BRASELTON, Ga. (December 12, 2003) - Though one of the nation's top weekly short tracks recently experienced a change in ownership, the management, premier facilities, and outstanding racing which fans have come to expect at Lanier National Speedway remains unchanged.

An investment group, led by Donnie Clack, has purchased the .375-mile oval from Dave Liniger, Sr. General Manager Stan Narrison remains in place and says the high standards in place at the track, which opened in 1982, will continue to be a priority.

"We're excited to have local ownership and to know there is a commitment to keep the racing program consistent as it has been," Narrison said.

Lanier National Speedway will continue to operate as a NASCAR-sanctioned short track. The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series returns to the north Georgia track in 2004.

"We are extremely proud to be operating in conjunction with the premier stock car sanctioning body in the world," Narrison said.

Last season's Budweiser Pro Late Model champion, Richey Etheridge of Flowery Branch, recently learned how lucrative winning a track title at Lanier National Speedway can be when he was awarded more than $28,000 in cash and prizes at the November awards banquet.

The Checks to Cash Spring Explosion season opener is set for Saturday March 27. The program will include a 150-lap Pro Late Model race which pays $4,000 to the winner. The event will also feature the popular United Sprint Car Series. As an added bonus, fans will be treated to a $1,000-to-win demolition derby.

A total of 23 events makeup the the 2004 schedule at Lanier National Speedway. Touring series such as ASA, the USCS, and the Southern All Stars will visit the Braselton track.

Pro Late Model, Trucks, Sportsman, Sportsman, Modified Minis, Factory Fours, X-Karz, and Legends all return in the weekly lineup in the upcoming season. Pro Late Model drivers have a chance to pocket extra money in the Super Six series.

Lanier National Speedway is located just minutes northeast of Atlanta off Interstate 85 at exit 129 on Highway 53. Call 770-967-8600 or visit for additional information.