Waycross Motor Speedway
SUPER LATE MODELS RETURN TO WAYCROSS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN 'BATTLE of the SWAMP' THIS WEEKEND
Historic Half-Mile Waycross Motor Speedway Set to Host Huge Stock Car Weekend Featuring America’s All-Time Top Short Track Racers
(May 5, 2010) WAYCROSS, GEORGIA Big time short track racing will return to South Georgia this week (May 6-8) as Waycross Motor Speedway plays hosts to one of the biggest super late model dirt car racing events in the nearly 60 year history of the famed half-mile oval located at the edge of the vast Okefenokee Swamp. Some of the biggest guns in the American short track industry will be in the mix battling for the lucrative purses which will feature Super Late Models, while also hosting competitors in supporting divisions as part of the big money racing weekend. Some of the nation’s all-time winning dirt late model aces will be in action this weekend at Waycross led by a pair of former multi-time national champions Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee and Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas. Joining Bloomquist and Moyer in the Battle of the Swamp will be former Southern All-Stars Champions Chris Madden (Gray Court, South Carolina); Ivedent Lloyd (Ocala, Florida) and Randy Weaver (Crossville, Tennessee). Former multi-time Southern All-Stars East champ Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia and former two-time Tennessee Thunder Series Champion Rick Rogers of Knoxville, Tennessee will be in the Battle of the Swamp as they head to Waycross for this week’s big money racing. Other heavy hitters who will be at Waycross Motor Speedway this weekend include Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, GA); Tyler Ivey (Tallahassee, FL); hard charging Bub McCool (Vicksburg, MS) and Tennessee’s April Farmer as she duels with the dudes on the dirt. Racing brothers Ben and Jeremy Faircloth (Swainsboro, GA) will be joined by fellow Georgia hot shoes Royce Bray (Athens), Chesley Dixon (Swainsboro), Jeff Fortner (Vidalia), Mike Nasworthy (Macon), Brent Dixon (Elberton) and Russell Brown Jr. (Lake Park) among others who will go at it this weekend at Waycross Motor Speedway.
The event, sponsored in part by Walker-Jones Chevrolet-Buick-Honda-Toyota-Scion of Waycross, takes the green flag this Thursday night (May 6) with a special Pure Stock ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ feature event, as well as open practice sessions for all racecars. This weekend will mark the first time that the Super Late Models have raced at Waycross Motor Speedway in nearly ten years. The lightning fast dirt track has a long history dating over half a century when the big half-mile racing oval saw legendary battles involving some of the sports' toughest competitors at the time. Waycross Motor Speedway is the oldest active racing oval in the state of Georgia with racing at the facility dating back to 1951. The upcoming May 6-8 racing action will reignite those glory days as 900 horse powered super late models make their return to the new look Waycross Motor Speedway which has recently been reconstructed with a Georgia red clay surface. In addition to the lineup of all-star racers on the track, other dirt late model legends will be in attendance for the Battle of the Swamp, including Hall of Fame drivers Larry Moore, Mike Head and Eddie MacDonald Sr. One other special racing hero will be a part of the weekend of racing as legendary short-track veteran Rance Phillips will be honored and serve as the Grand Marshall of the Battle of the Swamp. Phillips is one of the all-time win leaders in south Georgia and north Florida racing history and during his racing career also put in many years of service at Walker-Jones Chevrolet in the 1960’s and 70’s for the respected automotive dealership in Waycross, Georgia.
The stars of the super late model racing world will compete on the Friday night (May 7) portion of the weekend in time-trial qualifications and feature qualifying heat races in preparation for the weekend's main event, a 50-lap feature paying the winner $10,000. Also on Friday night a strong contingent of regional Limited Late Models is expected to battle in the first of their weekend double-header with a 25-lap feature paying the winner $2,500.00. The Super Street division will race in a feature event on Friday evening as well.
On Saturday night (May 8th) the Super Late Models will take the green flag with last-chance consolation qualifying races on tap to fill the balance of the field for the weekend's main event, the 50-lap feature paying the winner $10,000.00. The final night of action will see the Limited Late Models back in action for a second night battling in a 30-lap, $3,000.00 to win feature, the Limited Sportsman in a $1,000.00 to win feature as well as a Pure Stock feature race.
As part of a special Fan Appreciation portion of 'The Battle of the Swamp' two fans will receive the opportunity of coming to the green flag in a pair of two-seat racecars as part of the field for the main event on Saturday night. Race fans have the opportunity to register for their chance to take the Saturday night Racing Ride of a Lifetime by stopping in at Walker-Jones Chevrolet-Buick-Honda-Toyota-Scion on US Hwy 1 South in Waycross, Georgia through Thursday evening at 6:00 pm in order to be eligible for the special ride of a lifetime on Saturday night. The GottaRace Dirt Late Model Race Simulator is also at the Walker-Jones Chevrolet location through Thursday and is available for visitors to try their hand behind the wheel of the racecar for free at the Walker-Jones Chevrolet-Buick-Honda-Toyota-Scion dealership. Fans who visit Walker-Jones Chevrolet this week can also receive FREE Grandstand Admission tickets to select nights of the Battle of the Swamp while supplies last and can also take advantage of special Buy One Get One Free Coupons for Friday night Grandstand tickets.
Event promoters have also teamed up with G-Force Racing Gear and Dirt Divas Racing to provide two lucky race fans with the opportunity to be a part of the starting lineup for Friday night’s limited late model feature in the two-seat racecars. Fans in attendance at Waycross Motor Speedway on Thursday and Friday can visit the Dirt Divas Racing souvenir area and register to for the Friday night Racing Ride of a Lifetime experience in the field for the first night of action with the Limited Late Model main event. Dirt Divas Racing is a presenting event sponsor of the racing weekend and will be unveiling new products as part of the Battle of the Swamp. Dirt Divas Racing specializes in select racing apparel designed for women with their line of products and more information available online at www.dirtdivasracing.com.
Complete event details, including area hotel accommodations, competitor rules and purse schedules are posted on the official event web site www.BattleoftheSwamp.com for the much anticipated racing weekend in Waycross, Georgia during May 7th & 8th race fest featuring some of the nation's heaviest hitters in short track racing.
The Waycross, Georgia and surrounding area welcomes the race teams and fans beginning on Thursday evening when Pit Gates are scheduled to open at 5:00 pm with Grandstand Gates opening to the public at 6:30 pm Thursday. Practice for all racecars is set to begin at 7:15 with the special Thursday Night Thunder Pure Stock feature scheduled to go green at 8:45 pm. Pit Grandstand Admission for Thursday night: Waycross Motor Speedway is located on Knight Avenue near downtown Waycross, Georgia just off of U.S. Hwy 1 and U.S. Hwy 82 with the track’s web site found on the internet at www.wayxspeedway.com. Camping is allowed on site at Waycross Motor Speedway (no hookups – no camping fee). Host hotels for the event in Waycross include the Days Inn (912) 285-4700 and the Holiday Inn (912) 283-4490; ask for the Waycross Motor Speedway Discount.
Thursday, May 6th
Open Practice for All Racecars, Plus Pure Stock Feature
Pit Gates Open @ 5:00 pm
Grandstand Gates Open @ 6:30 pm
Open Practice for all racecars begins at 7:30 pm
Pure Stock Feature Event @ 8:45 pm
Grandstand Admission: $5.00 / Kids 7-12 $1.oo (6 & Under Free)
Pit Admission & Infield Tailgate Admission $15.00
FRIDAY, May 7th
Super Late Model Qualifying & Heat Races
WMS Late Model Heat Races, B-Mains & 25-Lap Feature ($2,500 to win)
Super Street Heat Races & 20-Lap Feature ($500 to win)
Pit Gates Open @ 2:00 pm
Grandstand Gates Open @ 5:00 pm
Grandstand Admission: $15.00 / Kids 7-12 $5.00 (6 & Under Free)
Pit & Infield Tailgate Admission: $25.00 / Kids 7-12 $10.00 (6 & Under Free)
SATURDAY, May 8th
Super Late Model B-Mains & 50-Lap Feature ($10,000 to win)
WMS Late Model Heat Races, B-Mains & 30-Lap Feature ($3,000 to win)
Limited Sportsman Heat Races & 20-Lap Feature ($1,000 to win)
Pure Stock Feature ($500 to win)
Pit Gates Open @ 2:00 pm
Grandstand Gates Open @ 4:00 pm
Grandstand Admission: $25.00 / Kids 7-12 $10.00 (6 & Under Free)
Pit & Infield Tailgate Admission: $35.00 / Kids 7-12 $15.00 (6 & Under Free)
Sunday, May 9th
1:00-5:00 pm Dirt Late Model 2-Seater Rides
$75 for 3 Laps at full speed (2-Seater Ride Vouchers will only be sold on Friday, May 7th & Saturday, May 8th at the event)
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Ozzie: Good luck on your event. Spent many nights at Waycross with my brother-in-law Mike Smith who worked at the track for over 15 years. If we were not racing Saturday night I would be there for the Battle In The Swamp.
Wow 40 bucks to get into a 2 day 10 grand to win race,thats is horrible when most of the bigger shows with alot better cars is either that price or a little higher.WOW
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