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Tri-County Motor Speedway

Hudson, North Carolina

 

Located in Western North Carolina, Tri-County Motor Speedway is a 4/10 mile banked asphalt track racing weekly on Friday night as it has for most of it's existence.  A NASCAR Home Track facility, TCMS features Late Models as it's premier division and has been a proving ground for many of today's rising talents.

Come check out the action at TCMS, 5 minutes from I-40 in Hudson, NC.

 

 

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Quality Inn in Hickory, North Carolina is the official hotel of Tri-County Motor Speedway. The hotel is next to the Hickory Regional Airport on Highway 321. The drive time to Tri-County Motor Speedway is 20 minutes.  Please contact Wendi Boyd (Director of Sales) at (828)431-2100 for the special Tri-County Motor Speedway rate.

  
 
 
 
  
 

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UARA ROOKIES & SOPHOMORES LOOKING TO EXTEND MID-SEASON SUCCESS AT TRI-COUNTY

 

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (July 8, 2013) -- When Tri-County Motor Speedway opens the gates this Friday, July 12, the large contingent of UARA-STARS sophomores and rookies will have extra motivation to reach victory lane in the MotorsportsPhoto.com 150. One race ago, 14-year old Kaz Grala became the youngest winner in the history of the series and the second first-time winner this season out of the four drivers who have won events.

 

"I remember thinking that it really couldn't be happening, there was no way I was about to win a UARA event in only my second start," said Grala after his win at Hickory. "But it was real and everything fell into place. My crew at Falcon Racing did a fantastic job to get me to that point and gave me a great car to drive."

 

Grala joined Brodie Kostecki as the other first-time winner this year after Kostecki claimed the win at Rockingham, becoming the series' first foreign-born driver to claim a checkered flag. Coincidentally, it was Kostecki who Grala had to beat at Hickory for the win. Both driver will be looking for their second career wins at Tri-County. Grala's teammate, 2012 UARA Champion Travis Swaim, picked up his second career win at Tri-County last fall in the same car that Grala will be driving.

 

Other drivers still looking for their first series win include Devin Jones, Chandler LeVan and Garrett Jones among others. Each driver has had flashes of brilliance in the recent past, but has yet to visit victory lane. Devin Jones came the closest one year ago at Anderson after finishing second to Scott Turlington.

 

"My crew chief, David King, had so much success at Tri-County in the past, and I really like the racetrack, too," said Devin Jones, a second-year driver on the tour. "We've really been working together well and the more we learn about this new tire, I think the better we will be. There wouldn't be any place better than Tri-County to pick up my first tour win."

 

LeVan, a native of Statesville, NC, considers Tri-County one of his two home tracks on the tour and his career best finish came at his other home track of Hickory earlier this year when he finished seventh. At the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150, he was running fourth when his car overheated.

 

"Hickory should've been really good for us, but it turned into a not so good night," said LeVan. "I drove my way up to fourth without radios because they went out at the very start of the race, and then the car started overheating. I was pretty upset, but the good news is we were in the top five when it happened. I just hope that we can put it all together at Tri-County."

 

One of the hottest rookies on the tour recently has been 13-year old Garrett Jones. Jones graduated from limited late models to the UARA-STARS Late Model Stock Tour this year and has caught fire with his crew chief, Roger Johnson. Jones ran in the top ten all race at Hickory and had a top three car two races ago at Anderson before a flat tire derailed his efforts. He also qualified on the outside pole at Anderson, a career best effort for his Chevrolet.

 

"You wouldn't think it to look at him, but this kid is one heck of a wheelman," said Roger Johnson, the crew chief on the No. 88 of Garrett Jones. "We've been working together for a while, and he gives great feedback and really helps us to get the car dialed in to what he wants.

He's starting to learn how these races play out, his endurance is increasing, and he should be a very real threat to win these races sometime soon. It would be cool if we ended up winning Tri-County. We're certainly going to try to get the win. It's a driver's racetrack."

 

Tri-County has a history of producing first-time winners in UARA-STARS competition. Recent first-time winners at the facility include Matt Kurzejewski (under crew chief Roger Johnson), R.A. Brown, and former series champion Brennan Poole (under crew chief David King). With the majority of the field in Friday night's race winless in UARA-STARS competition, the odds favor another first-time winner at the Hudson, NC, facility. Series veterans who will be looking for another win at Tri-County include Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Garrett Campbell and Travis Swaim. Swaim and Campbell won the two most recent races at the facility while Bassett won the only UARA event at the track in 2011.

 

Over thirty entries are expected to pour in for the MotorsportsPhoto.com

150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway including former UARA Champion Danny O'Quinn Jr. and Tri-County Motor Speedway past champion Grant Wimbish along with one of the largest fields of the UARA-STARS season. Solid fields of Southeast Super Trucks, Carolina Vintage cars and regional street stocks are also expected for their respective portions of the event. Spectator gates open at 5pm with UARA-STARS Sunoco Pole Qualifying taking to the track at the same time. An on-track autograph session and a performance by the Loose Strings Band of Galax, VA, highlight the pre-race activities before the 7:30pm start time.

 

For more information on the UARA-STARS or the MotorsportsPhoto.com 150 at Tri-County Motor Speedway, visit uara-stars.com or call

(828) 692-3833.

UARA is also on Facebook (facebook.com/uararacing), Twitter (@uarastarsseries), and has a season-long series hashtag of #uarastars applicable to all social media sites. For the latest video updates, race recaps and replays, UARA followers can visit WatchMSB.com.

 

Press Release by Tony Stevens

Photos by Drew Hierwarter

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TRI-COUNTY MOTOR SPEEDWAY RE-OPENS WITH UARA JULY 12

 

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (July 2, 2013) -- When the UARA released their schedule for this season, scores upon scores of racers circled one date on their calendar - July 12. It is on that Friday afternoon that racing will resume at the Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, NC, even if only for one event, the MotorsportsPhoto.com 150.

 

As has become tradition over the past few seasons, a summertime date at one of the most popular tracks in the state will feature the UARA-STARS Late Model Stock Tour as well as the Southeast Super Truck Series. Joining that pair of touring divisions will be the Carolina Vintage cars and Street Stocks from around the region's racetracks.

 

"We always love going to Tri-County, and although they don't race weekly right now, the fans really come out to support their racetrack," said Kerry Bodenhamer of the UARA-STARS. "We've gotten some of our largest car counts at Tri-County the past few years, and had some of our most spectacular races, too. The facility is a favorite among racers and race fans alike."

 

Last summer, Garrett Campbell edged Ronnie Bassett, Jr., to go to victory lane in the tour's first stop at Tri-County. Later, a fall date was added to the schedule and 2013 UARA Champion Travis Swaim collected his second career win. Both races featured multiple lead changes, side-by-side racing for laps on end, and a spectacular finish.

 

The worn and weathered surface at Tri-County brings out the best in drivers, forcing them to save their tires until the end of the 150-lap UARA races. Usually, veteran drivers like Bassett and Campbell have excelled at these types of tracks, but more recently youngsters like Brodie Kostecki and Kaz Grala, among others, have entered the picture.

Kostecki had a chance to win at Tri-County last fall and also at Hickory two weeks ago, while Grala proved he is already able to conserve his equipment after winning the tour's most recent event, the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150 at Hickory.

 

"Tri-County is the perfect racetrack for everyone. Very rarely can you find a track that makes everyone happy, but Tri-County is it," said Bodenhamer. "Drivers like having the strategy of saving their equipment, fans and drivers both love the wide racing surface that produces side-by-side racing, and it's those things that are starting to produce these new up-and-coming stars that we've been seeing begin their breakouts in the last few races."

 

Other stars beginning to emerge on the tour include 13-year old Garrett Jones who has picked up top-five qualifying efforts over the last three events, Chandler LeVan who had a mechanical failure while running fourth at Hickory, and second-year driver Brandon Jones who has plans of moving up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series later this season. All of the aforementioned drivers are tentatively entered in the July 12 event.

 

"The crop of talent we've had come through the series in the past is pretty substantial, but I think the drivers and teams we have this year could envy some of our top classes from the past," said Bodenhamer. "I think the general consensus of most people in the sport is that you have to have at least one or two years in one of these types of cars before you jump up to K&N or Trucks. A large number of our drivers have those aspirations, and if they can catch the right breaks they've certainly got the talent to do so."

 

July's Tri-County date is the only scheduled late model racing date at the facility this year. It is also the only scheduled chance to catch Southeast Super Truck, Street Stock and Carolina Vintage racing action at the track in Caldwell County, NC.

 

Spectator gates for the MotorsportsPhoto.com 150 at Tri-County are scheduled to open at 5 pm.

 

UARA-STARS Sunoco Pole Qualifying begins at 5pm.

 

An on-track autograph session will precede racing action that is schedule to roll off at 7:30pm.

 

For more information on the UARA-STARS, visit their website at uara-stars.com or call (828) 692-3833. Fans and media are encouraged to join the conversation on social media like Facebook (facebook.com/uararacing), Twitter (@uarastarsseries), and by using #uarastars on their social media interactions.

 

Press Release by Tony Stevens

Photo by Drew Hierwarter

 

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Tri-County Motor Speedway

4405 Hickory Nut Ridge Road

Hudson, North Carolina 28638

Office:  828-726-6600

Fax:  828-726-0800