While 2019 is coming to a close and most tracks are getting set for 2020, one Georgia dirt track is gearing up for one more race before the new decade. Cochran Motor Speedway will once again play host to the Durrence Layne World Championships this Friday and Saturday, December 27-28.
Now in its third year, the event started as the Winterfreeze as a way for drivers to be in the limelight for one weekend before the start of a new year. The World Championships will pay $10,000 to win for the Crate Late Models and $5,000 for the Street Stocks. The 602 Sportsman, Bombers, and Hobbys will also be in action.
After a successful Gobbler 100 over Thanksgiving weekend that saw Scott Bloomquist score yet another big win, Cochran Motor Speedway owner Chris Martin is looking forward to the World Championships to end the 2019 season at the Central Georgia 3/8-mile oval.
“It’s something we’re trying to build up each year, an end of the year race. A lot of people are looking for somewhere to race at the end of the year so we decided we’ll try to make a go out of it,” Martin told Speed51.com. “This time of year, you never know whether it’s going to be freezing cold or if it’s going to be like it is this weekend. We’re looking forward to it. We’re coming off a big Gobbler 100, that was a big event for us, a big deal that we’ve done this year. These two events are turning out to be probably two of our crown jewel events at the racetrack each year.”
Martin is pleased with how the event has grown in its two years of existence. With a nicer forecast than usual expected this weekend, he is ready for an even bigger World Championships in 2019.
“It’s been good, last year we had a real good turnout and this year I think it’s going to be even better. The weather this year’s going to be nicer than it was last year, so that always helps as far as car count, as well as fans.”
Racing will begin on Friday night with qualifying and heat races for each division. Saturday will see B-Mains and Features hit the track.
The Durrence Layne World Championships will be broadcasted live on Speed51.com for premium subscribers. Stay tuned for more information on the broadcast.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Mitchell Jenkins