A new tradition will begin this Saturday, November 21 at Florence Motor Speedway with the inaugural South Carolina 400. We get you ready for the big event in this edition of “10 Things to Know” on Speed51.com.
1) The Late Model Stocks will battle for 225 laps with a break at lap 100, and the Modifieds will compete for 75 circuits. The Carolina Pro Late Model Series will add another 100 laps and the Allison Legacy cars will go 35 laps.
2) Track officials hope that this event will serve as a replacement for the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400. Former Myrtle Beach Speedway GM Steve Zacharias now promotes Florence and hopes to continue the tradition at a new facility.
3) It will be interesting to see if the venue change for this race keeps the trend going. In the last 13 seasons, there have been 13 different winners in the Late Model Stock portion of the South Carolina 400.
4) The Late Model Stocks will be racing $10,000 to win this weekend.
5) Timothy Peters is another driver who has won this event in the past, but at the old venue. He was second to Nolan Pope in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock race at Florence in October.
6) Florence Motor Speedway opened back in 1982. The first major race held at the track was the 1988 NASCAR Winston All-American Challenge Series event, which was won by Dave Mader, III.
7) Modified fans will be excited to see the ground pounders at Florence this weekend. North-South Shootout winner Max McLaughlin will be back to battle with Matt Hirschman, Burt and Jason Myers, Tim Brown, Jeremy Gerstner, Brian Loftin, and several others. Former NASCAR Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte will also be driving John Smith’s No. 25 Modified.
8) Sam Yarbrough might be one driver who wishes this race was still at the old Myrtle Beach Speedway. The multi-time track champion won this event back in 2007 and has five top-10 finishes.
9) Can he do it again? 2020 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion Josh Berry went to Greenville and won the big check there, and now he looks to get another one at Florence. Berry won the South Carolina 400 event in 2017 at Myrtle Beach.
10) A pair of Super Late Model stars will be racing Late Model Stocks this weekend at Florence Motor Speedway. Ty Majeski and Matt Craig have won some of the biggest races around including he Rattler 250, Florida Governor’s Cup 200, Alabama 200 and Slinger Nationals. They will be a good addition to the field this weekend. Craig won the Super Late Model CARS Tour event at Florence in October, which was the first SLM race at the track in 14 years.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51