Greenville's "Road to Charlotte" preview

Road to Charlotte event at Greenville Pickens Speedway gives local drivers a chance to advance to the big time. GREENVILLE, SC (April 5, 2002)- The 27th annual Carquest Auto Parts "Road to Charlotte" Late Model feature event tops this Saturday's...

Road to Charlotte event at Greenville Pickens Speedway gives local drivers a chance to advance to the big time.

GREENVILLE, SC (April 5, 2002)- The 27th annual Carquest Auto Parts "Road to Charlotte" Late Model feature event tops this Saturday's race card at the Greenville Pickens Speedway. The invitational event is one of 10 races held throughout the Southeast, and offers local drivers a chance to earn an invitation to compete in the Carquest 300 in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

"By providing these additional incentives and bonuses, I feel this is just one way we can promote grassroots racing by defraying the cost for these drivers," said Road To Charlotte director Debra Moose. "These drivers are the real source for our racing world today. Without grassroots racing, superspeedways would have a rather difficult time," Moose said.

Many famous names of the past and present have participated in a "Road to Charlotte" event. Ernie Irvan got his big break by advancing to a "Road to Charlotte" race. Dale Earnhardt, Mike Skinner, Craftsman's Truck Series star Jack Sprague, Bobby Labonte, Dennis Setzer, and Robert Pressley are just a few of the current stars who advanced to a "Road to Charlotte" event by winning at a local weekly track such as the Greenville Pickens Speedway. "Many of these drivers used the "Road to Charlotte" event as a stepping stone to bigger and better things," Debra Moose said.

In addition to the Late Model feature event, additional racing action is scheduled for the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and Charger divisions. General admission gates will open at 4pm this Saturday, with the first race set to roll at 8pm. Adult general admission is $10.00, with children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult.

The Greenville Pickens Speedway is located at the intersection of highways 123 and 124 between Greenville and Easley. For more information, call the speedway office at (864)269-0852, or visit their website at www.greenvillepickens.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Ernie Irvan , Bobby Labonte , Mike Skinner , Robert Pressley , Jack Sprague , Dennis Setzer