WHEELERSBURG, OH-With one more event still remaining in 2012, the Southern Ohio Speedway is proud to release the schedule for the upcoming 2013 season.
The 2013 season will get underway even earlier than the 2012 season as the speedway will be open on Saturday, March 23rd for the first of two pre-season Test N’ Tunes. Another Test N’ Tune will follow on Saturday, March 30th with the season officially getting underway on Saturday, April 6th with the “Opening Night” races featuring Late Models-$2,000 to win, Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. While the season opener will be on a Saturday night to allow for an earlier start time because of the cooler early April temperatures, the track will return once again to a Friday night weekly schedule beginning on April 12th.
With the announcement of the racing card on Opening Night comes the announcement of the track’s new fourth class, the Pure Stock division. The Pure Stock division will be the most economical class at SOS. Just like with the Sport Mod division, the track will be teching the class heavily with zero tolerance for cheating. This class is intended to be a class where drivers can be in a competitive car for no more than $3,000. Track management is finalizing the rules for the class and expects to have them released within the next couple of weeks.
Weekly racing programs at SOS this season will consist of Late Models-$1,500 to win and $175 to start, Modifieds-$600 to win and $100 to start, Sport Mods-Car Count Based Purse, and Pure Stocks-Car Count Based Purse. The track’s weekly Late Model purse is among the highest in the country for a Friday night track. The first, second, and third place positions are the only positions that will see a pay change in the Late Model division this season while 4th-20th will remain the same as it was last season. The purse will be bumped up to $2,000 to win for Opening Night, the Memorial Day Championships, and Hall of Fame Night with more nights to be added with sponsorship. The track will stick with the same four class lineup card for every weekly show in 2013 except for the Sprint Car shows.
Each weekly show in 2013 will have an increased emphasis on the race fan experience. Every single race night in 2013 will have something special going on, whether it is a special promotion such as “Meet the Drivers Night” or a special event race for one of our classes. Track management also believes that the on-track product is the single most important factor with the race fan experience as the track’s top priority will be to provide a tacky, minimal dust, multi-groove racing surface for each and every race.
The track’s traditional special event races will return in 2013 with several of the races moved to different dates. This year’s “18th Annual Southern 100″, the marquee event on the 2013 schedule, will feature a new format, higher purses, and new date for 2013. The “18th Annual Southern 100″ will be a two day show this season with the “Southern 100 Qualifier” on Friday, May 3rd and the “Southern 100 Championship” on Saturday, May 4th. These will be two seperate shows for a total of 100 feature laps with Saturday’s winner the “18th Annual Southern 100″ champion. The “Southern 100 Qualifier” will feature a 40 lap, $4,000 to win Late Model show while the “Southern 100 Championship” will feature a 60 lap, $12,000 to win Late Model show. With a possible $16,000 to win up for grabs over the two days for the Late Models, the Modifieds will have a possible $2,000 on the line with an $800 to win show on Friday and a $1,000 to win show on Saturday.
The “3rd Annual Southern 50″ will move to a July 4th weekend date this season as the race will be ran on Friday, July 5th. The 2013 “Southern 50″ will once again pay $6,000 to win for Late Models. The “3rd Annual Southern Showdown” returns in 2013 with a new date. The show will be ran on Friday, June 14th and will pay Late Models $3,000 to win. Eddie Carrier Jr. won both of those events in 2012.
The high speed thrills of 410 Sprint Car racing will return to Southern Ohio Speedway two times in 2013. The OVSCA 410 Sprint Car Series will take to the track on Friday, June 7th and on Friday, August 9th for the “3rd Annual H&L Motorsports 25.” Track management is currently looking at the possibility of adding a third OVSCA 410 Sprint Car show to the schedule.
Southern Ohio Speedway will continue with it’s theme of keeping things as affordable as possible for the fans and racers in 2013. Weekly general admission and pit admission prices will remain the same as the 2012 prices that featured big price breaks in the pits and stands for kids. General and pit admission prices will only be raised for four races in 2013 and will actually be dropped for one race. Racers will once again pay NO track registration fees and tentatively no additional entry fees for any of the 2013 specials.
“We are really excited about our upcoming 2013 season”, stated H&L Motorsports co-owner T. J. Layne. “Our schedule features a great weekly racing series along with some excellent special events. Most importantly, we finally figured out towards the end of this season what we need to do to the racing surface to make for a tacky, minimal dust, multi-groove surface each week. Because of that, we feel like our fans are gonna be treated to excpetionally good racing each and every race in 2013. One thing is for sure, an excellent racing surface for the fans and drivers will be our top priority each and every week. We can’t wait for March to get here to get the new season started!”
With the 2013 schedule now released, SOS would like to remind race fans that one more event remains in 2012. On Saturday, November 10th the track will host the “1st Annual Fall Havoc” Enduro. The event tabbed “the ultimate Enduro”, will feature a Time Trial Challenge, Dash for Cash, Heat Races, and the Main Event. Gates will open at noon with the Time Trial Challenge starting the on track action at 1:30 pm. General admission is only $5 while pit passes are $10. Kids 12 and under get in free in both general admission and the pits. For more information visit www.southernohiospeedway.com.
*Schedule Disclaimer: This schedule is TENTATIVE, and subject to change. Dates may be changed, added, or removed. Because the schedule was released so early (before November), changes/schedule additions are likely to occur.*
Southern Ohio Speedway 2013 Schedule
23rd-Test N’ Tune (Saturday)
30th-Test N’ Tune (Saturday)
6th-”Opening Night”, $2,000 to win Late Models with Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks (Saturday)
12th-”Kids Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
19th-”Scioto County Business Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
26th-”Southern 100 Tune-Up”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
“18th Annual Southern 100 Weekend”
3rd-”Southern 100 Qualifier”, 40 laps, $4,000 to win Late Models, $800 to win Modifieds, and Pure Stocks
4th-”Southern 100 Championship”, 60 laps, $12,000 to win Late Models, $1,000 to win Modifieds, and Sport Mods (Saturday)
10th-”Legends Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
17th-”Robinson’s Auto Sales & Parts Sport Mod Championships”, $400 to win Sport Mods with Late Models, Modifieds, and Pure Stocks
24th-”Memorial Day Championships”, $2,000 to win Late Models with Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks
31st-”Fan and Driver Appreciation Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
7th-OVSCA 410 Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
14th-”3rd Annual Southern Showdown”, $3,000 to win Late Models, $800 to win Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks
21st-”Meet the Drivers Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
28th-”Veterans Appreciation Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
5th-”3rd Annual Southern 50″, $6,000 to win Late Models, $800 to win Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks
19th-”Pure Stock Shootout”, $300 to win Pure Stocks with Late Models, Modifieds, and Sport Mods
26th-”Emergency Workers Night”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
2nd-”Hall of Fame Night”, $2,000 to win Late Models with Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks
9th-”3rd Annual H&L Motorsports 25″, OVSCA 410 Sprint Cars, $800 to win Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks
16th-”Season Championships”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks
5th-”Season Finale”, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Mods, Pure Stocks (Saturday)
9th-2nd Annual Fall Havoc Enduro (Saturday)
*All Events on Friday’s unless otherwise noted.*
*Unless otherwise noted, Late Models will pay $1,500 to win and $175 to start, Modifieds will pay $600 to win and $100 to start, Sport Mods will race on a Car Count Based Purse, Pure Stocks will race on a Car Count Based Purse.*