Gets Super Boost for 2007
C&C Racing Promotions made a major announcement at the first
annual SpeedwayEXPO last weekend regarding the future of the
North-South Shootout TM. In their efforts to further enhance the
annual Shootout, already one of racing’s premier events, promoter
Charles Kepley announced the addition of the Supermodifieds to the
ground-pounding line-up. The Supermodifieds will join the headlining
Tour-type Modifieds on the fast-paced race card that also features
the SK-type Modifieds.
“This has been in the works for a couple of years now,” said
Kepley of Lexington, NC. “All the pieces finally fell into place to
make it a reality. Having the Modifieds and Supermodifieds under the
North-South Shootout TM banner is a dream come true for all of us at
C&C Racing Promotions.”
The fifth annual North-South Shootout TM is schedule for
Friday and Saturday, November 2&3, 2007 at Concord Motorsports Park
in Concord, NC. The half-mile tri-oval speedway makes for ultra-fast
racing for all the open-wheel divisions at the Shootout.
Since it’s inception, the 100-lap North-South Shootout TM has
featured some of the best racers to take to the racetrack, North or
South of the Mason Dixon line. This year, it will also feature the
best Super drivers from East and West of the Mississippi. The event,
a throwback of sorts, is guaranteed to provide the very best that
open-wheel racing has to offer.
Many of the competitors of the International Supermodified
Association (ISMA) have already pledged their support, as have the
teams of the Midwest Supermodified Association of Ohio and the
Western States Supermodified Racing League (WSSRL) of California.
“This is just awesome,” said ISMA President Howie Lane, about
the announcement. “In just a few days since the story got out, the
response has been tremendous. The Shootout has gained a reputation
for being fun and exciting, our teams are thrilled to be able to be
part of it all.”
A full field of the “winged warriors” is expected as the
factions of the Supermodified racing community unite for a
much-anticipated return of an East-West showdown. (The Supermodified
portion of the North-South Shootout TM has yet to be formally
“All of our top teams are planning on coming,” said longtime
WSSRL competitor and active member of the staff, Jim Birges. “We are
real excited about the opportunity. It looks like the rules package
will allow all the different groups to compete on equal ground. It’s
going to be fun. There are no egos, just racing.”
The Supermodifieds last made an appearance at Concord
Motorsport Park (CMP) in the late 90’s. The last “East-West”
showdown was held in 1995 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
“We are very excited about this event,” said Kevin Jaycox
President of the Midwest Supermodified Association and owner of
Sandusky Speedway. “A lot of people have been trying to do a deal
like this (East vs. West) for a couple of years now. To see it
finally come through is truly exciting.”
In 2007, the North-South Shootout TM celebrates five years.
The goal of the North-South Shootout TM has always been to provide
an arena to showcase great racing talent in an environment that
teams will enjoy. From the inaugural year when John Blewett III
edged out Jerry Marquis by inches at the checkers, to the emergence
of Donny Lia, to Blewett’s triumphant return to victory lane right
on through to the moment when Matt Hirschman stepped into the
limelight, the North-South Shootout TM has produced memorable
moments. This year it will be a grand anniversary celebration with
the Modifieds, Supermodifieds and SK-Type Modifieds.
The format for the fifth annual event will once again boast
time trials, heat races, and consolation event(s). The Modifieds
will compete in a 100 green flag lap main event with the SK
Modifieds competing in a 50-lapper. The ever-popular vintage
Modified contingent and the crate motor limited Modifieds will
remain part of the two-day racing extravaganza. The format for the
Supermodified portion has yet to be determined.
“Everyone involved in Supermodified racing, whether it’s the
drivers, owners, or fans will mark this event more than any other on
their calendars for the 2007 season,” concluded Jaycox.
Updates will be provided throughout the year on the event's
www.northsouthshootout.com or for more information on the
North-South Shootout TM contact C&C Racing Promotions at (336)
250-4383 or (508) 847-0565.
The North-South Shootout™, A Production of C&C Racing
Promotions-Accept NO Substitutes
Source Dale Wolbrink/racinpr
March 11, 2007