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Default Preview of the KY Triple Crown Spring National Event

Kentucky Triple Crown will bring Spring Nationals Series to Bluegrass State on April 17/18/19 Trips to 201, Ponderosa and Florence will be worth over $55,000 in three days

By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist

BRASSTOWN, NC (April 10, 2014)—The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil will make the northern trek into the Bluegrass State of Kentucky for three huge nights of dirt late model action at 201, Ponderosa and Florence Speedways on Thursday through Saturday April 17, 18 and 19.

At 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., it will be the second-ever series visit on Thursday Night April 17 th paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start the 40-lap Johnny Salyer Memorial main event and Round # 5 of the ten-race mini tour. Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV claimed the caution-free thrilling event win during the series visit in 2013. The Open Wheel Modifieds and Bombers will be the supporting divisions that night. The Gates will open at 3:00 pm with driver’s meeting at 6:30 pm then Hot Laps will follow shortly after. Adult General Admission is $20.00 and Pit Passes are $35.00. Anyone needing a room on Thursday Night may contact the track’s official lodging destination the Ramada Inn of Paintsville, Ky. at (606) 789-4242. Jarrod Breeding, a racer and native of Isom, Ky. purchased the track less than two years ago and has revived the 3/8 th ’s mile track last season and the track will open for their 31 st season of competition when the Spring Nationals come to town. The race is being run in memory of long-time track employee and track prep specialist Johnny Salyer who spent over the last 20 years of his life working at the track. Salyer passed away last Christmas Day of Cancer.

Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. will host Round # 6 of the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals on Friday Night April 18 th paying $4,000 to win and $400 to start for the 2 nd Annual Spring Showdown. The Open Wheel Modifieds will race for $1,500 to win plus the Pro-Late Models, Sportsman and Pure Streets will all be on the racing card for the evening’s events at the Jerry Denson-promoted oval. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00 pm and Grandstand Gates will swing open at 5:00 pm, the Driver’s Meeting is set for 7:00 pm and Hot Laps will begin shortly after. Adult General Admission is $20.00 and Pit Passes are $35.00.

The King Family owned Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. will host Round # 7 of the Spring Nationals Series with the running of the 38 th Annual Spring 50 event paying $5,000 to win and $450 to start on Saturday Night April 19 th . The will mark the first-ever visit to the track located in Northern Kentucky. Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN is the defending race winner of the storied Spring 50 event. The Open Wheel Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Pure Stocks will also be on the racing card that night. The Pit Gates will open at 4:00 pm with the Main & back gates swinging open at 5:30 pm and Hot Laps are slated for 6:00 p. on April 19 th . Adult General Admission is $22.00 while Pit Passes are $35.00.

Each night’s events will feature a complete show of Practice, Time Trials, Last Chance Heat Races and the main event. The entry fee is $100 at all series events plus transponder rental that will be used to time and score the cars (per series rules). The tire rule for each event will be as follows: Hoosier- 1300, 1350, 1600, LM 40 (both front and rear); American Racer- 44, 48, 56 (both front and rear). Tires will also be checked for soaking and by durometer for hardness before each car goes on the track for qualifying or any racing action. The car and driver weight rules for this event will be as follows: 2350 lbs.- Open Motor; 2300 lbs.- Steel Block/Aluminum Head-Spec Motor Only (8" spoiler allowed, 12" sides); 2250 lbs.-CT525 Motor (8" spoiler allowed); 2250 lbs.-All Steel Motor or Crate Motor (12" spoiler allowed). There will be a 1 lb. per lap burnoff plus 5 lbs. in the Heat Races and Feature, plus if the driver is using a HANS Device that will allow a 30 lb. weight break and the use of a working fire extinguisher will allow for a 20 lb. weight break.

Further information on the 201 Speedway can be obtained by calling (606) 265-5201 or Promoter Tony Sturgill at (606) 335-2711 or log on to www.201speedway.net . 201 Speedway is located at 5434 Route 201 in Sitka, KY 41255. The track is located ten minutes from Paintsville, KY to Highway 23 North then Highway 201 which runs you into Speedway. Track is located 1 ½ hours East of Hazard, KY and four hours Northeast from Knoxville, TN. The track will host an open practice session on Wednesday April 16 th with details on the track’s website.

Further information on Ponderosa Speedway can be obtained by calling (859) 854-6808 on race day or log on to the official track website at www.ponderosaspeedway.net . Ponderosa Speedway is located at 365 Phillips Lane on the Boyle/Lincoln County border, outside of Junction City, KY, is only minutes from Danville, Ky.. Track is located roughly three hours West of Sitka, KY after Thursday’s event. Track is located less than an hour South of Lexington, KY and around 2 ½ hours North of Knoxville, TN.

Florence Speedway is located off of Interstate 75 at Exit 180, then West on US 42 to the track for nine miles, which is located on the left. Further information can be obtained by calling the Track at (859) 485-7591 or log on to www.florencespeedway.com .

201 & Ponderosa Purse (40 Laps): 1) $4000, 2) $2000, 3) $1400, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6) $675, 7) $650, 8) $625, 9) $600, 10) $580, 11) $560, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $500, 15) $480, 16) $460, 17) $440, 18) $420, 19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400.

Florence Spring 50 Purse (50 Laps): 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1600, 4) $1000, 5) $850, 6) $700, 7) $675, 8) $650, 9) $625, 10) $600, 11) $580, 12) $560, 13) $540, 14) $520, 15) $500, 16) $480, 17) $470, 18) $460, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450.

Upcoming Spring Nationals Series events: Thursday April 17/201 Speedway/Sitka, Ky./$4,000 to win Friday April 18/Ponderosa Speedway/Junction City, Ky./$4,000 to win Saturday April 19/Florence Speedway/Union, Ky./$5,000 to win Thursday May 8/Duck River Raceway Park/Wheel, Tenn./$4,000 to win Friday May 9/Boyd’s Speedway/Ringgold, Ga./$4,000 to win Saturday May 10/Dixie Speedway/Woodstock, Ga./$6,000 to win

2014 Spring Nationals Series Event Winners: Jimmy Owens-Volunteer Speedway March 14 th Chris Madden-Volunteer Speedway March 15 th Billy Ogle Jr.-Smoky Mountain Speedway April 5 th

Previous Spring 50 Winners at Florence Speedway: 1977-Billy Teegarden 1978-Billy Teegarden 1979-Billy Teegarden 1980-Billy Teegarden 1981-Vern Lefevers 1982-Pat Patrick 1983-Matt Gilardi 1984-Chuck McWilliams 1985-Pat Patrick 1986-Pat Patrick 1987-Pat Patrick 1988-Jack Boggs 1989-Scott Bloomquist 1990-Jack Boggs 1991-Gary Green 1992-Bob Pierce 1993-Jack Boggs 1994-John Gill 1995-Jack Boggs 1996-Kevin Claycomb 1997-Jack Boggs 1998-Rained Out 1999-Don O’Neal 2000-Dan Schlieper 2001-Darrell Lanigan 2002-Don O’Neal 2003-Steve Casebolt 2004-Scott Bloomquist 2005-Dan Schlieper 2006-Don O’Neal 2007-Scott James 2008-Kevin Claycomb 2009-Jeep VanWormer 2010-Don O’Neal 2011-Eddie Carrier Jr. 2012-Don O’Neal 2013-Scott James

--If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know. CHRIS TILLEY Southern Nationals Series/Announcer & Publicist Executive Board Member, National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Officer, Lake Cumberland Basketball Officials Association (606) 219-1723 Phone P.O. Box 590 Somerset, KY 42502
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