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Specials highlight 40th season at Virginia Speedway


Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will open its gates in about six weeks with the schedule boasting three huge specials to commemorate the speedway’s 40th season of racing.

The three shows will include the World of Outlaws Late Model Series on Saturday, April 18; the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Saturday, May 23; and the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) Saturday, Aug. 8, for the 30th running of Ernie Shelton’s USA 100.

“There is no better way to kick off our 40th season of racing than with the World of Outlaws, and we feel that these events will showcase our facility in a positive light and provide fans up and down the East Coast with three must-see events,” said track general manager Clarke Sawyer.

The Rumble on the River 5 will feature the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in a $10,000 to win 50-lap feature on opening night of the speedway’s 40th anniversary season on April 18. Last year regional hot-shoe Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, Pa., thrilled the crowd with an upset win, his first career World of Outlaws victory.

Returning for a second time and with great anticipation will be the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on May 23. Last year the country’s top drivers visited the State of Virginia for the very first time with Jason Meyers getting the hard fought win.

Ernie Shelton’s USA 100 will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on August 8 with the 2009 edition once again going topless. This event will once again be presented in the fan popular twin-25 lap qualifying format with $1,000 going to the winner of each of those events with the final 50 lapper paying $10,000 to-win.

In 2008 the event went “topless” for the first time and was an overwhelming success with Chris “Smokey” Madden of Grey Court, S.C., smoking the field of 46 cars from nine states. The purse is $60,000 for this one-day show, ranking it near the top prize offerings for a one-day show in the country.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2009 schedule of events, fans may call the speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track affiliate, is a 1/2-mile dirt oval on Route 17, 8 miles north of Saluda at Jamaica. 

posted 04.08.2009

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