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Florida State Late Model Championship has a nice ring to it. Lakeland, FL-- The Fifth Annual SunCruz Casinos 200 Florida State Late Model Championship presented by 97 Country WPCV and Midas Jewelers will take on an added significance when the ...

Florida State Late Model Championship has a nice ring to it.

Lakeland, FL-- The Fifth Annual SunCruz Casinos 200 Florida State Late Model Championship presented by 97 Country WPCV and Midas Jewelers will take on an added significance when the field rumbles to the green flag Saturday night July 20th. The Late model event has been extended to a 200-lap chase to the checkers and the new gold and diamond championship ring designed and furnished by Midas Jewelers.

"The distance of the Florida State Late Model Championship was increased to 200 laps to represent the importance and the stature of this race. The additional 75 laps will bring a new element into the race-- the pitstop. Previously these Sunbelt Super Late Model type cars ran 125 laps and there was no need to pit for fuel or tires. This will also make the State Championship race the longest race for these type cars at USA and require some additional strategy by the competitors, the mark of true champions," says track President Bill Martino Jr.,"We are also pleased to announce the addition of the Florida State Late Model Championship ring with this event. This will become a cherished prize to those who are able to attain victory in this race and in the years to come."

Similar to the previous State Championship weekends the lineup of racing will include more than just the Sunbelt Super Late Model event. The FASCAR Pro Modified Series will make an infrequent appearance with a 50-lap showdown and the FASTRUCK Series will be on hand for 35 laps of action. Earlier in the afternoon the EROC Series, part of Cale Yarborough's Executive Racing School located on speedway property, will contest for 35 laps. It will be the second 35-lap event of the weekend for EROC as they will also compete of Friday night at 7 PM with the green flag for Saturday's EROC 35 slated for 5:30 PM.

The weekend schedule will see practice and the first EROC 35 on Friday night. The pace of Saturday's activities quickens beginning with qualifying at 3 PM, the second EROC 35 at 5:30, an on-track autograph session beginning at 6:15 PM and the start of the 200 lap Florida State Late Model Championship at 7:30 PM.

Advance reserve seat tickets are on sale through the speedway office and will be available race day at the main ticket booth.

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