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Southern National Motorsports Park Gearing up for 2017 Season

Southern National Motorsports Park is gearing up for the 2017 season.

The track has released the 2017 schedule, which consists of 14 events with the season beginning on March 4th with the Dogwood 300 and concluding with the Thanksgiving Classic.  Southern National has also released its divisions and rules that will be used for the upcoming season.

Southern National Motorsports Park’s season will begin with a doubleheader event featuring Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Dogwood 300.  The race will consist of 150 laps of racing for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models and 150 laps of NASCAR Late Model Stock Car racing which will be run under NASCAR rules.  The PASS Super Late Models will return to Southern National on July 15th.

The regular season begins on March 18th with twin Late Model races as well as racing for the Charger, Pure Stock, U-CAR, Legends and Bandolero divisions.  The Southern Modified Racing Series will visit Southern National on April 8th and then again on September 2nd.

Other race dates include April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th, July 8th, August 19th and Sunday, September 10th with Late Models running most of those nights.  The Pro Late Models will return to Southern National in 2017 after a successful season in 2016, with races on April 22nd, June 14th, July 8th and August 19th.

“We did our best to work with East Carolina Motor Speedway and Carteret County Speedway to avoid having too many conflicting dates,” Southern National Motorsports Park track owner Michael Diaz said.  “I did the best I could to stay off their schedules.  We only have a couple of conflicts toward the end of the season.  I moved the Spooktacular and moved other events to stay off other tracks’ schedules so hopefully all of the tracks in Eastern North Carolina will be successful this year.”

Street Stock racing is returning to Southern National with five races scheduled for the popular, fan favorite division in the regular season – those races being on April 8th, May 27th, June 24th, August 19th and September 10th.

The Late Model division will be Southern National’s Division I in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) points while the Pro Late Model division would be NWAAS Division II.  The Charger division will be Division III.  Mini Stocks, returning to Southern National, will be Division IV, the new U-CAR class will be Division V and Street Stocks will be Division VI.  In addition to those divisions, Southern National will run INEX Legends and Bandoleros each week.

“We’re adding the Mini Stock class and the new U-CAR rules will be posted shortly,” Diaz stated.  “I’m really looking forward to the new U-CAR class.  It’s a good entry level division and everybody will enjoy it.”

The Spooktacular will be run on October 7th, headlined by 100 laps of Limited Late Model racing.  Halloween weekend will see the Day of Destruction at Southern National Motorsports Park, which features school bus races, endure races, chain races and more.

The season will conclude with the three day Thanksgiving Classic starting on Friday, November 24th with Street Stocks, Chargers and Bandoleros in action. Saturday’s portion of the Classic will consist of Limited Late Models, U-CARs, Legends, Southern Lightning Modifieds, the Southeast Mini Stock Tour and the Last Chance Qualifier for the Late Model Stock event.

The event will reach its peak on Sunday, November 26th with the 200 lap Late Model Stock Car race, 125 lap Super Late Model race and Pure Stock racing.

2017 Southern National Motorsports Park Schedule

February 25th — Whelen All American Weekly Series Open Practice
Pit Gate Opens at 11:00 – Practice from 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. – $20 Per Person in Pits

March 4th — Dogwood 300
NASCAR Rules Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock — 150 Laps                                                                       PASS South Super Late Models — 150 Laps

March 18th — Whelen All American Weekly Series Season Opener
LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15

April 8th — Modified Invasion (Southern Modified Racing Series)
SMRS 125 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 laps, Street Stock 25 Laps,  UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps, SGP 25 Laps

April 22nd — SpringFest 300 – Fast 5 Pro Late Model Series
PLM – 100 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 Laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

May 27th — Remember The Fallen 225 ( Memorial Day Weekend Race)
LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 laps, Street Stocks 25 Laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

June 24th — Schools Out 325 – Fast 5 Pro Late Model Series
PLM – 100 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 Laps, Street Stocks 25 Laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

July 8th — Summer Fest 300 – Fast 5 Pro Late Model Series
PLM – (T) 75 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 Laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Lap, SGP 25 Laps

July 15th — PASS South Event
SLM – 150 Laps – Supporting Classes TBD

July 22nd — Rain Date

August 19th — Back to School 325 – Fast 5 Pro Late Model Series (PLM Championship Night)
PLM – 100 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 Laps, Street Stocks 25 Laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

August 20th — Rain Date

August 26th — Rain Date

September 2nd — Modified Invasion (Southern Modified Racing Series)
SMRS 125 Laps, LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 laps, UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

September 10th (Sunday) — Wehelen All American Series Championship Night
LMSC – (T) 40 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock 25 laps, Street Stock 25 Laps,  UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

September 16th — Rain Date

October 7th — Spooktacular
LLM – 100 Laps, Charger 35 Laps, Pure Stock/Mini Stock 50 laps,  UCAR 20 Laps, Legend 25 Laps, Bando 15 Laps

October 27th (Friday) — Champions Celebration — 2017 Banquet — Location TBD

October 28th — DAY OF DESTRUCTION – HAUNTED RACE TRACK TOUR
School Bus Races , 58 Lap Demo Enduro Race, 15 Lap Chain Race, 15 Lap Flag pole Race – DEMOLITION DERBY 4 & 6 cyl & 8 Cyl Classes – MUCH MUCH MORE!!!

November 24-26 — THANKSGIVING CLASSIC
Nov 24th – Street Stocks, Charger, Bandos – Laps TBD

Nov 25th – LLM, UCAR, Legends, Southern Lighting Modifieds, SEMST, LMSC Last Chance Race – Laps TBD

Nov 26th – NASCAR LMSC 200 Laps , SLM 125 Laps, Pure Stock 50 Laps

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.


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