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Late models featured at speedway

Scott Sharp Published: July 4, 2005

Tonight's late-model races at State Fair Speedway will give race fans a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new.

Speedway promoter Lanny Edwards will put on a special Fourth of July show featuring the late-model car classes of the National Championship Racing Association, the Midwest Late Model Racing Association and the Southern United Professional Racing series.

The NCRA, which used to be one of the biggest dirt track racing circuits in the country and a staple at the speedway, hasn't raced in Oklahoma City since 2002. The NCRA was made widely popular by their modified divisions in the 1970s and 80s.

In fact, Edwards was one of the founders of the NCRA back in 1971. Edwards said at one time he was the largest NCRA stock holder before selling off in the mid-'90s.

These days, the late model cars are the NCRA's biggest draw. The late models are similar to the full-body pro stock class at the speedway but run lap times more comparable with sprint cars.

"The fans are going to love these cars, Edwards said. "These babies will really run.

The MLRA and SUPR series will come to the speedway for the first time, and the SUPR series has never even raced in Oklahoma. SUPR was founded out of Louisiana in 1990 by Donald Watson and Roxy Dancy.

The series primarily races in Louisiana and Texas with a few races in Mississippi and Arkansas. SUPR has raced at the Edwards-owned Devil's Bowl in Dallas. It is through that connection that Edwards was able to bring the series to Oklahoma City.

"I wanted to get as many cars here as I could, said Edwards.

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