We’re about to show the crossed flags on April, and that means that the racing season is about to really get started. The ground is beginning to thaw out in the Northeast and Midwest, and now those regions can get racing like the rest of the country. There’s plenty of big events this weekend, and if you’re wondering where to go we’ve got you covered with this week’s 10 to Attend.
1. K&N East – Bristol Motor Speedway: It’s Bristol, Baby. The young guns of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East are taking on the Last Great Colosseum on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the XFINITY Series race. Todd Gilliland is looking to go five-for-five in his K&N Pro Series starts.
2. PASS/ACT Doubleheader – Oxford Plains Speedway: The partnership of the Pro All-Stars Series and American-Canadian Tour showed great dividends last year, and it’s continuing this year. Both tours head to Maine on Sunday for what should be a great doubleheader at the home of the Oxford 250.
3. CARS Tour – Orange County Speedway: The CARS Tour heads to one of the wildest tracks in North Carolina, Rougemont’s Orange County Speedway. The Late Model Stocks and Super Late Models have been waiting to get back to the fast 1/3-mile oval since last July, a race that saw close finishes, big crashes, a fight and a HANS device throw.
4. Icebreaker 100 – Dells Raceway Park: Racing season in Wisconsin kicks off on Sunday with the Icebreaker 100. Ty Majeski, one of the strongest drivers in Super Late Model competition over the last year and a half, will be in competition there this weekend.
5. 7-Up 200 – Toledo Speedway: 200 laps of action around Ohio’s Toledo Speedway on Saturday is a perfect day for race fans. 100 laps for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Models, followed by 100 laps for the ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Late Models.
6. Grand Opening – Dominion Raceway: It’s not often that new short tracks open anymore. Instead it’s often that race tracks close down. But this weekend the beautiful new facility of Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia opens for the first time. If you’re a Late Model Stock fan in the area, check out the new track right off of I-95.
7. PASS South/NWSMT Doubleheader – Caraway Speedway: Super Late Models and Modifieds at one race track together. That’s always a good time. The PASS South Supers and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour head to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina on Saturday night.
8. Allen Turner Pro Late Model Twins – Five Flags Speedway: The season opener for the Allen Turner Hyundai Pro Late Models is this Friday night at Five Flags Speedway, the home of the Snowball Derby. The Pros will run 100 total laps on Friday night with twin 50-lap features taking place.
9. South Jersey Shootout – Bridgeport Speedway: If you’re a Dirt Modified fan, New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway is the place to be on Sunday. Big Block Modifieds will roar around the 5/8-mile oval of Bridgeport Speedway at the South Jersey Shootout.
10. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – Batesville Motor Speedway: Davenport. Bloomquist. Zeigler. The cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series head to Arkansas this weekend for the Bad Boy 98. This series is full of bad boys, but now it’s time to see who is the baddest of them all.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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