NASCAR Race Weekend Central

Keepin’ it Short – Time for the Main Event

For 23 years the final event of the racing season for Main Event Racing has been the Main Event. For 20 of those years the race has been held at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, OH. The 24th annual event will take place this weekend, again at Columbus. Seven drivers enter the race with at least a mathematical chance of walking away with the season’s points championship, which will be handed out at the end of the race.

Columbus Speedway was built some 65 years ago out of 50 acres of farmland on the southeast side of Ohio’s state capital. John Nuckles and some fellow motorcyclists cut the 1/3-mile oval out of the countryside and held their first event in 1946. Over the next three years motorcycles and roadsters ran a handful of events at the track until lights were installed in 1950. After the lights were added to the facility the first stock car race took place and were held every Friday night featuring coupes and sedans from 1937 through 1949. In 1957, the oval was paved and the feature class was changed to Super Modifieds and eventually the current Super Late Models. Nuckles ran the speedway until he passed away unexpectedly in 1965. The biggest race of the season is held every July and is named after the elder Nuckles.

In 1971, Nuckles’ son James became the sole proprietor and has evolved the track into a family operation. His son Jerry is the Vice President of the speedway while Jerry’s brother Jeff is the promotional director. Jerry also acts as the race director and his oldest son John fills a consulting role. Jim’s fourth son Jamie worked at the track as well until his death in 1974.

A very historic event took place at the track in 1957 when a car driven by Jim Cushman and built by the Miller Brothers out of Columbus became the first winged race car. While it was derided by many of the competitors in attendance that night it was quickly accepted when it took to the track and annihilated the competition.

Today the track is focused on providing a fan oriented event that is efficiently organized and finished early in the evening. Most Saturday nights the fans are on the road home between 9:30 and 10:00. The track has four concession stands and multiple rest rooms to accommodate the 4,000 paying customers. In the past few years there have been several capital improvements to continue to enhance the fan experience. A concrete retaining wall, new grandstands, a state of the art lighting system, paved pit roads and new restrooms are just some of the highlights that have made Columbus a racing destination for fans throughout central Ohio.

There are four primary racing divisions that compete at the track every week: Late Models, Columbus Modifieds, Sport Stocks and Crazy Compacts. Along with those classes, there are different classes added to the docket most every week. The Nuckles often bring in Legend cars, Winged Sprint Cars, Midgets, Sprints, Super Cup Stock Cars and even Trailer races. This year the biggest event ever came to town when the K&N East Series visited the track on July 23rd.

The Main Event is one of the biggest Outlaw Late Model races of the season and the best drivers from around the country will make the trip to compete for the $6,000 first prize. Current points leader Bud Perry will try and hold off Rich Rohrer, Jimmy Carter, Josh Smith, Drew Charlson, Brian Short and Donnie Hill who all have a chance at the season title. He’ll also face stiff competition from Terry Senneker and Steve Needles, both of whom are repeat winners of the Main Event. J.R. Roahrig and his son Tyler will be making the trip over from Indiana. Rohrer and Tim Ice are also former winners of the event who are entered at this point in time.

Any race fans in the Columbus, Ohio area who want to see some fantastic racing action including some of the coolest cars to hit local short tracks anywhere in the country should head to Columbus Motor Speedway. Practice starts Saturday at 10:00 am with qualifying at 2:30 and racing at 6:00. Sunday will see practice start at 11:00 with racing beginning at 1:30. Tickets for Saturday are $15 for adults and $5 for kids while Sunday admission is $22 for adults and $7 for kids.

*Whelen All-American Update*

It’s all over but the shouting. The 2011 Whelen All-American season officially came to an end Sunday September 18th as that was the last day that points could be scored by competitors toward national and state/provincial championships. Keith Rocco was unable to make any headway over the weekend so, even though Langley Speedway’s event was rained out, Philip Morris secured the National Championship. The victory is Morris’s fourth title in the last six years, moving him within one of the all-time record of five held by Larry Phillips. Over this amazing run Morris also finished third in 2007 and seventh last season. Morris also earned the Virginia state championship as well thanks to his 789 points accumulated during the season.

Congratulations go out, not only to Morris, Rocco, Pulliam and Falk, III for a great points battle this year, but to all of the state champions who secured their titles after this past Sunday.

*National Champion* – Philip Morris

*Alberta* – Erica Thiering
*California* – Brandon Davis
*Colorado* – Dan Savage
*Connecticut* – Keith Rocco
*Idaho* – Jeff Pullman
*Illinois* – Ryan Carlson
*Iowa* – Paul Glendenning
*Maine* – Bill Rodgers
*Michigan* – Andy Bozell, Sr.
*Minnesota* – Adam Royle
*Nebraska* – Bill Leighton, Jr.
*New Hampshire* – Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
*New York* – Amy Catalano
*North Carolina* – Burt Myers
*Ohio* – Travis Braden
*Oklahoma* – Joe Duvall
*Ontaro* – Ron Quesnelle
*Pennsylvania* – Jeff Strunk
*South Carolina* – Anthony Anders
*Tennessee* – Nate Monteith
*Texas* – Zachary Hausler
*Vermont* – Ronald Proctor
*Virginia* – Philip Morris
*Washington* – Naima Lang
*Wisconsin* – J. Herbst

*This Weekend’s Race Schedule*

Fri: Sept. 23rd – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – California Sprint Car Civil War Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – Taco Bravo Ocean Sprints
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Five Flags Speedway ; Pensacola : FL – Blizzard Super Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Marshalltown Speedway ; Marshalltown : IA – Hawkeye Dirt Tour
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Quad City Raceway ; East Moline : IL – IMCA Deery Brothers Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Tri-City Speedway ; Pontoon Beach : IL – UMP Modifieds
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS Modifieds
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Crate Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – ASCS / Warriors Region
Fri: Sept. 23rd – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – ASCS / Midwest Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Corn Belt Clash
Fri: Sept. 23rd – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Midwest Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – NASCAR K&N East Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Accord Speedway ; Accord : NY – Race of Champion Dirt Modifieds
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – MARS DIRTcar Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – NCRA / Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – Show-Me Racin Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Sunset Speedway ; Innisfil : Ontario – Open Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Northwest Wingless Sprint Tour
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Washington Midget Racing Association
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Southern Oregon Speedway ; Medford : OR – Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Model Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Lindas Speedway ; Jonestown : PA – Keystone Legend Car Tour
Fri: Sept. 23rd – McKean County Speedway ; East Smethport : PA – ULMS – Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – McKean County Speedway ; East Smethport : PA – ULMS – EMod Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Path Valley Speedway ; Spring Run : PA – PA Sprint Series
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Tazewell Speedway ; Tazewell : TN – National All-Stars
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Winchester Speedway ; Berryville : VA – Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Central Washington State Fair Raceway ; Yakima : WA – ASCS / Northwest Tour
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – WISSOTA Late Models
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – WISSOTA Modifieds
Fri: Sept. 23rd – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Mobile International Speedway ; Irvington : AL – Miller Lite Super Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – I-30 Speedway ; Little Rock : AR : – Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Canyon Speedway Park ; Peoria : AZ – ASCS / Canyon Region
Sat: Sept. 24th – Bakersfield Speedway ; Oildale : CA – California Lightning Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Fonda Speedway
Sat: Sept. 24th – Giant Chevrolet Speedway ; Hanford : CA – USAC 360 Sprint Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – ASA / Truck Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – SRL Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Marysville Raceway Park ; Marysville : CA – 360 Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Marysville Raceway Park ; Marysville : CA – Wingless Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Perris Auto Speedway ; Perris : CA – USAC/CRA 410
Sat: Sept. 24th – Perris Auto Speedway ; Perris : CA – Western Racing Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Placerville Speedway ; Placerville : CA – BCRA Midget Lites
Sat: Sept. 24th – Placerville Speedway ; Placerville : CA – California Sprint Car Civil War Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Redwoods Acres Raceway ; Eureka : CA – Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Shasta Raceway Park ; Redding : CA – BCRA Midgets
Sat: Sept. 24th – Shasta Raceway Park ; Redding : CA – BCRA Vintage
Sat: Sept. 24th – Ventura Raceway ; Ventura : CA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Ventura Raceway ; Ventura : CA – VRA Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Citrus County Speedway ; Inverness : FL – Central Florida Wingless Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Cross Roads Motorplex ; Jasper : FL – MMRA / Mini-Cups
Sat: Sept. 24th – Sebring International Raceway ; Sebring : FL – ChumpCar World Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Marshalltown Speedway ; Marshalltown : IA – Hawkeye Dirt Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – Stateline Stadium ; Post Falls : ID – ICAR Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Avcom Park ; Avon : IL – IMRA TQ Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Midgets
Sat: Sept. 24th – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Micro-Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – UMP Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Tri-City Speedway ; Pontoon Beach : IL – UMP Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Quad City Raceway ; East Moline : IL – IMCA Deery Brothers Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Mount Lawn Speedway ; New Castle : IN – UMRA TQ Midgets
Sat: Sept. 24th – Rush County Speedway ; Rushville : IN – Midwest TQ Racing League
Sat: Sept. 24th – Sabine Motor Speedway ; Many : LA – Southern Thunder Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – CRA Super Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – Great Lakes Outlaw Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Butler Speedway ; Quincy : MI – Butler Spectatular
Sat: Sept. 24th – I-96 Speedway ; Lake Odessa : MI – ASCS / Sprints on Dirt
Sat: Sept. 24th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – MCR Dwarf Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USMTS Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Crate Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Open Wheel Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – ASCS / Warriors Region
Sat: Sept. 24th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Charlotte Motor Speedway ; Concord : NC – 24 Hours of LeMons
Sat: Sept. 24th – Dublin Speedway ; Dublin : NC – Carolina Clash Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Hickory : NC – PASS Southern Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Tri-County Motor Speedway ; Hudson : NC – NASCAR Southern Modified Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – ASCS / Midwest Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Corn Belt Clash
Sat: Sept. 24th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Midwest LateModel Racing Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – ACT US Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – New Hampshire International Speedway ; Loudon : NH – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – PASS North Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – PASS Sportsman
Sat: Sept. 24th – New Egypt Speedway ; New Egypt : NJ – United Racing Company
Sat: Sept. 24th – Accord Speedway ; Accord : NY – Capitol Region Sprintcar Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Accord Speedway ; Accord : NY – PA Sprint Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Fonda Speedway ; Fonda : NY – Empire Super Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Bobby Isaac Memorial
Sat: Sept. 24th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – Southeast Limited Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Tri-County Motor Speedway ; Hudson : NC – Whelen Southern Modified Tour
*Sat: Sept. 24th – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – Main Event Racing Series*
Sat: Sept. 24th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – USAC National Midgets
Sat: Sept. 24th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – USAC Silver Crown
Sat: Sept. 24th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – USAC National Sprint Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – Vintage American Race Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – K-C Raceway ; Chillicothe : OH – American Mini Sprint Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – Midwest Supermodifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – Michigan Legend Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – MARS DIRTcar Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Thunderbird Speedway ; Muskogee : OK – NCRA / Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Flamboro Speedway ; Freelton : Ontario – Can-Am TQ Midgets
Sat: Sept. 24th – Flamboro Speedway ; Freelton : Ontario – Canadian Vintage Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Kawartha Raceway ; Peterborough : Ontario – NASCAR Canadian Tire Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Sunset Speedway ; Innisfil : Ontario – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Northwest Wingless Sprint Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – Cottage Grove Speedway ; Cottage Grove : OR – Washington Midget Racing Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Douglas County Speedway ; Roseburg : OR – ASA Northwest Sprint Car Racing Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Southern Oregon Speedway ; Medford : OR – Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Grandview Speedway ; Bechtelsville : PA – Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Lernerville Speedway ; Sarver : PA – World of Outlaw Sprint Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Kenny Weld Memorial
Sat: Sept. 24th – McKean County Speedway ; East Smethport : PA – ULMS – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – McKean County Speedway ; East Smethport : PA – ULMS – EMod Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – 358 Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Selinsgrove Speedway ; Selinsgrove : PA – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Super Sportsmen
Sat: Sept. 24th – Dillon Motor Speedway ; Dillon : SC – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Florence Motor Speedway ; Timmonsville : SC – Limited Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Greenville-Pickens Speedway ; Greenville : SC – Carolina Vintage Stockcar Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Greenville-Pickens Speedway ; Greenville : SC – UARA Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Highland Rim Speedway ; Ridgetop : TN – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Thunderhill Raceway ; Summertown : TN – USCS – Sprint Car Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Harris Hill ; San Marcos : TX – ChumpCar World Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – Thunderhill Raceway ; Kyle : TX – Dwarf Car Series of Texas
Sat: Sept. 24th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Winchester Speedway ; Berryville : VA – Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Wythe Raceway ; Rural Retreat : VA – Fastrak Pro Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Wythe Raceway ; Rural Retreat : VA – Ultimate Super Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Central Washington State Fair Raceway ; Yakima : WA – ASCS / Northwest Tour
Sat: Sept. 24th – Evergreen Speedway ; Monroe : WA – Northwest Pro 4 Trucks
Sat: Sept. 24th – Spokane County Raceway ; Spokane : WA – Inland NW Sprint Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Madison International Speedway ; Oregon : WI – Mid-American Stock Cars
Sat: Sept. 24th – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – WISSOTA Late Models
Sat: Sept. 24th – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – WISSOTA Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Red Cedar Speedway ; Menominie : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat: Sept. 24th – Wilmot Raceway ; Wilmot : WI – IRA Sprints
Sat: Sept. 24th – Wilmot Raceway ; Wilmot : WI – Midwest Sprintcar Association
Sat: Sept. 24th – Tyler County Speedway ; Middlebourne : WV – Fastrak Late Model Series
Sat: Sept. 24th – West Virginia Motor Speedway ; Mineral Wells : WV – All Star Sprint Cars
Sun: Sept. 25th – Redwoods Acres Raceway ; Eureka : CA – Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Fairbury American Legion Raceway ; Fairbury : IL – UMP Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Fairbury American Legion Raceway ; Fairbury : IL – UMP Modifieds
Sun: Sept. 25th – Quad City Raceway ; East Moline : IL – IMCA Late Model Special
Sun: Sept. 25th – Butler Speedway ; Quincy : MI – Butler Spectatular
Sun: Sept. 25th – Owosso Speedway ; Owosso : MI – Michigan Legend Cars
Sun: Sept. 25th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – ASCS / Midwest Series
Sun: Sept. 25th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Corn Belt Clash
Sun: Sept. 25th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Midwest LateModel Racing Association
Sun: Sept. 25th – Fonda Speedway ; Fonda : NY – Modifieds
Sun: Sept. 25th – Charlotte Motor Speedway ; Concord : NC – 24 Hours of LeMons
Sun: Sept. 25th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Bobby Isaac Memorial
Sun: Sept. 25th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
*Sun: Sept. 25th – Columbus Motor Speedway ; Columbus : OH – Main Event Racing Series*
Sun: Sept. 25th – Sunset Speedway ; Innisfil : Ontario – OSCAAR Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Sunset Speedway ; Innisfil : Ontario – Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Southern Oregon Speedway ; Medford : OR – Northwest I-5 DIRTcar Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Harris Hill ; San Marcos : TX – ChumpCar World Series
Sun: Sept. 25th – Southside Speedway ; Midlothian : VA – Late Models
Sun: Sept. 25th – Madison International Speedway ; Oregon : WI – Fall Classic
Sun: Sept. 25th – Tyler County Speedway ; Middlebourne : WV – Fastrak Late Model Series
Tue: Sept. 27th – Lasalle Speedway ; Lasalle : IL – Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models

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