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AUGUST 5, 2022
Back to School Nickel Night at Tri-County Race Track Pushed Back to August 12 Due to Impending Storms

With the high probability of afternoon thunderstorms and more rain through the early evening hours, promoter Ray Cook has made the difficult decision to postpone tonight's Back to School Nickel Night at Tri-County Race Track until next Friday, August 12. The same exact show will be held next Friday at the Brasstown, North Carolina dirt oval, which includes a complete weekly program for all regular classes plus the make-up features for the 602 Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Street Stock, and FWD divisions from a July 28 rain out. During intermission, a whopping 10,000 nickels will be spread out over the front stretch for kids to find and keep - all courtesy of Michael's Concrete Finishing!

With so much racing action on tap, all times have been moved up one hour on August 12. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, grandstands will open at 4:00pm, Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm, and cars will take to the track starting at 6:30pm. Adult admission is only $10.00 into the stands and $35.00 into the pit area. Kids ages 11-16 will be admitted into the grandstands for $5.00 and into the pits for $20.00. As always, children ages 10 and under will be allowed onto the grounds for FREE. Senior citizens will also receive a $3.00 discount at the front gate. We look forward to seeing you at the "Tiger Pit" next Friday, August 12!!!

JULY 28, 2022
David Payne Wins Rain-Shortened Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Showdown at Tri-County Race Track

David Payne, of Murphy, North Carolina, emerged victorious on Thursday evening in a rain-shortened Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National Series show at Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track! David, who has won many special events and track titles in his career at the nearby Brasstown, North Carolina bullring, laid down the second quickest lap in Memory Lane Classic Car Museum qualifying to earn the outside of the front row for the 53-lap feature event. With inclement weather rolling into the area, David jumped out front of the 22-car field on the first circuit and was at the point when heavy rain poured down on the facility during a caution period after only 27 laps. (Rick Neff Photo)

With the deluge, series and track personnel had no choice but to call the race official since it had reached the halfway mark and Payne was declared the winner of the $7,553 first place prize money. Finishing behind his #8 machine was a top five that included runner-up and winner of the last two series races Brandon Overton, fast qualifier and polesitter Payton Freeman, seventh starting Wil Herrington, and Davenport, Iowa invader Spencer Diercks. | full results

JULY 1, 2022
David Payne Holds Off Jamie Oliver for Blue Ridge Outlaw Win at Tri-County Race Track!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Tri County Racetrack had a full list of events scheduled for their Friday, July 1 show. The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Model Series made it's annual visit to the track along with the debut of the American Racer Open Wheel Modified Series. All other divisions were also on the schedule and one of the largest firework shows in the area. Two rain showers pushed the start time back roughly an hour.

The main event of the evening was the $3000 to win Blue Ridge Outlaw race. A pair of Murphy drivers led the field to green. Familiar foes, David Payne and Jamie Oliver brought the field up to full throttle and under the waving green flag. It was clear early on that the duo were the class of the field, with Payne leading the way. Within just a few laps, his No.8 had caught the tail of the field and he started working through the slower traffic. Refusing to let Payne get comfortable, Oliver was right in the leaders' tire tracks, slicing and dicing and keeping in step with the No.8. | full results

JUNE 24, 2022
Rain Delays, but Doesn't Stop the Racing Action Tonight at Tri-County Race Track

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Just as drivers were preparing for their pre-race meeting with promoter Ray Cook, the skies over Tri County Racetrack darkened and an early-summer shower fell on the quarter mile clay surface. A small pocket of precipitation parked over Brasstown, sending fans running for cover and their cars. Once the rain finally stopped, track prep was needed and Cook made the rare request for drivers to help dry the track. Many answered the call, a move that was appreciated by fans and staff.

With the track declared raceable, hot laps, qualifying and heat races were completed and it was time for feature events.

Daniel Wilson and Drew Deaver made up the front row of the King Ford Limited Late Model main event thanks to stellar qualifying laps. After a false start, the field was lined up again and the green flag flew. Deaver used the momentum he gained on the high side to power to the lead. A flat tire just a few laps into the race sent Wilson to the pit and forced him to the rear of the field for the restart. | full results

JUNE 10, 2022
Jason Deal Takes $2,500 Topless Outlaw Late Model Series Win Tonight at Tri-County Race Track

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
The Topless Outlaw Series made its annual visit to Tri County Racetrack in Brasstown on Friday, June 10. Along with the $2,500 to win main event, five other divisions were in action on the quarter-mile clay oval. (Candice McCue Photo)

In qualifying, Brian Kinnersley's new Limited Late Model track record lap of 12.904 earned him quick time in Group A which put him on the inside of the front row. Group B's fastest time belonged to defending track champion Jason Deal, which put the No. 7 on the outside pole.

Fans rose to their feet as the pair led the field off of turn four to start the 40-lap main event. In the middle of turns one and two, Deal made contact with series regular Chase King which caused a spin. "I thought Brian was going to come up into the high line and I was going to try a crossover move, but I didn't know the No. 44 was that close to me and I clipped his front bumper with my rear fender," Deal said after the race. | full results

MAY 30, 2022
Memorial Day Championship Sees Big Crowd at Tri-County Race Track and Lots of $1,000 Winners!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the evening sun in Brasstown made it feel like a mid-summer's evening at Tri County Racetrack on Monday. Seven divisions filled the pit area to wrap up the holiday weekend with each division chasing $1,000 and victory lane.

Consistently the largest class at the track, the Interstate Welding 602 Late Models qualified 25 cars in preparation for their feature. After a long hiatus, Jacob Parris returned the Tri County and put his No.4 on the pole in qualifying. Murphy's Dante Curtis clocked in second quick. The two young guns led the 16-car feature field to the green flag. | full results

MAY 20, 2022
David Payne Dominates at Tri-County Race Track for $2,000 Payday; Beaver Nets First Win!

By Travis Dockery (389 Country Editor)
The calendar said May, but the temperature felt more like a mid-summer day in Brasstown on Friday, May 20. Even the hot weather couldn't keep fans from passing through the ticket gate at Tri County Racetrack. A total of seven divisions were in action with the main event belonging to the Super Late Models who competed for $2,000.

In qualifying, Murphy's Jamie Oliver turned in the fastest lap to earn the top spot in the Super Late Model feature. David Payne started on the outside of row number one and the pair shot under the waving green flag and led the field into turn one. As the group of mean machines maneuvered through turns three and four, Levi Hicks almost spun. Directly behind Hicks was Shaun Chastain, who spun trying to avoid Hicks. | full results

APRIL 29, 2022
Jason Deal Captures $1,500 in King Ford Limited/Crate Late Model Clash at Tri-County Race Track!
Local favorite Jason Deal came out on top of the King Ford Limited/Crate Late Model clash tonight at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina! Jason beat Kip Cochran, Danny Ledford, Preston Crisp, and Daniel Wilson to the checkers to claim the $1,500 top prize. Other winners on the evening included Dante Curtis (602 Late Model A-Feature), Logan Johnson (602 Late Model B-Feature), Charles Devine, Jr. (Street Stocks), Michael Barnett (Open Wheel Modified), Marty King (Pony), and John Fulford (Front Wheel Drive). The racing action continues at Tri-County next Thursday night, May 5 with a visit by the ground-pounding Super Late Models, who will be vying for a $2,000 paycheck! | full results

APRIL 21, 2022
Garrett Smith Survives Attrition-Filled Tri-County Contest for First Spring Nationals Win
Young upstart driver Garrett Smith, of Eatonton, Georgia, captured his first career Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victory on Thursday evening in an attrition-filled battle at Tri-County Race Track! Garrett stopped the clock second quickest overall during the FK Rod Ends qualifying session at the Brasstown, North Carolina oval, which locked him into the outside of the front row for the 40-lap headliner. Garrett got the jump at the outset of the race over polesitter Payton Freeman and survived nine caution flags - five coming in the final seven circuits - to bag the $4,053 winner’s check. (Candice McCue Photo)

Freeman, who earlier in the night set a New Track Record in qualifying at the “Tiger Pit” with his quick lap of 12.069 seconds, slipped back to as far as fourth in the running order before making a late charge to a strong runner-up performance. New #SpringNationals point leader Carson Ferguson moved up three spots to finish in the third position to round out the podium. Local favorite Jamie Oliver was steady in advancing past four racecars to nab a fourth place effort, while Kenny Collins debuted a new car to a fifth place showing despite an unfortunate spin on lap 33. | full results

APRIL 1, 2022
No Fools - Bobby Elkins Pockets $1,500 in Season Opening 602 Modified Street Spring Championship!
The 2022 season at Tri-County Race Track officially kicked off earlier tonight with an April Fools Day special dubbed as the 602 Modified Street Spring Championship! A total of twenty-three 602 Late Model competitors piled into the pit area at the Brasstown, North Carolina bullring and local favorite Bobby Elkins emerged victorious to pocket the $1,500 top prize. Finishing behind his #44 machine at the checkers was a top five that consisted of runner-up Booger Brooks, Jason Deal, Seth Wimpey, and Dylan Beaver. The Non-Qualifiers Race for the 602 Modified Street class was won by the #3L car of Mark Ledford. | full results

MARCH 17, 2022
Forecasted Wet Weather Pushes Spring Nationals Visit to Tri-County Race Track to Thursday, April 21
With forecasted wet weather rolling into the Brasstown, North Carolina area tomorrow, March 18, Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series officials made the decision today to postpone Friday’s $4,053 to win shootout at Tri-County Race Track to Thursday, April 21. While it is always disappointing to push back an event, the postponed date will set up a huge series tripleheader in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee from April 21-23. Following the visit to Tri-County Race Track on that Thursday evening, the Spring Nationals will then sanction a similar $4,053 to win show on Friday at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, Tennessee before heading to Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville, Tennessee on Saturday with a $10,053 payday up for grabs.

Next up for the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series tour will be a lucrative doubleheader on April 15-16 at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia and Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee. A strong field of competitors is expected to vie for the $10,053 paycheck on that Friday at Wythe, while the ‘Lil Bill Corum Memorial’ at Tazewell on Saturday will shell out a whopping $21,000 to the winner.

The program scheduled for tomorrow night at Tri-County Race Track was slated to be the facility’s 2022 season opener. With the postponement of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series stop to the 1/4-mile oval, the season lid lifter will now be Friday, April 1. The Interstate Welding 602 Modified Street Spring Championship will be held with a $1,500 top prize on the line. Other classes in action on April 1 will be the Limited/Crate Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Street Stock, Pony, and Front Wheel Drive divisions. | full story

NOVEMBER 22, 2021
2022 Castrol FloRacing Night In America Schedule Is Bigger And Better; Tarheel 50 Slated for October 6
On the heels of a great inaugural campaign in 2021, the Castrol® FloRacing Night in America tour is ready to storm into 2022. More races, more tracks, and more money headline the tour's upcoming docket. Ray Cook’s Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, N.C.) hosts the 18th annual Tarheel 50 on Thursday, October 6 with an astonishing $22,022 earmarked for the winner!!!

2022 Castrol® FloRacing Night in America Schedule
April 12 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
April 27 – Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Ind.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
May 11 – Spoon River Speedway (Banner, Ill.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
May 12 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
May 18 – Marshalltown (Iowa) Speedway: $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
June 1 – Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Ill.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
August 2 – 34 Raceway (Burlington, Iowa): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
Sept. 13 – Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
Sept. 28 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
Oct. 6 – Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
Oct. 11 – 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.): $22,022-to-win / $1,000-to-start
Nov. 12 – Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.): $53,053-to-win / $1,053-to-start

2022 Castrol® FloRacing Night in America Standard Purse
1)$22,022 2)$11,000 3)$5,000 4)$4,000 5)$3,000 6)$2,500 7)$2,250 8)$2,000 9)$1,800 10)$1,500 11)$1,200 12)$1,150 13)$1,100 14)$1,050 15-22)$1,000
TOTAL - $67,572



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