Speedweek Starts at Wayne County Speedway

The 2008 Federated Auto Parts Wayne County Speedway will commence in Orrville, Ohio on Monday night, June 23. Auto racing fans in that part of the country are no doubt getting geared up to enjoy some fantastic racing. The first event on this year’s calendar is the Pete Jacobs Memorial race. This will be the 13th annual Pete Jacobs Memorial race and the race, which will be hosted on the 3/8 mile dirt oval at Wayne County Speedway, will form part of the 26th Annual UNOH Ohio Sprint Speedweek.

The Ohio Speedweek tradition began in 1983 and has always been one of the top events on the All Star schedule. It is seen by many as being one of the most prestigious sprint car racing weeks in the US and spectators will see the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars taking to the circuit for a some grueling and fantastic racing. Fans are expecting this year’s Speedweek to be even better than before and the week’s events will no doubt be made even better by an appearance from the Super Late Models. When the race track’s doors are opened on Monday night, thousands of fans will stream in to watch almost a hundred drivers compete over a period of seven nights on this legendary dirt track. The resulting mayhem, bravery and perhaps even stupidity will make for a fantastic show that lasts a full week and ends with just one driver emerging as the “Ohio Speedweek Champion.” The week isn’t just tough on the drivers – its hell for their crews who are constantly working and seldom find time to sleep during this time period. However, most fans would argue that it’s all worth it and not only does the winner on Monday collect $5 000 in prize money, but the race is already known for providing some of the best race-car action available.

Fans looking forward to the Speedweek can expect to see the likes of Dale Blaney, Dean Jacobs, Lee Jacobs, Lance Dewease, Randy Hannagan, Cody Jacobs, Paul McMahon, Greg Wilson, Danny Smith, Mark Keegan, Byron Reed and many other popular drivers. There will also be a bit of an Aussie invasion of the week-long event, with many of the drivers regularly making the pilgrimage to the U.S. to take part in the All Stars Circuit of Champions. The prize money is also worth writing home about – a $10 000 point fund will be distributed at the end of the week, while a $50 000 bonus is waiting to be claimed by any driver who is able to win at least four of the seven events. The gates will open at 15:00 with racing getting underway at 19:00. You can contact Wayne County Speedway for more information.

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