The Skyler Trull family and Carolina Speedway have always given dirt race fans in the piedmont of North and South Carolina a first-class racing experience to kick-off the racing season in the area. This most prestigious racing event is only a week away as once again Carolina Speedway’s season opener will be the 16th Annual Carolina Clash Skyler Trull Memorial on March 11-12, 2016.
“This is a special weekend every year,” said Carolina Speedway’s Bruce Arrants. “This is much more than a race and it has turned into a huge event that we are very proud to host.”
The event held in the honor of Skyler Trull each March has become a fixture in the southeast over the last decade. Skylar’s father Larry is a crew member and cousin of veteran racer Doug Sanders. Sanders’ car carries the colors of the event each year. Skyler Trull was a special little girl whose family is deeply involved in dirt racing. When Skyler lost her battle with Leukemia on March 14th, 2000 she was only 5 years old. Her family decided a Memorial race in her honor would be a fitting tribute to the bright eyed redhead. The family went to work taking donations from fans and businesses to make the purse. The first STM was a $1,200 to win six-car dash.
Thursday March 10th 2016 practice. Gates open at 4:00. Practice is from 6:00 to 10:00. Admission pits $15. Grandstands are free!
Friday night March 11th will feature a full night of racing. The Q2U BBQ Pit Four Cylinders and Tilley Harley Davidson Renegades will each have a $500 to win. The NC 811 Call Before You Dig Pure Stocks will have a $300 to win event. The SECA Thunder Crate Sportsman will have a $750 to win event. The SECA Late Models will be qualifying and running heat races on Friday night.
Saturday night, March 12th will be a full program for the Carolina Clash Super Late Models with the main event being the $5,000 to win Skyler Trull Memorial. The SECA Late Models will have a $3,000 to win 30 lap event. Also on the card will be the Domino’s Pizza Street Stocks with a $750 to win main event. The Hornets FWD will have a $300 to win main event.
Pit gate opens on Friday night March 11th at 4:00 PM with Grandstands open at 5:00 PM. Drivers meeting will take place at 7:00 with hot laps at 7:15. Racing will begin at 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $12, pits are $25.
Saturday March 12th pit gates will once again open at 3:00 PM. Grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Drivers meeting will be at 6:15 with racing at 7:00 PM. General admission will be $25 with pit admission $35. Two day tickets can be purchased also. General admission two day ticket is $35 and a two day pit pass is $55.
For more info please visit www.carolinaspeedway.net or call the track hotline @704-869-0313
“We are very honored and proud to be associated with the Skyler Trull Memorial”, said Larry Lee of the Carolina Clash. “The Trull family has worked very hard to preserve the spirit of Skyler throughout the racing community and we are just happy to assist in any way possible.”
The Skyler Trull Memorial has been a long standing tradition for the Carolina Clash. As some may recall the exciting contest between Randle Chupp and Tim McCreadie just a few short years ago, along with the thrilling first career win for 2010 Rookie of the Year Dean Bowen. Chris Ferguson is a three-time STM winner (2009, 2011, & 2015). Every Skyler Trull Memorial has had the same, unique, and exciting racing year after year and this year promises to be no different.The event held in the honor of Skyler Trull each March has become a fixture in the southeast over the last decade. Skyler’s father Larry is a crew member and cousin of veteran racer Doug Sanders. Sanders’ car carries the colors of the event each year.
The Skyler Trull race has turned into such a great show,” said Mark Huey of the Carolina Clash. “It is so much more than a race; it’s a weekend of fun and events. Huge crowds turn out for the event and it’s definitely one we circle on the calendar every year.
-Carolina Clash Press Release. Photo credit: Derek Bobik Photo