CARTERSVILLE, GA – The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series lineup of tracks has 20 venues and counting for 2012. Drivers competing in the Crate Late Model Divisions at 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series track will race for a $20,000 National Points Fund that will pay back ten spots and award the National Champion with a $10,000 prize.
The 20-track NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series lineup represents six different states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee – with eight new tracks joining the series for the upcoming season.
Returning tracks for the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season are Centerville Speedway in Centerville, AR, Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS, Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS, Hattiesburg Motorsports Park in Hattiesburg, MS, Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS, Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, Malden Speedway in Malden, MO, New Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA, Penton Raceway in Penton, AL, Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN, Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL and Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS.
New tracks signing on for the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season are Albany Motor Speedway in Albany, GA, Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, TN, Deep South Speedway in Loxley, AL, 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, 441 Speedway in Dublin, GA, Pike County Speedway in McComb, MS, and West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, MO.
East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL is also returning to the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series for 2012 after a year’s absence. Deep South Speedway, 411 Motor Speedway, 441 Speedway, and Pike County Speedway have also been a part of the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS in years past.
These are the list of tracks the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series has lined up as the calendar begins to turn from 2011 to 2012. The 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series doesn’t begin for another three months, and series officials are still negotiating with several weekly tracks, hoping to add more to the list in the new year.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series will feature one overall National Championship for the first time since the series was developed for weekly competitors in 2006. In the past, the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS has been divided up into two and three Regions. With one point fund, the National Champion will receive more money, prestige and bragging rights.
“The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series will be one National series with one point fund,” NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Founder and Director Mike Vaughn said. “We’ve added more money to the point fund for 2012, and we’ve given the drivers more choices on where they can compete to earn National Weekly Racing Series points.”
Vaughn said the popularity of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series is as high as it’s ever been, as both track promoters and competitors are seeing the economic, technical, and promotional benefits the series has to offer.
“We’re seeing a trend of tracks that have been with us in years past rethinking their programs in a tough economy and returning to the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series for 2012,” Vaughn said. We have already lined-up a great list of weekly dirt tracks, and we’re not done yet. We’re looking to add more tracks and bring the total up to 25 to 30 tracks for the 2012 season.”
NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Director Roby Helm said the tracks and competitors involved in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series will have a higher standard in the areas of technical and public relations support that non-sanctioned weekly dirt tracks and their competitors will be lacking.
“The 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series tracks and their competitors have placed themselves at a higher level with a higher standard of technical equality to level the playing field,” Helm said. “Drivers at these tracks will have a $20,000 point fund and track point fund to compete for, and a higher level of notoriety through an aggressive public relations effort.”
Drivers will compete against drivers at other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series tracks throughout the country each weekend during a 27-week season from April 6, 2012 through October 7, 2012 through a points system. A competitor’s best 14 weekly point totals will count towards their National point total.
Drivers can compete in multiple races each week with their highest single event point total counting for that week. A driver can also earn up to 100 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points that will be added to their best 14 week point total. A driver can earn as much as 800 points that represents 14 50-point wins and 100 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points.
Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points can be earned in two different ways. A driver can earn 25 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points by competing in four straight events at a single track. A driver can also earn 25 Weekly Racing Series Bonus Points by competing in a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring event during the Weekly Racing Series season.
The dirt late model race cars in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series are powered by the economical GM Performance Crate Engines that are built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. There are two engines to choose from, the 400 horsepower aluminum-head 604 engine and the 350 horsepower steel-head 602 engine that gets a 150-pound weight break.
These engines are in stock and ready for free next day delivery anywhere in the Southeast from NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA. The GM Performance 604 Crate Engine is on sale for $5,095 and the GM Performance 602 Crate Engine is on sale for $3,195 at NeSmith Chevrolet in Claxton, GA. To place an order call Tim Bland at 1-877-497-3624.
For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and its sanctioned tracks, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. Follow the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.
2012 NeSMITH CHEVROLET WEEKLY RACING SERIES TRACKS
DEEP SOUTH SPEEDWAY – LOXLEY, AL
EAST ALABAMA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – PHENIX CITY, AL
PENTON RACEWAY – PENTON, AL
TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL
CENTERVILLE SPEEDWAY – CENTERVILLE, AR
ALBANY MOTOR SPEEDWAY – ALBANY, GA
441 SPEEDWAY – DUBLIN, GA
NEW SENOIA SPEEDWAY – SENOIA, GA
COLUMBUS SPEEDWAY – COLUMBUS, MS
GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY – GREENVILLE, MS
HATTIESBURG MOTORSPORTS PARK – HATTIESBURG, MS
JACKSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY – JACKSON, MS
MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – COLUMBUS, MS
PIKE COUNTY SPEEDWAY – McCOMB, MS
WHYNOT MOTORSPORTS PARK – MERIDIAN, MS
MALDEN SPEEDWAY – MALDEN, MO
WEST PLAINS MOTOR SPEEDWAY – WEST PLAINS, MO
CLAYHILL MOTORSPORTS – ATWOOD, TN
411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY – SEYMOUR, TN
SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPEEDWAY – MARYVILLE, TN
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain Dealer four years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. GM Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Racing Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. RockAuto.com is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2012 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, QA 1 Precision Products, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, Integra Racing Shocks, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Cofields Racing Starters, Kinser Air Filters, Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, and Stinger Race Cars.