"The Turkey 300" at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (November 15, 2001) - On Saturday afternoon, November 24th, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway will rekindle a racing tradition from the past in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire...
"The Turkey 300" at the Hardeeville Motor Speedway
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (November 15, 2001) - On Saturday afternoon, November 24th, the Hardeeville Motor Speedway will rekindle a racing tradition from the past in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire area with "The Turkey 300." Formally known as "The Turkey 200" at the now closed, Savannah Speedway, HMS will host the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Asphalt Late Models, the Coastal Empire Dirt Late Models, Legends Cars and Xtreme Stock Cars. S.W. Jones, the racing clown will also make an appearance in his "world famous" racing machine. Speedway officials have yet to decide which division Jones will be permitted to participate in with his exotic racing machine.
Both the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Asphalt Late Models and Coastal Empire Dirt Late Models will compete in two separate 50-lap championship events. Speedway officials have made provisions for non-regular Asphalt Late Model drivers from the Southeast not complying exactly with HMS car specs to add weight for rule infractions. The exciting Coastal Empire Dirt Late Models made their first appearance on October 13th with Randy Cook of Savannah, Ga. picking up the win over HMS Legends Car regular, Corey Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ga.
The Legends Cars will compete in three different divisions in the "Southern Nationals" event. The Pro division will compete in a 40-lap championship event. The Semi Pro and Masters divisions will each compete in 30-lap events. Craig Goess, Jr. the 2001 INEX National Pro Division Champion from Greenville, N.C. is expected to compete. Texas hot-shoe, Derek Shumaker from Conroe is also pre-entered for the event.
HMS will also host the Inaugural Lady Legend Nationals in which the champion will receive a five-foot tall trophy. Started in the later part of the 2001 season, this division has gained tremendous momentum and popularity as officials expect it to be one of the fastest growing divisions at the speedway in 2002.
The Xtreme Stock Cars will also be on the schedule in a 75-lap Open Competition Championship race in which the rules have been modified to allow larger cars (Pure Stocks and Thunder & Lightning type-cars) from neighboring speedways to be more competitive. The new rules are expected to remain in effect for the 2002 racing season.
Grandstands open at 1:00 p.m. with one lap qualifying beginning at 1:15 p.m. The national anthem will be at 2:30 p.m. followed immediately by the waving of the green flag for the feature event races. The Hardeeville Motor Speedway is located three miles southeast of I-95 on Highway 17. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, with reduced rates for seniors, military and children. Children under 6 years of age are admitted free with a paying adult. Information is available at online at www.hardeevillespeedway.com or by calling (843) 784-RACE (7223).
- Other Pit Notes -
- Mark Terry from Rincon, Ga., the 2000 and 2001 Mini Stock HMS track champion has sold his Mini Stock and plans on moving up to the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Model Division. Terry is also the only driver remaining who is known as the "Iron Man of HMS." He has participated in every race since the inaugural race on July 29, 2000.
- Congratulations are in order for the family of HMS Late Model regular, Kenny Cranston from Beaufort, S.C. as he and his wife Allyson, added a new crew member to the team named Haylee Elizabeth Cranston on October 25, 2001. Haylee easily passed technical inspection at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches. "Big Brother" Kenny Jr. still remains on as crew chief.
- Season tickets for the 2002 racing season are now available for purchase at the speedway offices. Contact (843) 784-RACE for more details.