“Hickory Motor Speedway Opens 2017 Season”
NEWTON, N.C. – The outside temperature is warming up and this is the sign that spring is coming which will bring an annual tradition to the Greater Hickory Metro that fans are excited to get started once again – NASCAR racing at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Classic is an appropriate name for the event for Americas Most Famous Short. From NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Isaac, Jack Ingram and Junior Johnson to current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series regular Matt DiBenedetto – many legendary names in NASCAR either called Hickory Motor Speedway home or won races or championships at the .363-mile track.
The next future NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series star could be competing at the track this weekend as Lee Faulk Racing brings their development program back to Hickory Motor Speedway this week. Also, NWAAS Late Model Stock Car driver Ty Gibbs, grandson of Monster Energy Cup Series owner Joe Gibbs will be driving for Greg Marlowe Motorsports.
Headlining Saturday’s season-opening schedule will be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model division in Twin-50 lap features. Other divisions in action include a 50-lap feature for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and a 35-lap feature for the Super Trucks. The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks will battle for 30 laps and the Renegade division will also have a 20-lap race.
The Cosmo Motors Spring Classic will also feature a new starting time of 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m.
“We’re very fortunate to have a well-known and established company like Paramount Auto Group to step up and partner with the track to give our competitors a prestigious series and give the fans a great show during this 10-race challenge,” said HMS track promoter Kevin Piercy. “Paramount’s support allows us to give Limited Late Model drivers from across the state and region an opportunity to race for respectable purses and the prestige that comes with being a feature race winner at Hickory Motor
Since Gwyn Staley won the first race held at the track in 1951, the legendary facility has not only served
Several former track champions have made that a reality with 2004 Hickory Motor Speedway Track
Brothers Andy and Marty Houston won track titles in 1994 & 1997, respectively and both currently work
DiBenedetto, who competed in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model division
“We work hard to produce a family oriented atmosphere for our fans when they choose to come watch
Ticket prices for the Cosmo Motors Spring Classic Season Opener are only $12.50 for adults; teen and