SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES NATIONALS UP NEXT FOR DURRENCE LAYNE DLMS
ADAIRSVILLE, GA – The two-race Salute to the Armed Forces Nationals is up next for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series over the Memorial Day Weekend. The Saturday night and Sunday night shows will be Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 run for the Durrence Layne Cup and the $10,000 National Championship.
Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS will host the $2,500-to-win Salute to the Navy 50 on Saturday night, followed by the $2,000-to-win Salute To The Mississippi Army National Guard 40 on Sunday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS.
The total payout for this Saturday night’s race at Whynot Motorsports Park is as follows: 1. $2,500; 2. $1,250; 3. $850; 4. $700; 5. $650; 6. $550; 7. $500; 8. $450; 9. $400; 10. $375; 11. $350; 12. $300; 13. $280; 14. $260; 15-24. $250. Drivers that fail to transfer to the main event, but start a B-Main will receive $50.
The total payout for this Sunday night’s race at Magnolia Motor Speedway is as follows: 1. $2,000; 2. $1,000; 3. $700; 4. $550; 5. $500; 6. $425; 7. $375; 8. $350; 9. $325; 10. $300; 11. $275; 12. $250; 13. $225; 14-24. $200. Drivers that fail to transfer to the main event, but start a B-Main will receive $35.
The two tracks feature to two different characteristics that can bring out the best in two different driving styles for Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series competitors to make for a true test of man and machine.
Whynot Motorsports Park is known as the “House of Hook” in that it’s hooked up and hammer down. The track is wide and has multiple grooves. Magnolia Motor Speedway has a surface known as “Black Ice.” It is also well-known for having multiple racing grooves, but is a finesse race track. Photos have captured racing action as much as seven-wide around The Mag.
The Salute To The Armed Forces Nationals events will be Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season. The point races are tight after the first two races in April at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL. A driver can break out as an early favorite, or the battle can get tighter to capture the Durrence Layne Cup at season’s end.
Jake Knowles of Rome, GA leads the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Touring point standings after winning the season opener on April 26 at Talladega Short Track, and finishing second the next night. The 2018 National Championship Runner-Up has a two point lead over John Ownbey of Cleveland, TN who won Round 2 at TST.
Ownbey will not be making the trip to Mississippi for Rounds 3 and 4, but the third-place driver, David Kay of Munford, AL will be headed to Whynot Motorsports Park on Saturday night, and Magnolia Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Kay is 16 points behind Knowles after a sixth-place finish and a fourth-place effort in the two TST races.
Jadon Frame of Decherd, TN is fourth in the Durrence Layne Late Model National standings, just two points behind Kay. The Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year point leader finished second in the season opener, and ran ninth in Round 2.
Other 2019 Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year candidates expected this weekend are Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL, Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA, Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA, and Chase Walls of Decherd, TN.
A host of Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series regulars are also expected this weekend, and they include T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL, Grant Pearl of Anniston, AL, Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN, Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS, Clay Harris of Jupiter, FL, Todd Hurst of Lineville, AL, Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN, and Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, TN.
One driver looking to make a comeback in the Salute To The Armed Forces Nationals is Grant Garrison of Walton, KY. The 2017 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Model National Championship Runner-Up and the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year separated his shoulder in the first hot lap session of the year at Talladega Short Track.
Garrison received Hardship Points because of the injury for the first two races of the 2019 season. After a month of healing and resting his shoulder, Garrison says he’s ready to go for the events this weekend at Whynot Motorsports Park and Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Both Whynot Motorsports Park and Magnolia Motor Speedway are a part of the Durrence Layne Weekly Racing Series, and have a strong contingent of Mississippi drivers that call each track home.
Spencer Hughes of Meridian, MS leads the Whynot Motorsports Park regulars, as the 18-year-old has many wins at Whynot and is a VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series candidate. This is a series for Durrence Layne Chevrolet Late Model drivers 18 years of age and younger.
Joining Hughes as VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series drivers expected this weekend are Rainey and Harris, while Skinner and Bryant Marsh of Corinth, MS are former VP Racing Fuels Young Gun Challenge Series Champions. There are also a trio of former National Champions expected in the field of competitors this weekend.
Two-time Durrence Layne Chevrolet National Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS will be racing in familiar territory this weekend. A pair of Durrence Layne Weekly Racing Series Late Model National Champions will be represented by Whynot regular and two-time WRS National Champion Jim McDuffie of Meridian, MS, and the defending WRS National Champion and Magnolia Motor Speedway regular Evan Ellis of Plantersville, MS.
On Saturday at Whynot Motorsports Park, the pit area will be open all day with Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. with Hot Laps to follow.
Whynot Motorsports Park is located at 4773 J.W. Reynolds Road, Meridian, MS 39301. For more information call 601-644-3010, or visit the track web site at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com. You can also Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whynotmotorsportspark/ or Follow them on Twitter @Whynotracing1.
On Sunday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, the Pit Gate opens at 3 p.m., with Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with Racing set for 7:30 p.m.
Magnolia Motor Speedway is located at 495 Highway 45 South, Columbus, MS 39701. For more information call 662-240-3478, or visit the track web site at www.magnoliadirt.com. You can Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/magnoliamotorspeedway/, or Follow them on Twitter @TheMagSpeedway.
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