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posted November 13, 2000 07:35 AM UIN: 16262997
Columbus Speedway
Columbus, Mississippi
November 13, 2000

Johnny Stokes Back in Charge of Columbus Speedway
Columbus, MS-Mississippi racing legend Johnny Stokes will promote the racing
activities at Columbus Speedway located in Columbus, MS during the 2001
season. Stokes returns to the popular speedway after a one year's absence
during the 2000 season. Stokes successfully managed the track during the
1999 season. Huge strides with efforts to improve the racing at the famous
northeast Mississippi bullring have been made. Many improvement are already
complete with more planned improvements on the drawing board. Stokes has
also retained a veteran and potent management team with a track record of
success and respect in the racing community.
The most noticeable physical change will be a complete redesign and
reconfiguration of the racetrack. The 3/10's mile oval is now modeled very
similar to Talladega Short Track. The new track is a result of elaborate
survey work done with the cooperation of Talladega Short Track management.
The ongoing project resulted in over 750 loads of virgin red clay being
placed on the 3/10's mile oval. The end result is a progressively banked
track featuring new high banking and an actual red clay surface. Other
improvements include improved pit parking and new access roads in the pit
area. The goal of these improvements is to once again provide the
Mississippi and West Alabama racers and fans the best possible racing
entertainment possible.
The tentative line up of classes scheduled to compete on a weekly basis
include Super Late Models, IMCA Type Modifieds, Pro Streets, Street Stocks,
Pony Stocks, and Cruisers. There will be minimal rule changes for the 2001
season with the exception of the introduction of the highly anticipated Spec
type motor option for the Super Late Models. Open motors, SAS Spec motors,
and SUPR motors will be allowed to compete at Columbus on a regular basis.
Competitor purse structures and event execution will also be enhanced from
the previous season. Rules for all divisions are to be released in December.

Racing action is planned to start on the last weekend in January. The 1st
Annual Mississippi Winter Classic is scheduled for Saturday afternoon
January 27th. The highlight of the event will be a 40 lap main event for the
Super Late Models paying $2,000 to win. Also competing will be the IMCA Type
Modifieds, Pro Streets, Street Stocks, and Pony Stocks. Action is slated to
start at noon. There will also be a practice on Friday afternoon January
26th. This will be the first weekend that all drivers will be allowed on the
new track surface and configuration.
Columbus Speedway is tentatively scheduled to open its season on Saturday
night March 3rd and will continue to operate on Saturday night through the
summer. Fans can also expect to see traditional special events such as the
James King Memorial on April 6th and 7th. The return of the Southern All
Star Super Late Model Series, the James Nickoles Memorial, the Georgia based
United Sprint Car Series, plus many other special events including an heavy
emphasis on local division Championship races.
Columbus Speedway has earned the reputation as the leading Special Event
racing facility in Mississippi with regards to car count and fan attendance.
The new track management team has expectations of furthering the reputation
of Columbus Speedway being the premier dirt track in the region. There are
also plans to establish a driving school at the facility with Johnny Stokes
and the ever popular multi time Mississippi State Dirt Track Champion Mike
Boland being instructors.
For more information about upcoming events and/or rules please call
662-241-5004 during the day or 662-327-3047 in the evenings.

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