of the event.
The weekend gets underway on Friday, October 19 with an open practice day for all divisions. Pits will open at noon, while practice will run from 1:00-8:00. On Saturday, pits open at 9:00, while practice will run from 11:00-2:30 and qualifying will take place at 3:00. Racing Saturday night will take the green at 6:30. On Sunday, practice will be from 11:00-12:30 with racing scheduled to begin at 1:30.
Saturday's program includes practice and qualifying for all classes, plus Main Event, MSA, and Modified heats. The Street Stocks will run their full program.
Sunday's events will include last chance races and features for the Super Late Models, Supermodifieds, and Modifieds.
Admission prices for adults are $18 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday, while children at $7 each day. Pit admission is $40 per day or $60 for a 2-day pass. Pit admission for Friday's practice is $10 per person.
Complete info and rules are available at maineventracingseries.com.