Hickory Motor Speedway Played Big Role in Modified History


(King, NC):  The ASA Sanctioned Southern Modified Race Tour (SMRT) returns to Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 1st to wrap up the 2008 season for the touring Modifieds.

Brian King and L. W. Miller are locked in a close race for the SMRT title with King holding a slim 33 point lead over Miller but with “bonus” points on the line for leading laps, winning races and improving your starting position, anything can happen in a chase like this.  Waiting in the wings should either King or Miller slip are several drivers waiting to take advantage of misfortune by the two leaders.  Frank Fleming, the “bridesmaid” (Fleming has never won a Modified title) of Southern Modified racing is only 38 points behind Miller but more importantly, Fleming heads a list of 7 drivers separated by only 25 points.  Jason Myers is fourth in standings only four markers behind Fleming and one ahead of Jay Foley.  Josh Nichols, Scott Rigney, George Brunnhoelzl, III and Rich Kuiken, Jr. are all in the mix for top five finishes in final standings with only 25 points separating those seven drivers.

Hickory Motor Speedway has played a big part in the history of the Modified division.  In the almost 60 year history of the famed 3/8 mile oval, some of the biggest names in racing have piloted Modifieds over the storied asphalt.  Bobby Allison and Harry Gant head the list of drivers who made it big in racing that drove the open wheeled rockets at Hickory along with Modified greats like Perk Brown, Ray Hendricks and Hank Thomas and in more recent history, Philip Smith, Gary Myers, and Melvin “Puddin” Swisher who helped usher in the current crop of Modified stars.

Also on tap is a special event for the East Coast Flathead Fords.  These cars are replicas of the Modified and Sportsman cars from the 50's & 60's that preceded the “Mods” of today along with a “surprise” event and all the kids (young and old) should save their costumes from Halloween night.  There will be a cash prize for the best and worst Halloween costumes on race day.

Grandstands open at Noon Saturday at the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars” with qualifying slated for 12:30 PM.  At 1:30 PM all the fans will be allowed trackside to meet their favorite drivers and get a close-up look at some of the fastest cars to tour the HMS asphalt.  Racing action gets under way at 2:30 PM.

Grandstand admission is only $18.00 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.  BUT!!!  You can call the speedway or SMRT for a ticket “special”.   A limited number of $100.00 ticket packages are available.  Those “Packages” contain 8 General Admission tickets knocking the adult price down to only $12.50 each. These are sold as a “package” only.  There are also a very limited number of “pre-race” Pit Credentials / Suite Tickets available for only $35.00.  Those credentials allow admission to the pit area prior to qualifying and to the track Suite for qualifying and the race where snacks and beverages will be served.  “Pre-Race pits only are $25.00.

Those special ticket packages are available through Noon on Friday, October 31st.  So grab up some friends and make the call to 828-434-3655 or 336-972-4362 to take advantage of those special rates.  Credit cards accepted and tickets can be picked up at the will-call booth on race day. 

For more information on the Southern Modified Race Tour call 336-972-4362 or go to www.southernmodtour.net .

Information on the American Speed Association (ASA) go to www.asa-racing.com .

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