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.
The three series combined should bring about 60 cars to tonight's show.
"I really wanted to have a special show for the Fourth of July, Edwards said.
Local race fans will find some familiar names when looking through the NCRA record books. Mike Peters, who has won multiple championships at State Fair Speedway, holds the record for most feature wins in multiple divisions with 42.
Hooks, Texas, driver Gary Wright, who makes several appearances a season at the speedway, holds several NCRA records, including the most feature wins with 76.
Coming into tonight, Al Purkey leads the NCRA standings over Johnny Bone Jr. by just 50 points. David Ashley of Zachary, La., sits atop the SUPR standings with Kenny Merchant of West Monroe, La., in second.
The USA modifieds and factory stocks will also race tonight. The races start at 7 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a fireworks show.
State Fair Speedway
Races start at 7 tonight; gates open at 4 p.m.
NCRA, SUPR, and MLRA late models, USA modifieds, Factory Stocks.
Promotions: Fireworks show after the races.
Tickets are adults $15, ages 12-15 and senior citizens $8, ages 6-11 $2, ages 5 and under free.Archive ID: 2513527