ROUGEMONT, N.C. – The three-eighths mile Orange County Speedway roars to life this Saturday with round two of the 2017 Southern Modified Racing Series. The Modifieds will race in the Orange Blossom 125 paying $3,000 to win; alongside the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Models who will go 150 laps.


“I love racing at Orange County, it’s one of my favorite tracks” said Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem. Ward kicked off the season with a solid fifth-place finish Sunday at Caraway.


300x250 PASS Orange Blossom PPV 2017.03.25“It’s really fast and is like a speed bowl,” continued the driver of the No. 19 New Day Motorsports car. “There is banking all the way around and as the races there unfold lanes will open up. It will be open all the way to the top, so there is passing on the inside and passing on the outside – lots of action.”


Ward has logged a lot of laps around the Rougemont oval having competed there in the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series, Super Late Models, Late Model Stocks and most recently in his modified. That most-recent run gives him even more confidence.


“The last time there (October 17, 2015) I qualified on the pole and led most of the race,” said Ward. “I was battling with Andy Jankowiak for the lead late in the race when some lapped cars wrecked in front of us and I got caught up in that.”


So, for Ward he looks forward to a return to the track that has been good to him, including a win in late model stock racing back in 2006.


Ward will be one of a strong field of modified drivers anxious to race for the victory. If the competition and excitement at Caraway Sunday was any indication it will be another great race.


Also joining the SMRS and PASS South Super Late Models will be the USAC Speed2 Midget Cars.


Orange County Speedway is located at 9740 NC Highway 57 in Rougemont, N.C.


More information on the Southern Modified Racing Series is available at or on the organizations Facebook page.


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Ward Brings Experience Into SMRS Race at Orange County