Late Model event at Bristol this weekend


star staff


  A first ever and highly anticipated racing event will crank up this week at the Bristol Motor Speedway with the Food City 150 Late Model Race on Saturday.
  Frito Lay has teamed up with Food City to sponsor and hold this weekend event for the UARA Series.
  This race will feature 144 drivers trying to make the field, with six 20-lap qualifying races taking place.
  A field of 30 cars will participate in the 150-lap feature race, as some local drivers will compete with the UARA stars of Late Model.
  "We'll have some competitors racing from our immediate area like Eric McClure, Nate Monteith, and about three or four more," said BMS Sr. Manager/Communications Ben Trout.
  The four top finishers in each of the qualifying events will be eligible to compete in the feature race, which holds a purse of $15,000 for the event's top finisher.
  One of the guys who'll be competing in this year's event is the man they call "The Reidsville Rocket," Jason York.
  "It's going to be something different here for the Late Models in this quad oval, high-banked, half-mile track," York said. "I hope everybody can be safe and have a good race Saturday night."
  York is the current points leader as he looks forward to running this big-time event.
  The rookie point leader in the UARA standings is Alex Younce. He's an 18-year-old driver from Walnut Grove, N.C., who is excited in taking to the fast half-mile bull ring.
  "You come here to Bristol really as a rookie, because you've never run on this race track before, so you prepare for it all year," said Younce. "You hope to run well on this fast race track and nothing goes wrong, but it should be pretty intense."
  The guy who's in second place in the UARA rookie standings has a well notable last name when talking about Bristol.
  Stephen Wallace, the son of Nextel Cup Series driver Rusty Wallace, who's recorded nine victories at BMS, has already had a brief experience with Bristol.
  Wallace was running in the top five of the August Hooters Cup event before crashing in turn three, which sent him for a two-night stay at the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center.
  "We came here in August during the Hooters Pro Cup race and wrecked real hard," said Wallace. "We've been working on this car for about two months now just getting ready for Bristol Motor Speedway. I'm real excited coming here -- it's a lot like Newport but not as fast."
  There will be two other events held on Saturday -- the Pro Challenge Series and the Thunder Roadster Series. These two races will be followed by the main event, with the Late Models fighting it out in 150 laps of racing action.