posted June 21, 2001 12:35 PM
The Southern All Stars Return to Columbus Speedway This Saturday Night!
Columbus, Mississippi-The legendary Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
thunders into Columbus Speedway this Saturday night for "The Mississippi
Mayhem 50" presented by Carl Hogan Automotive. The feature event of the
evening will be a 50-lap Championship event for BJ Parker's Southern All
Star Dirt Racing Series. Some of the finest drivers from across the South
will be on hand vying for a starting position in the 24-car field and the
prestigious victory. Action is slated to begin at 7:30pm with a Full Racing
Program on tap.
The major event will be the only stop in Mississippi on the 37-race 2001
Southern Storm Tour for the 19-year old series, which is also considered as
the South's premier touring series. The Southern All Star Series last
visited Columbus Speedway in 1999 and ironically the winner of the event is
current Columbus Speedway manager Johnny Stokes. The Southern All Star
touring professionals will be greeted with a revamped high-banked track and
another huge crowd is expected to be on hand. The race should be excellent,
as the ultra competitive Southern All Star Series has seen eleven different
winners in the first eleven races of the 2001 season.
Track manager Johnny Stokes is extremely excited to have the Southern All
Stars back at Columbus Speedway, "We are just proud to have the Southern All
Stars back here in Columbus. They are really popular and put on a great show
for the fans. I just wish I was driving against them."
The Southern All Star contingent will be lead by Ringold, Georgia's Rex
Richey who has been on a tear off late and is the current point's leader.
Richey has two wins in the 2001 season and amazingly has reeled off seven
consecutive second place finishes against some of the best competition in
the region. Richey has a past Columbus Speedway win, logged during the 1993
Also expected to be on hand is three time Southern All Star, two time Dirt
Track World Champion, and winner of the last SAS Series event, Ronnie
Johnson of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Other SAS stars expected include three
time and defending SAS Champion Clint Smith of Senoia, Georgia, plus 20-year
old Shane Tankersly of Morganton, Georgia, and "The Headman" Mike Head from
Ellenwood, Georgia. Other potent regional drivers such as Mark Mears, Jay
Brinkley, Ted Lackey, and Greg Skinner are expected to be on hand for "The
Mississippi Mayhem 50."
The Columbus Speedway and Mississippi contingent will be lead by drivers
such as Scott Dedwylder, Steve Russell, Rick and Eddie Rickman, Tombo
Callahan, Davis Breazeale, Shawn Edwards, Mark Stokes, Joe Hollis and
current Columbus Speedway point's leader Tony Gray. The event is
prototypical of the hometown drivers having to protect their turf from the
outside invaders, which always adds another tension providing element to the
Southern All Star events.
The Southern All Star Mississippi Mayhem 50 event will consist of SAS Super
Late Model Pole Qualifying, 12-lap B-Main event, and the 50-lap Championship
A-Main. All Columbus Speedway local divisions will be in action.
Grandstands gates are scheduled to open at 4pm with racing scheduled for
7:30pm. Adult admission is $15 with children under 12 admitted free. Lawn
chairs and coolers are welcome. Event information is available on the
Columbus Speedway event hotline 662-241-5004 or at the Columbus Speedway
Internet home at www.MidSouthRacing.com.