Tri-County Race Track Restarts Dirt Late Model Action
with April 30’s Schaeffer’s Oil Tarheel Invitational!
The return of Dirt Late Model racing
is coming sooner than everyone might have thought. Veteran racer
and promoter Ray Cook will bring competition back on Thurs.,
April 30, at his Tri-County Race Track with the running of the
Schaeffer’s Oil Tarheel Invitational presented by PitStopUSA.com,
a 40-lap Super Late Model event paying $4,000-to-win that will
be broadcast live on DirtonDirt.com and FloRacing.
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Special precautions due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be in
place during the night of competition with no race fans allowed
to attend the event and track officials enforcing strict social-distancing
measures for each of the 25 invited race teams. Each race team
will be permitted only two pit crew members and haulers will
be required to park at least 25-30 feet away from each other
to ensure space between attendees.
Cook has been in direct contact with the Clay County Commissioner,
Clay County Health Commissioner and Clay County Sheriff’s
office in order to clear his plan to open Tri-County for racing
in a manner that follows all guidelines and recommendations
amid the coronavirus crisis. In addition, the Clay County Sheriff
will be on the grounds with deputies the night of the event
to ensure proper social distancing measures will be enforced.
“We’re just trying to make something happen as
safely as we possibly can,” Cook said of what will be
the first Dirt Late Model action in the country since racing
was shut down by the pandemic in mid-March. “We’ve
called everybody I know to call, and I’ve called some
of them I didn’t need to call. We’re not trying
to hide anything. We’re trying to be above the board on
“We just want to find a way to give everybody who loves
the sport a chance to see some racing and give them a break
for a night from everything that’s going on.”
The Schaeffer’s Oil Tarheel Invitational — an invite-only
event in order to restrict the number of teams in the pit area
— will include a full program of qualifying, dash and
heat races leading into the 40-lap feature. A talented mix of
national touring, regional and local drivers will invade the
quarter-mile bullring in western North Carolina for the midweek
Among the drivers scheduled to compete are Shane Clanton, Tyler
Erb, Brandon Overton, Hudson O’Neal, Casey Roberts, Ashton
Winger, Donald McIntosh, Kyle Hardy, Shanon Buckingham and Michael
Chilton. Other invitees are Glenn Barnett, Shawn Chastain, Kenny
Collins, Joe Denby, Jadon Frame, Payton Freeman, Cody King,
Cla Knight, Danny Ledford, Tyler Millwood, Robby Moses, Jamie
Oliver, David Payne, Joey Standridge and Pearson Lee Williams.
The live broadcast event will be free of charge for subscribers
of DirtonDirt.com, Dirt Late Model racing’s number one
news source on the internet. To subscribe log on to www.DirtonDirt.com
and click the “subscribe” button towards the top
right of the main screen. Subscriptions that provide access
to the site’s vast amount of exclusive video and story
coverage is $11.99 per month or $99.99 annually.
The race will also be streamed live on FloRacing to all of
The start time for the Tarheel Invitational broadcast is 7:30
p.m. ET. Calling all the action will be Chris Tilley —
the voice of the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals —
and series announcer Michael Despain.
For more information on Tri-County Race Track, log on to www.TriCountyRaceTrack.net.