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Keepin’ it Short – Shining the Spotlight on Pine Hall, NC

Dirt track racing is popular throughout the United States, but it’s exceptionally well received in the Southeast. Pine Hall, NC is the home of 311 Speedway which, like many other tracks, bills itself as the fastest half-mile in the South. While there will certainly be debate about whether that statement is true, one thing is certain, the half-mile facility just South of the border between North Carolina and Virginia will put on a hell of a show when the World of Outlaws make their first visit to the track tonight.

311 has seen several national touring series races in the past, but it has been eight years since the track saw the haulers of a road warrior series roll through the gates. With the World of Outlaws coming, it will be the first time since 2010 that the Late Models have run in North Carolina, other than at Charlotte. If this weekend’s race goes well, 311 could end up being an annual stop on the World of Outlaw schedule.

The track is currently owned by Mike Fulp, who purchased the track two years ago and has been working hard to get it back on the national stage. For several years the track focused on weekly racing and Carolina Crash races, with no effort made to draw in the ‘Big Dogs’ of the Late Model racing world. Fulp is a former racer who competed in Late Models as recently as September, 2010. This race is easily the biggest event since Fulp took over the reins of the track with the prize money more than doubling the previous high purse under Fulp’s watch.

“This World of Outlaws show is the biggest thing for dirt-track racing in this area in a long time,” Fulp said of the facility located 35 minutes northeast of Winston-Salem and two hours northeast of Charlotte. “With (forecasts) talking about great weather on Friday (sunny with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the 60s), I think this can be huge for 311 Motor Speedway – a race that really showcases the track and puts it back on the map.”

Prior to this weekend’s big race, the last national touring race to take place at 311 was a date from the former Hav-A-Tampa racing series. 311 was a staple on the Hav-A-Tampa schedule from 2002 through 2004. According to the World of Outlaw’s Late Model PR director Kevin Kouvac, several of the drivers have past experience at 311.

The track won’t be familiar territory to most of the WoO LMS regulars, however. The traveler with the most experience at 311 would be Clint Smith of Senoia, Georgia, who enjoyed success there during the ‘90s driving for Carlton Lamm’s North Carolina-based team; his last start at the speedway was in 2007.

For WoO LMS drivers like defending champion Rick Eckert of York, Pennsylvania, and current fourth-place points driver Chub Frank of Bear Lake, PA, Friday’s race will be their first appearances at 311 since 2003 when they competed in HAT / UDTRA and Renegade STARS events, respectively. Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, GA, who is third in the points race, will also return to the track after an absence of nearly a decade. Meanwhile, for other WoO LMS followers – like points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky, former champ Tim McCreadie of Watertown, New York, and top Rookie of the Year contender Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Mississippi, who won his first tour A-Main on April 28 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway – the track will be a new adventure.

Creating a challenge for the Outlaws is the fact that Friday’s field will feature several standouts from the Southeast who have proven their mettle at 311 by winning touring-series events. The group includes Chris Madden of Gray Court, South Carolina (HAT/UDTRA ’03, Carolina Clash ’01); Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA (Clash ’09, HAT/UDTRA ’02); Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin of Gaffney, SC (Clash ’11 and ’09); and Billy Hicks of Mount Airy, North Carolina (Clash ’05 and STARS ’94).

Tonight’s field is also expected to include 2011 ARCA Racing Series champion and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Ty Dillon of Welcome, NC, the grandson of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Dillon’s older brother, Austin, who captured the 2011 NASCAR Truck Series championship and is currently a NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, won two Carolina Clash events at 311 in 2010. Other drivers with plans to compete on Friday include Steve Shaver of Vienna, West Virginia, Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC, Donald Bradsher of Burlington, NC, Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, NC, Daniel Baggerly of Rural Retreat, Virginia, and Ross Bailes of Clover, SC.

Pit gates at 311 Motor Speedway are scheduled to open at 3 PM and the grandstands will be unlocked at 4 PM for Friday’s program, which also includes a $1,500-to-win crate Late Model feature (311 Motor Speedway rules) and a $400-to-win Stock Four event. Practice is set to start at 7:30 PM with on-track action to immediately follow. Grandstand admission is $30, with children 6-15 charged $15 and kids under 6 admitted free. Pit passes will be $40 (kids under 6 are free).

If you’re in the Carolina/Virginia area this evening, make the trip up to the Northeast of Winston-Salem to the fastest half mile track in the South, 311 Speedway. The World of Outlaw Late Models will be turning laps under 16 seconds on a half-mile track and laying it all on the line for the $10,000 that will be paid to the winner.

This Weekend’s Race Schedule:
Fri : May 4th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 5 Star Series Opening Act Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 5 Star Series Opening Act Limited Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 5 Star Series Opening Act SK Lights
Fri : May 4th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 5 Star Series Opening Act SK Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Boyd’s Speedway ; Ringgold : GA – Southern Regional Racing Series
Fri : May 4th – Tri-City Speedway ; Pontoon Beach : IL – Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : May 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : May 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Roadsters
Fri : May 4th – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – USAC MOPAR National Midgets
Fri : May 4th – USA Speedway ; Sterlington : LA – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : May 4th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : May 4th – LA Raceway ; La Monte : MO – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – NeSmith Touring Series Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : May 4th – 311 Motor Speedway ; Pine Hall : NC – World of Outlaws Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Limited Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Street Stocks
Fri : May 4th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : May 4th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : May 4th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : May 4th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Street Stocks
Fri : May 4th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Super Stocks
Fri : May 4th – Kingsport Speedway ; Kingsport : TN – UARA Stars Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Smoky Mountain Speedway ; Maryville : TN – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Fri : May 4th – Smoky Mountain Speedway ; Maryville : TN – USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Fri : May 4th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : May 4th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : May 4th – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Langlade Speedway ; Antigo : WI – Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Season Opener Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : May 4th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Season Opener Sprint Cars
Fri : May 4th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Season Opener Street Stock
Fri : May 4th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 4th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Talladega Short Track ; Eastaboga : AL – Southern All Star Dirt Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Crate Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – KMSA
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Outlaw Thunder
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Street Stock
Sat : May 5th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – ASA Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Factory Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 600 Mini Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic USAC Sprint Cars
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic 410/360 Super Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic BCRA/USAC Midgets
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic USAC Focus Midgets
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic NCMA Sprint Cars
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic Vintage Super Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic BCRA Vintage Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Vukovich Classic BCRA Vintage Midgets
Sat : May 5th – New Stockton 99 Speedway ; Stockton : CA – NASCAR K&N Pro West Series
Sat : May 5th – Desoto Speedway ; Bradenton : FL – Open Wheel Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – Orlando Speedworld ; Orlando : FL – Florida United Promoters Late Models
Sat : May 5th – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Swainsboro Raceway ; Swainsboro : GA – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Watermelon Capital Speedway ; Cordele : GA – Super Streets
Sat : May 5th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – 2nd Annual Ralph Yarbrough Memorial Late Models
Sat : May 5th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – 2nd Annual Ralph Yarbrough Memorial Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – 2nd Annual Ralph Yarbrough Memorial Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – 4th Annual Brian Luttrell Memorial Stock Figure 8
Sat : May 5th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Sat : May 5th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Super Cups
Sat : May 5th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : May 5th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : May 5th – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – USAC MOPAR National Midgets
Sat : May 5th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – USDCS Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Outlaw Mini Cup
Sat : May 5th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Baby Grand
Sat : May 5th – Paducah International Raceway ; Paducah : KY – Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : May 5th – ArkLaTex Speedway ; Vivian : LA – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway ; Scarborough : ME – PASS North Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Pure Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Opening Night Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Opening Night Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – USRA Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – ASA Late Models
Sat : May 5th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Road Warriors
Sat : May 5th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Chargers
Sat : May 5th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – ASCS Winged Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – POWRI Lucas Oil Midgets
Sat : May 5th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : May 5th – West Plains Motor Speedway ; West Plains : MO – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Street Stock
Sat : May 5th – Orange County Speedway ; Rougemont : NC – CARS Pro Cup Series
Sat : May 5th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – NLRA Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Super Stocks
Sat : May 5th – Eldora Speedway ; Rossburg : OH – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : May 5th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 410 Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 358 Sprints
Sat : May 5th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Thundercars
Sat : May 5th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Street Stocks
Sat : May 5th – 411 Motor Speedway ; Seymour : TN – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Sat : May 5th – 411 Motor Speedway ; Seymour : TN – USCS Outlaw Thunder Sprint Cars
Sat : May 5th – Clayhill Motorsports ; Atwood : TN – Nesmith Dirt Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Nashville Fairgrounds ; Nashville : TN – Ken Ten Pro Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Newport Motor Speedway ; Newport : TN – Southeast Limited Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Rocky Mountain Raceway ; West Valley City : UT – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Late Models x2
Sat : May 5th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Limited Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Street Stock
Sat : May 5th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Sportsman
Sat : May 5th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – 4c Super Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : May 5th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : May 5th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sun : May 6th – Winchester Speedway ; Winchester : IN – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Sun : May 6th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Modifieds
Sun : May 6th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Street Stocks
Sun : May 6th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – TQ Midgets
Sun : May 6th – Devil’s Bowl Speedway ; West Haven : VT – Spring Green 112 ACT Late Models
Sun : May 6th – Madison International Speedway ; Oregon : WI – ASA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic 136
Thu : May 10th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Sprint Car Spectacular 410 Sprints
Thu : May 10th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Sprint Car Spectacular 358 Sprints
Thu : May 10th – Heart O’ Texas Speedway ; Elm Mott : TX – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds

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