Story By: BRETT DEYO / GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY – GEORGETOWN, DE – Georgetown Speedway is set for its first on-track activity of the 2021 season on Saturday, March 6.
One week before the Sussex County half-mile oval opens the Northeast dirt-track Modified campaign with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, an Open Practice is planned for March 6 open to all divisions looking for track time.
Pit gates will unlock at 2 p.m. with on-track activity planned for 4-7 p.m. Divisions on hand will rotate through the three-hour period.
Pit admission is $25 (ages 13 and up). Kids (ages 6-12) pay $10 and Children 5 and under pay $2.
Grandstand admission will be free of charge.
In the event of inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday, March 7 has been established.
The Open Practice leads into the annual running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial.
For the sixth consecutive year, the late businessman and auto racing pioneer Melvin L. Joseph will be honored at the speedway he built in 1949 and opened a year later with the running of the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13.
The weekend pinnacle is the 49-lap, $10,049-plus-to-win Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified opener for the Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central on Saturday (March 13). This event boasts a $33,889 minimum pay structure ($490 to take the green) plus plentiful bonuses, special awards and certificates.
Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company has generously added $49 per lap, a total of $2,401, which will be distributed through the top-seven running order during the event.
The Saturday program also includes the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region opener (25 laps, $1,549 to win) plus 12-lap features for the Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.
Friday night (March 12) kicks off the weekend with Small-Block Modifieds headlining the program offering $4,049 to the winner for 30 laps. Also competing on Friday are the RUSH Late Models (20 laps, $1,049 to win) plus 12-lap features for the Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers.
Practice laps will also be available to STSS Modifieds and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman on Friday night. The two fastest drivers (single-lap time, overall) will advance automatically into Saturday’s redraws.
Mr. Joseph considered ‘49’ to be his lucky number so it will be prevalent throughout the weekend at Georgetown.