An instant classic: Pizza Hut Memphis Fall Nationals up next!
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October 8, 2006

MEMPHIS, Mo. -- For the second straight year, the tiny rural community of Memphis, Mo., will be transformed into a mecca of race fans, cars and drivers this week as four nights of racing are on tap at the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway with the second running of the Pizza Hut Memphis Fall Nationals.

Action at the 3/8-mile high-banked oval begins on Thursday, Oct. 12, with the first of three nights of door-to-door action, and culminating with last-chance races and main events on Saturday, Oct. 14, for the finale which features seven different classes in action.

Last year, nearly 250 cars and drivers in six classes jam-packed the pit area. With the addition of the USRA Hobby Stocks to this year's line-up, and an even greater number of pre-entries, more than 300 different cars and drivers are expected to compete during this year's out-of-the-box classic.

A free-to-the-public open practice session is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 11, to help kick off the 2nd Annual Pizza Hut Memphis Fall Nationals. Practice sessions are scheduled from 6-9 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m. Grandstand admission is free, while pit passes are $15. Wednesday’s practice is open to any class of cars and all drivers will get plenty of track time as this will be the only chance for drivers to hot lap (no hot laps on
Thursday, Friday or Saturday).

The action gets underway on Thursday, Oct. 12, with USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbies and Hornets competing in heat races, B-mains and A-main qualifiers. The top six cars from each A-main qualifier on Thursday will be locked into Saturday night’s main event.

Adult grandstand tickets for Thursday are $12, kids (ages 6-12) are just $3 and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit passes are $25. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and grandstand seating is available beginning at 5 p.m.. Racing is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.

The super-fast, lightning-quick dirt Late Models join the program on Friday, Oct. 13, along with USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stocks, Outlaw Hobbies and Hornets back in action. All classes will compete in heat races, B-mains and A-main qualifiers. Late Models will be racing a complete show culminating with a 25-lap, $2,000-to-win feature race. All other classes will run a complete as well, with the top six cars from each A-main qualifier locking themselves into Saturday night’s main event.

Adult grandstand tickets for Friday are $12, kids (ages 6-12) are just $3 and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and grandstand seating is available beginning at 5 p.m.. Racing is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.

After the races on Friday night, the Pepsi Scotland County Speedway will host a post-race party for all drivers and teams, with three kegs of beer and Karaoke going as late as party-goers can last.

All classes return on Saturday for the incredible Pizza Hut Memphis Fall Nationals finale featuring last-chance qualifiers, pole scrambles and main events for all seven divisions. The 12 qualified drivers from Thursday and Friday in the USRA Modified, USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod, USRA Hobby Stock, Outlaw Hobby and Hornet classes will fill the first six rows of the starting line-up for the feature races, with the remaining spots in the main event fields filled through last-chance qualifiers in each division. Points will be awarded during the two previous nights of racing to determine starting line-ups for Saturday's last-chance qualifiers.

In Saturday's main events, Hornets will be racing for $300 to win and $50 to start, Outlaw Hobbies will battle for $700 to win and $100 to start, USRA Hobby Stocks will race for $600 to win and $100 to start, USRA B-Mods are going for $1,000 to win and $100 to start and USRA Stock Cars will be fighting for $2,000 to win and $100 to start. USRA Modifieds will be competing for a whopping $5,000 to win and $350 to start.

Last, but certainly not least, Saturday's festivities hill be highlighted by the Late Models as they will do it all over again with a complete show of qualifying heats and main events, with the winner of the A-main pocketing $3,000 and at least $200 going to all starters. Defending race winner Andy Eckrich of Iowa City, Iowa, has pre-entered for this yer's event to defend his crown.

Grandstand tickets are just $18 for Saturday's show, with kids (ages 6-12) $5 and children 5 and under admitted free of charge. Pit passes are $30. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the grandstands will open for first-come, first-served general admission seating at 3 p.m. (no reserved seats). The mud starts flying at 5 p.m.

Drivers may save on their entry fee by pre-entering. Calling RL Promotions headquarters at (515) 832-6000 for more information. Drivers and fans are urged to call (660) 465-8948 for day-of-race weather information. The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is online at www.scotlandcospeedway.com. The Pepsi Scotland County Speedway is a 4/10-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1 mile west of Memphis, on US 136 to SR 15, then east (at the Scotland County Fairgrounds).



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