NeSmith Weekly Tour Adds Southern Raceway
Southern Raceway was a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series in 2007. Local favorite Frank Wilson of Harold, Fla., won the series’ Southern Region Championship that season. Wilson also competes in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division.
“After talking with the series’ Competition Director Tim Sims and clarifying how the points structure works for the National Championship, we are committed to a minimum of 14 races so our local guys have a shot at the $10,000-to-win title,” Hoover said. “We are still working on the details of the schedule, and I really hope to have 18 to 20 races.”
Hoover asked that everyone check the track web site where they will post the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Late Model Division schedule as soon as all of the details are ironed out.
The dirt late model race cars in the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series are powered by the economical Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. There are two engines to choose from, the 400 horsepower aluminum-head 604 engine and the 350 horsepower steel-head 602 engine that gets a 100-pound weight break.
“We were looking for a more affordable form of Late Model racing, and both the racers and the fans had been asking about it and wanting it,” Hoover said. “We felt like now is the time to give them an affordable Late Model class, and we were already familiar with the NeSmith series. We knew it would be a good fit for us and what we want to do.”