Series returns to Hickory in 2004

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (September 12, 2003) - Known for its rich history in birthing the careers of super stars in stockcar racing, Hickory Motor Speedway has always been a favorite stop for the DASH Series. After a three-year absence, the famed oval...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (September 12, 2003) - Known for its rich history in birthing the careers of super stars in stockcar racing, Hickory Motor Speedway has always been a favorite stop for the DASH Series. After a three-year absence, the famed oval will once again take a position on the DASH Series schedule.

Track Promoter Sherry Clifton and Debbie Whitworth, the track's General Manager, were quick to suggest that a DASH Series event would be a great way to revive the traditional Easter weekend Spectacular, left vacant by the NASCAR Busch Series.

Buck Parker, President/CEO for the new DASH Series expressed his thoughts on the first race to be announced for 2004, "I am elated for it to be the DASH Series reviving the Easter Spectacular Event at Hickory Motor Speedway."

"We have a lot of exciting plans for the DASH Series. We are also working on arrangements to include two to three other support divisions to the DASH Series that will be unveiled during this spectacular weekend of racing. I cannot think of a better place to launch our new program of racing," Parker said.

On a wall at the entrance of the Speedway grandstands is a list naming the drivers who have won championships at the Worlds Most Famous Short Track. Viewing the list demands a moment of quiet reflection when you ponder the impact the track has had in stock car racing. Names like Junior Johnson, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett and Harry Gant. Several others are listed there, that have also left their mark in the DASH Series. Names such as: Robert Huffman, Dennis Setzer, Andy Houston, and Morgan Shephard.

"Hickory also is very significant for my family. My wife is from the area. So, for us it will be a chance to be at home," Parker says.

The 2002 DASH Series Champion, Jake Hobgood was thrilled to hear that Hickory Motor Speedway is on the schedule for 2004. "I think it is really neat that we are going back to Hickory. With all of the history represented at the speedway, names like Jarrett and Houston launched their careers at Hickory. In fact, Hickory is where I first tested a DASH car. I am very excited that the series is going to race there again," Hobgood said.

The dates for the event are Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, 2004. The weekend will be highlighted with the DASH Series racing on Saturday.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Andy Houston , Dennis Setzer , Ned Jarrett , Junior Johnson , Robert Huffman , Harry Gant