Greenville Pickens 60th season preview

Greenville Pickens Speedway To Drop The Green Flag on 60th NASCAR Season Built by NASCAR founder Bill France in 1946 before his famed Daytona track, GPS will drop the green flag on historic season of automobile racing on March 19 From March ...

Greenville Pickens Speedway To Drop The Green Flag on 60th NASCAR Season

Built by NASCAR founder Bill France in 1946 before his famed Daytona track, GPS will drop the green flag on historic season of automobile racing on March 19

From March through September, there's no shortage of big time racing action mixed with good old fashioned bumper to bumper and fender to fender local grassroots racing fun on the card for the 2005 race season at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway.

"The staff has worked especially hard this year to deliver to Upstate race fans one of the best race cards in many seasons," said GPS marketing director Keith Cochran. "Variety is the name of the game in 2005, and there's something on the card this year to please every race fan."

The historic half mile will also mark another milestone in 2005, as the green flag will fall on the 60th season of Upstate racing excitement on March 19. "Since that first race on July 4, 1946, GPS has had plenty of opportunities to make history over the past 5 decades of racing, and we'll be honoring that history on March 19", Cochran said.

Along with opening the 60th season, Fox Carolina Opening Night 2005 will include racing in all 4 GPS divisions - Late Model, Sportsman, Charger and Renegade. "The 40 lap Late Model feature event will be the Jerry Howard Memorial 40, in honor of long time track announcer Jerry Howard who passed away during the off season", said Cochran.

Additionally, opening night will feature the dedication of the Kenneth Headen space on the famed GPS 'Wall of NASCAR Champions', containing the names of track champions through the decades of NASCAR's second oldest track.

One of the biggest events of 2004 comes at the third race of the season, as the Hooters Procup Series makes a return after a five year absence. "We're very excited to be hosting the USAR for the April 2nd B.F. Goodrich 250, to be presented by the US Army," said Cochran. "The series is in its 9th year in 2005 and is one of the fastest growing race series in the nation."

Local racing hotshots such as past track champion Mardy Lindley, Gene Morgan, Toby Porter, Mike Laughlin, and Randy Gentry are expected to tangle on the GPS oval with top series contenders in a 250 lap shootout that will be shown the following week nationwide on SpeedVision.

The NASCAR Southeast Series returns for two shows in 2005, with an early show scheduled for April 30 and the final stop set for August 13. The Series is one of 4 elite divisions throughout the nation, competing under a single set of rules, specifications and procedures. Drivers in each of these series compete for a chance to race in the prestigious NASCAR All-Star Showdown, a special post-season, invitation-only event.

Special events in 2005 include the fan favorite Pit Crew Challenge on August 6, sponsored by Berea's Choice Express Lube, and the Faster Pastor race featuring area clergy on August 26. The bullet shaped, open cockpit Thunderoadsters return to the track on July 23. "They put on a thrilling show last year that the fans really enjoyed," Cochran said, "and we're happy to welcome them back for a July show in 2005." An Enduro and Demolition Derby will be held in conjunction with the Upper SC State Fair in September. The season finale Shrine Race will be on September 19, with championships determined in all 4 GPS racing divisions.

Although most weekly events will be held on Saturday, there will be some events on Thursday and Friday nights in 2005. Please check the schedule below for those events.

For special events, pricing, times, and directions, please visit the speedway website at www.greenvillepickens.com.

<pre> 2005 Schedule Greenville Pickens Speedway

Pre season practice (free grandstand/backstretch admission) March 5 & 12, 2005

All Dates on Saturday Unless Otherwise Noted:

March 19: FOX CAROLINA Opening night 2005 featuring the Jerry Howard Memorial Late Model feature event. March 26: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series

April 2: HOOTERS PRO CUP, BF Goodrich 250 April 9: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series April 16: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series April 23: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series April 30: NASCAR SOUTHEAST SERIES (150 laps)

May 6: (FRIDAY): NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, NASCAR souvenir night May 13: (FRIDAY): NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, Double Points Night May 21: OFF May 28: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series

June 4: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series June 11: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series June 18: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series June 25: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series June 30 (THURSDAY): NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, NASCAR souvenir night, Double Points Night

July 9:   NASCAR Weekly Racing Series
July 16:  NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, Late Model Twin 50s
July 23:  NASCAR Weekly Racing Series--THUNDEROADSTERS
July 30:  NASCAR Weekly Racing Series

August 6: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series/Berea Tire & Automotive "Pit Crew Challenge" August 13: NASCAR SOUTHEAST SERIES (150 laps) August 20: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series August 26 (FRIDAY): NASCAR Weekly Racing Series/3rd annual FASTER PASTOR RACE

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 SUNDAY 9/11 42nd annual Upper SC State Fair *UPPER SC STATE FAIR ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP: September 2 *UPPER SC STATE FAIR DEMO DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP: September 9

September 17: Pete Blackwell Memorial Shrine Race presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet

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