Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Series Launches
CALLAWAY, Va. — The Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship will launch this season with the hopes of elevating the status of street stock competitors.
The inaugural season will feature three races in three different states — Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway will host the opening round of the series on July 5. The second and third legs of the series will take place at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., on Aug. 22 and Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, Va., on Oct. 4.
With the Dillon race boasting a $2,000 winner’s payout and the races at Ace and Franklin County paying $1,000-to-win, a driver could win as much as $4,000 in the three-race series.
In addition, a points system will be utilized to determine a champion with a sponsorship for the New Year’s race at Dillon Motor Speedway as well as a championship belt on the line.
Brad Allen, promoter of Ace Speedway got together with both Ron Barfield of Dillon Motor Speedway and Langley Austin of Franklin County Speedway in hopes of putting something together for street stock competitors.
“I saw that the street stock guys seemed really interested in starting a touring series,” said Allen. “I’m a fan of those cars and want to see them around for a long time so I thought about what I could do and who I could work with. Ron Barfield and Langley Austin are in the same boat I’m in trying to revive their local track. I knew if anyone would want to work together, it’d be them and from there the ideas just started to grow.
“I knew Ron was putting on the biggest street stock races anywhere around here and I thought he’d have some great ideas on how to build that division even more. He threw some stuff out there and then I talked with Langley Austin and he had some ideas and we got together on doing three dates that wouldn’t affect any other area tracks.”
Barfield was excited about the opportunity of pairing his big races with a couple of other tracks.
“I thought it was a great idea,” stated Barfield. “The support divisions deserve just as much respect as the top division and that’s something we believe in here at Dillon Speedway. This venture with Brad and Langley was a good opportunity for us to grow the street stock races we’re already planning.”
Austin is also looking forward to working with the other other tracks.
“I wish all promoters could get together like this,” said Austin. “It was a no brainer for us when Allen called and asked me about it. Brad Allen and Ron Barfield run two of my favorite tracks and are both in good areas to draw a strong street stock field for these races. I think with these three races gives street stock guys what they’re looking for from a touring series standpoint and gives them three very big payouts to shoot for.”