Southampton Motor Speedway news 2004-04-20

CAPRON, Va. (April 20) - A reconfigured race night itinerary goes into full effect this Friday, April 23, as Southampton Motor Speedway hosts the third event on its 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series schedule. Friday's feature lineup includes: ...

CAPRON, Va. (April 20) - A reconfigured race night itinerary goes into full effect this Friday, April 23, as Southampton Motor Speedway hosts the third event on its 2004 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series schedule.

Friday's feature lineup includes: Budweiser Late Model Stock Cars (75 laps); Mike Duman Auto Sales Limited Late Models (75 laps); Racecom of Virginia Super Streets (50 laps); and, INEX Little Race Cars Legends (25 laps).

Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for youths, 6-12. Children under 6 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Active-duty military (with ID), senior citizens (65+) and teens (13-19) receive a $2 discount off the adult admission price.

Now, about Friday's itinerary...

According to track officials, drivers (primarily in the support divisions) reported that they were having difficulty leaving work on Friday afternoons and getting to the track in time for practice and time trials.

To help alleviate that problem, activities for support divisions have been pushed back - way back - in the evening's lineup of events. As of Friday, support divisions won't be hitting the track until 7:00 p.m. at the earliest.

The late afternoon practice session - from 4:30-5:45 - will now become the exclusive domain of the Late Model Stock Car division. Late Model time trials will begin at 6:15, followed by a drivers meeting at 6:50.

Practice for support divisions - this Friday, it'll be Limited Late Models, Super Streets and Legends - will run from 7:00-7:45. Time trials for Legends will begin at 7:45, followed by Limited Late Model qualifying.

The evening's first feature race, a Legends 25-lapper, will get the green flag shortly after 8. Super Street qualifying will take place after the Legends race and feature events for the Late Models, Limited Late Models and Super Streets will round out the evening.

Beginning Friday, SMS's Limited Late Model class will be sporting a different Goodyear tire - switching from 10-inch 2403 slicks to 8-inch D1882 slicks.

According to Competition Director Butch Lassister, the move to the D1882s offers teams a savings of about $50 on their weekly tire expenses. It also puts SMS's Limited Late Model division in line, tire-wise, with similar divisions at neighboring tracks and will, hopefully, spur an increase in the car count.

Friday's tire switch will result in a one-week suspension of the division's "two-tire rule."

After this week's event, Limited Late Models teams will have to leave two or four of their race tires at the track for use in the April 30 feature. Prior to that race, teams will be allowed to purchase no more than two new tires.

The 2004 regional alignment for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series was announced by the sanctioning body on Wednesday, April 14.

For this season, SMS has been placed in the newly-named East Coast Region, which includes eight tracks from New York all the way to Florida.

The other East Coast Region facilities are: Jax Raceways in Jacksonville, Fla.; Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.; Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Ga.; Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va.; Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.; and, Wall Township Speedway in Wall Township, N.J.

SMS, Langley, Myrtle Beach and Oglethorpe are holdovers from last year's Southeastern Coastal Region, while Jax, Old Dominion, Riverhead and Wall Township were moved in from other regions.

In all, 67 tracks from around the country make up the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series roster for 2004.

Now in its fifth season under the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series banner, Southampton Motor Speedway is a 4/10-mile, paved tri-oval, similar in configuration to Richmond International Raceway. The track is located on U.S. Highway 58, one mile west of Capron and 17 miles east of I-95 (Emporia exit).

To learn more about SMS, fans may call the Speedway office at (434) 658-RACE or visit the track's Web site at SouthamptonMotorSpeedway.com.

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