Weekend of racing at West Virginia Motor Speeday

Pepsi Family Night Kicks Off the Mountain Dew Mama Classic Weekend at West Virginia Motor Speedway Mineral Wells, W. Va.- Fans are already arriving and setting up their campsites in anticipation of the Mountain Dew Mama Classic this weekend at...

Pepsi Family Night Kicks Off the Mountain Dew Mama Classic Weekend at West Virginia Motor Speedway

Mineral Wells, W. Va.- Fans are already arriving and setting up their campsites in anticipation of the Mountain Dew Mama Classic this weekend at West Virginia Motor Speedway.

Today's Pepsi Family Night kicks off the weekend of racing with a 30-lap Late Model feature and an AMRA "Road Warrior" feature. The Late Model feature pays $2,000 to win and both the first and second place finishers are guaranteed a top-10 starting position in Saturday's Mountain Dew Mama Classic feature.

One of the local favorites to win tonight is Parkersburg, W. Va., resident Mike Balzano, driver of the number E1 Late Model car. Balzano has been racing for the past 20 years and will be competing in the Late Model feature. He already has several wins at West Virginia Motor Speedway (WVMS) under his belt.

"WVMS is one of the bigger tracks," says Balzano.  "We've gotten a lot
better on them.  There's a lot more room to drive."

Balzano is pleased with the improvements that have been made to the facilities at WVMS. "The people, when they get here and look at the work they've done, it's back to a first-class facility like it used to be."

Gates open today at 4:00 pm and hot laps begin at 6:00.  General admission
is only $10.  Pit passes for Friday night are $20.

Saturday is the 75-lap Mountain Dew Mama Classic Late Model feature. Drivers who will be competing for the $15,000 to win include Scott Bloomquist, Steve Shaver, Steve Francis, Davey Johnson, Donnie Maran and Rick Eckert.

The Carolina Modifieds will also be running on Saturday night in a $2,000 to win race.

Gates open at 4:00 pm on Saturday with hot laps beginning at 6:00. General admission is $20 and pit passes are $35. Kids age 12 and under are admitted free of charge both nights. Parking and camping are also free for the weekend.

For ticket and event information, fans can call WVMS at 304-489-1889 or visit the track's website at www.wvmotorspeedway.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rick Eckert , Steve Francis