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Free tires, pit passes under new Southern National Late Model Stock entry procedure

Southern National Motorsports Park has revamped its purse and cost of entry in the hopes of attracting greater car counts in the premiere Late Model Stock Car division, which competes under Limited Late Model rules.

Starting on Saturday night, Late Model teams will only have to pay a $150 entry fee to enter the track.  Included with that entry fee is four pit passes and tires for the race. Two additional Hoosier F-50s and two scuff Hoosier F-50 tires and pit passes for four team members included.

Track owner Michael Diaz believes a new approach is needed to attract teams to race tracks.

“We have fixed costs in racing,” Diaz told RACE22.com last month when breaking the news. “There are some costs we can’t change but we have to think outside the box.  With this deal, the racers will only have to pay an entry fee and get their pit passes and tires.  It’ll save them a lot of money and hopefully help increase the car counts over time.”

The purse for the race will pay only the top-five finishers.

Each race date will feature twin races with the winner receiving $800 per twin race and $1,600 if they win both races.  Second position pays $600 ($1,200 for both), third position pays $400 ($800 for both), fourth position pays $200 ($400 for both) and fifth position pays $150 ($300 for both).

There is already one race in the books this season but any team that wants to chase the championship starting this weekend would be eligible to do so as the track allows racers to drop their two worst results.

“We’ve got a lot of momentum after a great opening weekend and after talking to the racers we really want to build on it,” Diaz added. “I think this will do it.  More racers can afford to come and compete with us with the costs cut to get through the gate. Racers preach all the time that they want to see the expenses cut, well, here it is. It won’t get any cheaper than this.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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