NASCAR Weekend At Talladega Short Track Opens Durrence Layne Seasonadmin
ADAIRSVILLE, GA – A Friday/Saturday Double Header this weekend is scheduled to open the 15th season for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Series officials are hopeful the third time is a charm as Mother Nature won the first two tries earlier this month. Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL will host a pair of races during NASCAR Weekend.
This Friday night a $2,000-to-win $200-to-start 40-lap race will take place at the Hornet’s Nest, and then Talladega Short Track will present a $2,500-to-win $250-to-start 50-lap race this Saturday night.
The total payout for this Friday night’s race at Talladega Short Track is as follows: 1. $2,000; 2. $1,000; 3. $700; 4. $550; 5. $500; 6. $425; 7. $375; 8. $350; 9. $325; 10. $300; 11. $275; 12. $250; 13. $225; 14-24. $200. Drivers that fail to transfer to the main event, but start a B-Main will receive $35.
The total payout for this Saturday night’s race at Talladega Short Track is as follows: 1. $2,500; 2. $1,250; 3. $850; 4. $700; 5. $650; 6. $550; 7. $500; 8. $450; 9. $400; 10. $375; 11. $350; 12. $300; 13. $280; 14. $260; 15-24. $250. Drivers that fail to transfer to the main event, but start a B-Main will receive $50.
The opening races always set the stage for the season that pays $10,000 to the National Champion and the right to hoist the Durrence Layne Cup at the Annual Durrence Layne Racing Awards Banquet. Last season, Ashton Winger of Hampton, GA and Jake Knowles of Rome, GA battled on the track from the first race to the final event. Winger took the title by ten points.
At age 18, Winger was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year and the VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series Champion. Winger has moved on in his young career and will not defend his title. Knowles is expected to return to compete for the championship that got away last season.
A host of drivers are expected to join Knowles in the chase for the Durrence Layne Cup in 2019. That list includes Decherd, TN drivers Chase Walls and Jadon Frame, who will also compete for the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Award. A former VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series Champion Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL will also run for Rookie honors.
Jake Rainey of Powder Springs, GA will run for the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Award, and the 15-year-old second generation driver will also run for the VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series title. Another VP Young Gun is 18-year-old Spencer Hughes of Meridian, MS.
Top 10 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series drivers from last season returning for 2019 include Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, TN, Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS, T.J. Britton of Centre, AL, and the Hohenwald, TN Gang of Tyler Wood and Oakley Johns. Two-time Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS is also expected.
Several local favorites that compete on a weekly basis at Talladega Short Track in the Durrence Layne Weekly Racing Series are expected to join the National Touring drivers this weekend. Local favorites include David Kay of Munford, AL, Adam Gauldin of Talladega, AL, Todd Hurst of Lineville, AL, and Mike Combs of Odenville, AL.
Something new for Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series competitors for 2019 is the return of Contingencies Sponsors. Several companies that serve racers in many areas will put up cash and product at each National Touring event.
Boyd Bilt Fabrication of East Ridge, TN will pay $100 to the Fast Qualifier at each Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series event. VP Racing Lubricants will offer a case of oil to the driver that pulls off the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race. Fullmoon Graphics of Athens, TN will present a $77.00 discount on a wrap to the “Lucky Seven” seventh-place finisher.
Keyser Manufacturing of Coopersville, MI will sponsor the Hard Luck Award with a $50 Product Certificate to the first driver that retires from each race. KRC Power Steering will sponsor the Heat Races and B-Main Races and present a $50 Product Certificate to win winners of those events during the 2019 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season.
On both Friday and Saturday at Talladega Short Track, the Pit Gate opens at 9 a.m., with Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Registration and Pre-Race Technical Inspection from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with Hot Laps and Racing to follow.
Talladega Short Track is located at 4343 Speedway Blvd., Eastaboga, AL 36260. For more information call 256-831-1413, or visit the track’s brand new web site at www.talladegashorttrack.com.
You can also like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/talladegashorttrackracewaypark/. With it being NASCAR Weekend, both fans and competitors are encouraged to arrive at Talladega Short Track from the east, and travel westbound on Speedway Boulevard for the easiest access to the track.
For more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.durrencelayneracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Racing. You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing.
Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Models and the Pacesetter Award Sponsor at Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series events. Durrence Layne Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is one of the nation’s top GM Powertrain and Performance Dealers, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Models. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Models. VP Racing Fuels and Lubricants is the Official Race Fuel and Lubricant of the Durrence Layne Late Models, sponsor of the VP Lubricants Starting Box, and the VP Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award at Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series events. Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the Official Parts Supplier for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Models and the Hard Charger Award Sponsor at National Touring events. Boyd Bilt Fabrication is the Fast Qualifier Sponsor at Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series events. Keyser Manufacturing is the Hard Luck Award Sponsor at Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series events. Cruise With The Champions is the Rookie of the Year Sponsors of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. KRC Power Steering is a Heat Race Sponsor for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. David Smith Carburetors is the Official Carburetor of Durrence Layne Racing. Fullmoon Graphics is the Official Wrap, Banner, and Sign Company of Durrence Layne Racing. 2019 Chassis Sponsors are Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.