Recent Facebook activity will show some serious activity taking place at the South Carolina track of Greenville Pickens Speedway. Pictures posted of both turns of the ½-mile track show the asphalt cut up throughout both corners awaiting a fresh layer of asphalt.
Seventy-by-thirty foot sections were mapped out at both ends of the race track. The asphalt was milled up last Wednesday and was completed with a new section on Thursday.
“It’s been exactly 20 years this year since any new pavement,” said Anthony Anders of Greenville Pickens Speedway. “We are excited for a different racing surface.”
Nothing about the layout of the race track has changed, just the additional grip provided with the new asphalt.
The first race on the new asphalt is February 18 for the Greenville Pickens Meltdown where $10,000 is up for grabs in the 150-lap Super Late Model main event. The South East Limited Late Model Series will also be in attendance at the Meltdown. The local race season will kick off on March 4.
“We will be hosting seven Late Model races this year all on the first weekend of the month, all are twin 50’s and they pay $2,000 a piece to win, $1,000 for second, and $300 to start.”
With approximately 30 scheduled weekends at Greenville Pickens the asphalt is sure to be worn in quickly as racers are curious on how the new asphalt will change the racing. Scheduled events include the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Saturday, April 8.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Greenville Pickens Speedway