One of the premier Modified events in the country will be moving to a new venue in 2019. Promoters of the North South Shootout have informed Speed51.com that the event will be changing venues from Concord Speedway (NC) to the historical Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).
The 17th Annual North South Shootout will be held November 7-9, 2019 at Hickory.
“We are excited yet saddened by the change,” stated NS Shootout promoter Renee Hackett. “Concord has been an icon for the Modifieds over the years. Unfortunately, with the property currently listed with a real estate company, we believe it is best to move the venue. An event of this magnitude takes months and months of planning. The uncertainty as to a new owner honoring our event made our decision easier.”
Hickory Motor Speedway, a .363-mile paved oval located in Hickory, North Carolina, is one of the most famous short tracks in America and is often referred to as the “Birthplace of NASCAR Stars.”
“Darren and I are both excited to bring a new landscape to the event,” she stated. “Hickory has a great fan base and the history of the racing at the facility speaks for itself. Kevin Piercy and his staff are great to work with and we are looking forward to more announcements in the future.”
Hickory will become the third venue for the prestigious North South Shootout. The event was held at Concord from 2003 until 2010 before moving to Caraway Speedway (NC) in 2011. The event was originally moved to Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) for 2011, but with the passing of Charles Kepley the North South Shootout was taken over by Prestoria Motorsports, LLC., a company owned by Darren and Renee Hackett.
After four years at Caraway, the Hacketts moved the event back to Concord in 2015, where it remained until 2018.
The Tour-type Modifieds will once again headline the 2019 event and will be joined by the PRA Tours Super Late Models, PRA Tours Southeast Limited Late Models, 602 Tour Modifieds, 602 Tour Super Limiteds and Vintage Cars.
Speed51.com will serve as the official news/video outlet for this year’s event. A live pay-per-view broadcast of the event will be available for those unable to attend.
“Bob and his team at Speed51 do an amazing job with their pay-per-view coverage. I am excited to bring this option back to the fans,” Hackett said.
More information about the 2019 North South Shootout will be released soon. Contact Renee Hackett at 336-302-5803 or send an email to [email protected] to be added to the mailing list.
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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