LUCAMA, NC – After sitting idle for over a month, the sun is shining bright on Southern National Motorsports Park and the 4/10-mile track is ready to roar back to life with the Inaugural Jerry Moody Memorial on Sunday afternoon.
The race honors the life and legacy of iconic car owner Jerry Moody. Moody owned cars driven by championship drivers such as Scott Riggs, Clay Jones, Jamey Caudill and Matt McCall throughout Southern National’s 20 year history. He passed away on November 24, 2013. Moody was born on April 18, 1942. He married his second wife, Becky Davis Moody, sister of Wendell Davis, on September 27, 1986.
Location: Southern National Motorsports Park; 8071 Newsome Mill Rd., Lucama, NC 27851
Time: Sunday, May 17, 2015; 3:00pm EST green flag, gates open at 12:00pm EST.
How to follow: RACE22.com will have live in-race updates and @SNM_Park on Twitter will also provide updates.
McCall returns to his roots to honor friend
Matt McCall raced for Jerry Moody for a handful of seasons and, with Moody, scored his second career UARA-STARS series championship in 2009. McCall scored several wins at Southern National Motorsports Park throughout the years along with victories at tracks all across the region. McCall is now a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Jamie McMurray (2010 Daytona 500 champion) and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The race on Sunday will be McCall’s first race as a driver since July 19, 2014 when he picked up a Late Model Stock Car victory at Southern National.
McCaskill returns to Southern National
Deac McCaskill raced in the CARS Tour race at Southern National in March 28th but he has not raced in a regular season race at Southern National since May 2014. McCaskill has been racing in the CARS Tour where he sits fourth in points with two top-10 finishes. McCaskill is a four time champion at Southern National and he’s hoping to score a big win on Sunday.
Haley Moody Looks for Storybook Victory
Haley Moody is the 20-year-old daughter of Jerry Moody. She has already scored a storybook victory at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2013 when she picked up her first career win in the final race her father would see before passing away less than 48 hours later. Now, teamed up with Jamey Caudill as her crew chief, the 2014 Southern National Motorsports Park Limited Late Model champion is looking to score another storybook win in a race honoring her father’s legacy.
Bradley McCaskill picked up the victory in a thriller in the season opening race on Saturday, April 11th with a bump-and-run on Ronald Renfrow on the last lap of the first of two Late Model features. Andrew Grady, who won five races in the Limited Late Model division at Southern National in 2014, dominated in the second of two races to score his first win of the 2015 season. Michael O’Brien scored the win in the Charger feature, Travis Miller won in the U-CAR feature, Alex Pacheco won in the Legends feature and Josh Kossek won in the Bandolero feature.
After holding the inaugural race for the CARS Tour, the dual Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model touring series will return on May 30th. The inaugural event, which was held on March 28th, was the springboard for what has become the most exciting asphalt short track touring series. Todd Gilliland picked up the win in the Late Model Stock Car race on March 28th with a late race pass on Deac McCaskill while Cole Timm surprised the racing world with a victory in the Super Late Model feature.