Speedway to showcase improvements at event

Cars race around the track at Modoc Speedway. The facilities and racing surface at the track have recently been upgraded, and track owner Brian Stewart hopes it improves the fans' experience.

Tucked away in a tiny town near Thurmond Lake, Modoc Speedway is out of sight and out of mind for many race fans.


But track owner Brian Stewart hopes that recent upgrades to the track's facilities and racing surface will help the speedway catch people's eyes.

New lights, remodeled rest rooms and a resurfaced track are just a few of the changes that have been made to the 27-year-old track over the past few months.

"We wanted do things to make things better for the fans. We've done a lot of work over the last six to eight months to make things a lot more clean and fresh," Stewart said. "We think our fans will appreciate it."

The speedway will get to show off its improvements when the FASTRAK Old Man's Garage Crate Late Model series returns for a touring event on Friday night.

FASTRAK is considered to be one of the fastest growing late model series in the country. Known for its highly-competitive racing, where cars running three- and four-wide is commonplace, FASTRAK has been one of Modoc Speedway's top-selling events since it first came to the track two years ago.

"It's always a great show. A lot of the best crate late model drivers in the Southeast show up. The fans seem to love it," Stewart said.

But it wasn't long ago when it seemed the speedway wouldn't get the chance to play host to the series -- or any other race.

Opened in 1983, Modoc Speedway thrived into the early 1990s. But ownership problems left the track dormant for 10 years before it reopened in 2002.

When Stewart purchased the track in 2005, it was in dire need of upgrades.

Finally in 2009, crews began working to replace outdated lighting and resurfaced the track, making it smoother and firm for the drivers while also cutting down on dust that flies into the faces of spectators. The result has drawn rave reviews from drivers on the tour that have tested at the track.

"I raced there not that long ago and it was great. If it's like that (on Friday), fans will get to see some great racing," said Royce Bray, points leader for the Old Man's Garage series.

The crate late model event will be just one of five races taking place Friday night.

The other four events will feature smaller classes consisting of local drivers.

Stewart believes the quality of racing, combined with the upgrades, will make for an improved fan experience at a reasonable price.

"I think it's the best 10 bucks you can spend anywhere," Stewart said.

If you go

WHAT: Dirt track racing at Modoc Speedway

WHERE: 1133 Washington School Road, Clarks Hill, S.C.

WHEN: Friday

TIME: Gates open at 6 p.m., racing begins at 7:30


INFO Visit www.modocspeedway.com or call (864) 333-5900


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