Cherokee Speedway (SC) is preparing for an action-packed 2019, with racing from Mid-February to November at “The Place Your Momma Warned You About.”
Along with a full plate of weekly racing programs, several touring divisions will visit the Gaffney, South Carolina facility. The 2019 schedule includes dates with the United Sprint Car Series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the Carolina Clash Super Late Models, the South Eastern Crate Association, the FUEL Racing series, and more.
“We have some great weekly racing and some really exciting touring series that always provide plenty of action,” Childress added. “Plus, we have some new series with us this year that we are really looking forward to.”
The season will begin on February 24, with 604 Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsmen, Renegades, and Thunder Bombers on the schedule. March Madness, which includes the big horsepower Dirt Late Models (Super Late Models), will kick off the track’s big race season on March 2-3. Cherokee closes out the season with the 25th running of the Blue-Gray 100 on November 24, the season finale for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.
Fan Appreciation Night is scheduled for May 18, with $5 admission for fans that evening. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will pay visits on May 3 and October 4, while the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series comes to Cherokee on June 14.
Speed51 will have video coverage from many of the major events in 2019, including, but not limited to, the Blue-Gray 100, Carolina Clash events, Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series events, the World Crown 4-Cylinder Nationals and the aforementioned March Madness event.
Speed51’s video presence at Cherokee Speedway will not include the stop by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, nor the World of Outlaws Late Models events at Cherokee Speedway in 2019.
Plans also call for Speed51 to create many original stories about the races and the players involved, as well as its traditional Trackside Now and Race Day Now coverages of events, which is free to all who visit the site.
Those interested in attending or participating at the track this year are suggested to visit the track website at cherokeespeedwaysc.com.
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Rotation 1 will pay a points fund and be considered regular divisions
BRBM= Big Race Bonus Money- $100- $20, $20, $20, $20 - $10 thru field to equal gate price.
Rotation 1 604 Crate Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Thunder Bomber
Rotation 2 604 Crate Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Thunder Bomber
Rotation 3 604 Crate Late Models, Limited Sportsman, SECA 602 Open Wheel Mods, Renegade, Thunder Bomber
Rotation 4 Limited Late Models, 602 Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Thunder Bomber
Sun 17th Open practice (all cars welcome) Free GS- $15 Pits
Sun 24th- 1st race 1st race (day) Rotation 1 (NO LS) - Gates 11 am- DM 1:00 pm- $12+ $25
Fri 1st Open Practice Friday night. Gates open at 5 and practice starts at 7
Sat 2nd Southeastern Late Model $2000- Thunder Series $1500- YG $500- X4 $500 (SCDRA Qual??) Ren $600
Sun 3rd SAS $12,000 $600 to start- SECA LM $1200- S4 $700- CS $700 + TB $700
Sat 9th Off (Carolina- Skylar Trull Memorial)
Sat 16th Off (Lancaster Opening Day)
Fri 22nd Rotation 1 Open Practice and time trials for X4 or SCDRA
Sat 23rd possible $5,000 to win SCDRA or $2,000 to win Extreme 4
Sat 30th Rotation 4 FUEL Series
Sat 6th Rotation 3 1st Points Race - USCS Sprint Cars - No OWM
Sat 13th Rotation 2
Sat 20th Rotation 1 (Easter) - Possible Autism Race $1500 to win LS
Sat 27th Rotation 3 Add Crate Sportsman
Fri 3rd WoO Super Late Models – Gates open 2:00- Drawing 4:45-6:30- Drivers Meeting 7:00 - Div TBA
Sat 11th OFF
Sat 18th Rotation 1 FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT - $5 Admission in Stands
Sun 26th MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Mike Butler Memorial- Pos Super + MMSA - possible fuel
Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns
602 Crate Late Models, Extreme 4, Young Guns
Stock 4, Extreme 4, Young Guns
Stock 4, Extreme 4
Sat 1st OFF
Sat 8th Rotation 3
Fri 14th Grassy/Lucas Oil $12,000 to win - Div TBA
Sat 22nd Rotation 4 FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT - $5 Stands - Sprints instead of Limited Late Models
Sat 29th Rotation 3 CS River Wars $1500 to win - No Stock 4
Wed 3rd Rotation 4 Fireworks
Sun 14th Ray Cook Series - $10,000 to Win Super Late Models - Divisions TBA
Sat 20th Rotation 1 FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT - $5 Stands
Sat 27th Rotation 4 FUEL Series
Sat 3rd Stick Elliott Memorial - Super Late Models $5,000 to win - Div TBA
Sat 10th Rotation 2 FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT - $5 Stands
Sat 17th Rotation 3
Sat 24th Rotation 1 or 4
Sun 1st HOF- CLASH $4000- MMSA Stock 4 - Other Div. TBA - Possible Tribal Ntls
Sat 7th OFF
Sat 14th USCS Sprints Lease - Div TBA
Sat 21st TRIBAL Natl’s Qualifiers Possible Tribal Ntls - Look at Schedules
Sat 28th OFF (Lancaster Championship Show)
Friday 4th - WoO
Sat 12th OFF (Carolina- KOC) (TR- Big Event)
19th - Possible World Crown
Sat 26th OFF (Possible Make Up Date)
NOVEMBER- DAY RACES
Sat 2nd OFF - Charlotte Grass Roots
Sat 9th OFF - Charlotte Show Down
Sun 17th Possible Event
Sun Nov 24th - Blue/Gray 100
Fri, Sat, Sun Nov 29th, 30th - Off for Now
Story by: Zach Evans, Southeast Editor, Speed51 - Twitter: @ztevans
Photo Credit: Speed51.com photo