Four races set tonight at SMS
Published 12:00 am Friday, May 21, 2004
Special to the News-Herald
Four feature events are planned for Friday, May 21, as Southampton Motor Speedway swings back into action with Sadler Auto Center/Slip-In Food Mart Night at the Races, the sixth program on the track’s 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series calendar.
The lineup includes: Budweiser Late Model Stock Cars (150 laps); Mike Duman Auto Sales Limited Late Models (50 laps); the Pro-Six Series (30 laps); and, Baby Grands (25 laps).
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Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Front gates open and practice gets under way for the Late Model Stock Cars and Baby Grands at 4:30.
Time trials for those two classes begin at 6:15.
Practice for Limited Late Models and the Pro-Sixers runs from 7 to 7:45 with time trials at 8. The evening’s feature card follows.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for youths, 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Active-duty military (with ID), senior citizens (65+) and teens (13-19) receive a $2 discount off the adult admission price. A &uot;Family 4-Pack&uot; (two adult and two youth tickets) is available for $25 – a $7 savings.
Through the first four Late Model Stock Car races of 2004, the division was averaging 4.5 lead changes per event. That trend continued on May 7 as four drivers – Mike Conner, Morty Buckles, Timothy Peters and Bob Shreeves – traded the top spot five times.
With an inversion and mandatory green-flag pit stops, more of the same is expected in Friday’s 150-lapper.
The Pro-Six Series will be making its first official appearance at SMS on Friday. The group was slated for the April 2 program, which fell victim to the elements.
Now in its fifth season under the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series banner, Southampton Motor Speedway is a 4/10-mile, paved tri-oval, similar in configuration to Richmond Intern-ational Raceway.
The track is located on U.S. Highway 58, one mile west of Capron and 17 miles east of I-95 (Emporia exit).
To learn more about SMS, fans may call the Speedway office at (434) 658-RACE or visit the track’s Web site at SouthamptonMotorSpeedway.com.