posted July 29, 2001 07:22 PM
Half Mountain Speedway Announces its Opening Weekend
Salyersville, Ky.- Finally, the wait is over. Half Mountain Speedway located
in Royalton, Ky. just outside Salyersville will begin its 2001 racing season
on August 4th. Many drivers and fans have expressed interest in the progress
at HMS and have waited ever so patiently while work crews continued to
prepare Half Mountain Speedway for its debut.
Steve Howard Track Manager at HMS has received countless emails from
raceteams and fans in Ky and surrounding states expressing interest on when
the track will open along with many other questions.
Raceteams have their eyes on the impressive payout Half Mountain will post
each and every week. The Late Model Division will host a $2,000 to win with
a nice pay through the field as well, total purse of $9,050. All other
divisions presents some splendid payouts as well. The $1,000 to win Modified
feature each week should draw some attention, this is one of the highest
payouts in the country for the Modified division. Super Bomber Division is
$600 to win each week, $400 to win top prize in the Bomber Division, and a
$200 top prize in both the Road Hog and the 4-Cylinder divisions. Add $100
for quickest time trial and $200 to the winner of the ""Quick Six"" race,
and it all adds up to almost $16,000. This will be paid out each and every
weekend, the highest payout in the area.
Many drivers may be drawn to Half Mountain Speedway simply for the track
itself. It's unlike any other track in the area, the track is a 4/10th mile
speed plant with sweeping turns and plenty of room to race. The track is 100
FT wide, most NASCAR sanctioned tracks aren't that wide. The wider track
surface means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, for
the drivers its means less wrecks which means safer racing since the track
is so wide the driver will have plenty of room to dodge any trouble that
might be ahead of them. For the fans it means some incredible side by side
action with 2 and 3 abreast through the wide corners and still have room.
The wider track will also be a major factor in speeds the cars will turn on
the track, whereas the cars will have more room so they may not have to get
out of the throttle as much, maybe not at all if the cars are handling good.
Half Mountain Speedway will offer some of the latest state of the art
technology used in racing. With a Taug Heure timing device and the latest
software available in the U.S. that is operated by a computer in the scoring
tower. This will take out any possible human error during qualifying, Half
Mountain Speedway officials realize that racing is a sport where raceteams
work extremely hard to trim any part of a second they can and this device
will make sure they will be rewarded for their efforts in search for a
Half Mountain Speedway has put into place a sound system that has been
described as "Awesome". "Big Al" Jordan the flagman at HMS jokingly said, he
was afraid he would not be able to hear the tower on his headset during the
race, not because of the cars on the track, but because of the loudness and
the clarity of the sound system installed. Another big improvement that Half
Mountain has over some tracks in the area are the lights. The lighting
system has 150,000 watts of power behind it turning night into day both on
the track and in the pits, they are so powerful the power company told Jim
not to turn all the lights on at once because it would cause such a power
surge that it would black out all of the surrounding area.
Jim Branham envisions Half Mountain Speedway as being one of the best tracks
in the state and maybe the country and Mr. Branham has put all the pieces in
place for the track to reach this goal. On August 4th as the Late Models
enter the track to begin the first night of racing at Half Mountain Speedway
the face of dirt track racing in Eastern Kentucky will began a changing
process never to be the same again, the most modern dirt track in Eastern
Kentucky begins its history making season.
Gates will open at 4P.M. with technical inspection for all divisions
beginning at this time. Hot Laps will begin at 7P.M. with qualification
immediately after hot laps.
Half Mountain Speedway plans on giving the drivers and the fans a track to
be proud of close to home, so the only question left to be answered is: Are
you ready for Half Mountain Speedway? Because on August 4th Half Mountain
Speedway is finally ready for you.
For more information about the track such as directions, rules, payout, and
all the latest updates checkout the website at www.halfmountainspeedway.com