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Click here for the Saturday afternoon photos. You can also click here for the Saturday night photos.
Monday, February 29, 2016
Sunday, February 28, 2016
These photos are free to download. They were taken at Cochran Motor Speedway's Crank It Up race on Saturday night. All you have to do is click on the photo to make it larger and then right-click to save it to your computer.
Friday, February 26, 2016
It will be a massive undertaking which will take up to maybe two weeks. That's right folks, red Georgia clay is now being placed over the asphalt at the South Georgia Motorsports Park oval track. When it is all said and done, expect up to 600 loads to be delivered and dumped. That should give the racing surface about 12 inches of clay. Deep Dixie Racing was able to get a few photos of how the track looked towards the end of today.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
This weekend will be the first race of 2016 for Cochran Motor Speedway and it will start off with a bang. Not one nationally known series, but two, will be coming into the speedway as the Southern All Stars and Nesmith series both bring a full weekend of excitement and racing for fans from all over the south. It's the perfect way for the track to start their year off right. Friday will kick the weekend off with a practice for all divisions. Gates will open at 2pm and practice will run from 6:30-10pm. Everyone that needs practice in encouraged to come on Friday because practice times will be limited for Saturday and Sunday in order to keep both shows running in a timely manner.
Saturday and Sunday will have gates opening at 10am both days and driver's meeting at 2pm. Racing will follow right after the meeting. Both days the Southern All Stars will run 50 lap races and both will pay out $5000 to win. A driver can have the potential to win $10000 this weekend if he can sweep both races. With names like Rambo Franklin, Riley Hickman, Brandon Overton, Dale Mcdowell, Casey Roberts, and Ivedent Lloyd, it'll be a stout field with some of the best of the best from all over coming for their shot at $5000 each night and of course the ever popular Southern All Stars announcer Dewayne Keith will be on the mic calling each and every move on the track.
The NeSmith Series will be bringing their brand of excitement and action to CMS also this weekend with drivers from all over the southeastern U.S. Drivers like Chase Edge who finished third in NeSmith points for 2015 and is currently leading the winter points right now. Cale Conley who is second in winter points right now and who, this time last year, was driving in the Xfinity series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Waycross brothers and strong contenders Ryan and Hunter Carter, Ben Faircloth, local drivers and standouts Mallory Harvey, Wil Herrington, Jordy Nipper will be in attendance along with Pearson Lee Williams who is coming off two top three finishes from Golden Isles Speedway during Speedweeks and the only female in field, Ahnna Parkhurst will be in attendance to show the boys how it's done. Along with the NeSmith drivers we'll have announcer Roby Helm in the house to give the crowds a play by play and of course Tim Sims riding through the pits to make sure his drivers are all on the same page with their cars.
The NeSmith cars will be running 40 laps on Saturday for $2000 to win and Sunday will be running 50 laps for $2500 to win. Along with these two series, Cochran will also be running their other divisions. Super Street, Bomber, Pure Stock, Sportsman, and CMS Late models will all also compete both days. Bomber, Pure Stock and Superstreet will run 15 lap features both days, Sportsman is a 20 lap feature and CMS Late Models are 25 lap features. With the local classes running and with around 30 supers and 35 crates coming, the pits will be packed out and drivers will be coming from as far away as Pennsylvania.
The track has made changes in the off season which will help the drivers out and give them more room to race. Five hundred loads of new clay has been brought in and the turns have been widened 25 feet along with more banking added. Turn 1 and 2 were tight before the change and ended up with causing cautions. Now it gives drivers more room and creates a racy surface for them. Checking the forecast for the weekend as I always do before a race weekend it looks to be absolutely perfect with no "r" word in sight and near perfect temperatures. The track will be running a tight schedule on Sunday and will have the program running smoothly because they understand that people have to work the next day. Cochran is prepping and preparing and ready for all racing fans to come out and have a good time and hit up the concessions to feed those hungry bellies. Be prepared for a great weekend of racing at Cochran this weekend and just a chance to get your dirt fix and if you're a driver remember to try to come out Friday for practice to get your time in on the track since practice will be limited Saturday and Sunday. This is a huge weekend for CMS and we can't wait to see full pits and full stands! Countdown to the race weekend is on!!!
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Deep Dixie Racing was able to interview Scott Groves during a private practice session at Cochran Motor Speedway on 2/20/15.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
These photos were taken on Saturday 2/6/2016 at Golden Isles Speedway.
You can find two albums of photos taken at Golden Isles Speedway on Friday 2/5/2016 here.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Coming this weekend to Golden Isles Speedway is the Lucas Oil Powri Southern States Division II Midget Series. The series is the brainchild of Mr. Wayne Davis. The owner and creator of the series started it back in 2010 at Marion County Speedway in Ocala, Florida. Mr. Davis himself started out in racing by racing skeeter cars, sprint cars, late models, modifieds and both asphalt and dirt. He's basically ran it all. After spending most of his life in the cockpit he decided to enter into the other side of racing as a series owner and wanting to create something affordable mixed with his love of sprint cars, the series was born. The need for the series was apparent being in the south, the heart of racing, along with how affordable it would be and how little maintenance would be required. Mr. Davis met with officials in the Midwest and a group effort created the national rules for division II midgets.
Originally started at the Winter Nationals in Florida last year, Wayne needed something to put the race into the national spotlight. After running Golden Isles last year during the year Wayne talked with Darryl Courson and Mr. Langdale the owner of the track and with the track's full support the series was brought into the schedule for the Super Bowl on Dirt this week. Golden Isles wanted to help out a growing series and since the announcement of the race taking place for the biggest week of the year they've had 5 more cars bought because of this. I know most of us have seen or heard of the Chili Bowl and while they are non-winged sprint cars there are a lot of notable differences in the two. A Chili Bowl sprint car will run about 350-380 horsepower compared to the 230-240 horsepower of the midgets but what makes the biggest difference is that Chili Bowl type sprints run specialty built engines by names like Toyota and Fontana that can cost upwards of $40,000 while the midget sprints engines can be a salvage yard engine or you can have one built for as little as $6000-$7000. The main rule of the midgets is that it can't be a specialty built engine which keeps the high price tags out of the series for these cars which are not short on excitement in the least.
The series has a bright future ahead for the year with races at Golden Isles, Needmore, Albany, Sumter, South Carolina, and in talks with Swainsboro and Cochran. Starting next year the series will be running as a regional series and will have races included in the Midwest and New England that will give points to the drivers that will be included into their regular season points to eventually crown a national champion. So you run your regular season around your area and then run the national events and if your regular season points and national event points put you above everyone else you can win a national title. It's extremely exciting and a good way to get the local guys some national attention.
Focusing on this weekend, Mr. Davis has been preparing all off season and with a huge sponsor come on board like Lucas Oil he is well prepared for the three race weekend. He says he couldn't thank his friend Earl Pearson Jr. enough for helping him get such a big sponsor like Lucas Oil and he's very grateful. It's also another reason the series has grown and with paying back as well as he does into the field, it can only get bigger. Today's race was unfortunately rained out, but Friday will continue with the regular schedule and Saturday will bring double features for everyone and for the midgets, their second feature of Saturday night will be the Jack Hewitt Classic 40 lap A main sponsored by Atlantic Powder Coating of Jacksonville, Florida for $3000 to win. If you don't know who Jack Hewitt is I suggest you go on Youtube and look him up at Hewiit Raw. It's one of my favorites of all time and I laugh till I can't breathe but the best news of all is that Mr. Hewitt will be in the house on Saturday. I can not wait to meet this man!
With all the work Mr. Davis has put into the series he says that he always wants the end result of his hard work to be nothing but pure entertainment for the fans. He says they're entertainers and there to put on a show for them because if you don't take care of the fans your series won't be around very long. He's so appreciative of the fans and makes sure to listen to each one of them especially when making decisions on the series. He wants them to be happy and satisfied they got their money's worth at the end of the night. With the way things are going for the series, starting out the series on one of the biggest stages of the year, the major sponsorship of Lucas Oil, and the national races next year it is no doubt that it will only grow and continue to thrill fans and drivers alike. The future is looking bright for Mr. Davis and the Lucas Oil Powri Southern States Division II Midget Series. Very bright indeed.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
This is the big week many of us have been waiting for. Yes, that's right, The Super Bowl Of Racing takes place this week at Golden Isles Speedway with practice starting tonight.
The Golden Isle Speedway Facebook page is a good source for updates and information.
The main Golden Isles Speedway website has information about area hotels that offer speedway rates.
According to Darryl Courson in the interview Deep Dixie Racing did with him last week, the campground sites with amenities are sold out for this race but Golden Isles RV Park is just a few miles away. Fran's Place Restaurant is on site at the campground and it sounds and looks like it is one place racers and fans won't want to miss.
Monday, February 1, 2016
The weather was near perfect and fans got to see some exciting racing action. We thought we would post links to the photos and videos we took and posted on our Facebook page.