LUCAMA, NC – Several new faces will grace Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night during the Dog Days Clash with the one of the largest fields of Late Model this season and the return of the Street Stock division.
Kate Dallenbach will be making her Southern National Motorsports Park. Dallenbach comes from a racing dynasty. Both her mother, Robin, and father, Wally, have raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Dallenbach is a development driver for Richard Childress Racing who races on dirt tracks and on asphalt tracks.
Darne Eyes Victory
Mike Darne, who has only raced once at Southern National in 2015, will be returning with his sights set on a possible $2,500 payday. Darne has been racing in the CARS Tour but has not had success. He said he would rather race with a chance of winning $2,500 instead of spending thousands of dollars racing in the CARS Tour which has been dominated by Brayton Haws.
A Rivalry Renewed
Rusty Daniels is returning to Southern National Motorsports Park after wrecking off Andrew Grady’s front bumper in the Summer Classic and, as Taylor Swift would say, “now we’ve got bad blood”. Daniels says he’s focused on winning but the incident is certainly in the back of his mind and fans will be brought to their feet anytime the two rivals are running near each other.
Street Stocks Return
The popular Street Stock division will be the nightcap in the Dog Days Clash and, with $750 on the line, a large field of cars is expected. Greg Barrett, who has won four Street Stock championships, and popular South Carolina veteran Jeff Melton are among the those expected to race in a field that will likely be in the double digits as the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series race on August 29th.
Andrew Grady leads Jonathan Findley by one point in the Late Model standings while Tyler Matthews, who scored his first career win in a Late Model at Robersonville, North Carolina a couple weeks ago, sits 16 markers back in third. Will Bristle holds a 19 point advantage over Mason Diaz in Legends, Tyler Horne leads Travis Miller by 14 points and Joseph Pittman by 16 points in the U-CAR division, Michael O’Brien holds a five point advantage over Paul Williamson in the Charger division and Josh Kossek extended his points lead over Kailey Murray in the Bandolero division to 12 points while Kade Lambert sits 16 points out.
Gates open at 4pm, green flag at 7pm.
Race order: Late Models (35-laps), Bandoleros (15-laps), Chargers (35-laps), Southern Ground Pounders (20-laps), Legends (25-laps), U-CAR (25-laps), Late Models (35-laps), Street Stocks (50-laps)
Ticket prices: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, active military (with ID) and active grade school and college students (with ID), $5 for kids ages 6-12 and kids five and under free.
Jonathan Findley scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model victory in the nightcap of the Summer Classic on July 11th while Andrew Grady scored a controversial win in the first race. Tyler Horne swept the U-CAR twinbill, Jesse Jones won the inaugural Stinger division feature and Michael O’Brien won the Charger feature. The Legends and Bandolero divisions raced three times on the July 11-12th weekend with twin races being run for both divisions on July 12th. Saturday night’s Legends feature was won by Dillon Spain while the Bandolero feature was won by Blaise Brinkley. DJ Canipe swept the Bandolero twin races on Sunday while teammates Dillon Spain and Will Bristle shared victory lane in the Legends division.
August 15th will see the biggest event of the year in Wilson County when Monster Trucks come to Southern National. Equalizer, Red Solo Truck, Hurricane Force and Storm Damage will be on hand to perform superhuman stunts in a show that will prove to be a family favorite. Along with the Monster Trucks, the Legends and Bandoleros will race in an INEX/US Legends Cars national qualifier event – a race drivers hoping to contend for the national championship must win. The U-CAR division will also be in action on August 15th.
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