Southern Raceway in Milton, FL is returning to the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series for the 2013 season. Southern Raceway officials are currently putting together a schedule for their Crate Late Model Division during the 27-week season for the series that runs from March 25 through September 29.

Drivers in the Southern Raceway NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division will be eligible for a National point fund that pays $10,000 to the champion, and pays back through the Top 10 drivers in the National point standings. Southern Raceway competitors will also be eligible for a separate track point fund.

The Southern Raceway competitors will battle against drivers at other NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series sanctioned tracks throughout the country using a points system that counts a driver’s best 14 weekly point totals.

“I am proud, quite simply, to have Southern Raceway be a part of the integrity the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series brings to us,” Southern Raceway Promoter Billy Hoover said. “The racers know when they go to a NeSmith sanctioned track, they are getting a fair shake, and that is what we want all of our racers to have.”

Southern Raceway was a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series in 2007. Local favorite Frank Wilson of Harold, FL won the series’ Southern Region Championship that season. Wilson also competes in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division.

Other competitors from the Florida Panhandle area expected to compete in the Southern Raceway NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Late Model Division in 2013 include Kevin Maher of McDavid, FL, Larry Boutwell of Baker, FL, Josh Huss of Flomaton, AL, Tracy Sutton of Brewton, AL and Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL.

“After talking with the series’ Competition Director Tim Sims and clarifying how the points structure works for the National Championship, we are committed to a minimum of 14 races so our local guys have a shot at the $10,000-to-win title,” Hoover said. “We are still working on the details of the schedule, and I really hope to have 18 to 20 races.”

Hoover asked that everyone check the track web site where they will post the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Late Model Division schedule as soon as all of the details are ironed out.

The dirt late model race cars in the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series are powered by the economical Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. There are two engines to choose from, the 400 horsepower aluminum-head 604 engine and the 350 horsepower steel-head 602 engine that gets a 100-pound weight break.

These engines are in stock and ready for free next day delivery anywhere in the Southeast from NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA. The Chevrolet Performance 604 Crate Engine is on sale through March 31 for $4,995 and the Chevrolet Performance 602 Crate Engine is on sale for $3,095 at NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA. To place an order call Tim Bland at 1-877-497-3624.

“We were looking for a more affordable form of Late Model racing, and both the racers and the fans had been asking about it and wanting it,” Hoover said. “We felt like now is the time to give them an affordable Late Model class, and we were already familiar with the NeSmith series. We knew it would be a good fit for us and what we want to do.”

Southern Raceway is located just south of I-10 Exit 31 at 9359 Nichols Lake Road, Milton, FL 32583. For more information call 850-623-2333, or visit the track web site at www.southernraceway.com. You can also like their Facebook Page at Southern Raceway.

For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.

NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain and Performance Dealer six years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. Bilstein Shocks is the Official Spec Shock of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Old Man’s Garage is the sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series. RockAuto.com and VP Racing Fuels are Official Sponsors of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Racecar Engineering is the Official Parts Supplier of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2013 are Dominator Race Products, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Kinser Air Filters, AR Bodies, Velocita Racewear, and Performance Rod & Custom. 2013 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, Stinger Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.

by Roby Helm

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