It’s going to get loud in Prosperity.
Hundreds of racing cars and thousands of fans are descending upon Beckley Motorsports Park for three days of dirt track racing at the FASTRAK World Championships.
Racing starts tonight and will continue through Saturday at the 3/8th-mile, high-banked, oval dirt track.
It’s the second consecutive year that FASTRAK, the leading dirt track racing organization in the East, has held the event at BMP.
“Stan Lester, the CEO and founder of Fastrak, looked at the car count, the fan count, the tech program and all the factors that go into having a major race,” track manager Joe Jackson said. “He likes the way we did things last year.”
More than 600 drivers competed in the FASTRAK Racing Series and its weekly events, and 244 qualified for this week’s races. Last year 186 cars competed.
Two nights of preliminaries will lead up to the actual championship race on Saturday.
“This is a spectacle — a full weekend. It’s not just a race,” Jackson said. “When FASTRAK shows up, they bring great racers, a great program and fireworks. Many of the racers are already here (Wednesday night).”
n Racing starts tonight at 7 p.m. with an open practice. The King of the Hill race will follow, in which racers square off two at a time for a green, white and checkered flag. The winner of each race stays in the infield to compete again, until only one driver is left.
Singer Christa Hughes will perform a concert in the pit area following the racing.
Each $10 (women pay $5 for Breast Cancer Awareness) ticket purchase tonight will give full access to the grandstands and pits. Fans are welcome to meet the drivers and see the cars. Concessions will be available.
Beckley Motorsports Park to host FASTRAK World Championships
It’s going to get loud in Prosperity.
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