SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Set for $4,053-to-win Tarheel 50 October 3rd at Tri-County Race Track
The 11th Annual running of the Ray Cook-promoted Tarheel 50 presented again this year by Hogsed Sports Wear in Warne, NC and the Jacky Jones Automotive Group is set to go on Friday Night October 3, 2014 at the Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC.

The largest paying Stock Car event of the season at the track will pay $4,053 to win / $400 to start event and feature a complete show for the Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models including practice, Time Trials, Last Chance Races and the 53-lap main event. The Crate Late Models will race for $800 to win, the Interstate Welding Modified Streets race for $400 to win and the Pony division will race for $400 to win. This will be the final racing event of the season for Tri-County Race Track.

It’s been a ‘Who’s Who’ of dirt Late Model racing that have been in attendance at the event or have won the event since the inception in 2004 at Tri-County Race Track and when the event was held at Cleveland (TN) Speedway. Until 2012, no driver from the Tarheel State of North Carolina had one the event until local hot-shoe David Payne of Murphy captured the $3,500 victory over Indiana’s Don O’Neal. Only Casey Roberts has been a repeat winner at this event taking the victory last season in a thrilling feature race. The regional stars will face off with the track’s hot-bed of weekly competitors including Johnny Chastain along with Jamie Oliver, Rodney Weeks and George Mashburn all from Murphy, NC; Danny Ledford from Warne, NC; David Payne of Murphy, NC; Shawn Chastain, Kenny Collins of Colbert, GA; Glenn Barnett, Randy Nichols and Gabe Wilson. Also expected is World of Outlaws Late Model Series stars Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA and Clint Smith of Senoia, GA; then Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, GA; Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA, Austin Smith of Cedartown, GA along with many other local and regional competitors.

Tri-County Race Track winners this season include Mike Marlar in the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series event on April 10th, Shawn Chastain on April 25th and June 20th, Casey Roberts on July 4th for the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, Jamie Oliver on August 15th and Kenny Collins on September 1st.

In the Super Late Model event, added bonuses for the highest finishing Steel Block/Spec Engine Late Models have been added. The highest finishing Steel Block/Spec Engine driver will receive a $200.00 bonus. The Highest Finishing GM Performance CT525 Engine will receive a $200 bonus. A $100.00 entry fee for the Super Late Models will be charged that night. If a Super Late Model driver does not make the 20-car main event, he will receive $50.00. The Super Late Model tire rule is as follows: Hoosier 1300, 1350 and Right Rear option 1600. The American Racer 44, 48 and Right Rear 56 option will also be allowed. The track’s Crate Late Models will also be allowed to use the FT200 (no grooving) along with the Hoosier 1350 & American Racer 48.

On Friday October 3rd both grandstand and pit gates will open at 5:00 pm with the Driver’s Meeting slated for 6:45 pm and racing to begin at around 7:00 pm. Adult General Admission is $18.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $10.00 while children ten and under are admitted for Free. Adult Pit Passes are $30.00 with children 11-16 admitted for $20.00 while children under ten are admitted for Free.

With lots to do in the area to open the Month of October, be sure to take in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Super Late Models that will also be in action at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA (October 4th) and Rome Speedway in Rome, GA (October 5th) for the annual Dixie Shootout weekend as the Nation’s best will compete for two big nights of racing action. Plenty goes on the first weekend in October in the Western Carolina / North Georgia area in addition to the majestic Mountain views and the harvest leaves at their peak.

Further information on the Tri-County Race Track can be obtained by calling the track Hotline at (828) 837-3815 or Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or log on to

For more information about the Southern Nationals Bonus Series, contact series race director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or on social media online at and on Twitter at

Tarheel 50 purse (53 Laps): 1) $4053, 2) $2000, 3) $1200, 4) $1100, 5) $900, 6) $700, 7) $600, 8) $500, 9) $475, 10) $450, 11) $440, 12) $430, 13) $425, 14) $420, 15) $415, 16) $410, 17) $405, 18) $400, 19) $400, 20) $400.

Previous Tarheel 50 Winners:
2004-Billy Moyer-Batesville, AR
2005-Shane Clanton-Fayetteville, GA
2006-Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, GA
2007-Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, SC
2008-Kayne Hickman-Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
2009-Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
2010-Rained Out
2011-Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
2012-David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
2013-Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.

Southern Nationals Bonus Race Winners:
March 1-Jason Hiett (Cherokee Speedway) $3,000
March 2-Jonathan Davenport (Cherokee Speedway) $10,000
May 25-Mike Marlar (Duck River Raceway Park) $5,000
July 4-Casey Roberts (Tri-County Race Track) $3,000
July 5-Ray Cook (Tazewell Speedway) $5,000
August 16- Chris Madden (Smoky Mountain Speedway) $5,010

Southern Nationals Bonus Races/Upcoming Events:
Friday October 3-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,053 to win/53 laps
Friday October 10- Ponderosa Speedway- Junction City, KY- $2,500 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 11- Ponderosa Speedway- Junction City, KY- $7,500 to win/60 laps
Friday October 24-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$5,000 to win/35 laps
Saturday October 25-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win/100 laps
Fri/Sat Nov. 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Wheel, TN-$11,000 to win/75 laps


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