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Cherokee Speedway $15,000 March Madness X Set for March 3rd & 4th...from release

Cherokee Speedway will kick off its 2012 racing season on March 3rd and 4th with the tenth edition of 'March Madness' featuring an Old-Fashioned Unsanctioned $15,000 to win Super Late Model show, the largest winner's purse paid at the famed speedway in modern history. This will be an Outlaw event pitting Hoosier vs. American Racer tire, utilizing the Lucas Series tire rule of nothing softer than 1300 or SD44 and Punch Rule in effect.

Cherokee Speedway is still fresh on the minds of fans for a spectacular season ending Blue Gray 100 that many regard as one of the best races ever at the historic speedway. 'Superman' Jonathan Davenport kept the crowd on their feet as he went on to beat out a star studded field which included Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr, Booper Bare, Earl Pearson Jr, Steve Shaver and his new Clint Bowyer racing team mate Jared Landers. Davenport is expected to be on hand to defend his 2011 March Madness 9 victory, another great race where he edged Scott Bloomquist to the checkered flag. The driver list is getting longer each day, and Cherokee Speedway plans to hold an open practice Saturday Feb 25th from 1-5 PM to allow teams to shake down their new cars. Droppin’ the Hammer, the local racing show that airs on WSPG-ESPN radio AM/FM in Spartanburg, will broadcast live from the speedway Saturday morning beginning at 11:00am thru 1:00pm.

The lineup for Saturday March 3rd will include hot laps for Super Late Model, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Stock 4, FWD, and Young Guns. Qualifying will include Super Late Model (2 Laps), and Crate Late Model (2 Laps). Heat races will include Super Late Model (8 Laps), Crate Late Model (8 Laps), Crate Sportsman (5 Laps), Limited Sportsman (6 Laps), Renegade (5 Laps), Stock 4 (5 Laps), FWD (5 Laps), and Young Guns (5 Laps). Main events on Saturday will include Renegade (10 Laps), FWD (10 Laps), and Young Guns (10 Laps). Cherokee Speedway will also be having a 45 minute open practice at the conclusion of Saturday's main events - as well as an outside Pit Party for fans and racers spending the night.

The lineup for Sunday March 4th will include hot laps for Super Late Model, Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman, Limited Sportsman, and Stock 4. The program will also include the last chance consolation races for Super Late Model in which will be 10 Laps. Main events on Sunday will include Super Late Model (75 Laps) $15,000 to win, Crate Late Model (20 Laps), Crate Sportsman (10 Laps), Limited Sportsman (12 Laps), and Stock 4 (10 Laps).

Gates will open both days at 10 AM, Drawing at 10:30 AM, Drivers Meeting at 12:00 PM and Hot Laps immediately following. Admission will be as follows: Stands (Sat. $10) (Sun. $25) (2 Day Pass $30) / Pits (Sat. $20) (Sun. $35) (2 Day Pass $45).

For schedule, point standings and Cherokee Speedway is conveniently located off of I-85 exit 96 in Gaffney, SC. Physical Address is 153 Speedway Drive in Gaffney, SC 29341. Track phone is (864) 489-1969. More info can be found online at http://www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com and visit our Facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/cherokeespeedway for the most up to date race information.
 
STORY BY CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY P/R