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Keepin’ it Short – More than twenty years of civil war

For some reason there is no shortage of Civil War references in the South. The people below the Mason-Dixon line, especially in the Carolinas and Georgia, always seem to get a little more worked up about things if there is some sort of North vs. South angle. Just a couple of weeks ago was the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway for the Modifieds. This weekend will be the Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina.

This race has run on for more than twenty years and has seen some of the biggest names in dirt Late Model racing grace its winner’s circle. Not only does the 21st Annual Blue Gray promise to be another great race in the history of Cherokee Speedway, it will also settle the season long points battle for the Ultimate Super Late Models. Coming into the race the top three drivers in the points, Chris Ferguson, Casey Roberts and Chip Brindle are separated by a mere four points. If any of these three drivers is able to win the $10,000 to win race on Sunday, they’ll also take home an extra $25,000 for winning the series championship.

All three of the top point drivers have taken trophies home from Cherokee this season. For Roberts a victory would be extra special as he is trying to lay a Jimmie Johnson on the Ultimate Super Late Model series. Roberts scored the series title in 2007 and has not let go of it since. Should he win the title this season that will give him five consecutive Ultimate Super Late Model Championships.

Not only will fans and drivers be winners after this weekend’s activities at Cherokee, but the Gaffney Meals on Wheels organization will also win this weekend thanks to the Speedway, Dirtfans.com and the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Cherokee Speedway will be donating 100 cans of food to the group that helps feed the needy in the area. Dirtfans.com and Ultimate Super Late Models will be matching that donation with 50 cans each. Fans in attendance for the race are encouraged to bring their own canned food donations or non-perishable food items to help out the noble cause.

Whether you’re a fan of the Union or the Confederacy, or you just like to see some great dirt racing action, head a little south of Charlotte, North Carolina on Interstate 85 into South Carolina and check out the Blue Gray 100. It won’t settle who is the winner of the war, but it will certainly settle who is the best Super Late Model dirt racer on Sunday.

Past Winners of the Blue Gray 100

Freddy Smith (3)
Scott Bloomquist (3)
Donnie Moran (2)
Clint Smith
Jack Pennington
Steve Lucas
Jeff Cooke
Petey Ivey
Chris Madden (3)
Randy Weaver
Jimmy Owens
Randall Chupp
Dale McDowell

This Weekend’s Racing Schedule

Fri : Nov 18th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – ASCS / Canyon Region
Fri : Nov 18th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – ASCS / Southwest Region
Fri : Nov 18th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series
Fri : Nov 18th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Governor’s Cup Limited Late Models
Fri : Nov 18th – Screven Motor Speedway ; Sylvania : GA – Georgia Outlaw Championships
Fri : Nov 18th – Royal Purple Raceway ; Houston : TX – USMTS Modifieds
Sat : Nov 19th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – ASCS / Canyon Region
Sat : Nov 19th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – ASCS / Southwest Region
Sat : Nov 19th – USA Race Park ; Tucson : AZ – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series
Sat : Nov 19th – Ventura Raceway ; Ventura : CA – USAC Western Midgets
Sat : Nov 19th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Governor’s Cup Super Late Models
Sat : Nov 19th – Screven Motor Speedway ; Sylvania : GA – National Late Model Series
Sat : Nov 19th – Screven Motor Speedway ; Sylvania : GA – Georgia Outlaw Championships
Sat : Nov 19th – Circuit Grand Bayou ; Belle Rose : LA – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : Nov 19th – Whynot Motorsports Park ; Meridian : MS – Nesmith Late Models
Sat : Nov 19th – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – CCS Limited Late Models
Sat : Nov 19th – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – Street Stocks
Sat : Nov 19th – Cleveland Speedway ; Cleveland : TN – Southern All Star Racing Series
Sat : Nov 19th – Royal Purple Raceway ; Houston : TX – USMTS Modifieds
Sun : Nov 20th – Circuit Grand Bayou ; Belle Rose : LA – ChumpCar World Series
Sun : Nov 20th – Magnolia Motor Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Nesmith Late Models
*Sun : Nov 20th – Cherokee Speedway ; Gaffney : SC – Blue/Gray Ultimate Super Late Models*
Sun : Nov 20th – Myrtle Beach Speedway ; Myrtle Beach : SC – Late Models
Sun : Nov 20th – Myrtle Beach Speedway ; Myrtle Beach : SC – Southeast Limited Late Models
Thu : Nov 24th – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale ; Irwindale : CA – USAC National Midgets
Thu : Nov 24th – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale ; Irwindale : CA – USAC Western Clasic Racing Series
Thu : Nov 24th – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale ; Irwindale : CA – USAC Western Midgets
Thu : Nov 24th – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale ; Irwindale : CA – USAC Western Sprint Cars
Thu : Nov 24th – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – PASS Southern Late Model Series

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