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Clary's Speedway ‘Ring of Fire' set to open this weekend

New ideas, track promotions have owners excited about 2008 season

RANDY WRENN, Herald Sports Writer

BRINKLEYVILLE - The “Ring of Fire” - Clary's Speedway - is set to burn rubber in another season of racing over the clay dirt track.

With new management in place, the green flag will drop on the 0.3-mile oval on Saturday, April 26.

Raceway Promotions LLC President Jonathan Dunlow is excited about the 2008 season. “We have so many new ideas and track promotions in line, the fans will enjoy it all ... You would not even know it was the same track as last year.”

Clary's hosts five divisions (super street, pure stock V8, super street four cylinder, ministock four cylinders and of course the main event, super late models) of racing on most Saturday nights, but will rotate with three divisions (sportsman, modified four-cylinders and junkyard) on a weekly basis.

Pit gate admission has stayed the same, but grandstand seats have been dropped to $12, while children 8 and under are free.

No coolers will be allowed inside the gate on the grandstand side.

On opening night, The Rapid Carrier Food Drive night, two non-perishable food items will get race fans in for half price on the grandstand side.

“All food collected will go directly to the Roanoke Rapids Union Mission,” Dunlow said.

Also on hand will be Dirt Racing for Jesus from Wilmington, passing out Bibles and other items to fans.

In the future, Dunlow said some 500 vouchers for Carolina Crossroads concerts will be given away to lucky fans throughout the first half of the season.

The track will be closed on Carolina Crossroad concert nights so fans will be able to enjoy both events.


“Also, our super late model cars will be on display at the concert grounds. Four bands, such as 3rd Cove, Southern Draw and Exit 173, to name a few, have been scheduled to perform after the race on certain nights.”

The concerts are included with your race ticket and fans will lead around to the pits through the track, he added.

On Saturday, hot laps are scheduled to begin around 5:30 p.m., with feature events to follow.

The Carolina Clash series has booked June 28 for their feature event.

[b]All races will be on a time limit and management is shooting for an 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. finish every race night.[/B

]“This year that is our goal with a family atmosphere ... to finish early. With race receivers (one-way radios) mandatory for drivers this year, they will help set the field for restarts and finish in a timely manner,” Dunlow said.

 


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