By admin | June 28, 2010
By Richard Allen
The July 4th holiday typically means two things for many people, fireworks and racing. This Saturday, 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee will offer fans plenty of both.
“We’re going to have a great show,” said 411 promoter Chris Corum. “We’re going to up our normal purse for the drivers and we’re going put on a big fireworks show for the fans.”
The event, hailed as the Pepsi Firecracker 300, will offer a $1,000 to win prize in the late model division as well as an additional $100 bonus for the winner of a special ‘Dash for Cash’ race among the top-6 qualifiers. Also, each of the other classes contested at the track will be vying for $300 first prize awards. Saturday’s action will consist of late models, classics, topless modifieds, street stocks, super trucks, modified minis and pure minis.
“We’ve really been having great turnouts this year in both numbers of fans and race cars so we wanted to take this opportunity to reward both on this special holiday weekend,” Corum declared. “We’d also like to thank Pepsi for their support in bringing all this together.”
Drivers in the late model division will be aiming to beat Josh Collins. The Knoxville driver is currently leading the point standings in that division and will be coming into Saturday as the most recent winner on the track after scoring a victory this past weekend.
Andy Ogle leads the classics standings but Mack McCarter had collected five checkered flags in a row until mechanical problems sidelined him during last Saturday’s race. Robbie Comer is ahead in the super trucks while Raymond Shepherd leads the street stocks.
Josh Driskill of Newport holds the lead in the topless modified division but red hot Chase King of Seymour has won three in a row. Tommy Metler holds a slim lead in the modified minis and Dalton King leads the way in the pure mini division.
“The racing in all our divisions has been super this year,” Corum said. “Our late model fields have been packed with really good cars all year and our other classes have been doing a good job of giving the fans something to cheer about.
“For example, we had our best field of street stocks this season and those guys put on a great show,” the promoter added.
All regular times and prices will apply this Saturday. Adult grandstand admission is $10, kids 6-11 are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Tier parking is $15, regardless of age, and is the only area on the property were alcohol is permitted. Pit passes are $25. Pit gates will open at 3:30p, grandstand gates at 5:00p, drivers meeting at 5:15p, with hot-laps beginning at 5:30p, and feature racing will begin around 7:30p.
The fireworks show will commence after the racing action has ended.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.