Labor Day Weekend may mean the unofficial end of Summer, but there’s still plenty of hot racing action to be found on the short tracks across America and beyond.  We at Speed51.com encourage each and every race fan to check out some an event and enjoy some end-of-Summer fun at a track near you.

 

NORTHEAST

Valenti Modified Racing Series
Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Modified Racing Series 80
Friday, August 29

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, the Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its way to Stafford Motor Speedway on the Friday before Labor Day weekend for an 80-lap main event.  Friday night’s VMRS event will be the series’ final event of the 2014 season at the half-mile Connecticut oval, where Todd Szegedy and Keith Rocco have already scored victories this season.  Can Rocco continue his VMRS dominance at Connecticut race tracks or will another driver put their name in the record books?  That question will be answered on Friday night.

 

Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Scarborough, Maine
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship Night
Saturday, August 30

The hottest ticket in Maine on Saturday night will be NASCAR Nite at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, as the track will crown its 2014 champions in the Pro Series, Sport Series and Wildcat divisions.  Dave Farrington, Jr. will enter the night with a sizable lead in the tracks premier Pro Series division, but youngster Reid Lanpher still mathematically has a shot at capturing the season title.  When the numbers are crunched on Saturday, the series champion will also be crowned the Maine State NASCAR Champion.  The most intriguing championship battle on Saturday night will be in the Sport Series divisions, where Garrett Hall leads 2008 division champion Sally Gherardi by just seven points.

 

Waterford Speedbowl
Waterford, Connecticut
Budweiser SK Modified Nationals 150
Saturday, August 30

Keith Rocco will attempt to continue his dominance in SK Modified competition at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night as the division hosts its biggest event of the season, the Budweiser SK Modified National 150-lap event.  Rocco is the defending winner of the $5,000-to-win event and a 10-time winner in the division this season, but a stout field of cars is expected to show up in an attempt to halt Rocco’s dominance.  With big money on the line, the excitement level is always high and “the original big money SK Modified race” is sure to give fans their money’s worth on Saturday.

 

Bear Ridge Speedway
Bradford, Vermont
Topless Night feat. Sprint Cars of New England
Saturday, August 30

If you prefer dirt track racing, it’s your lucky weekend because Bear Ridge Speedway is hosting one of their most popular events of the year on Saturday night.  “Topless Night” at the famous Vermont dirt track will feature the Sprint Cars of New England and Sportsman Modifieds both going wingless for their qualifying and feature events.  Drivers and teams will be thrown a curveball as they attempt to master the handling on their cars without wings, while fans will get a closer look at the drivers as they wheel their way around the tight quarter-mile dirt oval.

 

Oswego Speedway
Oswego, New York
ISMA Super Nationals/Bud Classic 200
Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31

Labor Day weekend will be full of open-wheeled action in Oswego, New York as Oswego Speedway hosts the ISMA Super Nationals and Budweiser International Classic, along with the Race of Champions Modifieds.  The stars and cars of the International Supermodified Association will be on display on Saturday evening before the cars go wingless on Sunday for the prestigious Bud Classic event.  If you like speed, and a lot of it, Oswego, New York is your destination for Labor Day weekend.

 

Thunder Road International Speedbowl
Barre, Vermont
Labor Day Classic 200
Sunday, August 31

What’s more Labor Day than the Labor Day Classic 200 at the Nation’s Site of Excitement, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl?  This event has always been a fan favorite for the diehards in Barre, Vermont, but this year the event will hold even more meaning for the fans that make their way to Quarry Hill throughout the summer.  This year’s event is the first in recent years that will not be an American-Canadian Tour points-counting event.  Instead, it will serve as the final event of the 2014 Late Model season and will determine the highly-coveted 2014 “King of the Road.”  Derrick O’Donnell and Nick Sweet are in a tight battle for the championship heading into the weekend.  200 laps on the Vermont high-banks Sunday afternoon will more than likely determine whether O’Donnell will repeat or Sweet will win his third track championship.

 

World of Outlaws Late Models
Lernerville Speedway / Selinsgrove Speedway
Sarver, Pennsylvania / Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Friday, August 29 (Lernerville), Saturday * Sunday, August 30 & 31  (Selinsgrove)

Big money will be on the line in the Keystone State for the World of Outlaws Late Models as they compete three straight nights in Pennsylvania.  The tripleheader kicks off Friday at Lernerville Speedway with a $10,00-to-win show.  Then it’s down the road to Selinsgrove Speedway for two nights of action.  Saturday’s feature pays $8,000 to win, while Sunday’s WoOLM feature winner will take home $10,000.

 

 

SOUTHEAST

Pro Late Models
Mobile International Speedway
Irvington, Alabama
Lee Fields Memorial 100
Saturday, August 30

Lee Fields put Mobile International Speedway on the map and the Irvington, Alabama track honors him each year with the running of the Lee Fields Memorial.  The Pro Late Model race is expected to draw lots of talent like Mike Garvey, Hunter Robbins, Korey Ruble, Bubba Pollard, Garrett Jones and several others. Pollard will be returning for what could be a fifth win in the event.

 

Late Model Stock Cars
Southern National Motorsports Park
Kenly, North Carolina
Twin LMSC 50’s
Saturday, August 30

For those who are chasing NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Points, this is a date that will be circled on the calendar of drivers Lee Pulliam, Dillon Bassett, Tommy Lemons, Jr, and others.  Each are racing for points whether locally, nationally or for the state title.  Pulliam is P2 in at the national standings, Bassett leads the North Carolina points and Lemons leads the track points at Southern National. This night should draw some big names.

 

Late Model Stock Cars
Hickory Motor Speedway
Hickory, North Carolina
38th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial 150
Saturday, August 30

Marquee events in the Late Model Stock car world are always an entertaining for the fans. However, there are not many more that have the history like the Bobby Isaac Memorial 150.  The annual show at Hickory Motor Speedway always draws a strong car count and large crowd.  Dave Garbo, Jr. is the defending champion of the race as only Coleman Pressley has won more than once dating back to 2004.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
I-77 Raceway Park
Ripley, West Virginia
46th Annual Hillbilly 100
Sunday, August 31

Some of the baddest racecars on the planet will duke it out in one of the most historic Dirt Late Model races in the country.  The 46th Annual Hillbilly 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will pay $25,000 to the winner on Sunday.  It’s a can’t-miss show for anyone who loves getting dirty.

 

Super Late Models
Showtime Speedway
Pinellas Park, Florida
Bryan Wescott Memorial – Florida State Championship
Saturday, August 30

According to the track’s Facebook page, more than 30 cars will be at Showtime for this event on Saturday.  The race is $7,500 to win and $400 to start.  That has a large number of drivers flocking to Pinellas Park for this one. Chris Fontaine is leading the season point standings heading into this event.  There are three more SLM events listed on the schedule for this season.

 

Late Model Stock Cars
Caraway Speedway
Asheboro, North Carolina
Twin Late Model 50’s
Monday, September 1

This is the second leg of the weekend for the National point chasers as those who do well on  Friday or Saturday could and more than likely will end up racing on Monday if they need points.  Dillon Bassett swept the races at Caraway last week and Lee Pulliam did it a few weeks back as well.  Racing get underway at 2:30pm.

 

KOMA Modifieds
Ace Speedway
Modified 100
Altamahaw, North Carolina
Monday, September 1

The first year of the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series has been nothing short of entertaining. Seeing the Modifieds on different tracks and seeing different winners has helped regenerate the buzz around the Modified world in the south.  With Bowman Gray Stadium having finished last week, there should be plenty of Mods getting ready to make the trip to Ace.

 

 

MIDWEST

ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars, Top Speed Modifieds & More
Winchester Speedway
Winchester, Indiana
World Stock Car Festival
Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1

The ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will each have a 100-lap event on the high banks of Winchester Speedway.  Plus, the Top Speed Modifieds, CRA LM Sportsman. CRA Street Stocks and Vores Compacts will also be in action.

 

Must See Xtreme Sprint Cars
Anderson Speedway
Anderson, Indiana
MoFab Labor Day 200
Saturday, August 30

The Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series will have twin 25-lap qualifying races and a 150-lap feature.  Plus, the Kenyon Midgets will have a 30-lap feature.

 

Berlin Raceway
Marne, Michigan
“The Chet” Championship Weekend
Saturday, August 30

The night features all seven Berlin Raceway divisions – Outlaw Late Models, Super Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Sportsman Vintage Modifieds and the Kalamazoo Vapor 4-cylinders.   Plus, $1 beers and $1 dogs throughout the night and fireworks.

 

Kalamazoo Speedway
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Allstar Performance 75
Saturday, August 30

Season Championship night with all five divisions in action.  The night will cap off with the Allstar Performance 75 for the NWAAS Outlaw Super Late Models.

 

Slinger Super Speedway
Slinger, Wisconsin
Labor Day Celebration/Super Late Model Championship Night
Sunday, August 31

The Super Late Models will see their 2014 season come to an end on championship night on the high banks of Slinger this Sunday.  Steve Apel goes into the championship 100-lap race 120 points ahead of Dennis Prunty.

 

Grundy County Speedway
Morris, Illinois
Labor Day Tripleheader
Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31

Three nights of action packed racing action will thrill the fans at Grundy County this Labor Day Weekend.  The Late Models, Mid Am, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Spectator Drags will headline the Friday night action, which will feature concession specials and free bag of popcorn for kids.  Saturday it’s the 11th Annual Hall of Fame/Racers Reunion night with the Bob Lockard Memorial Midget race, plus the STARS Midgets, IRS Midgets, Legends, Mini Cups and Classic Modifieds.  Sunday features six divisions of racing including the Late Models, Mid Am, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Legends and Midgets, plus fireworks.

 

 

WEST

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Kern County Speedway

Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield 150
Saturday, August 30

The season is coming close to an end in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West ranks as they head back to Kern Count for their second visit of 2014.  Greg Pursley has a commanding lead over Dyan Lupton in the standings.  Pursley sat on the pole and won the race in the spring at Kern County.  He also took the win there last fall in the first K&N race at the new facility.  Pursley looks to put a lock on the 2014 championship by scoring what would be a third win of 2014 and a third in a row at Kern County. The race is scheduled to go green at 8:35pm.

 

Super Late Models
Colorado National Speedway
Dacono, Colorado
SLM 100
Saturday, August 30

Dominic Ursetta leads the Super Late Model points, but Chris Eggleston has had fine season and proves to one of the worthy competitors to leave CNS with a win on Saturday night.  This is one of the last tune ups before the Colorado Challenge Cup XL which is on October 4th.  Racing this weekend gets underway at 6:30pm with the pits opening at 1pm.

 

Open Late Model Show
Western Speedway
Victoria, BC
Canada 200
Sunday, August 31st

It’s the biggest race in Western Canada and the best of the best will be heading to Western Speedway (BC) this weekend for the 36th year.  One season ago it was Jason Tarasenko taking the honor.  Roy Haslam is a five time winner of this race which is the most. Gates open at 4:30pm with racing at 6:30pm.

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Skagit Speedway / Grays Harbor Raceway
Alger, Washington / Elma, Washington
Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30 (Skagit), August 31 (Grays Harbor)

You wanted the best?  Well West Coast fans, you’ll have them four abreast this weekend when you check out the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at either Skagit Speedway this Friday and Saturday or Grays Harbor on Sunday.  Donny Schatz will be the guy to beat, as he has been all season long, but a hungry pack will try to take him down on this West Coast Tripleheader.

 

 

– Compiled by Speed51.com regional editors

 

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