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$5,000-TO-WIN STREET STOCK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE THIS WEEKEND AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY
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CARTERSVILLE, GA – Over 50 Street Stock racers from at least ten different states are getting ready for the $5,000-to-win 3rd Annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race this Friday night and Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA. A win in this race can make a career highlight for any driver.
Winning the World Championship trophy was special enough, but an added touch to the victory for the driver and Co-Owner/Promoter of Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS known as “Dr. Dirt” is that it came on his 64th birthday.
“I’ve won a lot of dirt late model races and championships in my career, but winning this race last year was different because I’ve never been a World Champion,” Stokes said. “That’s what makes this race so special for any driver because World Champion goes on your resume. It was also special to win it on my 64th birthday, and it would be even more special to win it for the second time at age 65!!”
There are a couple of other Dirt Late Model legends that have given the Durrence Layne Performance Street Stock Division a try with successful results, and they say they have had a lot of fun doing it. Collectively, they have five Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series National Championships.
Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN is a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee and a three-time Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series National Champion. Johnson entered his first ever Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division event last weekend at the 28th Annual Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL.
Competing against a field of 43 cars, Johnson won the first Street Stock race he ever competed in, winning the second heat race to earn the outside front row starting spot for the main event. Johnson took the lead at the start of the race and led all 25 laps to take the $2,500 winner’s share and the coveted Ice Bowl Trophy.
Johnson said he had so much fun racing the Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock machine, the 63-year-old driver is coming to the World Championship Street Stock Race to run for the $5,000 top prize and the World Cup.
David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN is a two-time Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion. Gentry says he has regained the fun in his racing career through the Durrence Layne Performance Street Stock Division where he has wins in several big races. The 54-year-old veteran says he will be at the 3rd Annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race this weekend at Cochran Motor Speedway
Justin McRee of Woodstock, AL finished second in last year’s race, and like Stokes, Johnson, and Gentry, J-Mac has made a name for himself as a dirt late model racer, and recently as a car builder. Even though he finished second, McRee gained notoriety because he also built the top two finishing cars in last year’s race. This weekend, McRee hopes to become the first driver/manufacturer winner.
The Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race is just as much of a challenge to make the 24-car starting field for the main event as it is to win it. Some of the most intense racing of the weekend will take place on Friday night for Qualifying and Heat Races that will set the front half of the Big Show starting line-up for Saturday night.
Just prior to the main event on Saturday night will be the B-Main Races that will give drivers one last chance to earn a seat for the $5,000-to-win Big Show. Drivers will say that just to make the big race is like a victory in itself.
Also expected for the $5,000-to-win 3rd Annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race is the 2017 third-place driver Bryan Fortner of Millport, AL, the 2017 fifth-place driver Kyle Livingood of Bristol, GA, Richie Stephens of Smith Station, AL, Colby Giddens of Cochran, GA, Bud Chancey of Yulee, FL, Chad Tuten of Blackshear, GA, Brian Wooten of Brunswick, GA, and Mike Stalnaker of Ocala, FL.
The on track action at Cochran Motor Speedway will begin on Thursday night with an Open Practice Session. The pit gate for the Open Practice will open at 4 p.m. and the track will be open for practice from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Friday, the pit gate opens at 2 p.m. with Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6 p.m.
For more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division, visit the series web site at www.durrencelayneracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock Division. You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing.