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National Late Model Sportsman Series FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT; John Kaiser, NLMS-PR (334) 653-8921 . The Boys are Back in Town! The Thunder and Lightning of the National Late Model Sportsman Series will descend on central ...

National Late Model Sportsman Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT; John Kaiser, NLMS-PR (334) 653-8921

. The Boys are Back in Town! The Thunder and Lightning of the National Late Model Sportsman Series will descend on central Georgia for the running of the "Blue Collar 75 Presented by Aggressive Signs" this Friday and Saturday nights at the Fastest Half Mile of Dirt in the Southeast, 441 Speedway, in Dublin, GA. The points battle wages on and the opportunity to qualify for the season ending bonus should mean a quality field of cars on hand this weekend.

The competition on the NLMS Southern Dirt Tour is so close that missing the set-up ever so slightly either in the race or in qualifying can mean a rear-of-the-field finish for the unlucky driver. In the last four races the average margin of victory is only three tenths of a second and the average number of cars finishing on the lead lap is 17. Only one car has had the misfortune to be lapped on the track in those four races.

The points battle for the season long National Late Model Sportsman Series Championship has reached a critical point and this weekend's event will pay double points making it even more important to have a good finish. Gene Maine, of Quitman, GA leads the points standings, but a poor finish in the "Blue Collar 75 Presented by Aggressive Signs" would allow the second and third place points to close in tight. Ricky Brant from Pooler, GA is sitting in second in the points while another veteran Cecil Eunice holds down fourth. With only 35 points separating these two in the standings this race will take on added importance. The fourth place position in the points has the leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Henry Carter Jr, of Swainsboro, GA occupying the spot as he enjoys a slim five point lead over 1996 National Late Model Sportsman Champion Ivedent Lloyd. Sixth in the points is the ever-dangerous "Lumberjack", Gainesville, FL driver Wendell Durrance, who is looking to end a recent string of poor performances and move back into the points chase in a big way. Local favorite, and winner of the last two Southern Dirt Tour races at 441 Speedway, Tracy Mimbs is next in the points and with his third straight win could vault all the way to second place in the points.

To make things even more interesting, one driver, who is not already eligible, will qualify for a possible $2,500 Bonus at the season ending "Showdown on the Coast at Brunswick, GA. This make it important not only to finish well, but to know who is in front of you at the end of the race.

The most electrifying moments of the entire weekend will take place on Friday as qualifying time trials take place. Only six tenths of a second separated the entire field in the last race, and a good qualifying run is important to gaining a good starting position in the 75 lap feature race. Heat races will also be held Friday to determine the top 16 starters for the "Blue Collar 75 Presented by Aggressive Signs".

Saturday, Consolation Races will set the remainder of the 24 car field and then the green flag will fall for 75 action packed laps of racing in the National Late Model Sportsman Series, "Blue Collar 75 Presented by Aggressive Signs".

National Late Model Sportsman Series Points Standings 1. Gene Maine 1010 2. Ricky Brant 775 3. Cecil Eunice 740 4. Henry Carter Jr 695 5. Ivedent Lloyd 690 6. Wendell Durrance 680 7. Tracy Mimbs 665 8. Everett Phillips 585 9. Billy Godowns Jr. 540 10.Jimmy Lee Davis 505

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