12th Annual Tarheel 50 Reset for Thursday, October
29th at Tri-County Race Track
The 12th Annual running of the Ray Cook-promoted and
Rick’s Rental-sponsored Tarheel 50 presented by Jacky
Jones Automotive Group and Hogsed’s Sports Wear of Warne,
NC is reset and ready to go on Thursday Night October 29, 2015
at the Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series-sanctioned
event will pay $3,500 to win / $300 to start event and feature
a complete show for the Super Late Models including practice,
Time Trials, Dash, Last Chance Races and the 53-lap main event
which will start 20 cars. The Limited/Crate Late Models will
race for $600 to win and a $200 bonus to the highest finishing
Crate, the Interstate Welding Modified Streets race for $400
to win and the Pony division will race for $300 to win. The
2nd Annual Street Stock Shootout that was postponed from a few
weeks ago will be ran paying $500-to-win. This will be the final
racing event of the season for Tri-County Race Track.
It’s been a ‘Who’s Who’
of dirt Late Model racing that has been in attendance at the
event or has won the event since the inception in 2004 at Tri-County
Race Track and when the event was held at Cleveland (TN) Speedway.
Until 2012, no driver from the Tarheel State of North Carolina
had won the event until local hot-shoe David Payne of Murphy
captured the $3,500 victory over Indiana’s Don O’Neal.
Only Casey Roberts is a three-time winner of this event. The
regional stars will face off with the track’s hot-bed
of weekly competitors including Shawn and Johnny Chastain along
with Jamie Oliver, George Mashburn all from Murphy, NC; Danny
Ledford from Warne, NC; David Payne of Murphy, NC; Kenny Collins
of Colbert, GA. Also expected is National star Jonathan Davenport
of Blairsville, Ga., World of Outlaws Late Model Series star
Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA, Clint Smith of Senoia, GA; Donald
McIntosh of Dawsonville, GA; Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA, Austin
Smith of Cedartown, GA along with many other local and regional
competitors are expected.
Casey Roberts has won every major Super Late Model
event since 2013 so a bounty has been placed on Roberts for
this year’s Tarheel 50 sponsored by Circuit World of Murphy,
NC. Any driver who beats Roberts on the track for the win will
receive $1,000. Roberts, however must finish the race in order
for the bounty to be claimed. If Roberts does indeed win the
race, he will receive the $1,000 bonus and could possibly take
home $4,500. Also, a $1,000 bonus will go to anyone that has
never won the Tarheel 50 race before. Past winners Billy Moyer,
Shane Clanton, Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Franklin, Kayne Hickman,
Dale McDowell, Casey Roberts and David Payne are ineligible
for that $1,000 bonus. Fast Time and Dash money will be available
and will be released as the event draws near.
On Thursday October 29th both grandstand and pit
gates will open at 5:00 pm with the Driver’s Meeting slated
for 6:45 pm and racing to begin at around 7:00 pm. Adult General
Admission is $18.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $10.00
while children ten and under are admitted for Free. Adult Pit
Passes are $30.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $20.00 while
children under ten are admitted for Free.
Previous series winners at Tri-County Race Track
this season have included Austin Smith of Cedartown, Ga. on
July 9th (Southern Nationals Bonus Series) and Casey Roberts
of Toccoa, Ga. on July 30th (Schaeffer’s Oil Southern
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series by Collins
Signs will utilize the following Tire Rule for Tri-County: American
Racer 44, 48 & 56 and Hoosier 1300, 1350 & 1600. At
each Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals, Schaeffer’s
Oil Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series event
in 2015, the highest finishing CT525 engine in the main event
will receive a $200 bonus and the highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC
engine will also receive a $200 bonus.
Further information on the Tri-County Race Track
can be obtained by calling the track Hotline at (828) 837-3815
or Ray Cook (@RayCook53) at (828) 360-5353 or log on to www.TriCountyRaceTrack.com
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern
Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained
by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R.
Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official
website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Tri-County Payoff:
1) $3,500, 2) $1,500, 3) $1,000, 4) $900, 5) $800, 6) $700,
7) $600, 8) $550, 9) $500, 10) $480, 11) $460, 12) $440, 13)
$420, 14) $400, 15) $380, 16) $360, 17) $350, 18) $350, 19)
$350, 20) $350.
Previous Tarheel 50 Winners:
2004-Billy Moyer-Batesville, AR
2005-Shane Clanton-Fayetteville, GA
2006-Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA
2007-Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, SC
2008-Kayne Hickman-Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
2009-Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
2011-Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
2012-David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
2013-Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
2014-Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series
Points (after Oct. 10th):
1. David Payne-1,600 (Murphy, NC)
2. Michael Chilton-1,114 (Salvisa, KY)
3. Tommy Bailey-1,108 (Corbin, KY)
4. Justin Rattliff-766 (Campbellsville, KY)
5. Victor Lee-750 (Stanford, KY)
6. Austin Smith-720 (Cedartown, GA)
7. Jerry Rutherford-587 (Lawrenceburg, KY)
8. Dustin Linville-586 (Bryantsville, KY)
9. Jason Jameson-560 (Lawrenceburg, IN)
10. Stephen Breeding-556 (Isom, KY)
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Winners:
March 21-Randy Weaver (Boyd’s Speedway)
July 4-Shane Clanton (Senoia Raceway)
July 9-Austin Smith (Tri-County Race Track)
July 18-Mike Marlar (Richmond Raceway)
September 3-Jackie Boggs (201 Speedway)
September 4-Dustin Linville (Ponderosa Speedway)
September 5-Justin Rattliff (Richmond Raceway)
September 6-Chad Ogle (Tazewell Speedway)
October 10-Chris Madden (Ponderosa Speedway)
Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Upcoming
October 29-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win
November 14-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$5,000 to win
November 21-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$5,000 to win