Changes at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway for 2004

SOUTH BOSTON, VA -- A dirt track, new divisions, a specific direction and time table regarding crate engines, and staff additions will be part of the 2004 season at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway, the Speedway's 47th season.

A 1/10th mile dirt track has been installed outside of turn #4, and will be utilized for Go-Kart and ¼ Midget racing, with motocross and ATV racing also possible. Schedules, sanctions and rules for the "The Dirt Track" will be announced in January and February.

South Boston will serve as the anchor racetrack for the 2004 USAC Carolina/Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series, with South Boston hosting the series six times during the 2004 racing season. A competitive Focus Midget, which can be purchased for less than $20,000, will turn laps faster than Late Models and will give South Boston competitors the open wheeled experience they need to succeed in racings premier divisions. The Midgets will run in conjunction with scheduled South Boston events on April 10, May 8, June 5, August 7, September 4 and October 23.

Rolling Thunder Modifieds will also call South Boston home with a six events schedule including March 13th, May 1st and 29th, June12th, July 24th and August 21st.

Plans are being finalized to add a Grand Stock division to the 2004 schedule, with ten events anticipated. Rules for this division will be almost identical to those utilized by North Carolina's Orange County Speedway, which recently announced its intentions not to open in 2004. The rules for Orange County's other three other divisions, Late Model, Limited and Pure Stocks, are compatible with South Boston's, providing these competitors with the opportunity to compete at South Boston in 2004.

Recent testing, as well as the need to accommodate Orange County competitors, has prompted South Boston officials to not allow crate engines to compete in the Late Model Division in 2004. Additional testing of the crate engines will be conducted to evaluate the compatibility of crate engines in South Boston's Limited Division. One option under consideration for 2005 would be to make crate engines mandatory in the Limited Division for 2005, given the fact that the cost of refreshing a custom built race engine is comparable to the cost of buying new crate engine. Speedway management will announce 2005 engine rules for the Limited Division by June 1, 2004.

The newest additions to the Speedway Staff include Nick Igdalsky, Special Event Coordinator, and Michelle Stickel, Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway is offering a 2004 Participant Season Pass. Upon the purchase of a NASCAR or Track License, drivers and crewmembers can purchase the participant season pass for $275 each. The pass will be valid for all events in the 2004 season.

More information can be obtained by logging onto the speedway website at or calling toll-free 1-877-440-1540.