CHARLOTTE COUNTY SPEEDWAY REOPENS WITH DAVIDSON MEMORIAL
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - After a three-month setback because of damages suffered in Hurricane Charley, Charlotte County Speedway will roar back into action Dec. 11-12 with the Brian Davidson Memorial 150 for Limited Late Models highlighting the two-day program.
The Brian Davidson Memorial 150, which wil pay a whopping $5,000 to the winner, will run beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Also racing that day will be a 40-lapper for Road Warriors and the Outlaw Figure 8 cars.
Qualifying for the Davidson Memorial will take place the night before, Dec. 11. That will be the first night of racing at Charlotte County Speedway since July. The track was scheduled to reopen from a summer break in September, but Hurricane Charley came on Aug. 13 and changed all that.
The racing program on Saturday night, Dec. 11, will begin at 7 p.m. It will include a 10-lap Limited Late Model Race of Champions, The Corteco Gulf Coast Modifieds will run a 75-lap feature. Also, Late Model Stocks (formerly Sportsman), Super Stocks, Thunder Trucks, 4 Cylinders and TQ Midgets.
Charlotte County Speedway had major damage from Hurricane Charley, losing the press tower, lights, bleachers, lap board and fencing to the storm.Equipment will be transported from Sunshine Speedway in St. Petersburg, which will be holding its last night of racing ever this Saturday, Nov. 20. That track has been sold to developers.
LeRoy Davidson, owner of Charlotte County Speedway, encourages all of the CCS fans to go up and support Sunshine on its final historic night of racing, which begins at 7 p.m.
Sunshine Speedway is located off Ulmerton Road off I-275 in St. Pete.
With Charlotte County Speedway planning on being up and running by mid-December, the go-ahead has been made to schedule one of the top annual winter attraction year-in and year-out at the Punta Gorda paved oval.
We’re talking about the Hangover Enduro 250, which will be held on New Year’s Day January 1. A special added attraction this time will be be the ever-popular School Bus Figure 8s.
Action will begin at 2 p.m. New Year’s Day.
The Hangover Enduro 250 will pay $2,000 to win and $1,000 from second through fifth place. The race will pay $500 from sixth through 10th places.
As a warm-up to the New Year’s Day activities, Charlotte County Speedway will once again be holding its Eve of Destruction on the night before New Year’s Eve - or Dec. 31.
Eve of Destruction encompasses many races. There are 11 to be exact.
The schedule has a 50-lap man/woman switch-off enduro, a woman’s one-hour enduro, a blindfold race, a midnight ride, 4-car elimination drags, a reverse race, a 4-cylinder kids reverse race, a one-hour 4-cylinder front wheel drive enduro, a tug-o-war, a street car burnout and fan participation drags.
These are fun races that also pay handsomely. Fans can get involved in some of the events. Call the track at 941-575-7223 for rules and pre-entry information.
Charlotte County Speedway, a 3/8-mile paved oval, is located off Exit 161 of I-75 on Piper Road in Punta Gorda.
For more information on Charlotte County Speedway’s races, visit www.charlottecountyspeedway.net or call track operations supervisor Donna Gilbert at 941-575-7223 weekday afternoons.
Have an opinion on this story? Post a message on our Message Board!
or send a letter to the editor!