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Ledbetter Wins Thanksgiving All-Star Classic Street Stock Feature

IMG_5537Lucama, NC – A cold night to say the least down in North Carolina to kick off the annual Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park. While some were up bright and early to stand in line and fight for their right to buy the $300 TV, others were packing up race car trailers and heading to North Carolina for some racing.

The ever popular Street Stock division was the highlight of the evening running a 50 lap feature. Jeff Melton set the fast time in qualifying with a time of 16.605 (86.721mph) only to be waisted 500 feet past the stripe. As the field took the green flag outside pole sitter Mike Keith must have spun the tires and immediately hooked left. Melton & Keith had a crash course with the inside retaining wall that took both cars out of contention. Mike Keith would attempt to return to the speedway but the damage was too much for the car. This would allow Ledbetter and Barnett to move up to the front row.

As the green flag was displayed to the field Gary Ledbetter nailed the gas – as most race car drivers do at that time of the evening – and took off into turns one and two with Greg Barnett on his flank. These two would build a pretty large over Ganoe and Council, who spent a good amount of laps nose to tail working on each other before Council finally got around him for third spot.


Things were pretty smooth sailing for the first half of the race as I would imagine some drivers were trying to save tires. Remember this was a little bit longer of a race than what some of these guys are used to. Greg Barnett was finally able to make the pass for the lead on lap 27 after hanging on to the rear bumper of Ledbetter. Just four laps later we got the nights first caution as the #10c of Chris Conner went for a solo spin in turn two.

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One Last Ride This Season – Thanksgiving All-Star Classic

IMG_2535Lucama, NC – Thanksgiving weekend caps off not only Southern National’s season but also a very fast pace, interesting, and crazy Rookie year for The Weekly Racer. Three straight days of action packed racing rolls into town to help shake off all that turkey and pumpkin pie that we have consumed the day before. In years past this event was headlined by a 200 lap Late Model Stock race, with plenty of supporting divisions to enjoy. After moving the LMSC event to its own event for very obvious reason, this year Limited Late Models will cap the weekend of with 150 laps Sunday afternoon.

Not to worry, there is plenty of racing for all kinds. I am talking full body full built race cars, good ole fashion street stocks, open wheeled, Legend cars! If there is a division of racing you like Southern National has it. We are working on getting a schedule of what races we are covering. Of course we will be covering the action over on our Twitter page (@theweeklyracer). If you do not have one I suggest you create one, don’t worry its FREE. That way you can follow along, post your pictures, and talk with all of our fans.

I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! Bellow you will find a brief schedule of what is on deck including ticket prices:

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