April 7, 2011
Scotland County Speedway Set to Open 2011 Season on Saturday
Area race fans will be paying particular attention to the forecast this weekend as the 2011 dirt-track racing season is set to kickoff at Scotland County Speedway. Fans will hope the track can avoid the forecast of isolated thunderstorms as predicted temperatures in the low 80s would be ideal for the first race.
Promoter Rick Girard of RDK Motorsports, who stepped in midway through the 2010 season to revive the SCS action, hosted a practice session and car show last weekend heading into the regular season debut set for April 9th in Memphis.
Ed's Machinery Race Night will feature action in
Late Model, Modified, Sport Mod, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, 4 Cylinder and Cruiser divisions.
The expanded field is just one of the changes in stock for 2011. Girard announced earlier this spring that Hoosier Tires has signed on as an official sponsor of the track. That move means the track will require the use of Hoosier brand rubber on all cars by the start of week three.
Modified drivers will have some added incentive to race regularly at SCS. The Scotland County rack has joined the United Midwestern Promoters sanction, allowing local racers to compete for the UMP points title.
"There are four tracks in our region racing for the regional points, Callaway Raceways in Fulton , Quincy Raceways in Quincy IL, 24 Raceways in Moberly, and Scotland County Speedway in Memphis," Girard stated. "The regional points champion in our area gets $2,000 for first place. Second place gets $1,000. So with this being said, if you run local at these tracks, you can get the most points available and it will be a good pay day at the end of the season."
The UMP points gained locally also enters the drivers into the national points race, which pays $20,000 to the national champion and $10,000 to the runner up.