Hardeeville October 3rd preview

NAPA Auto Parts Night at the races this Saturday at HMS. HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2002) The Hardeeville Motor Speedway will feature more great racing action on its 1/3-mile high-banked oval this Saturday Night, October 5th on "NAPA Auto ...

NAPA Auto Parts Night at the races this Saturday at HMS.

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2002) The Hardeeville Motor Speedway will feature more great racing action on its 1/3-mile high-banked oval this Saturday Night, October 5th on "NAPA Auto Parts Night at the Races." The Coastal Medical Associates Street Stocks will return along with the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors.

Speedway officials have decided to postpone the 2nd annual Legends Cars World Finals scheduled for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3rd through the 5th. The event, originally scheduled for September 12th through the 14th was postponed due to rain. Trying to make the event up before the end of the season, officials chose this coming weekend, however with many short tracks throughout the southeast having their big race weekends planned and many of the competitors who entered the World Finals in September are unable to return on October 4th and 5th. No date has been set to reschedule the event. The Legends Cars feature will be a track points race as originally scheduled earlier this year since the World Finals event has been postponed.

Gates open on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., qualifying begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by the National Anthem at 7:05 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $10.00 for adults; $6.00 for Juniors (ages 13-16), Seniors (55 and older) and Military (with proper I.D.); and children under 12 are free. There will be no racing on Friday night, October 4th.

The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles south of I-95 (exit 5 in SC) on Highway 17 or just ten miles north of Savannah on Highway 17. For more information, contact (843) 784 RACE (7223) or visit online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com for discount coupons for the race event.

HMS Pit Notes:

- Next Saturday night, October 12th, the stars from the Florida Pro Series Late Models will invade the Hardeeville Motor Speedway to take on the local stars from Georgia and South Carolina. Leading the locals into the 100-lap clash paying $2,500 to the winner will be Shane Jenkins from Statesboro, GA and Walter Reardon from Savannah, GA. Leading the charge from the Florida Pro Series will be the all-time leader in short track career victories, Dick Anderson. Fans and media will be able to see the cars practice on Friday night, October 11th in the Florida Pro Series Preview.

- A Fireworks Spectacular has been added as part of the season finale next weekend featuring the Florida Pro Series, Legends Cars, Mini Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars and Road Warriors. The fireworks display will conclude the events on Saturday night, October 5th. This is one show that fans will not want to miss.

- The Motorama Car Show originally scheduled for Saturday, October 19th has been rescheduled for Tuesday night, November 26th. The event will be called "Turkey Rod Run Pit Stop" as cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and racecars will be shown "UNDER THE LIGHTS" at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway. HMS will also have space available to sell used boats, RV's, motorcycles, cars, trucks and more. Contact 843-784-7223 for more details.

- The IPRA Pro Rodeo comes to town again on Friday and Saturday night, October 25th and 26th. Cowboys and cowgirls from all across the United States will compete in seven events that include bullriding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc, team roping, steer wrestling, calf roping and barrel racing. Gates open at 5 p.m., exhibition and pre-event activities at 6:00 p.m. and the rodeo begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices for general admission are $12 for adults with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Advance tickets on sale for reduced rates from day-of-show prices. A special VIP trackside seat is also available on both nights.

- Track Points Update: As the track points titles wind down, there are some very close battles and some not so close battles remaining.

1. O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Models (Remaining Point Race: October 5): Entering the final point race of the season for the Late Models, Shane Jenkins from Statesboro, GA only needs to start the feature to clinch his first HMS track championship. He dethrones 2001 track champion Tommy Porter Jr. from Savannah, GA. Shawn Pritchard from Port Wentworth, GA was the 2000 HMS Late Model champion.

2. Legends Cars (Remaining Point Races: October 5 and October 12): In the Pro division, Kevin O'Brien from Burton, SC, has clinched the Pro division championship. Jim Reyburn of Charleston, SC has clinched the Masters division. This is the first track championship at HMS for both O'Brien and Reyburn. A new Semi-Pro champion will also be crowned as the battle at the top between Jimmy Lang of Bluffton, SC and Jonathan Haidon of Hilton Head, SC. Haidon holds a slim 3-point lead over Land with two races remaining. Both Haidon and Lang are the ones to watch in the final two races. Neither can sit back and just try to finish. They both must "go to the front" in every race. Andrew Smith of Savannah, GA is third. Coming off a spectacular win last weekend, young Billy Tysinger of Hardeeville, SC is making a charge for the title as he looks to at least overtake Smith for third. "Fan favorite and looking for his first career win" is Darren Gordon of Hilton Head, SC whose chances are very slim but he still has a mathematical shot at the Semi Pro championship.

3. Xtreme Stock Cars (Remaining Point Races: October 5 and October 12): Every time Blufftons' Timmy Dasher wins a race and gain points on Don Dean from Sheldon, SC, Dean finishes right behind dasher. Dasher has cut Dean's lead down to 18 points, but he may run out of time with only two point races remaining in the season.

4. Mini Stocks (Remaining Point Races: October 5 and October 12): Steven Moore from St. George, SC can clinch his first track championship in the final two events of the season. All David Carr, Jr. from Martinez, GA can do is hope for bad luck for Moore in order to have a shot at the title. Mark Terry from Rincon, GA has won both the 2000 and 2001 Mini Stock championships. He has since moved up and is now a top contender in the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Model Series.

5. Coastal Medical Associates Street Stocks (Remaining Point Races: October 5): With only one race remaining, three drivers can clinch the title in the Street Stocks class. Glenn Mappus of Ridgeville, SC leads James Beckett of Ridgeland, SC by 12 points. For Beckett to overtake Mappus, he must win the race and Mappus must finish in 6th place or worse. Robert Myers of Ridgeville, SC sits in third and can win if neither Mappus nor Beckett starts the feature event.

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