Dirt Late Model racing will return to Cherokee Speedway on Saturday, May 2 with the $10,000-to-win Palmetto Invitational. While fans will not be allowed to fill the grandstands at “The Place Your Momma Warned You About,” there will be a pay-per-view broadcast of the major event for fans to watch from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Speed51 will provide a pay-per-view broadcast of the Palmetto Invitational for $29.99. With the broadcast, fans will be able to watch the event at the Gaffney, South Carolina facility featuring some of the top Dirt Late Model racers in the country.
The live pay-per-view broadcast will help with the expenses to run the race without fans in attendance.
The event is a joint venture with Cherokee Speedway, DC II LLC Concrete Construction Company and Speed51. 50 drivers have been invited to the race, which will be contested in front of spectator-less grandstands. The 60-lap feature event will pay $10,000 to win.
While invitations were sent privately, drivers who have accepted invitations and confirmed their participation in the Palmetto Invitational include three-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion Jonathan Davenport, former World of Outlaws Late Models champion Darrell Lanigan and 2017 March Madness winner at Cherokee Ross Bailes.
Cherokee Speedway promoter Scott Childress spoke about the event and the broadcast on Speed51’s “The Bullring” Monday.
“Everybody is really excited,” said Childress. “Tony and I are excited to be a part of it and honored to be able to do it. Everyone has been real supportive, and it’s been real encouraging to have everyone behind us and helping us.
Childress hopes the venue will be able to host events with their loyal fans in attendance in the near future.
“We definitely plan on giving our fans as many races as we can this year. That is number one. Tony and I have a great relationship with a lot of our fans and think a lot of them.
“We know this is frustrating for them, but hopefully they understand we’re doing all we can. Basically, our hands are tied. This is all we can do, but we’re going to put our effort forth, so we’re doing all we can to make it happen.”
Along with the five-digit payday for the main event, there will also be $1,000 up for grabs in the Last Chance Race preceding the feature.
The event will also benefit The One SC Fund. The One SC Fund is currently activated to fund statewide COVID-19 response efforts in a partnership between SC Grantmakers Network, Together SC, and the United Way Association of SC.
Speed51 yearly subscribers will receive 10% off the purchase of Saturday’s broadcast.
Click here to order your pay-per-view ticket for the Palmetto Invitational today.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo