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Keepin’ it Short – The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars will start putting out some more this weekend.

The Birthplace of NASCAR Stars will start putting out some more this weekend.

There are several tracks in the Carolinas that have played a significant historical role in NASCAR’s development. Hickory Motor Speedway not only played a role in Cup and Nationwide evolution: it continues to have a significant influence in the growth of the rising stars of NASCAR through the Whelen All-American series. The nickname of HMS is the “Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.” which it has more than earned throughout its storied history.

During the 1950s, the first decade of the track’s existence, Ralph Earnhardt won the track championship five times. Two of the years that Earnhardt did not win saw Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett wear the crown as best at the track. Jack Ingram and Harry Gant scored titles in both the 60s and 70s. Dennis Setzer won the track championship in both 1983 and 1993. There is no question that the track has been an integral part in the foundation of several famous racing careers.

This weekend the track opens for its 60th year of competition with the UARA stars taking to the speedway. The lineup of drivers will not only include four former Rookie of the Year winners in the UARA series, it will also include three female drivers. Rebecca Kasten has already visited Victory Lane this season with a Super Late Model win at New Smyrna. The entry list for this weekend looks like this:

01 Andy Mercer
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
1 Julia Dawson
2 Tyler English
3 Adam Long
5 Matthew Piercy
7 Brennan Poole
7 Brandon Rogers
9 George Miedecke
11 Robert Johnson
12 Becca Kasten
17 Austin McDaniel
18 David Roberts
20 Matt DiBenedetto
26 Joey Herques
33 Leigh Caruthers
36 Harrison Rhodes
48 Scott Turlington
54 Kaleb Pressley
77 Alex Yontz
92 Candace Muzny
99 Brandon Dean

But if you can’t make it to Hickory, there is still plenty of other racing action taking place this weekend with more and more tracks kicking off their 2011 season. Visit your local short track for some exciting racing action this weekend.

Fri : Mar 11 – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – BCRA Midgets
Fri : Mar 11 – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – USAC Western Clasic Racing Series
Fri : Mar 11 – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – WoO Sprint Cars
Fri : Mar 11 – Boyds Speedway ; Ringgold : GA – Southern All Star Racing Series
Fri : Mar 11 – Mid-America Speedway ; S Coffeyville : OK – USMTS Modifieds
Fri : Mar 11 – Tennessee National Speedway ; Hohenwald : TN – Southern Regional Racing Series
Sat : Mar 12 – Firebird Int Raceway (main) ; Chandler : AZ – Professional AutoSports
Sat : Mar 12 – Perris Auto Speedway ; Perris : CA – California Lightning Sprints
Sat : Mar 12 – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat : Mar 12 – Silver Dollar Speedway ; Chico : CA – WoO Sprint Cars
Sat : Mar 12 – Willow Springs Motorsports Park ; Rosamond : CA – Historic Sportscar Racing West
Sat : Mar 12 – Homestead-Miami Speedway ; Homestead : FL – National Auto Sport Association
Sat : Mar 12 – Road Atlanta ; Braselton : GA – National Auto Sport Association
Sat : Mar 12 – Humboldt Speedway ; Humboldt : KS – USMTS Modifieds
Sat : Mar 12 – Champion Park Speedway ; Haughton : LA – Southern Thunder Sprints
Sat : Mar 12 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Hickory : NC – United Auto Racing Association
Sat : Mar 12 – Rockingham Raceway Park ; Rockingham : NC – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : Mar 12 – Anderson Motor Speedway ; Anderson : SC – PASS Southern Late Model Series
Sat : Mar 12 – Anderson Motor Speedway ; Anderson : SC – CCS Late Models
Sat : Mar 12 – Cleveland Speedway ; Cleveland : TN – Southern All Star Racing Series
Sat : Mar 12 – Tennessee National Speedway ; Hohenwald : TN – Southern Regional Racing Series
Sat : Mar 12 – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – ASCS / Lone Star Region
Sat : Mar 12 – Motorsports Ranch Cresson ; Cresson : TX – National Auto Sport Association
Sun : Mar 13 – Firebird Int Raceway (main) ; Chandler : AZ – Professional AutoSports
Sun : Mar 13 – Willow Springs Motorsports Park ; Rosamond : CA – Historic Sportscar Racing West
Sun : Mar 13 – Homestead-Miami Speedway ; Homestead : FL – National Auto Sport Association
Sun : Mar 13 – Road Atlanta ; Braselton : GA – National Auto Sport Association
Sun : Mar 13 – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – NASCAR Southern Modified Tour
Sun : Mar 13 – Little Rock Speedway ; Rockingham : NC – INEX Legend Cars
Sun : Mar 13 – Rockingham Raceway Park ; Rockingham : NC – ChumpCar World Series

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