North Georgia Speedway Expecting Twins Saturday August 9th

DALTON, GA (Nov. 30, 2002) - The Summer will be Sizzling Saturday night
August 9th as the North Georgia Speedway will give race fans "double the
pleasure / double the fun" as the DirtCar Super Late Models will be vying
Twin 30 lap feature races. The twins dubbed "Summer / Sizzler" will pay
$1,500 to win each ($100 to start each) and will be run along with the
Limited Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby, Mini and Street divisions. For a
complete payout for the DirtCar SLM's visit the NGS web-site

Qualifying Time Trials will be the first order of business for the DirtCar
SLM's of which will lock in a limited number, to both races. If the car
count is above the twenty-four (24) car starting field a series of "B" Main
consolation races will determine the remainder of the field for both races.
Failure to make the first feature will result in not starting either of the
races and a (one time) $50 payoff will be paid to all consi. starters that
don't transfer.

Gate times for the event Saturday August 9th are as follows. Gates Open
early Saturday afternoon about 3PM. Hot lap practice sessions are slated to
begin about 7PM. General Admission Grandstand prices are $15 per person,
children 10 - 15 are $10 per person, with children age 9 & Under Free to the
Grandstand area. Pit Passes are $25 per person and a $50 DirtCar SLM Entry
Fee will be due at sign-in. Additional information can be obtained by
calling (423)667-1295 or (706)695-3313 on raceday. Multi-Media information
is being presented through TVR Promotions: Steve Hixson and can be contacted
at hixson525@hotmail.com.



The Valvoline Memorial race this weekend will be a memorable one for Chris Madden as he Dominated the night of racing to win the $5,000 first prize. See the results for more details.


Tonight's racing events have been cancelled due to rain. Next week we will have the Valvoline Memorial Race.


The photos page has been updated with pics from Saturday night's action.


If you missed last night's racing action at North Georgia Speedway, you missed a whale of a show. Bobby Turner came home the victory in a thrilling Late Model event. See the results page for more details.


This weekend's program is still on. The weather seems to have broken and the facility is ready to go. We look forward to seeing everyone back on the track.


The photos page has been updated with file photos of MANY NGS drivers from all divisions.


This points page has been updated to reflect this week's action.


I posted a few photos of this week's winners from Margarete Parks. More photos of this week's action will follow very soon. Go to the photos page for more details.


The weather forcast has given us a favorable outlook of ample sunshine in the afternoon hours and 71 degrees with an evening forcast of mainly clear and a low of 48 degrees. The track is in great shape and we are anticipating a huge field of Xtreme Dirtcar Series Late Models from all over the country. Make sure you get here early as we anticipate a record crowd.








CountDown to NGS/Xtreme: Earlier arrival suggested on Saturday
by Steve Hixson
T'was the day before Xtreme, at the North Georgia track, every thing was quite peachy for the DirtCars Attack... Yes Virginia (ie. area racefans) Just one more day until the Xtreme DirtCar Series return to the North Georgia Speedway in Dalton/Chatsworth Georgia area. Its been seven years since the then Hav-A-Tampa (now Xtreme) series has had an event in the "Hardcore Heart" of the Tennessee Valley area. Fans have begged, pleaded and waited patiently and this Saturday night April 26th, their patients will pay off.

"The phone has not stopped ringing..." stated promoter Mike Lee. "We've been there a couple times this week making last minute preparations and the phone is ringing like it was a regular Saturday afternoon of folks calling for "raceday" information." A huge crowd is expected to witness the event Saturday night, so officials have released gate times information and warned everybody (competitors & fans alike) to get to the track early. "Earlier than normal." In past events, the lines to just access the grounds of the track have stretched past the highway 225 entrance to the four way intersection stop a mile or so up the highway, in each direction.

Once in the track be expected to make new acquaintances, as a Standing Room Only crowd is anticipated. "We'll have lawn chairs and blankets throughout the greens" (a section of grass between the front straightaway grandstands and the flagstand)." expects NGS officials. Cars and Trucks will be some times two to three deep around the track parking areas and the pits will be abundantly full of big rig haulers. A Souvenir alley will be created for the fans to access racing paraphernalia and all the tracks concession stands will be overstocked and ready to serve. So come make a day of it NGS style, you never know just who or what you might see.

It appears as though this week's rain showers will play perfectly into the hands of the track preparation crew and should move out of the area just in time to leave behind a lightning fast surface. Check out the Race Day link at the bottom of this page for up to the minute updates on the fate of the race event.


































Xtreme DirtCar Series News Release

April 22, 2003


MOORESVILLE, NC - Dating back to the early 90s, the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series made North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA a regular stop. The series, now known as the Xtreme DirtCar Series, will be returning to the 3/8-mile clay oval this Saturday night for the first time since 1996 for the Peach State Dirt Classic 60-lap $10,000-to-win main event.

In the past, North Georgia Speedway has been good to both the touring pros and the local drivers looking to make a name for themselves in the national spotlight of dirt late model racing. The track also has been the springboard for several drivers that have won series events at other tracks, and other drivers that have become well known on the national level.

Brian Hickman of Soddy Daisy, TN began the history between the series and Chatsworth, GA track with a victory on July 19, 1991. The defending and two-time NGS Late Model Champion John Jones of Ringgold, GA was just as strong at his home track in 1992 by taking the HAT/XDCS win on August 14.

Gary McPherson of Dalton, GA is an eight-time NGS Late Model Champion, and defended his home turf by putting a HAT/XDCS win at the top of his resume on July 16, 1993. After 1993, the traveling pros had the place figured out.

Four-time XDCS Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN picked up one of his 90 XDCS career wins at NGS on July 16, 1994. The 1998 national championship runner-up, Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN won the HAT/XDCS event at NGS on July 5, 1995.

The 1996 XDCS Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN has had the most success at NGS in series action, by sweeping the two series events during his championship season on July 20 and September 14, 1996.

Several NGS regulars like Rex Richey of Ringgold, GA, Marshall Green of Dalton, GA, and Bobby Turner of Ballground, GA have also posted series wins at other tracks during their respective careers. Richey and Green are former Southern All-Star Regional series champions.

Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA, Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, and Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA are well-known on the national level of dirt late model racing, but they always seem to return to NGS to keep their racing skills sharp.

McDowell, the 1999 XDCS Champion and last year's championship runner-up won two big events at NGS last season. McDowell has gotten off to a tough start in the 2003 XDCS season, and is currently 12th in points. McDowell will be looking forward to the familiar site of NGS this Saturday night.

Johnson is ranked fifth in all-time XDCS career wins with 19, and he won the Grant Adcox Memorial Race at NGS last September. Cook has finished in the top ten of the XDCS point standings for the last eight seasons, and had three wins last season at NGS.

Tankersley, who finished second in the series points last season and was the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year runner-up, continues to show improvement, and showed his polished talents at NGS just a few weeks ago with a NGS win.

Other top local favorites expected to take on the traveling pros are several drivers from Murphy, NC. Members of the "Murphy Mafia" include David Payne, David Killian, Johnny Chastain and Shawn Chastain. Another expected Peach State drivers include Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, GA and Ricky Williams of Fayetteville, GA.

These local and regional favorites will be looking to gun down the best drivers in the country, led by XDCS point leader Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI. In the first five events on the 2003 XDCS season, Mars has one win, three top fives, five top tens and one fast time. Mars holds a slim six-point lead over Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Pearson has one win this season, with two top fives, and four top tens. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY is third in the XDCS points chase with three top fives in the first five XDCS events.

For the defending and two-time XDCS Champion Rick Eckert of York, PA, the first five events of the 2003 season have been the best of times and the worst of times. The good times have Eckert with two wins, but the worst of times has him finishing outside the top ten in the other three events. Despite the elevator ride, Eckert is fourth in the series standings.

Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA has made his championship hopes known, and is fifth in points, just 83 points behind Mars. Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH is sixth in points followed by the 2002 UMP Late Model Champion Terry English of Benton, KY.

Bloomquist won the latest series race, his 90th series career-leading victory and the 400th overall, on April 13 in Gastonia, NC. The win vaulted Bloomquist up to the eighth spot in the series points chase. Bloomquist sees Eckert looming in the series record books, and his Drive For Five could keep Eckert from winning a record three straight championships.

Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, WV is ninth in points and Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI rounds out the top ten. Rob Blair of Titusville, PA is 11th, just four points outside the top ten, followed by McDowell, Randy Korte of Highland, IL, Randle Chupp of Mooresville, NC, Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year point leader Matt Miller of Waterville, OH.

Rounding out the top 20 in XDCS points are Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV, Cook, Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH, Tankersley and Smith. In addition to his NGS win earlier this season, Tankersley was the fourth-quick qualifier and had a ninth-place finish at the Gastonia, NC XDCS event. Smith has a couple of big wins in unsanctioned events in the Southeast this season.

The schedule of events for Saturday night has the pit gate opening at 1:30 p.m., the grandstand gate opens and competitor registration begins at 3 p.m., the drivers meeting will be at 5 p.m., with hot laps set for 5:45 p.m., and qualifying scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

There will be a live webcast presented by Autobet.US on the Xtreme DirtCar Series web site at www.xtremedirtcars.com beginning at 9:30 p.m.

For race day and ticket information call North Georgia Speedway at (706) 695-3313, or visit their web site at www.northgeorgiaspeedway.net. North Georgia Speedway is located 5.2 miles south of Alternate S.R. 52 on S.R. 225, then 3/10-miles west on Raceway Drive, or exit I-75 at exit 317, then go 13.4 miles north on S.R. 225.

Welcome to the new North Georgia Speedway Web Site. We will be completing the facelift over the next few days.

Payne, Dilbeck, Ownbey, Goff, Shipman and Farner claim NGS victories on 4-19-03
For details see the results page.




"Awesome Bill" from Dawsonville paid a visit to the North Georgia Speedway this past week, bringing with him not only a fleet of equipment to accompany his Super Late Model DirtCar, but a fleet of Superstars as well. Elliott relaxing with an off weekend for the first time since the NASCAR season kicked off in Daytona back in February, turned some laps around the clay oval in the company of DirtCar Superstars Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA and Ray Cook of Murphy, NC. The trio swapped rides as well as set up information turning equally fast laps around the 1/3+ mile dirt oval. Jody Ridley made "the four horsemen" complete stopping by as the sun sank into the horizon Tuesday evening. This Saturday nights race is the final event until the Xtreme DirtCar Series "Mega-Event" the following Saturday April 26th, when the Worlds Best DirtCar racers come to North Georgia Speedway for thge first time in seven years. Additional information can be obtained by calling (423)667-1295 or (706)695-3313 on raceday. Multi-Media information is being presented through TVR Promotions: Steve Hixson and can be contacted at hixson525@hotmail.com.


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