NLMS "The Boys Are Back in Town" Preview

Valdosta, Ga. - Fans heading for Florida and the Speedweeks '99 activities owe it to themselves to make a stop at Thunderbowl Speedway in Valdosta Ga. on Friday and Saturday Nights, February 5-6 to see one of the most competitive dirt track...

Valdosta, Ga. - Fans heading for Florida and the Speedweeks '99 activities owe it to themselves to make a stop at Thunderbowl Speedway in Valdosta Ga. on Friday and Saturday Nights, February 5-6 to see one of the most competitive dirt track series in the Southeast, as the National late Model Sportsman Southern Dirt Tour returns for the Road to Daytona 100. "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!"

This coming weekend will see the fourth event of the 1999 Southern Dirt Tour schedule and already this season has seen four different drivers make a visit to Victory lane and three different driver set the fast time in qualifying. The list of winners so far this season is an impressive one with David Browning, 1997 Champion Gene Maine, Billy Godowns Jr. and 1995 Champion Skip Pannell all securing their victories early on. However there are still many drivers who will be at Thunderbowl who have the proven ability to win at this track. 1998 Champion Cecil Eunice has won at Thunderbowl in the past, Gene Ross is a proven winner on the series who would dearly love to take home a victory in front of his home town fans and Tracy Mimbs has won NLMS races in the past and has consistently run up front this year.

The winner could well be one of a number of drivers who are quite capable of getting that breakthrough first win on the series, such as Wesley Hood, Johnny Collins, Lee Jackson, Randy Ellenberg or Charles Harris. The roster of drivers likely to compete in this event will consist of no less than 12 previous winners on the Southern Dirt Tour and with the high level of competition on the series anyone of the 26 starters is capable of winning the race and collecting the $5,000 first place money.

Skip Pannell won the last NLMS event and with the win took over the lead in the points from David Browning. But the lead is a slim one and should either of the top two falter, Michael Lloyd is sitting in third place waiting for the gaff. Wesley Hood holds down fourth place in the points with leading Bert's Transmission (WA-DON Racing) Rookie of the Year candidate Anthony Meadows in fifth.

This coming weekend's action at Thunderbowl will see the Thunder and Lightning, Hobby Stock, Pure Stock, Mini Stock and the exciting Open Wheel Modifieds all in action around the 1/2 mile oval. Fans and competitors will also be able to register for a Hawaiian vacation package. Thursday night there will be an open practice session for all classes and on Friday Gates open at 4:00 PM with Racing getting underway at 8:00 PM. Saturday gates will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 7:00 PM. For more information contact Thunderbowl Speedway at (912) 794-3400.

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Brown , Lee Jackson