For the staff, racers, and fans at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, the 2018 season was a year to forget. From record heat to hurricanes to record flooding, the racing brethren of the Fayetteville, North Carolina oval experienced it all.
“Mother Nature was just plain out mean to us last year,” track owner, Jim Long said. “We had record heat during our World of Outlaws Late Model event. That did us no favors. Then late in the year we were trying to have a record purse for the Cash Money 100. There was a ton of interest from racers and fans, and then Hurricane Florence rolled in and just decimated the area. I’m glad last year is over. Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year for us all.”
The clay oval hits the ground running in 2019 with the third annual North Carolina Modified Nationals on March 14-16. While the event will be held for the first time at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, it’s gained traction the first two years at other Tarheel State tracks. The inaugural event found Kyle Strickler taking the win at County Line Raceway (Elm City, North Carolina). Meanwhile, David Stremme pocketed the big win in the second running, which was held at Friendship Speedway (Elkin, North Carolina).
The weekend is sanctioned by the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds. Action kicks off on Thursday, March 14 with the Knight of Champions, which is highlighted by a $1,000-to-win, main event. The invitational features a who’s who of 2018 champions. An open practice session will also be held.
The Night Before the Nationals is booked for Friday night with a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win event taking center stage. The mega event draws to a close on Saturday evening with a $10,000-to-win, 50-lap finale.
The $10,000 top prize marks the second largest on the Renegades of Dirt Modified tour in 2018.
“This is going to be a huge event with a lot of fans and drivers converging on Fayetteville Motor Speedway,” Long concluded. “I couldn’t be more excited. This is a great way to kick off the 2019 campaign!”
For more information on the event, please visit www.FayettevilleMotorSpeedway.com.