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Southern Super Series gears up for condensed summer schedule

Tim Bryant is looking to make up for lost time this summer. The general manager of Five Flags Speedway will contest a Friday-Saturday Southern Super Series doubleheader on June 26-27. The second race is to make up for the lost date originally scheduled for last Friday. “It’s the first time, to my knowledge, that we’ve […]

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Tim Bryant is looking to make up for lost time this summer.

The general manager of Five Flags Speedway will contest a Friday-Saturday Southern Super Series doubleheader on June 26-27. The second race is to make up for the lost date originally scheduled for last Friday.

“It’s the first time, to my knowledge, that we’ve had two Super Late Model races on one weekend at Five Flags Speedway,” Bryant side. “We’ve had interested drivers from as far north as Maine. A lot of the northern states are on more of a lockdown than we are. They like racing at Five Flags but they can’t race at home.

“We’re going to be putting out more information as it gets closer. Three divisions each night so it doesn’t get too late. We’re really excited about it.”

Like numerous other short tracks across the country, Bryant has seen his schedule get delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus shutdown. However, unlike other tracks further north, he seemingly has the opportunity to open up sooner with his touring series.

The Southern Super Series is tentatively set to open with the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway during Memorial Day weekend May 22-24. The weekend after that would see the division join the Champion Racing Association and CARS Tour for a tri-sanctioned event at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

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Then there’s the doubleheader at Five Flags on June 26-27 followed by the Rumble at the River 125 at Montgomery Motor Speedway the Saturday after that.

“We’ve had to wait a little longer for the start of the Southern Super Series schedule than we originally planned but it looks like we’re going to start the season with the Rattler and have an exciting doubleheader here at Five Flags,” Bryant said. “We’re hoping to make it Nashville the next weekend after the Rattler. We may have to monitor the governor on that one. But June 26-27 for the doubleheader and there’s the Rumble by the River 125 at Montgomery two weeks after that.”

Bryant understands that the schedule for both the series and his track could undergo additional changes due to the pandemic.

“There are a lot of moving pieces,” Bryant said. “We have our next event scheduled just a week from this Friday and we’re, by the day, trying to coordinate with local authorities and government regulations to see what we can do properly.

“We still have a glimmer of hope that we can race on May 8.  We’re expecting more words to come from our Governor tomorrow to see if we can race and what kind of regulations we’ll have to conduct those races.”

With a facility that seats over 10,000 fans for the Snowball Derby, attendees will be able to social distance for the weekly events, but Bryant is also encouraging fans to watch the races via a Speed51.com PPV as well.

“Not knowing exactly what the guidelines are going to be for our races in the coming weeks — if it’s going to be something like a 35-percent capacity crowd — we feel like we can live with that,” Bryant said. “The pay-per-view thing has really worked out well for us.  The Speed51 broadcasts have been outstanding at our track and placed the infrastructure here for multiple cameras. We’ve brought in fiber-optic network to make the broadcasts more clear.

“I don’t know what travel conditions will be like, come June.  We look forward to adding that to the pay-per-view lineup if that is in order.”

The current Southern Super Series schedule can be found below.

May 23-25 | South Alabama Speedway (AL) | Rattler 250
May 30 | Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) | North/South Super Late Model Challenge
June 26 | Five Flags Speedway (FL) | Blizzard Race #1
June 27 | Five Flags Speedway (FL) | Blizzard Race #2
July 11 | Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) | Rumble by the River
July 31 | Five Flags Speedway (FL) | Blizzard Race #3
August 8 | Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) | Georgia Summer Nationals
September 19 | Five Flags Speedway (FL) | Blizzard Race #4
September 26 | Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) | Short Track U.S. Nationals
October 17 | New Smyrna Speedway (FL) | Hart to Heart 100
October 23-25 | Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) | Peach State Classic
October 30-November 1 | Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) | All American 400*

*Denotes tri-sanctioned non-points race with CARS Tour and the CRA

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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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