Last week we talked about the North/South Shootout pitting the best Modified drivers of the North and South against each other for supremacy. This week the war continues, only it will be on the dirt this time. Cherokee Speedway will once again be hosting the Blue-Gray 100. An institution in the Southeast, this year’s event will be the 22nd annual version of this classic race. Some of the best Super Late Model dirt drivers in the business have won this race during its 21 year history.
Cherokee Speedway has been the home of quite a few well known dirt drivers in the Southeast over the years. Scott Bloomquist ran here for several years. Mike Duvall of Flintstone Flyer fame is famous around the Gaffney, SC area. Ricky Weeks has been climbing the ranks of the Supers in recent years while Dennis Franklin has been spreading his own Super Late Model success from his roots at the track.
In the 21 years that Blue-Gray has been contested, there have been three drivers who have won the event three times. Scott Bloomquist was the first, Freddy Smith was the second while Chris Madden is the most recent member of the three-peat club. Jack Pennington, Clint Smith, Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens and Jonathan Davenport have also engraved their name on the Blue-Gray trophy.
Along with the Super Late Models, the Extreme 4s, Young Guns, Renegades, Stock 4s, Crate Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds and Vintage cars will be competing. Saturday the Renegades and Stock 4s will qualify and run heats with the Extreme 4s and Young Guns running heats and mains. When Sunday dawns at the track, fans will see Crate Late Models qualify and then run their main along with the Renegades, Stock 4s, Open Wheel Modifieds and Vintage cars. The feature division, the Super Late Models, will qualify, run heats, consolation races and the Blue-Gray main event.
Admission for Saturday’s activity is $10 with pit passes costing $20. Sunday’s tickets will set you back $25 with pits being $35. Both days kids under 11 are free. Two day passes are available for $30 in the grandstands and $40 in the pits. Gates open at 11:00 both days with hot laps starting immediately after the 1:00 drivers’ meeting. If you are anywhere near Gaffney, SC this weekend, make the trip to Cherokee Speedway to see another chapter in the rich heritage of the Blue-Gray unfold.
*This Weekend’s Race Schedule*
Fri : Nov 16th – USA Raceway ; Tucson : AZ – 45th Annual Western World Championships Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Fri : Nov 16th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – 47th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup Pro Late Models
Fri : Nov 16th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Fri : Nov 16th – Royal Purple Raceway ; Baytown : TX – USMTS 6th Annual Winter Nationals
Sat : Nov 17th – USA Raceway ; Tucson : AZ – 45th Annual Western World Championships Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Sat : Nov 17th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – 47th Annual Florida Governor’s Cup Super Late Models
Sat : Nov 17th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Modifieds
Sat : Nov 17th – The Bullring at Las Vegas ; Las Vegas : NV – SRL Southwest Tour Late Models
Sat : Nov 17th – Cleveland Speedway ; Cleveland : TN – Southern All Star Dirt Super Late Models
Sat : Nov 17th – Royal Purple Raceway ; Baytown : TX – USMTS 6th Annual Winter Nationals
Sun : Nov 18th – Cherokee Speedway ; Gaffney : SC – Southern All Star Dirt Super Late Models
Sun : Nov 18th – Myrtle Beach Speedway ; Myrtle Beach : SC – Myrtle Beach 400 Late Models
Sun : Nov 18th – Myrtle Beach Speedway ; Myrtle Beach : SC – Southeast Limited Late Models
Thu : Nov 22nd – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale; Irwindale : CA – USAC MOPAR National Midgets