This Saturday, the Dirt Cup Challenge heads to Cherokee Speedway (SC) to continue their 2019 season. With $2,500 on the line for the winner, it promises to be an exciting event at “The Place Your Mama Warned You About.”
The 3/8-mile oval located in Gaffney, South Carolina will play host to the UMP Modified touring series. Along with some of the best Dirt Modified racers in the Southeast, two NASCAR Cup Series winners will be in the field battling for the $2,500 winner’s prize.
Justin Haley recently added his name to the list of drivers who have won at NASCAR’s highest level, taking the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway (FL) in July. The full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor will race at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) Friday night, but that leaves his Saturday wide open to climb aboard his UMP Modified for another start with the Dirt Cup Challenge.
Former Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann enjoyed a successful NASCAR career, but now spends his time building and driving race cars. The son of the legendary Buzzie Reutimann will also be in action at Cherokee in his “Beak Built” machine.
While those two names have the NASCAR pedigree, there will be plenty of dirt track standouts capable of taking them down Saturday in Gaffney.
Earlier this year, Speed51’s cameras saw Daniel Parker take the win in Dirt Cup Challenge’s Open Wheel Madness event at Lake View Motor Speedway (SC), an event which aired on Speed51’s Short Track America on MAVTV. Parker will be looking for another big win this weekend at Cherokee.
Ryan Ayers is another winner in 2019 with the Dirt Cup Challenge, taking a checkered flag at County Line Raceway (NC) in June. Ryan, along with his father Michael, will be in the mix on Saturday as well.
Along with the $2,500 paycheck for the winner, there will also be a massive trophy, standing 6’6” tall, awaiting the first-place finisher. Such an impressive piece of hardware is certain to motivate competitors to chase the victory.
The event will also pay well throughout the field. The 20th place finisher will pocket $400, and every driver who starts the A-Main will pocket at least $200 for their efforts.
General admission is $15 for Saturday’s race at Cherokee Speedway, with gates opening at 4 p.m. ET. The drivers’ meeting will take place at 7 p.m., with racing to follow at 8 p.m.
Fans unable to make the trip to Cherokee Speedway can follow @Speed51Dirt on Twitter for updates from the race. There will also be highlights available on the Speed51 Network from the event.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo