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.


“I feel like we have put together a good schedule for the fans that will bring variety to the table,” said Cherokee Speedway promoter Scott Childress.  “Everyone is excited about the 2019 season.


“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


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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)


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

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Action-Packed 2019 Schedule Planned for Cherokee