Greenville Pickens Speedway brings NASCAR home to the Upstate in 2003.
From March to September, there's no shortage of big time NASCAR action mixed with good old fashioned bumper to bumper and fender to fender local racing action on the card for the 2003 race season at Greenville Pickens Speedway. The GPS staff have worked overtime this year to put together a full season of entertainment that is sure to please any race fan.
Here's a run down of our premier events on the card this season:
OPENING NIGHT 2003, SATURDAY, MARCH 15: Traditionally, given a break with the weather, opening night crowds are very large and very excitable. It's a great fix for those winter blahs, and lots of great chances to see new cars (well, at least they haven't been wrecked....yet), and new faces. This year, we're dropping the 'green flag' on Saturday, March 15, opening the 58th season of racing at the historic half-mile oval. (GPS is the second oldest continually operating NASCAR track in the nation...and we're proud of that rich and long NASCAR tradition). Lots of surprises are on the card for opening night, which will be sponsored SPRINT, the official wireless provider of GPS.
INGLES MARKETS 150: NASCAR KODAK SOUTHEAST SERIES, Saturday, April 26: New name for 2003, but NASCAR's KODAK SOUTHEAST SERIES is the new moniker for NASCAR's top national touring series that many of the GPS faithful know affectionally as the ALL PRO SERIES. And when these touring hot shots roll into the Upstate, you can always count on the racing fan faithful to fill the seats as a big overflow crowd hits the GPS turnstiles. Come early for that select spot in the grandstands or on the backstretch.
FRIDAY, May 2: 7th annual Carquest Auto Parts "Road to Charlotte": Yes, you're not reading it wrong. GPS will have not one but two Friday dates on the schedule for 2003, giving our fans a chance to be at home for the Richmond Winston Cup event this weekend and a later Friday date in August to do the same when the big boys tangle on the high banks of Bristol. There's even a Thursday date on the '03 schedule (Thursday, July 3rd). And this first Friday date is one you don't want to miss. Long a host of these "Road To Charlotte" events, these series of invitational races give our local racers a chance to advance to the big time. Many top stars of NASCAR Winston Cup Series got their start by winning a "Road to Charlotte" event.
Saturday, June 28: NASCAR GOODY'S DASH SERIES: Goody's Dash Time always brings a large crowd to GPS. Traditionally held each year in July, GPS gets an earlier date with the DASH gang in 2003. You can be sure the DASH guys and gals will stage a barn burner at Greenville Pickens. And as an added bonus, the GPS fans will not only get NASCAR's Goody's Dash touring series, but the Late Model will compete that night for another "Road to Charlotte" invitation in the 2nd annual "Little Trees" Road to Charlotte Late Model feature race. It's a "double your pleasure-double the fun" night at GPS on July 28.
Saturday, August 2: The Upstate Quick Lube "Pit Crew Challenge" offers a chance for the guys who make it all happen in the pits to shine. This 3rd annual event has fast become a GPS fan favorite. The Gene Morgan pit crew will defend in a timed tire change in Victory Lane for a chance to be 2003's "Best GPS Pit Crew". All local divisions will be in action as well.
Saturday, August 9, Five Greatest Moments in GPS History: Being NASCAR's second oldest track gives GPS a wealth of racing history, and fans each week in 2003 will have a chance to vote on the top 5 GPS moments throughout the last 57 years of racing at the historic half mile. There's certainly a lot to choose from, but it's all in the fan's hands this year to determine the top 5 moments in GPS history. We'll honor their final selection in a historical tribute on Saturday, August 9, with special guests and lots of surprises. All racing divisions will be in action.
Saturday, August 16, KODAK SOUTHEAST TOUR: This late summer feature is your last chance to see the NASCAR'S KODAK SOUTHEAST TOUR for 2003. Again, come early for this one, as you can expect a large and enthusiastic race crowd whenever NASCAR'S top touring series comes to GPS.
4th ANNUAL PETE BLACKWELL MEMORIAL SHRINE RACE presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: As always, we turn the keys to GPS over to those men in funny red caps. All the proceeds from the Shrine Race goes to the Children's Hospital every year, and last year the event raised over $65,000.00 for the Shriners. Many of the driver's even donate their winnings to this extremely worthy cause. And, because it's the last chance for a run at the point championships in all divisions, strange thing tend occur at every Shine Race. Can you say... call the wreckers!
Well, that a rundown of our big events on our 2003 race card here at Greenville Pickens. But just because a particular night is not listed above does not mean that you will somehow get less than 100% from all our driver's in our four GPS racing divisions. Some of the most memorable moments of past seasons have occurred on an "ordinary" night at the races. So you don't want to miss a single moment of good old fashioned NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action at Greenville Pickens Speedway this season.
And one big change for 2003 that might add a lot of excitement is the addition of the 'Renegade' racing division, an entry level division that was designed to allow folks who have always dreamed of being a part of racing to do so affordably. It's 'strictly stock' with no exceptions in the brand new Renegade division for 2003.