A touring dirt late model series is returning to Friendship Motor Speedway in only its second season, and regional racers will have a big purse for which to compete.
Three thousand dollars will go to the winner of the FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Models) Racing Series race this Saturday night in Elkin. In only its second year as a series, the FUEL Racing Series is a touring late model series that differs from the SECA series. It travels across the southeast and its engine has significantly more horsepower and torque, meaning that the speeds this weekend will be pretty intense.
“It’s a big deal for the track,” said Jason Atkins, general manager of the track and series director of the FUEL Racing Series. “We’ll have drivers coming from five or six states. Local drivers Billy Hicks, Ryan Atkins, and Mitchell Coble will definitely offer some stiff competition to series regulars Brett Hamm, Trent Ivey, and Ricky Weeks. Last year’s events were filled with side-by-side racing and we expect nothing less Saturday night.”
This is the first trip to Friendship Motor Speedway for the touring series this year. Last year saw the speedway host three different races, including the series finale. This year, according to the current schedule, it appears to be the host for the finale yet again.
On top of the points lead is Ross Bailes, the inaugural series champion who retook the lead with a win at Fayetteville. The Clover, South Carolina, native won the first two races at Friendship Motor Speedway before Ryan Atkins won the series finale.
The race will be a change of pace for racing at Friendship Motor Speedway, while the top feature race normally doesn’t exceed 20 laps, the fans at Friendship are sure to get their money’s worth with 40 laps of green flag racing in the main event.
During the intermission, the FUEL Racing Series drivers will host an autograph session, a great chance for young fans to get up and close with their favorite upcoming drivers.
Other series that are racing this weekend are UCAR, Renegade, Limited Sportsman, 602 OWN, and the SECA Crate Late Models. Visit Friendship Motor Speedway online at friendshipspeedwaync.com, on Facebook (Friendship Motor Speedway), or on Twitter (FMSRacingMedia) for more details.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @rsdecosta.