Large Field will challenge Day's domination. Local and visiting teams look to run up front and challenge NASCAR Atlantic Region Champion Wade Day. Coeburn, VA- Competition is nothing new to the drivers at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Fourteen ...
Large Field will challenge Day's domination.
Local and visiting teams look to run up front and challenge NASCAR Atlantic Region Champion Wade Day.
Coeburn, VA- Competition is nothing new to the drivers at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Fourteen competitive cars raced every Saturday night, looking for the same prize, victory lane. Wade Day, driver of the number 96 Bailey's Chevrolet, found victory lane 17 out of the 20 times. Leaving the others hungry for a win.
With the competition stacking up, it seems that October 6, 2002 could be anyone's meal ticket to victory lane. The Bailey's Autumn Classic 300 is attracting attention from drivers and fans in both the NASCAR Atlantic Region and the neighboring Southeastern Coastal Region.
"We are going to see over 40 cars trying to make the Bailey's 300," said Day. "We are going to be one of those teams trying to make it, we are going to have to work hard and take what we have learned about the track and adjust it for the 200-lap daytime feature."
"Running the 200-lap race in the daytime will put the field on a level playing ground," said Day of the 2 p.m. start time. "My team and I will start out with what we have been running all year and figure out from there. We are going to have to make changes and figure things out just like everyone else."
"It will be great to see some new faces and attitudes at LPIR. I am sure there will be numerous good traveling teams there for the weekend, which will make the show interesting," said Day.
Day, the 2002 LPIR Track Champion and NASCAR Atlantic Region Champion, will be up against other track champions and regional winners. One of which is ten-year veteran of Late Model Stock Car racing, Frank Deiny, the 2002 Track Champion at South Boston Speedway.
"The Bailey's 300 is paying good, $10,000 to win, that is sure to attract drivers from anywhere," said Deiny, driver of the number four (4) Bailey's car, "Drivers go where the money is."
Deiny used one of his home track's weekends off to come to LPIR and run during the season as a practice session for the upcoming race.
"We planned on coming to the big race from the beginning, so we decided to run up there once before hand. It was my first time at LPIR and I enjoyed it," said Deiny. "I wanted to come and try to rain on Wade's parade once before the big race, but we didn't run so well that night, and now I want the October 6th victory even more."
Deiny won't be the only one with victory on his mind. Day and other local drivers believe that their season long efforts will show through during the Bailey's Autumn Classic and lead one of them to victory lane.
"The strength of the local competitors is going to be a big curve ball for the visiting teams," said Eric McClure, driver of the number four (4) Dixie Pottery Chevrolet. "Four or five of the local weekly guys from LPIR are going to be really strong, it's going to surprise some people and keep all the drivers and fans on their toes."
McClure hopes to be one of the challenging locals as he earned his first NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge win this season at LPIR. McClure was a consistent top five finisher throughout the season.
"I agree with Wade. Racing in the daytime is going to level out the field. It is going to take a good car, driver and team to be able to adapt successfully to the Sunday afternoon racing conditions."
"My strategy for the win is going to start with a day of testing the week of the event. I want to get a good feel for the Dixie Pottery machine and the track conditions during the day," said McClure.
All three drivers agreed, the Bailey's 300 is going to introduce a lot of race teams to the great facilities and racing at LPIR. An early event entry list will be available on the track's web site, www.lonesomepineraceway.com.
The Bailey's Autumn Classic 300 action begins on Friday with an optional practice day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday is time trials and heat races to determine the first 26 starting spots in the 200-lap race. Sunday begins with a Last Chance race at 12:30 p.m. and the main 200-lap event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Grandstand gates open daily at 12 noon. Tickets are available daily or in a combo pass. Admission to the grandstands on Friday is free. Adult tickets are $10 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday or a Two-Day Combo pass for $20. Students and seniors are $8 on Saturday, $12 on Sunday or $15 for the combo pass. Youth ages 12 to 15 are free on Saturday and $6 on Sunday. For more information call the track at 276-395-5001 or visit www.lonesomepineraceway.com.