| “HICKORY SPEEDWAY TO HOST BIG MONEY “DWIGHT HUFFMAN MEMORIAL”
June 11, 2008
Newton, NC… Hickory Motor Speedway has a special event planned for raceteams and fans on Saturday, July 19th, for the inaugural running of the “Dwight Huffman Memorial! Presented by Cars Plus.”
The 77-lap special event for Bojangles Late Model Stocks will fall on Round #14 of Hickory's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season. The extended-lap, enhanced purse special event is sure to attract racers from across the country to try to beat Hickory's best for the big money and multiple special awards available.
Dwight Huffman, legendary among Southern short-track racers and fans, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. He was a previous Promoter at Hickory Motor Speedway, formed Dwight Huffman Racing in 1980, won numerous Track Championships, and in 1997 was Team Owner of the car that Dexter Canipe drove to win the NASCAR Winston Racing Series National Championship.
Huffman's son, Ashley, will also be competing in the event with a custom-designed paint scheme to reflect Dwight's storied career in racing.
With all 77 laps in the race already having lap sponsors, the winner of the event could win as much as $6,000 with the added incentive of lap-leader awards. However, with this special event, prizes and prize money are distributed thoughout the field of racers. With most lap sponsorships being $77 per lap, with $50 going to the lap leader and $25 divided between the remainder of the field, some laps are sponsored for $177….leaving more money to be divided. With a full-field purse of over $7,000 for the four-tire night, additional lap sponsor money already adds an additional $6,000 to the purse.
Bojangles Late Models will also be featured in a special On-Track Autograph Session, where the fans are invited onto the Track to meet their old (and new) favorite drivers.
Also racing will be the Jewelry Exchange Limited Late Models, Pro-4's, Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks, and Street Stocks.
Grandstands will open at 5pm for Qualifying, with an On-Track Autograph Session at 6pm with the Bojangles Late Models. First race is scheduled for 7pm.
Special ticket pricing for the event will allow adults entry for only $7, in honor of Dwight Huffman's #7 race cars.
While more prizes and awards continue to be added, the following is a partial listing of the prizes and purse money already available:
Special Awards Sponsorship:
Pole Winner = $177 KLB Race Cars & Parts
Hard Luck Award as Chosen by HMS Announcers =
($100 Racer's Gift Pack from Red Baron Race Parts)
Winner of Drawing After Qualifying Positions Twelfth through The Remainder of the Field =
($100 Performance Racing Warehouse Gift Certificate)
First Place thru Eleventh Place = Five Gallons Sunoco Racing Fuel / Bearden Oil
(First thru Eleventh Place Finisher Pick-Up 5 Gallons after the Race see Danny Presnell)
Hard Charger Sponsorship available for $177.00 / HMS Speedway Women's Club
(Most Positions improved from Starting Position – Finishing Position will claim the Prize Money.)
2 nd Place Finisher = One Racing Electronics Head Set $150.00 Value
3 rd Place Finisher = One LMSC Wiring Harness Courtesy Pigwire Ashboro, NC / $350.00
4 th Place Finisher = Butler Seats to provide Gift Certificate for Customized Headrest
5 th Place Finisher = $500.00 Value Quick Change Locker Refreshen
6 th Place Finisher = $77.00 Gift Certificate from Stock Car Steel
7 th Place Finisher = Two Goodyear Tires / Larry Robinson Enterprises & Goodyear
7 th Place Finisher = $177 Gift Certificate From Marlowe Racing Chassis
8 th Place Finisher = $77.00 Gift Certificate from TAMCO Paints
9 th Place Finisher = $200.00 Gift Certificate from Leavitt Racing
10 th Place Finisher = $600.00 Value Set of LMSC Headers from Kerry Lawrance Motor Sports
11 th Place Finisher = $ CV Products
17 th Place Finisher = Two Goodyear Tires / MTP Tires & Goodyear
DRACO Springs to give Pair of Late Model Race Springs to the Leader of Lap 26 & Lap 51.
Special Prizes for the RACE FANS:
First 77 Kids 12 & Under through the Gate Receive Free DH Memorial Race T-Shirts / Duck Graphics
One (1) $525.00 Leatherworks Leather Chair Courtesy C & R Furniture – Icard, NC
One (1) Pool Stick and 8 Hours Pool Time Courtesy Randolph's Billiards $140.00 Value
Six (6) $20.00 Gift Certificates to Country Side BBQ – Marion, NC
One (1) $25.00 Gift Certificate to Granny's Kitchen – Icard, NC
Twelve (12) Performance Racing Warehouse T-Shirts – Tom Pistone
One (1) Bob Timberlake Framed Print $400.00 Value Courtesy Childers Furniture - Hildebran, NC
One (1) $25.00 Gift Certificate to Applebee's – Courtesy Shade Tree Auto & Diesel - Hildebran, NC
Three (3) $25.00 Gift Certificates to Sagebrush Steakhouse @ Claremont Restaurant Group
One (1) $40.00 Gift Certificates Courtesy Espey Hardware Hildebran, NC
Four (4) $25.00 Gift Certificates Courtesy Hog Wild BBQ Hudson, NC
One (1) $40.00 Discount Certificate to Tim's Discount Tire & Auto
One (1) Coleman Pressley Kingsford/Clorox Remote Control Car $350.OO Courtesy Celebrity Hotdogs
Auto Zone Valdese
B&D Automotive Free Oil Change
Kids 12 & Under - One (1) Go-Kart $ 800.00 Value Courtesy Carolina Indoor Racing