(Crossville, TN -- August 26, 2002) Sunday's dirt late model event at Crossville Speedway, the 'Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty' lived up to a portion of its billing, that is if your speaking in terms of meteorology. However, the thunder on...
(Crossville, TN -- August 26, 2002) Sunday's dirt late model event at Crossville Speedway, the 'Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty' lived up to a portion of its billing, that is if your speaking in terms of meteorology. However, the thunder on Sunday afternoon did not come from the roar of 700 horsepower engines but rather from electrical strikes and recurring afternoon thunderstorms which forced officials to reschedule the date of the event to this coming Friday night (August 30th). The reslated $5,000 to win feature at the 1/3 mile high-banked oval will see some of the biggest names in the world of dirt track racing battle it out in a special 50 lap main event this Friday at the exciting motorsports facility atop the Cumberland Plateau.
Among the drivers scheduled to compete in this weekend's "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty" are former Southern All-Stars (SAS) Champions Ronnie Johnson, Mike Head, Clint Smith and Roger Best. Current SAS championship points leader Duayne Hommel is also expected to be in contention for the win. Randle Chupp, a two-time champion of the 'National 100' and former Knoxville, TN resident will be back in Crossville on Friday night looking to take home the winner's share from the 'Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty'. In addition to his prowess behind the wheel of a winning dirt late model Chupp serves as car chief for PPC Racing's Nestles Quick Ford Busch Grand National (BGN) ride which carried Jeff Green to a NASCAR BGN title and is currently driven by Scott Riggs.
The big guns and traveling "Volunteers" of dirt racing will be faced with some stout local competition in Friday's main event at Crossville Speedway, traveling drivers will most definitely have to contend with several Crossville natives in order to carry the winner's share of the purse outside of Cumberland County. Randy Weaver of Crossville is a former track champion at the ultra-competitive Crossville Speedway and has won the first two late model rumbles at the track this year. Weaver will have his Warrior Race Cars prepared Pontiac Grand Prix sitting on 'go' to take on all challengers for this weekend's "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty". Rick Williams, also of Crossville, will be a contender for the big bucks and should provide local fans with an exciting challenge for the victory. Dave Bilbrey and Floyd Turner, another pair of Crossville residents will be making their presence known at their home track and will be in the hunt for the win.
In addition a handful of regional Tennessee racers will be in the mix looking to take the win including Steve Smith (Powell, TN), Jeff Walker (McMinnville, TN0, Scott Sexton (Pigeon Forge, TN) and Patrick Duggan (Lenoir City, TN) and Rick Hixson (Soddy Daisy) each former champions of area tracks. Other Tennessee drivers on hand should include Steven Harrison, Tommy Kerr, Cary Brown, Anthony White, Lamar Scoggins, Brad Hall, Todd Morrow, Jay Brinkley, Mark Martin, Junior Brown, Roy Ledbetter, Derrick Duggan, Jeff Monger, Luke Krass, Jimmy Nowlin, Mike Ritchey, Randall McKeehan, Terry Coleman and Barry Goodman.
Other drivers expected to be on hand for the Friday night Crossville Speedway 50 lap showdown include a group of drivers from the Carolinas and surrounding southeastern states. Among those expected competitors are Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC); David Smith (Inman, SC); David Payne (Murphy, NC); John Jones (Rock Springs, GA); Gary McPherson (Dalton, GA) Shane Tankersly (Morgantown, GA) and Bobby Turner (Canton, GA). With a national series event scheduled to compete at Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville on Saturday/Sunday (Aug 31-Sep 1) in a two-day $20,000 to win event, the stage is set for most of the biggest names in short-track racing to be in the area and in the hunt at this Friday's (Aug 30th) special event at Crossville Speedway.
Pit Gates will open at Crossville at 4:00 p.m. (Central) with Grandstand and Tier Parking gates opening at 6:00 p.m. (Central). In addition to the special 50-lap "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty" for the Late Model division there will be feature racing action in the Pure Mini 4 Cylinder, Street Stock and Open Wheel Modified divisions as part of the racing program. Late Models will qualify with the fastest 18 cars in time-trials earning starting spots according to their times and the balance of the 24-car starting grid determined by B-mains (Last Chance Qualifying races). Late Model rules for the event are those of the Southern All-Stars Dirt Series, inclusive of tire rules.
Special event prices for the "Plateau Thunder Fast Fifty" will see Kids 12 and Under admitted FREE in both the Grandstand and Tier Parking areas. Adult prices are $15.00 for Grandstand General Admission and $18.00 for Tier Parking, (Coolers are NOT permitted in the main grandstand area). Reserved Tower and VIP Seating is available and can be reserved by calling the Crossville Speedway office at (931) 456-2277. Additional event information can be obtained by visiting the web site of Crossville Speedway located at www.victorylanecommunications.com/crossville/.