This weekend at Citrus County Speedway, a star-studded field of Super Late Model racers will battle for $10,000 in the fourth annual Full Throttle 100. In just a few years, the event has grown into one of the top Super Late Model races in Central Florida.
Camron Ray of Citrus County Speedway joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” on Monday, discussing the anticipation leading up to Saturday’s big race.
“It’s going to be pretty exciting this weekend,” said Ray. “I look forward to this event each year, and it gets bigger and better every year.”
The entry list for Saturday’s race is now up to 30 competitors. The entry list includes the likes of Bubba Pollard, Stephen Nasse and Jake Garcia.
“We’ve got 30 now. We’ve had a few more entries added to the list. Jake Garcia has been added now. He came out earlier in the year and ran pretty good for bringing a Pro Late Model. They say they are bringing a Super this time, so they should be a little more competitive this time.”
Ray acknowledged this was the hope when he started the Full Throttle 100 in 2017. What started as a race mostly contested by local favorites has started drawing more and more of the regional stars searching the five-digit payday.
“Three years ago, when we first put up a $10,000 to win race, we hoped to see some big names show up. The first year, it was mostly locals. The following years, we had Stephen Nasse show up, Jared Irvan, Trey Bayne. Now, we’ve got a couple more big names added to the list, so it’s exciting to see that.”
That development has been exciting for Ray, watching the race grow from humble beginnings in a region not known for big-money Super Late Model racing to a date circled on the calendar for short track standouts.
“It’s been awesome. For a Central Florida short track to put up that kind of money, we were a little nervous going into it. We didn’t have a lot of sponsorship money to start out with, so it was a big risk. It was really cool to see a good turnout the first year, and it’s gotten bigger and bigger each year.”
Race fans will be able to watch the Full Throttle 100 Saturday on Speed51.TV. Click here for more information regarding Saturday's broadcast.
Fans who missed Ray’s interview can watch an on-demand replay of “The Bullring” presented by FK Rod Ends by clicking here.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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