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Friday, July 29, 2016

Mid-summer action ready to ‘Slam’ NFS Free admission, car show, backpack giveaway and racing for the fans

Photo from Dale Graham

LAKE CITY, Fla. (July 26) – The fuel. The roar. The racing blood starts flowing again this time of year, although it briefly, at North Florida Speedway.
Race teams and fans hope the annual Summer Slam weekend crawls by while the action is top speed and top flight on the 3/8-mile clay oval.
The Florida Outlaw EMod Series competes both nights. Point leader Dale Graham attempts to shake off some bad luck with his Graham Auto/American Auto Body/Hale’s Auto Parts Shaw chassis.
Graham held on to the series lead last time at NFS by jumping behind the wheel of another car after his suffered issues.
“We feel like we got a chance at winning,” Graham said of the $750 to win weekend.

 Lake City teen Parker Blankenship returns to NFS and makes his dirt Late Model debut. He has been piloting his family’s pavement Late Model, but will wheel the Cribbs Brothers/Willow Transportation Rocket.
“For me this is a dream come true,” Blankenship said. “I love learning new racing aspects and getting new opportunities.”
The Summer Slam fan experience will be like no other.
Friday features free general admission, opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to Saturday’s racing and a classic car show.
Saturday includes the NFS annual backpack giveaway.
Free camping (no hookups) is available all weekend.
Then there is the combat on the racing surface.
Thunder Stocks will race for $1,000 to win with heats on Friday and the feature Saturday. The Dirts4Racing 3/4 Modifieds also run preliminaries Friday and finale Saturday.
Box Stocks will race both nights with $200 to win.
Friday’s show also has Hobby Stocks on the agenda.
Slapping the clay Saturday additionally will be Late Models for $2,000 to win and Open Wheel Modifieds.
All the payouts are based on 24-car fields.
Fans Friday can purchase Saturday adult tickets for a $2 discount. Admission Saturday is $17.
At least three car clubs are expected to have representatives Friday, but car owners do not have to be a club member to bring a car, truck or bike for the show. The evening will conclude with a party and car show on the front stretch with trophies handed out.
All kids ages 6 to 12 will be awarded a back pack with some school supplies to start the upcoming school year on Saturday night.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and 5p.m. Saturday. First green flag is scheduled to fly at 8 p.m and 7:30 those days.
For more information log on to, the track’s Facebook page or call 386-754-8800. Also, log on to the Slidin’ Sideways at North Florida Speedway Facebook page