June 20, 2012
Legends Dirt Modifieds to Invade Dixie Speedway
Woodstock, GA. The U.S. Legends Dirt Modifieds division head south to Georgia as the series visits Woodstock's historic Dixie Speedway on Saturday, June 23. This new series of dirt racing features vehicles designed by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham.
With Legends and Bandoleros already having a strong asphalt presence in Georgia, including Atlanta Motor Speedway's own Thursday Thunder and Winter Flurry racing series, the Dirt Modifieds are a new affordable option for fans looking to get into dirt racing.
The U.S. Legends program has been a proving ground for racers looking for affordable options to get into racing" said Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark. We've had our asphalt program in Georgia for 15 seasons of Thursday Thunder, and this new car is expanding that program into dirt racing. This will be a great way for racers of all ages to get into dirt racing and be competitive."
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Along with the Legends Dirt Modifieds race, Dixie Speedway will also feature a full stock car racing program, including Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Super & Econo Bombers, Cruisers, and a Pony Stock Championship. Admission in the grandstands is $10 for adults, kids 8 years and under are free, with students 9-17 years old just $6.00. Trackside admission is $20 per adult, and $11 per child (age 11 years and under). Pit passes are $25 per adult and $11 per child (age 11 years and under).
Dixie Speedway is located 1.5 miles west of I-575 off Hwy 92 at 150 Dixie Drive in Woodstock, Georgia. The track hosts stock car racing every Saturday night May - October. For more information about the event, visit www.dixiespeedway.com. To learn more about the Legends Dirt Modifieds, visit www.legendsmodified.com.
More on the Legends Modified Dirt Series
The U.S. Legends Modified dirt car is the centerpiece of the new dirt track racing series developed by Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., and Ray Evernham, CEO of Ray Evernham Enterprises, as part of U.S. Legend Cars International.
This is a major milestone in preserving grassroots racing for the future," said Smith. "We've created a comprehensive program featuring great race cars, safe, sanctioned racing for the drivers and thrilling racing for the fans. The reaction from the competitors and the crowd at The Dirt Track has been overwhelming, and we're looking forward to a great new series next year."
The new U.S. Legends Modified dirt car, developed by Ray Evernham in conjunction with SMI and U.S. Legend Cars International, is designed for power, performance and affordability. Evernham has overseen the design, fabrication and testing of the new chassis, engine and body style for the car. The cars are being manufactured at the U.S. Legend Cars International factory in Harrisburg, N.C. and sold through the current dealer network.
The series will initially run at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley, N.C. next year, which is owned by Evernham, and expand to other top dirt tracks around the country.
Car Designed for Dirt Track Power, Performance and Affordability
The new dirt race car is built on the same common platform as the current Legend Car platform, but offers a more powerful engine, improved handling and a bigger car body.
The development of the car has definitely been a team effort," said Evernham, who led the design of the Dodge race car for return to NASCAR Sprint Cup competition in 2001. "There were certain things I was looking at for speed and handling, things for driver safety and protection. Bruton had a lot of input on the car styling, as well as the production of it. I thing we were able to incorporate all of our perspective to create a great race car."
Evernham also is consulting with the series on rules and competition, and serves as a consultant for marketing and promotion.
Competitors and track owners interested in participating in the new series can contact U.S. Legend Cars International for information at www.uslegendcars.com