Luck Of The Irish Brings The Reward Of Dirt Racing To Georgia

Georgia is on my mind this weekend, as the home of stock car racing brings a smorgasbord of dirt racing options for those looking to avoid the notorious traffic of the city of Atlanta (as well as the Atlanta Motor Speedway). ).

Plus, all the newly resurfaced AMS can do is talk about how much of its new asphalt is off limits to runners who take on its steep inclines. There is no such thing as an off-limit racing surface on a dirt track.

Lots of money for cars big and small at Boyd’s Speedway

Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia is a brisk two-hour walk up I-75 from the big track in Atlanta and will play host to the Shamrock on Saturday night. Like most shows at Boyd’s, there will be a host of classes participating in the evening, but the night’s two headliners will compete for $5,000 performances to win.

Top of the list is the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, which just two weekends ago contested the behemoth Tennessee Tipoff at Smoky Mountain that drew arguably the beefiest late model feature since Florida Speedweeks.

That’s unlikely to repeat itself this weekend, as Lucas Oil’s late-model Dirt series will race further north, but it’s still expected to draw some regional power (Sam Seawright, 2022 Ice Bowl winner Christian Hanger and Zack Mitchell are confirmed as of this writing).

The other $5,000 feature of the night comes courtesy of the Sport Compact Dirt Racing Association (SCDRA) division. The SCDRA season opener at Screven Motor Speedway last month drew more than 60 cars.

For those making the trip, set aside time for this show. Racing is supposed to start at 5 pm ET, and Boyd’s has been no stranger to parking chaos for its biggest events.

More action than NASCAR at Lavonia

Two and a half hours from I-85 is Lavonia Speedway and its two-night Shamrock Skirmish program. The highlight class of the weekend is the Ultimate Street Stock Challenge, which features preliminary shows on Friday night before contesting a $5,000 to win show on Saturday night. Judging by the shots from the pits at Thursday night’s open practice, the car count looks pretty healthy.

Street Stocks has already lined up for practice. Practice form 7-10 tonight Doors open at 4 pm $20 per person

Posted by The Lavonia Speedway on Thursday March 17, 2022

The Ultimate Street Stock Challenge Facebook page has 27 confirmed entries as of Monday morning.

Short hike to Senoia Raceway

At the very least, there’s NO reason not to check out the revitalized Senoia Raceway and its infamously slippery gumbo racing surface on Saturday night. Located just a tick over half an hour from AMS, the track’s regular weekly classes will run their show, with 604 crates and limited late models at the top of the heap. However, the track’s mini stock class will be looking for a $2,097 payday that night.

More importantly for race fans looking for an incentive, if they’ve already purchased NASCAR tickets, they’ll get a discount at the gate in Senoia on Saturday night.

Kick-off event for a vintage dirt track

Head south about two hours on I-75 and I-16 east, and race fans will find themselves at the renowned Vintage 441 Speedway Park in Dublin, Georgia. If there’s a racetrack in the right place to host a shamrock-themed event, it’s one in a town called Dublin.

The season opener for the track formerly known as Patriots Park Speedway, the Shamrock Showdown 150 will be headlined by the track’s late model 602 class.

A word of warning for fans considering making the trip; the dreary rain seen so often in Ireland seems to have reached Dublin as well. The rink has already had to cancel its scheduled practices due to rain, and rink start times for the Shamrock Showdown are already up in the air with more rain forecast this weekend.

After careful consideration looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow and Saturday, it looks like it’s going to start…

Posted by Vintage 441 Speedway Park on Thursday March 17, 2022

There’s something special about being at a track’s actual opening night, so if the weather and weather cooperate, by all means give this one a shot.

the bottom dollar

At the time of this writing, the cheapest seat available for Sunday’s QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500 in Atlanta is $101.90, including fees. Between this race and Las Vegas, I’m seeing a theme emerge for events at SMI tracks.

By comparison, grandstand prices for the venues listed above are as follows:

Boyd’s Race Track – $20
Lavonia Speedway – $20 ($30 for a two-day pass)
Senoia Race Track – $15
Vintage 441 Speedway Park – $15

The public can purchase a pit pass at any of the places listed above and they will all cost less than the $101.90 required in Atlanta on Sunday.

Lastly, the Black Horse Speedway in Albany, Ga., a two-and-a-half hour drive down I-75, has a regular weekly show, including recent box models, included in its lineup. However, the track has not made any posts on its Facebook page as of this writing regarding the show, nor is there an event flyer available on the track’s website.

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