Another weekend of short track racing is upon us. From the “Madhouse” of Bowman Gray to the “Bacon” in Quebec, it is sure to be an action-packed weekend of racing.
We’ve narrowed down the list to 10 of the best short track racing events you should attend this weekend.
1) Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway (VA) – After Mother Nature stopped the race from occurring on its original date, the second race of the Virginia Triple Crown for Late Model Stock Cars will be held Saturday at Langley Speedway. The Hampton Heat 200 is expected to draw some of the biggest names in LMSC racing, including Timothy Peters, Philip Morris and defending winner Bobby McCarty.
2) Gulf Coast Pro Late Model Doubleheader – Race fans that reside in the Gulf Coast region will have a pair of events to take in on Friday and Saturday night. It all begins Friday night when the Allen Turner Pro Late Models take the green flag at Five Flags Speedway (FL) for race three of the 2018 season. Once that is done, teams and fans will head to Mobile International Speedway (AL) on Saturday for a 100-lap race.
3) Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere (QC) – Many of the top U.S. drivers on the American-Canadian Tour will head north of the border Saturday night for the $10,000-to-win Bacon Bowl 200. Canadians such as Patrick Laperle and Dany Trepanier will be looking to defend their home turf against a handful of Americans including Scott Payea and Nick Sweet.
4) ARCA Midwest Tour at Golden Sands Speedway (WI) – The battle for the 2018 ARCA Midwest Tour championship continues Saturday at Golden Sands Speedway in Wisconsin. A strong field of 25 drivers have pre-entered for the race, including current points leader Austin Nason, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driver Derek Kraus and Midwest star Dalton Zehr.
5) SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series at Stockton 99 (CA) – After a one-month hiatus, the premier West Coast Super Late Model series will be back in action Saturday at Stockton 99 Speedway in California. Stockton 99 is a track known for close racing and hot tempers, so this is one that you won’t want to miss.
6) RoC Asphalt Modified Series at Lancaster National Speedway (NY) – The ground-pounding Modifieds from the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will make their fourth stop of the year at Lancaster National Speedway, just outside of Buffalo, Saturday evening. The Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110 will be the first race of the season to offer infield pitting at Lancaster. Thus far, there has been three different winners in the three RoC events held at Lancaster this season.
7) Season Finale at Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) – Another season of racing will come to an end at “The Madhouse” Saturday night, with the 150-lap Modified race taking center stage. Burt Myers will be looking for his ninth track championship, which would put him just one behind Tim Brown. Myers enters Saturday’s finale with a 32-point advantage over Jonathan Brown, with Tim Brown sitting 38 points back.
8) ARCA Racing Series at Illinois State Fairgrounds –Drivers from the ARCA Racing Series will be slinging dirt for the first time this season when the series visits the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.
9) Granite State Pro Stock Series at White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) – After the original date was washed out due to rain, the Granite State Pro Stock Series heads back to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Saturday’s race at the quarter-mile bullring will serve as the halfway point for the 12-race season.
10) NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) – The groundpounders of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are headed to the Last Great Colosseum for a Thursday night event. The Modifieds at Bristol always thrill so check it out if you can.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Rick Ibsen