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Short Track News from Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas
By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager - Twitter: @ElginTraylor - with press release reports
Dirty Dozen Returns

The Dirty Dozen series returns after a successful run in 2013.  Both Motor Mile Speedway (VA) and Southern National Raceway Park (NC)  will host six events structured exclusively under the “Twin” format for a total of 12 feature races.

The $10,000 points fund remains, with $3,000 in prize money allotted to the champion. The runner-up will bank $2,500, and the third place finisher will collect $2,000. The fourth and fifth place finishers will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.
A contingency program has been established for participating racers who compete with a Ford built or crate engine. Ford Racing will award $200 in prize money to the winner of each Dirty Dozen race in 2014, provided the racer has a Ford power plant under the hood. $100 will be allotted to runner-up finishes, and $50 will be given to third place efforts.

Moreover, the Ford Racing contingency program includes the creation of the Ford Racing Hard Charger Award, yet another monetary bonus to “The Dirty Dozen” in 2014. The $500 award applies to all Dirty Dozen participants –regardless of engine choice– and will be presented upon completion of “The Dirty Dozen” to the racer who executes the most passes throughout the season in Dirty Dozen contests.

Last season, the inaugural installment of “The Dirty Dozen” came to a dramatic climax on the final night of the series at Motor Mile Speedway. Lee Pulliam edged out Deac McCaskill for the title by virtue of a tie-breaker after the pair finished the series deadlocked at 528 points apiece.

As in 2013, the champion will be the driver completing “The Dirty Dozen” with the most points, earned throughout the season at Motor Mile Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park. Points and purses awarded to participants in “The Dirty Dozen” will be independent of each venue’s weekly track program.

SoBo Takes Over Denny Hamlin Race

A surprise move has the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown shifting to South Boston for the 2014 season.  The event, which now scheduled for  returns to a track that runs weekly events for the first time since 2010 when it was at Southside Speedway (VA).  The move should make the local guys feel like they have an edge if they run there each week.  The "ringers" won't have the upper edge like they did at Richmond. 

Will we see Kyle Busch?  It's hard to say no as the release from the track left us thinking it will happen.  He's batting .500 with three wins in six starts and he ran out of gas on the final lap in 2011.  Simply put he has dominated the event.

More Modified History

What's next for Bowman Gray Stadium?  After a sixth tile for Burt Myers in 2013 and Tim Brown's 70th career win at the Stadium what will we see in 2014?  Right out of the gates the pressure will be on Brown as two wins will have him top Junior Miller as the all-time winners in victories at the Stadium.  Brown is also chasing what would be a 10th title at the famed track.  Brown already has won the most poles, champions and soon could be the most races. 

Southern National Motorsports Park

The 2014 season will kick off on March 1st for Late Model Stock Cars  at Southern National Raceway Park (NC).  The new coats of paint on the cars make for an exciting event as several drivers are expected to make the trip to Kenly, NC to run before their track opens up. 

Myrtle Beach Speedway Sets Date for 400

While the season starts at Southern National on March 1st it unofficially ends on November 22nd at Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC). The Myrtle Beach 400 at the end of the year proved to be one of the best in 2013 and will be a big late season target when the months begin to fall off the calendar. 

Anderson Helps Step Up NASCAR Program

South Carolina will be busy with NASCAR action as Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) joins the NASCAR Home Tracks list giving NASCAR Whelen All American Series three places to race.  Looking at schedules there are 55 races to earn points in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car ranks and only a few of those conflict.  The state Championship race could be as competitive as the national battle and the Palmetto state could produce that champion. 

Nashville Gains a Worthy Foe

It may only be speculation, but it looks as if Mark Day will run for the Farigrounds Speedway Nashville Pro Late Model title.  The former track champion could be racing in the Music City on a regular basis as the Southern Superstars Series is not showing forms of returning.  A year ago Tucker Wingo won the title with two second-place finishes being his best with no wins.

Day won two of the five races he ran in 2013. In 2012 he won four of the seven races.  If he's strong out of the gates then he could be real tough to beat. 

Tim Brown has 70 wins at the Stadium. The record is 71 and he could get it this year.
Anthony Anders will have two place close to home to chase NASCAR points as Anderson (SC) joins the Home tracks Program.