The stretch run is just ahead for the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series, with three races over the next two weekends to complete the 2019 season. First up, the stars and cars head to Western Maryland for the series’ first ever visit to the reborn Greater Cumberland Raceway.
It will also mark a new level for the track’s signature Super Late Model race, the Queen City 50, which the track has managed on their own the past two years. With the crop of drivers from ULTIMATE Northeast going up against Cumberland’s toughest, promoter Todd Brode and his staff could not be more excited.
“We are excited, this probably is the biggest race we’ve done in about the last 10 years. I approached Rose Compton with it and she was all for it, and we just went from there,” Brode told Speed51.
As for Brode’s driver to watch, it is the same man who has won the Queen City 50 the past two years.
“We probably got seven or eight local guys that are going to come. Matt Cosner the last two years in this race has led every lap and won both years. He’s a local boy who knows this track. It’ll be interesting to see how he and the ULTIMATE drivers stack up.”
The journey for the over 90-year-old facility has been a rough one over the past decade, with the track sitting dormant for five years after the 2011 season. By the time Brode and his team got their hands on “The Rock” in 2016, there was plenty of work to be done.
“We got it in 2016, when we got it there were weeds on the race track and everything. We brought in all new walls, we put guardrails four-high on the backstretch. The walls are bigger than your standard wall, we repainted everything, weed-whacked everything. We did it in late 2016 and it probably took about six months. It was a chore, but we got it done.”
With local interest and the arrival of touring series such as ULTIMATE Northeast, the future is bright for this old dirt racing staple.
“The future, we’ve been talking on and off with Tony Stewart’s 410 series, we’ve talked to the Big-Block Modified guys. We’d like to get the URC Series in here, we’ve talked to them about that. Everything’s on the up and up. It’s a great place, it’s got the rock in the background, just picturesque.”
Speed51 will be on hand this Saturday for the Queen City 50 with Race Day Now coverage, you can also see the highlights early next week on the Speed51 Network.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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