AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY KICKS OFF 2017 SEASON WITH THE DIAMOND 100 FOR SUPER LATE MODELS… AND MORE
The 2017 racing season gets under way Sunday at Auburndale Speedway with a big show featuring seven classes including four events featuring classes competing as part of the new Sunshine State Challenge Series (SSCS).
The highlight of the afternoon will be the Diamond 100 presented by Sunoco, the first race on the schedule for the SSCS Super Late Models. Other SSCS races will be for the Legend Cars, V-8 Bombers and the Mini Cup division. Also on the card will be local division features for the Mod Minis, Mini Stocks and Scramblers.
A great field of Super Late Models are expected led by 2016 Sunoco Super Late Model Series champion Jesse Dutilly of Bradenton. Dutilly has been the driver to beat at Auburndale Speedway in recent months but he will have plenty of challengers including Riverview’s Joe Boyd, Auburndale drivers Mike Smith, Jon Guy and Chris Fontaine, Billy Bigley, Jr. and his son Dylan from Naples along with fellow Naples resident Michael Atwell. Also expected are Lakeland drivers Becca Monopoli and Matt McCrary, Devin McLeod of Zephyrhills, Oviedo’s Anthony Sergi, Nick Neri of Palmetto, John Coffman from Live Oak, Winter Haven hot shoe George Gorham, Jr., Tyler Scofield of Plant City, David Weaver from Plantation, Ft. Pierce driver David Green and several more.
An open practice is scheduled for Thursday, January 5th from 5-8 pm plus there will be another open practice on Saturday from 4-10 pm. This will be the only scheduled practice this season for the SSCS Super Late Models as no other practice dates are set in order to save costs for the teams competing this year. Pre-season technical inspection will be held on Saturday for Auburndale Speedway’s local racing classes.
Pit gates open Sunday morning at 8 am with practice for Super Late Models only from 10:30-11 am. Practice by rotation for all classes is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am. Grandstand gates open at noon with qualifying for the SSCS Legend Cars, SSCS V-8 Bombers, SSCS Mini Cups, Mod Minis, Mini Stocks and Scramblers starting at 12:45 pm.
Racing begins at 2 pm with a 20 lap contest for the SSCS Mini Cup cars followed by a 20-lap feature for the Scramblers. Qualifying is next for the SSCS Super Late Models then it’s 25 laps for the SSCS Legend Cars. During intermission, 2016 awards will be presented to drivers in the Super Late Models, Sportsman, Modifieds and Pro Truck classes. The Diamond 100 for the SSCS Super Late Models follows intermission then the day wraps up with 25 laps for the Mini Stocks, a big 30-lap contest for the SSCS V-8 Bombers and 25 laps for the Mod Minis.
Adult admission is $15 with seniors 55+ $13. Children ages 5-12 are just $5 and all kids 4 and under get in free. The family 4-pack is just $32 for two adult and two children’s admissions (a $40 value). Pit passes are $30 per person and all parking is free.
Improvements also continue at Auburndale Speedway. New catch fencing (pictured here) has been installed and the new state-of-the-art Sunoco scoreboard is expected to be up and running in just a few weeks. PA speakers are also now working for those watching from the pit area grandstands as well.
Come out and enjoy a great day of racing Sunday afternoon at Auburndale Speedway but plan to dress warm as high temperatures for the day are not expected to top 60 degrees. There will be plenty of good, hot food, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and red-hot racing to keep you warm though!