By ED & BETTY BIITTIG
We made a trip to Volusia Speedway on Monday and found much activity with the steel seating being erected. Although it looked that there is much to be done, we were told they have lights and that the crew is working night and day. Half of the new seating was in place when we were there. While we were at Volusia we met two race fans from Minnesota, Bruce and Diane who came to the track to pick up a schedule. Bruce is a former racer and they have a son who also raced. They come to Florida and Volusia every year for the races and both were excited to see the new seating and we’re making plans to return of the DIRTcar Nationals.
Opening day for the DIRTcar Nationals is on February 4th. The track was race ready and several Rocket Chassis Late Model teams had already arrived and would be testing that night from 5-9 p.m. We did see on Twitter that Tim Fuller of Edwards, N.Y., was one of the drivers testing his No. 19. The DIRTcar big-block Modifieds are scheduled to race February 11-15 with the overall winner bringing home the Golden Gator trophy and bragging rights to begin the season. Defending champion is Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y.
We will be heading 2-1/2 hours up the road to All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Florida next week for the Sunshine Swing being debuted by BD Motorsports, Brett Deyo and his team. It will be great to see familiar faces from home. Deyo and crew will bring the Short Track Super Series Modifieds and Sportsman to the track for three days of racing with practice on February 5th. The drivers stand to bring home some big money from these three days in addition to enjoying the sunshine of Florida. The first night will pay $5,000 to the winner of the 30-lap Mod event and $1250 to the Crate Sportsman winner. February 7th Modified winner will get $7,500 for 40-laps, Crate Sportsman $1,250 for 25 laps. On the final night of racing the Modified winner will get $10,000 for 50-laps and the Crate Sportsman winner will get $1,500 for 30-laps. LKQ North Florida will pay a $500 bonus to each division high point champion.
Besides all the NASCAR practice and activities at Daytona International, 2020 Speed Week here in Daytona Beach there are many off track activities for racing fans to enjoy. The Living Legends of Auto Racing starts the week, February 10, with the annual Beach Parade and Car Show at the Drive-In Christian Church on A1A in Daytona Beach Shores. February 11, a Charity Auction and Autograph Session at 5 pm at the Shores Resort and Spa; February 12 the LLOAR will hold their annual awards banquet also at the Shores Resort and Spa; February 13, Coffee with the Characters with host Dave Dion at the LLOAR Museum from 10 am to 2 pm at the Sunshine Mall, 2400 S. Ridgewood Ave, South Daytona. On Friday, February 14 the LLOAR Racing History Bus Tour visits where NASCAR began starts at the museum. The tour hits 40 points of interest and includes lunch at the Shores Resort and Spa and ends back at the LLOAR Museum. Also on Friday from 10 am to 2 pm “Beach Racing Days” at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. For information on any of these events check the website at www.livinglegendsofautoracing.com
News from up north; The annual Cliff Haslun Racing Benefit Party will be held at the Meadowbrook Saloon in Glen, N.Y., Keller’s Entertainment will supply the tunes and oversee the contests. A Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle will be part of the night’s activities. Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. is when the fun begins and with a $10.00 donation at the door you can be a part of the fun.
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