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Schedule, track-by-track capsules for Speedweeks

January 30, 2013, 5:38 am
From staff, series and track reports

The 2013 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks race-by-race schedule for Super Late Model events at six dirt tracks, two in Georgia and four in Florida. Action runs from Feb. 8-23 at Screven Motor Speedway, Waycross Motor Speedway, North Florida Speedway, East Bay Raceway Park, Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park (complete Speedweeks preview index):

Georgia-Florida Speedweeks schedule

Date, sanction, track/location, winning purse
Feb. 8, WoO, Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, Ga., $8,000
Feb. 9, Unsanctioned, Waycross (Ga.) Motor Speedway, $10,000
Feb. 9, WoO, Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, Ga., $10,000
Feb. 10, UMP/DIRTcar, North Florida Speedway, Lake City, Fla., $5,000
Feb. 11, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $5,000
Feb. 12, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $5,000
Feb. 13, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $7,000
Feb. 14, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $7,000
Feb. 15, WoO, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. $7,000
Feb. 15, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $10,000
Feb. 16, WoO, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. $10,000
Feb. 16, Lucas Oil, East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, Fla., $10,000
Feb. 17, WoO, Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. $20,000
Feb. 18, UMP/DIRTcar, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $7,000
Feb. 19, UMP/DIRTcar, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $7,000
Feb. 20, UMP/DIRTcar, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $10,000
Feb. 21, WoO, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $10,000
Feb. 22, WoO, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $10,000

Feb. 23, WoO, Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, Fla., $10,000

The six tracks hosting Super Late Models events during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks:

Screven Motor Speedway

Event: Winter Freeze III
Location: Sylvania, Ga. (6 miles south of Sylvania on State Route 21)
Dates: Feb. 7-9 (Thursday-Saturday)
Configuration: 3/8-mile clay oval
Late Model sanction: World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Other divisions: Limited Late Models, 410 sprint cars and Florida Mini Sprints (also action at the go-kart track).
Schedule: 410 sprints and Florida Mini Sprints on Thursday (practice for both Late Model divisions); Florida Mini Sprints and complete programs for both Late Model divisions on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets: Details unavailable.
More information: screvenmotorsportscomplex.com or call (912) 228-5886 or (912) 857-4884.
Notes: The World of Outlaws action has been split into two complete events after Darrell Lanigan captured last year’s $20,000-to-win event. ... Screven’s WoO tire rule has been limited to four Hoosier compounds (LM10-40), which matches the traditional UMP DIRTcar rule as well as WoO events later in the month in Florida. ... It’s a change welcomed by drivers who had to haul tires used exclusively at Screven en route to Florida last year. ... Three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart won last year’s sprint car feature. ... The track has posted a $1,000 bonus each night if the race is won by a Crate engine-powered car, and $500 nightly to the highest-finishing Crate finisher. ... Screven’s concession stand is legendary with plate dinners with ribs, spaghetti and meatballs, pot roast, pork chops and more along with all the fixings and sides you could imagine. ... Breakfast is also served from 7-10:30 a.m. each race morning.
Feb. 8 purse: (1) $8,000; (2) $4,000; (3) $2,700; (4) $2,300; (5) $2,000; (6) $1,600; (7) $1,400; (8) $1,300; (9); $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $1,000; (12) $900; (13) $850; (14) $800; (15) $750; (16) $700; (17) $660; (18) $640; (19) $620; (20-24) $600.

Feb. 9 purse: (1) $10,000; (2) $5,000; (3) $3,000; (4) $2,500; (5) $2,000; (6) $1,700; (7) $1,400; (8) $1,300; (9) $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $1,050; (12) $1,000; (13) $950; (14) $900; (15) $850; (16) $800; (17) $770; (18) 750; (19) $730; (20-24) $700.

Waycross Motor Speedway

Event: Battle in the Swamp presented by Crosby Cadillac GMC
Location: Waycross, Ga. (1 mile east of U.S. 1 just off U.S 82)
Dates: Feb. 8-9 (Friday-Saturday)
Configuration: 4/10-mile clay oval
Late Model sanction: None
Other divisions: National Late Model Series-sanctioned Limited Late Models, limited sportsman and pure stock.
Schedule: Practice on Friday; complete program for all three divisions Saturday.
Tickets: $25 general admission; $40 pit pass
More information: wayxspeedway.com or call (912) 283-0900 or (912) 281-7533
Notes: The track is co-owned by Gary Johns and Mike Carter, one of the track’s most successful Late Model drivers, now retired. ... The track hosts a regular Limited Late Model program. ... The NLMS event will pay $4,000-to-win if there are 20 or more entrants and $3,000-to-win otherwise. ... NLMS was added after Screven dropped the sanctioning of its Limited Late Models on the same weekend. ... Despite frigid weather, last year’s Battle in the Swamp crowd was the biggest in several seasons. ... The oval has undergone changes in recent years, reverting to clay instead of an oil-based surface and shortening the half-mile configuration to 4/10-mile. Turns three and four were brought in and widened 30 feet. ... While unsanctioned, Late Models rules are similar to those followed by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rules; tires allowed are American Racer (SD23, SD44, SD48, MD56) and Hoosier (LM10-40, 1100, 1300, 1350, 1600). ... The total Late Model purse is $34,000. ... Singer, D.J. and amateur chef Bubba Strickland of Blackshear, Ga., will entertain following Friday’s practice. ... Camping spots are available next door at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds for $25 per day (includes water and power); call (912) 449-3949 for reservations.

Late Model purse: (1) $10,000; (2) $5,000; (3) $3,000; (4) $2,000; (5) $1,500; (6) $1,200; (7) $1,000; (8) $900; (9) $850; (10) $800; (11) $750; (12) $700; (13) $650; (14) $600; (15) $550; (16) $500; (17) $500; (18) $500; (19) $500; (20) $500; (21) $500; (22) $500; (23) $500; (24) $500.

North Florida Speedway

Event: Winternationals Finale
Location: South of Lake City, Fla., just east of 41-441 on Race Track Lane.
Date: Feb. 10 (Sunday)
Configuration: 4/10-mile dirt oval
Late Model sanction: UMP/DIRTcar
Other divisions: UMP modifieds, pure stocks and box stocks.
Schedule: Pits open at noon, hot laps at 4 p.m., racing at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general admission ($15 kids); $35 pit passes ($25 kids); children 5-and-under free.
More information: northfloridaspeedway.com or call (386) 754-8800.
Notes: The track is part of Speedweeks with Super Late Model racing for the first time since 1998 when Alabama’s Greg Skinner and Missouri’s Leslie Essary won Northern Allstars Late Model Series events promoted by Terry Eaglin. ... The track is now owned and operated by Phil and Liz Guadagno. ... “The racetrack is our getaway on a weekend,” Phil said. ... One of the oldest tracks in Florida, the first event was held in 1955. ... The track hosted six United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series events (a Limited Late Model tour) in 2012. ... Adam Bedenbaugh won the track’s Limited Late Model title last season. ... Perhaps 10 local drivers will be competing, Guadagno said. ... The track first started hosting UMP-sanctioned events (modifieds) about six years ago. ... The track added 200 feet of aluminum grandstands on the frontstretch and about 120 feet of aluminum grandstands in the pits last month, expanding capacity by 1,000. ... The grandstands were from the long-closed St. Augustine Speedway. ... The Super Late Model entry fee is $150; it’s $50 for modifieds.

Late Model purse: The $5,000-to-win breakdown hasn’t been decided.

East Bay Raceway Park

Event: 37th annual Dart Winternationals
Location: Gibsonton, Fla. (south of Tampa just east of U.S. 41 on Burts Road)
Dates: Feb. 10-16 (Sunday-Saturday)
Configuration: Third-mile oval
Late Model sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Other divisions: None
Schedule: Practice on Sunday; complete programs other six nights with hot laps at 6 p.m. Time trials, heat races, consolation races, Strawberry Dash and features each night.
Tickets: Six-day pass is $210, a $10 savings; $35 general admission (Feb. 11-14) and $40 (Feb. 15-16). Online ticket purchase is available.
More information: www.eastbayracewaypark.com or call (877) 457-5611 or (813) 677-7223.
Notes: Billy Moyer is the all-time winningest Winternationals driver with 21 victories, far ahead of Don O’Neal (13), Steve Francis (10) and Jimmy Mars (6). ... Francis and O’Neal won two race apiece last year. ... Sponsorship from Dart Machinery pays $5,000 to the top points earner during the week-long affair; Dennis Erb Jr. won last year’s title. ... Lucas Oil has added a pair of non-qualifiers’ races for the final two events paying $1,000-to-win and $100-to-start. ... Two additional starting spots have been added to add six features through sponsorship from Performance Rod and Custom and DirtonDirt.com. PRC sponsors each night's Strawberry Dash, which sends the winner to the main event, while DirtonDirt.com’s spot goes to the fastest qualifier who didn’t transfer to the feature through preliminary races. ... The week's tire rule: American Racer SD23, SD33, SD38, SD44, SD48 and MD56 (including white dots); Hoosier 1100, 1200, 1300, 1350, LM20, LM40, 1600 (including white dots). ... Drivers must use the same four tires for time trials and heat races; for consolation races, one of those tires may be replaced. Drivers are free to use all new tires for feature races. ... Strawberry shortcake is popular among the track's concessions, which includes a sit-down restaurant. ... The Lucas Oil action is part of nearly a month of action at East Bay that includes Fastrak-sanctioned Crate Late Models (Jan. 30-Feb. 2), modifieds (Feb. 6-9), 360 sprint cars (Feb. 20-23) and mini sprints (Feb. 20-23).
Feb. 11-12 purses: (1) $5,000; (2) $3,000; (3) $2,000; (4); $1,500; (5) $1,000; (6) $800; (7) $750; (8) $700; (9) $650; (10) $600; (11) $550; (12-24) $500.
Feb. 13-14 purses: (1) $7,000; (2) $3,500; (3) $2,000; (4) $1,500; (5) $1,400; (6) $1,300; (7) $1,200; (8) $1,100; (9) $1,000; (10) $950; (11); $900; (12) $850; (13) $800; (14) $750; (15) $725; (16) $700; (17) $700; (18) $700; (19) $650; (20) $625, (21) $625; (22-24) $600.
Feb. 15-16 purses:
(1) $10,000; (2) $5,500; (3) $3,500; (4) $2,750; (5) $2,250; (6) $1,800; (7) $1,500; (8) $1,300; (9) $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $1,075; (12) $1,050; (13) $1,025; (14); $1,000; (15) $950; (16) 925, (17) $900; (18) $875; (19) $850; (20) $825; (21-24) $800.

Editor's note: Updates with Dart Machinery sponsorship announced Feb. 4.

Bubba Raceway Park

Event: Second annual Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals
Location: Ocala, Fla. (6 miles north of Ocala on CR-25A)
Dates: Feb. 14-17 (Thursday-Sunday)
Configuration: 3/8-mile clay trioval.
Late Model sanction: World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Other divisions: None.
Schedule: Practice Thursday; complete WoO program other three nights including time trials, heat races, consolation races and main event.
Tickets: Three-day pass is $90, a $25 savings; general admission $35 (Friday), $40 (Saturday) and $40 (Sunday); pit passes $5 more each night.
More information: bubbaracewaypark.com
Notes: BRP’s finale is the richest Speedweeks event in Florida since 2002, when Don O’Neal earned $25,000 in East Bay’s finale. ... Last year’s WoO winners at Ocala were Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards and Rick Eckert. ... Eckert turned back a last-lap charge by Mike Marlar for a dramatic victory. ... The track is owned by Tom Bean and partner Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, the Tampa shock jock who also competes occasionally in the track's Late Model division. ... Ocala began operations in 1952 and was paved from 1998-2007 before going back to dirt. ... Ocala is hosting more Speedweeks events besides Late Models: NeSmith Crate Late Models (Jan. 28-Feb. 2), UMP modifieds (Feb. 6-9), 360 winged sprints (Feb. 7), UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars (Feb. 8-9), USAC Amsoil Sprints (Feb. 20-23) and the Southern States Midget Series (Feb. 20-23). ... The Late Model tire rule follows UMP's original four-compound rule of LM10-40.
Feb. 16 purse: (1) $7,000; (2) $3,500; (3) $2,500; (4) $2,250; (5) $2,000; (6) $1,600; (7) $1,400; (8) $1,300; (9) $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $950; (12) $900; (13) $850; (14) $800; (15) $750; (16) $700; (17) $660; (18) $640; (19) $620; (20-24) $600.
Feb. 17 purse:
(1) $10,000; (2) $5,000; (3) $3,000; (4) $2,500; (5) $2,000; (6) $1,700; (7) $1,400; (8) $1,300; (9) $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $1,050; (12) $1,000; (13) $950; (14) $900; (15) $850; (16) $800; (17) $770; (18) $750; (19) $730; (20-24) $700.
Feb. 18 purse:
(1) $20,000; TBA.

Correction: Fixes Feb. 16 purse.

Volusia Speedway Park

Event: UNOH DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment
Location: Barberville, Fla. (15 miles west of I-95 on State Route 40)
Dates: Feb. 18-23 (Monday-Saturday)
Configuration: Half-mile D-shaped clay oval.
Late Model sanctions: UMP DIRTcar (Feb. 18-20) and World of Outlaws Late Model Series (Feb. 21-23)
Other divisions: UMP modifieds (Feb. 18-19) and big-block modifieds (Feb. 20-23)
Schedule: Complete programs for all divisions each night. UMP programs include group time trials, six heats (three transfer), three consolation races (two transfer), last-chance race and main event. WoO programs include time trials, six staggered heats (three transfer), three consolations (two transfer) and main event.
Tickets: $35 general admission and reserved (Monday-Wednesday) and $39 general admission and reserved (Thursday-Saturday); three-day passes for Monday-Wednesday or Thursday-Saturday are $100. Online ticket purchase is available.
More information: dirtcarnationals.com or call (704) 795-7223, (386) 985-4402 or (877) 395-8606.
Notes: DirtonDirt.com, in a partnership with DirtVision, is providing a pay-per-view of all six events. ... Preseason testing at Volusia is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. on Feb. 2. ... The main gates open at 5 p.m. nightly and fans can pick up free pit passes beginning at 5:30 p.m. ... Billy Moyer was the only multiple-race winner over Volusia’s six races last year while Dennis Erb Jr. won the week-long points title. ... Besides Moyer, who won the finale, Erb, Steve Francis, John Blankenship and Scott Bloomquist nabbed victories. ... Moyer is the all-time winngest driver during February at Volusia with 18 victories, 10 more than any other driver. ... Before the Late Models appear, the DIRTcar Nationals features sprint car racing from Feb. 13-17 along with UMP modifieds (which open Feb. 12). ... The four-compound tire rule follows UMP's original LM10-LM40 rule.
Feb. 18-19 purses: (1) $7,000; (2) $3,500; (3) $2,000; (4) $1,500; (5) $1,200; (6) $1,000; (7) $900; (8) $800; (9) $700; (10) $600; (11-24) $500.
Feb. 20 purse: (1) $10,000; (2) $5,000; (3) $2,500; (4) $2,000; (5) $1,500; (6) $1,200; (7) $1,000; (8) $900; (9) $800; (10) $700; (11) $600; (12-28) $500.
Feb. 21-23 purses: (1) $10,000; (2) $5,000; (3) $3,000; (4) $2,500; (5) $2,000; (6) $1,700; (7) $1,400; (8) $1,300; (9) $1,200; (10) $1,100; (11) $1,050; (12) $1,000; (13) $950; (14) $900; (15) $850; (16) $800; (17) $770; (18) $750; (19) $730; (20-24) $700.
 
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