Saturated Track Conditions Condense Keyser Manufacturing ‘Down & Dirty’ By NAPA Weekend At Berlin To Saturday Night (Sept. 21)
Cancelation Of Friday Night’s Qualifying Program Sets Up 75-Lap, $15,000-To-Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Event On Saturday
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
MARNE, MI – Sept. 20, 2013 – Saturated track conditions resulting from wet weather over the past two days have forced Berlin Raceway and World of Outlaws Late Model Series officials to condense the second annual Keyser Manufacturing ‘Down & Dirty’ By NAPA Auto Parts weekend to a single day of action on Saturday (Sept. 21).
Friday night’s scheduled qualifying program at Berlin was canceled late this afternoon after it was determined that the dirt surface spread atop the 7/16th-mile asphalt oval could not be run in sufficiently to allow safe and competitive racing.
The loss of Friday night’s show sets up a Saturday evening program headlined by a 75-lap WoO LMS A-Main paying $15,000 to win. Racing for the DIRTcar UMP Modified, Street Stock and 4-Cylinder divisions will also be part of Saturday’s card.
“We were looking forward to two huge nights of racing here at Berlin Raceway but unfortunately Mother Nature hasn’t cooperated with us to allow it,” said Berlin general manager Mike Bursley. “We want to make sure we provide the racers and fans the exciting racing that gained last year’s inaugural World of Outlaws Late Model Series event so much attention but that wouldn’t be possible tonight because the surface is simply too saturated.
“After consulting with Jeremie Corcoran (the promoter of New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park who was brought in by Berlin management to handle track preparation) it became clear that the racetrack has too much moisture in it to be dried and worked in well enough to go racing tonight. With better weather forecast for Saturday, our best course of action is to focus on preparing the racetrack for one big night of racing.”
Track officials said that the Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored party that was scheduled to take place in the barns outside turn one following tonight’s racing program has been rescheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. A pig roast and live band will highlight the pre-race bash.
Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, with hot laps scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.
The value of tickets for Friday night’s qualifying program can be used toward the purchase of tickets to an upcoming event at Berlin – including Saturday night’s WoO LMS program – or exchanged for a speedway gift card.
More information on the Keyser Manufacturing ‘Down & Dirty’ weekend at Berlin Raceway can be obtained by logging on to www.berlinraceway.com or calling 616-677-5000.
Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.