WHEELERSBURG, OH-After a historic Opening Night that saw a record crowd for a regular show and two new track records set, the Southern Ohio Speedway returns to action with “Kid’s Night” this Friday, April 12th. The action packed night of racing will feature a five division racing program of Late Models, Modifieds, GCP Engines Sport Mods presented by Tomahawk Race Cars, Pure Stocks, and the first appearance from the Ohio Valley Roofers Legends Car Series.
Late Model Preview
Last week’s Opening Night races saw West Union, Ohio’s Danial Kattine pull off the huge upset victory. Kattine inherited the lead late in the race after the top three cars in the feature had mechanical problems and led the remaining laps to take his first career feature win. Another exciting show is expected on Friday in the Late Model division. As is a theme with each class at SOS, lot’s of cars still weren’t ready last week as a higher car count is expected this week and each week moving forward. Will we see another first time winner this Friday night?
The action in the Modified division was fast and furious on Opening Night. Pedro, Ohio’s Brian Skaggs set fast time and won the dash race before suffering engine problems on the first lap of the feature. Jason Montgomery in only his second Modified race at SOS was fast all night and took the big feature win. Last year’s track champion Jeremy Rayburn was fast once again as he finished second with the always fast Todd Robinson finishing third. The action was intense last week with lots of two and three wide racing and is expected to be the same this Friday.
GCP Engines Sport Mod Preview
The Opening Night races saw the largest car count the track has ever had in the GCP Engines Sport Mod division with 20 cars in attendance. That was impressive as many drivers are still not ready. The racing was intense all night long with lots of two and three wide racing in the class. Two drivers who were expected to be fast this season, Danny Hamilton and Tim Scarberry, battled for the lead for much of the race until Scarberry spun in turns 3 and 4. Hamilton went on to claim his first career Sport Mod win. Youngsters Emily Jordan and Colten Wright were very impressive as they finished in the top three. Another excellent show is expected Friday in this class. A $50 hard charger award will be up for grabs courtesy of Late Model driver Jeremy Akers.
Pure Stock Preview
Barry Brister made history last week by winning the first ever Pure Stock race in the modern-era of SOS. Only two cars were in attendance but car count is expected to grow as more drivers get their cars ready. Just like with the Sport Mod division, the Pure Stock division is a brand new class and is expected to take some time to grow. The track still remains committed to the class and looks forward to seeing the car count increase as the season goes on.
Ohio Valley Roofers Legends Car Preview
The Ohio Valley Roofers Legends Car Series will make their first ever trip to SOS this Friday, April 12th. Friday will be the second race of the season for the series. Pierce Foster won the season opener that was ran on the quarter mile track at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The series runs on a variety of tracks in the region and is expected to put on a great show on the high banks of SOS.
Kid’s Night Activities
As part of Kid’s Night, all kids 12 and under will be admitted into general admission for free. Kid’s ticket numbers will also be drawn for the twelve lucky fans who get to participate in the draw for the Late Model and Modified dash. All kids will also be given a souvenir Southern Ohio Speedway coloring page at the ticket gate.
Times and Admission Prices
Gates will open at Friday at 4:00 pm with drivers meeting at 7:00 pm and hot laps starting the on track action at 7:30 pm. General admission prices are: $12 (ages 17 and up), $5 (ages 13-16), and free (ages 12 and under). Pit pass prices are: $25 (ages 13 and up), $15 (ages 7-12), and free (ages 6 and under).
For more information visit www.southernohiospeedway.com.
The above photo is of the racing surface on Tuesday. The track prep crew has been out working on the racing surface every day since Sunday as we prepare for Friday’s races!