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Southern All Star Dirt Series to appear at Thunder Ridge

AUXIER — JD Racing and Thunder Ridge Raceway is ready for one of the most unique weekends of racing the race fans of Eastern Kentucky will see all season long, when the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series as the Stars and Cars of the series makes its first ever visit to the Eastern Kentucky and Thunder Ridge Raceway.

The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series has a very different format of racing than what the race fans in this area is accustomed to. The SAS Series puts a very high value on qualifying so high that the top 16 cars are locked into the feature via qualifications and the rest of the cars on hand will compete in “last chance races” to make the field of 24 starters. The Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series use this type of format to keep the cars and track as good as possible for the feature event. A lot of good cars could get tore up during the heat races that might be top contenders for the win in the feature, this will preserve the cars for the run for the money during the feature.

This type of format is used at tracks all over the Southern half of the United States, but has never been used in Eastern Kentucky until this weekend. Tracks and drivers that have raced under this type format seem to really like it, because the SAS Series currently has 38 races scheduled for the 2003 season and has a waiting list of tracks wanting to host a race in the future if possible. Also the drivers seem to like this type of format as the SAS series is averaging almost 40 cars per show this year using this type format, and the series is racing in front of a grandstand full of dirt racing fans.

This weekend the SAS Series brings their unique style of Dirt Late Model Racing to Eastern Kentucky running for a $5,000 to win, $300 to start, 50 lap feature. Any driver that comes to Thunder Ridge Raceway to compete in this weekend’s race and fails to make the feature will receive $50 tow money just for coming and competing.

Also scheduled this weekend along with the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series will be the fastest growing division in Eastern Kentucky - the Limited Late Models will be chasing a $1,000 to win feature event, and the biggest division in Eastern KY, the 4-Cylinders, will be competing in a $300 to win feature event.

All rain checks will also be honored this weekend. The past two racing weekends have been rained out due to all the rain over the past month in the area. Any driver or race fan has the option of using any rain checks that they are currently holding for Thunder Ridge from this years rain outs. So far Thunder Ridge Raceway has given out rain checks to race fans and drivers at two events, the STARS Battle of the Bluegrass Dirt Racing event on May 31st and the Regular show rain out on June 14th. Drivers and race fans are welcome to use these rain checks this weekend.

Race fans and drivers who are holding a STARS Battle of the Bluegrass rain check from the rained out event from May 31st, present the rain check at the ticket booth as you enter the track and be admitted free of charge. If race fans or drivers are holding a rain check from the Regular show event that was rained out on June 14th and want to use the rain check simply present the rain check as you enter the track and pay the difference in the price of admission which will be $10.

All season long the drivers have been raving over the great racing surface that the track officials have provided at Thunder Ridge. The Thunder Ridge racing surface has been consistent, fast, smooth, and the dust has not been a factor this season. Drivers have commented that the track is not the same track it was in years past, and say they got a lot of good information to study before they return to the track again for the other big races.

Admission prices for this weekend are $20 Adult Grandstand Admission, kids ages 7-12 admission is $7 and kids 6 and under get in free.

Pits Admission is $30 Adults, kids ages 7-12 admission is $7, and kids 6 and under get in free

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and Grandstand Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps beginning about 7 p.m.

For more information about Thunder Ridge Raceway check out the official website for JD Racing and Thunder Ridge Raceway at

For more information about the Southern All Stars Series check out their official website at

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