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Hickory Motor Speedway, Speed51 team up to broadcast Saturday weekly show

Hickory Motor Speedway will return to action on Saturday night, albeit behind closed grandstands for an event to be broadcast via a Speed51.com Pay-Per-View.

The event will be headlined by a pair of 51-lap features for the premier Late Model Stock division, not sanctioned by NASCAR, with an undercard that includes Limited Late Models, Renegades and Four Cylinders.

This will be the first time The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars will contest an event without fans in attendance.

The live stream will be a split revenue agreement that covers the cost of the broadcast while also making up for the fact that speedway general manager Kevin Piercy will be unable to generate revenue from his front gate.

The event has the blessing of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Catawba County Public Health Department.

“We are working hard to put this race on for the competitors that have the desire to get back to work at the racetrack,” Piercy said in a press release. “We will adhere to all the social distancing guidelines and this first race unfortunately will not allow anyone in the grandstands. That’s why we have partnered with Speed51 to help us bring this event to all of our loyal fans.”

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The speedway is considered one of the most famous short tracks in the discipline and Speedt51’s Bob Dillner has set out to provide as many of these tracks as possible with a platform to entertain fans during a time in which they can’t physically attend.

“Hickory Motor Speedway is a legendary racetrack; it’s The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,” Dillner said.  “Kevin and his staff are doing what they can to help the racing community in this area by having this event. It will be unique with no fans in the stands, but I think it’s going to be a great night of racing and we are proud to be part of it with Speed51.”

Pay-per-view tickets for Saturday’s broadcast are available for $24.99.

The complete entry lists can be found below.

LATE MODEL STOCKS

  • Jacob Heafner (2018 HMS Track Champion)
  • Chris Hudspeth
  • Gage Painter (2018 Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model Champion)
  • Matt Piercy (2015 HMS Track Champion)
  • Sam Butler
  • Nolan Pope
  • Braden Rogers
  • Annabeth Barnes Crum
  • Mason Ludwig
  • Connor Mosack
  • Jessica Cann
  • Bill Petroff
  • Ryan Millington (2017 HMS Track Champion)
  • Bob Saville
  • Bryson Dennis
  • Thomas Beane (2019 HMS Track Champion)
  • Matt Leicht
  • Conner Jones
  • Vince Midas
  • Dexter Canipe Jr. (2016 HMS Track Champion)
  • Corey Heim
  • Austin McDaniel (2012 & 2013 HMS Track Champion)
  • Shane Lee (2013 Limited Late Model Champion)
  • Josh Berry (2014 HMS Track Champion)
  • Logan Jones
  • Grayson Cullather
  • Charlie Watson

LIMITED LATE MODELS

  • Chase Janes
  • Josh Kossek
  • Josh Stark
  • Max Price
  • Skylar Chaney
  • Andy Holt
  • Todd Midas
  • Ashley Huffman
  • Joshua Gobble
  • Chris Honeycutt
  • Kristen Wallace
  • Travis Byrd
  • Colby Gibson
  • Zachary Dabbs
  • Mitch Walker
  • Landon Huffman

STREET STOCK

  • Mark Whitten
  • Drew Cox
  • Kevin Eby
  • Kayla Eby
  • Ethan Johnson
  • Jesse Clark
  • Derek Fowler
  • Trey Buff
  • Marshall Sutton
  • Jon Austin

4-CYLINDERS

  • Curtis Pardue
  • Brian Mundy
  • Cody Combs
  • Ashton Trivette
  • Robbie Trivette
  • Randy Canipe

RENEGADES

  • Zachary Mullins
  • Matthew Chambers
  • Ben Campbell
  • Kyle Boice
  • Justin Austin
  • Spencer Dickinson
  • Joseph Hodges
  • Robbie Hollifield
  • Gary Ledbetter

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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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