The point chases will take the week off as attention turns to the biggest party/racing weekend of the year at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway: the annual Labor Day Shootout on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. The Shootout does utilize a rain date of Monday, September 3rd, if needed.
Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with pill draw ending and a driver's meeting beginning at 3:30. Warm-ups commence at 3:45 and the first heat race goes green at 4:30 on both days of the Shootout.
Saturday's "wing thing", featuring the five weekly divisions, is sponsored by Bud's Spring Service. The winged 600’s, 270’s, Sportsman, 250cc Four-Strokes, and 125cc racers will compete in qualifying events and 30-lap features.
On Sunday, Hyper Racing will sponsor the wingless 600's, wingless 270's, and combined 125cc/ 4-Stroke Challenge that will also be a wingless affair. The All Star Slingshots will also be in action on Sunday in the Slide at the Clyde National Tour event. All four of Sunday’s A-Mains will also be 30-laps in distance.
Both nights of the Shootout will offer a $1,000 paycheck to the winner of the 600cc and 270cc A-Mains, provided there are (at least) 40 cars signed in for competition. Full details, including payout information for each class, regarding the Labor Day Shootout can be found at www.clydemartinspeedway.com or at Facebook.com/Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Last year’s Shootout hosted a two-day total of 228 entries among the eight classes that took part in the annual extravaganza. The winners in Saturday’s winged portion of the holiday classic included Mike Rutherford (600cc and 270cc), Cameron Bellinger (Sportsman), Aidan Jones (250cc Four-Strokes), and Holden Eckman (125cc). Sunday’s portion turned into a Monday holiday delight, thanks to Mother Nature. Wingless winners were Heath Hehnly (600cc) and Danny Lane Jr. (270cc), while Nick Del Campo won the Slingshot race.
Ticket prices for each day of the Shootout are as follows: Adult General Admission is $10; Senior Citizens & Students are $6.00; Youth (ages 6-12) tickets are just $2.00; and children under the age of 6 are free. Pit passes will cost $30 per person, per day.
There are a limited number of camping sites available for the weekend. The camping fee is $25 for the weekend. Reservations must be made in order to camp at the track. Campers will be permitted to move in after 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. To reserve a camping spot, please contact Chris Snyder at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s preview will include a deeper look at past winners and the qualifying format for this year’s Shootout.