Bristol to host UARA Fall event

BMS To Host Late Model Racers For New UARA Fall Race Weekend BRISTOL, Tenn. (Wednesday, January 28, 2004) -- Bristol Motor Speedway will play host to more than 100 late model racers on Saturday night, Sept. 25, during a new $50,000 fall race ...

BMS To Host Late Model Racers For New UARA Fall Race Weekend

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Wednesday, January 28, 2004) -- Bristol Motor Speedway will play host to more than 100 late model racers on Saturday night, Sept. 25, during a new $50,000 fall race weekend event, sanctioned by United Auto Racing Association (UARA).

Thirty cars will start the UARA-Stars Late Model Stock 150-lap feature race Saturday night. Six qualifying heat races will be open to up to 144 weekly late model racers whose cars fit the UARA-Stars rules.

The September late model weekend marks the first time Bristol Motor Speedway has hosted weekly grass-roots racers and their fans since the dirt races of 2000 and 2001. This time, however, the program plays host to paved track racers.

"While the dirt track experiment at Bristol did not prove practical for us," said BMS President Jeff Byrd, "it demonstrated that grass-roots racing has a place on the high banks of Bristol. The fans and competitors want to see their local favorites compete here, and we want to provide a special event that can grow into an annual classic."

Teams will qualify at noon Saturday, with the quickest two cars making up the front row for that night's 150-lap feature. Up to 144 more cars will then line up for six 20-lap qualifying heat races at 7 p.m. The top four finishers from each heat will advance to the feature. Four UARA-Stars provisional starters will make up the rest of the field.

UARA will conduct safety and technical inspection on Thursday, Sept. 23, with all practice taking place in 20-car sessions on Friday, Sept. 24.

Tickets will go on sale and competitors' entry blanks will be available for this event later this summer.

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