Roby Helm: DAWSONVILLE, GA - NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Founder and Director Mike Vaughn made several announcements concerning the upcoming 2013 season during his Annual State of the Series Address during the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Vaughn’s first announcement was that Old Man’s Garage of Rainbow City, AL would sponsor the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series. Old Man’s Garage returns to the series after sponsoring the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Old Man’s Garage West Region in 2010.
Vaughn announced that Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL and Battleground Speedway in Highland, TX would be new tracks in the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series in 2013, and Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, AR would return to the series for the 2013 season.
The State of the Series Address announced the 21-race 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division schedule, featuring three new tracks on the slate, Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN and two of the most high-profile tracks in dirt late model racing, Batesville Motor Speedway and West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, MO.
Two new series under the Crate Racin’ USA sanctioning body will join the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division and the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series for 2013, along with two new alliances with the sanctioning body.
It was announced that the Chevrolet Performance Parts Super Late Model Series will begin in the summer of 2013 for super dirt late models exclusively powered by the $7,000 all-aluminum Chevrolet Performance CT 525 Engine and riding on the $135 Bilstein Spec Shocks.
The ten-race series will begin with a double racing weekend on August 2 at Penton Raceway in Penton, AL, and on August 3 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL. The Chevrolet Performance Parts Super Late Model Series season will conclude on October 12 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL.
In between, the Chevrolet Performance Parts Super Late Model Series will have events at Tazewell Speedway, Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, and Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA. Vaughn said a complete schedule and more details about the Chevrolet Performance Parts Super Late Model Series will be released in the next few days.
The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division will be launched in 2013, with three tracks, Magnolia Motor Speedway, Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS, and Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS, signing on to the series with a common set of rules.
Competitors in the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division will compete against each other for a National point fund using a points system that will take their best 14 finishes. The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Series has also formed an alliance with the Mississippi Super Street Showdown Series that will use the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Series rules in 2013.
Crate Racin’ USA has also formed an alliance with the Northern States RUSH Racing Series that will sanction Crate Late Model Racing in the Northeastern United States. Vaughn said this new alliance will open new doors of opportunity for crate late model competitors. The RUSH Racing Series was formed last month by Vicki Emig and Mike Leone.
“Vicki Emig and Mike Leone share my vision and enthusiasm for affordable dirt late model racing using the Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines,” Vaughn said. “Our Competition Director Tim Sims and I traveled to New York and Pennsylvania last weekend to meet with the RUSH Series competitors, and they too are excited about the new series and the alliance with Crate Racin’ USA.”
Vaughn said one of the goals of the alliance between the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the RUSH Racing Series is to get together for one big annual event. Many of the RUSH Series competitors are planning on traveling to Ocala, FL on January 28-February 2 for the first five events of the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Touring Division season at Bubba Raceway Park.
The RockAuto.com/Race Car Engineering Winternationals at Bubba Raceway Park for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will begin with a practice night on January 28. The first four races on January 29-February 1 will be 40-lap $2,000-to-win races, and the February 2 finale will 50-laps paying $3,000-to-win.
Drivers that compete in all five nights of racing at the RockAuto.com/Race Car Engineering Winternationals will be eligible for a $10,000 cash point fund and special contingency awards that will pay back 30 spots.
For drivers competing for NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division points, their best three point nights of the five nights of racing at the RockAuto.com/Race Car Engineering Winternationals at Bubba Raceway Park will count towards their season total.
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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. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2013 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, QA 1 Precision Products, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, Integra Racing Shocks, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Kinser Air Filters, and AR Bodies. 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.