The final race in the storied history of Myrtle Beach Speedway will be held this Saturday. Here are 10 things to know heading into the last night of racing at the Myrtle Beach oval.
1: The Sun Fun 101 will go down in history as the last Late Model Stock Car race at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
2. The track was opened in 1958 and will close following the race on Saturday. It’s a rare situation where fans attend a race knowing it’s the last at a facility. Often times people don’t know until well after the fact.
3. Will Burns will go down as the final Myrtle Beach 400 winner. The Late Model Stock race in 2019 was 225 laps. Doug Coby will go down as the final NASCAR Whelen Modified winner at the speedway after getting a win in the spring of 2019.
4. Unofficially Jody Ridley will hold the record having won the longest race at Myrtle Beach with his win in the extended Myrtle Beach 400 in 1993. The race went 401 laps that day.
5. The final night of racing will feature Late Models, Super Trucks, Chargers, Mini Stocks, and Coastal Carolina Mini Cups.
6. The debate about which race was the best ever run at Myrtle Beach will begin this weekend. One that stands out from a numbers standpoint was the 2006 Mark Brooks Memorial 250 for the Hooters Pro Cup Cars in 2006. Clay Rogers won a very competitive race that saw 18 leaders in 258 laps thanks to a green-white-checkered finish. We are not saying this is the best, but it is one of the most memorable.
7. One of the best touring series driver at Myrtle Beach was Benny Gordon who had four wins in the old Hooters Pro Cup Series. Gordon had six top five runs in eight starts at Myrtle Beach.
8. Sam Yarbrough may go down as the all-time winner at the track. He has well over 60 wins (by the brief records we have) and he could bookend the track history books with one more on Saturday night.
9. We mentioned the 1993 Myrtle Beach 400 race, but we didn’t mention the race was slowed by 25 caution flags.
10. The green flag for the final night of racing at the track will wave at 7:15 p.m.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51