Hendry County Motorsports Park Opens Ths Saturday
By HCMP Media
Over 50 racers from south Florida showed up to test the new "Everglades Clay" at Hendry County Motorsports Park last Saturday. Unfortunately torrential rains in the LaBelle and Clewiston area arrived around 7:45 PM. Only a handful of drivers were able to actually get some laps in, though lots of the cars took "reverse laps" helping to pack the racing surface prior to the scheduled practice.
Though owner Ken Kinney, Jr. was extremely disappointed with the rains, he was very happy about the turnout and the track surface. He said afterward, "It was terrible that the practice was rained out, but I was extremely happy with the atmosphere at the track, in the drivers meeting and the atmosphere in general was a very positive experience. The track is in great shape, people are going to be very surprised."
Of course fans following the re-creation of the Sunshine State's southernmost racing facility are aware that over 200 loads of new dirt from the area (which sits right at the northern beginning of the Everglades) was brought in to dramatically change the racing surface.
A staff meeting was held in the afternoon and then both Ken Kinney and Race Director Billy Ausburn addressed the drivers and discussed the future of the track. One of the points stressed hard by the Race Director was the fact that raceceivers, one way communication to the drivers from track officials, will be mandatory by the beginning of next year. Drivers were encouraged to get them now or as soon as possible. As Ausburn pointed out, "Having a raceceiver can save you a front clip or other expensive parts when there are wrecks on the track."
Practices were held on Sunday and also Wednesday as a make up for the rain-out on Saturday night. The Sunday practice drew 35-40 cars and 28 teams came on Wednesday night to test out the track. Several drivers commented that they could run up by the wall around the track. The new clay also a has a slightly different design to enable a tow and three wide racing surface, with progressive banking.
A massive promotion campaign has been underway in south Florida for several weeks involving several radio stations, articles in numerous newspapers and a dozen advance sale ticket outlets. Posters have flooded many of the small towns that do the southern Florida landscape.
The 2009 racing season kicks off for Hendry County Motorsports Park this Saturday night with a $1200 to win 30 lap late model feature plus 20 lap features of Pure Stocks, Sportsman, V-8 Bombers, Mini Stocks and the first ever "Fastest Redneck Race". Adult tickets are $12 at the gate ($10 at advance ticket outlets), $10 for seniors, $7 for students and six and under free. Pit passes are $25.00 with Pit gates opening 3:00 PM and grandstands opening at 4:00 PM.
Hendry County Motorsports Park is located on US Highway 27 near the intersection of State Road 80 and US 27 8 miles east of Clewiston.
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