The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will sanction the running of the 33rd Annual Laurens County Shrine Race next Tuesday Night June 11, 2013 at the historic Laurens Speedway. The event’s motto sums up what Tuesday night will be about: “Strong cars run so weak legs can walk”. ALL PROCEEDS from the race will directly benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital system. This event will be the largest race held at the Laurens Speedway this year.
Known as “The Darlington of Dirt Tracks”, Laurens Speedway is one of the toughest tracks in the Carolinas. The high banked, 3/8 mile oval is known for its speed, action and close racing. The Laurens Shrine race has always been a favorite among local and regional drivers. Clover, SC driver Ross Bailes and Toccoa, GA champion Casey Roberts have claimed the previous two races, and each put on a dominating display in front of a stellar field and record crowd.
This annual charity event has developed quite a history and a strong following over the years. Several drivers who are members of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame (Freddy Smith, Buck Simmons, Ronnie Johnson, and Steve Francis) have the Laurens County Shrine Race trophies. The most prolific event winner is Hall of Famer Mike Duvall who holds more wins than any other driver with an impressive 8 Shrine victories. Past winners include Freddy Crawford, Bill Morgan, John Pursley, Dennis Franklin, Rex Richey, Chris Madden, C.L. Pritchett, Ricky Weeks, HotRod Lamance, Randall Jordan, and Frank Coates.
The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip/palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment at no financial obligation to patients or families. This will mark the 33rd year that the Laurens Speedway have handed their keys to their 3/8ths mile facility over to the Laurens County Shrine Club.
“Our race fans and teams have always been such strong supporters of the Shriners. This event raised over a half of a million dollars through the first thirty years. We can’t stress enough how important events like this are to the Shriners Hospital. We appreciate everyone’s support and we look forward to having a good show for them on June the 11th.” said Dennis Nabors who is the President of the Laurens County Shrine Race Committee and Speedway promoter. Fans are encouraged to get there early for best seating.
Tuesday night’s will feature a 40 lap super late main event that will pay $3,500 to the winner and $300 to start. These drivers and many more are expected to be on hand vying for the top prize.
The 33rd Annual Laurens County Shrine Race will also feature racing in these regular Laurens County Speedway divisions: SECA Crate Late Models for $1,000 to win, Limited Late Models, Hobbies, Super Stock Fours & Front Wheel Drive. Pit Gates open at 5:00 PM EST and Grandstands will open at 6:00 PM EST. Racing is set to begin promptly at 8:00 PM.
The Laurens County Speedway is a located on Racetrack Road in Laurens, SC just off SC Highway 127 Bypass on 435 Racetrack Road. For more information about the speedway or rules for support divisions visit the website at www.laurensspeedway.com or you can contact Laurens County Speedway at (864) 984-2427 or track promoter Dennis Nabors at (864) 923-0004.
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The Carolina Clash would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to the series in 2013: JE Pistons/Roush Yates Performance Parts, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, American Racer Tire Company, NASCAR Technical Institute, Safety Kleen, R2C Performance, Collins Signs & Trophies, Racing Electronics, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tee’s, Lee Furniture of Fayetteville, NC, and Thomas Clarke Performance Web Designs.
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