Two Super Late Model Drivers Defect To Dirt
by BJ Cavin
Two huge names in asphalt super late model racing have purchased new Master Built dirt late models and plan to race at Ocala Speedway in 2008.
Mike Bresnahan is the defending late model champion at Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, and Wayne Anderson is the five time Powell Memorial Champion who is widely known for his exploits in the Sunbelt Super Late Model Series.
Both are committed to racing on dirt for 2008 and Ocala Speedway will be their home track. They will be joining former Sunbelt racer, Rich Pratt, who made the transition to dirt last year and has begun making a name for himself at Volusia County Speedway. Pratt also plans to race on Friday nights at Ocala in 2008.
Rumor has it that other drivers who are known for their racing on asphalt may be pondering the idea of making the switch to dirt. Expenses are one reason, as racing on asphalt has become a very expensive affair in the last few years, and the costs to be competitive show no signs of slowing down. Dirt racers spend far less on tires, and their machines require far less expensive equipment in order to be competitive.
Opening night at Ocala Speedway will be on Friday, February 29th, and will feature the inaugural points race for the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series. That will be a 40 lap feature called "The Leap Year Challenge" that will pay $3000.
Up to three other divisions will hit the track along with the late models on opening night. In the meantime plans are still in the works for at least three open practices before opening night.
The first of those practice sessions for all divisions is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th.
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