(August 5, 2017) Ross Bailes of Clover, South Carolina took the lead from Johnny Pursley on lap 19 of 40 at Cherokee Speedway Saturday to take home the win in the "Stick Elliott Memorial" Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event worth $5,000. The victory was Bailes first win of the season with the Carolina Clash along with his ninth career win with the Series. Michael Brown, Johnny Pursley, Chris Ferguson, and Dennis Franklin rounded out the top five finishers. Johnny Pursley set fast time on qualifying with a time of 15.096 seconds. Consolation race winners included Michael Brown and Casey Roberts.

For more information, visit (ZSK Photography)


(August 5, 2017) Ray Cook took advantage of a last minute decision to pilot Jason Deal's #7 Crate Late Model on Saturday evening, August 5 by putting his Capital ride in victory lane at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia! Ray tripped the clock fourth fastest overall during qualifying before scoring a victory in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap Crate Late Model special from the outside of the front row, Ray led each and every circuit in the headliner to bag the $2,500 payday ahead of Shane Tankersley, Matt Steward, Ahnna Parkhurst, and Will Roland!

Full results from the Chattanooga-area facility can be accessed by visiting (Ronnie Barnett Photo)


(December 31, 2016) 411 Motor Speedway and CT Promotions presented the 7th Annual Hangover 40 on Saturday afternoon and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC would take the lead from Donald McIntosh on lap 15 and hold off the charge of Mike Marlar over the final dozen circuits to score a $4,000 payday. The win by Cook would come behind the wheel of his own A Plus Moving and Storage Company/Tommy Pope Construction/Motion Sensors/American Racer South/Schaeffer’s Oil sponsored #53 Capital Race Car sporting a Jay Dickens Race Engine. (Wells Racing Photography)

Donald McIntosh would take the lead at the start of the event, with Justin Williams, Mike Marlar, and Ray Cook giving chase. McIntosh would build a comfortable lead early, while Marlar would work past Williams for second on lap 6 and bring Cook along into third, with Cook driving past Marlar for second on lap 7 as race leader McIntosh began to lap slower traffic. Cook would close in on McIntosh as the pair dueled for lead and Cook would ease past McIntosh on lap 15 entering turn three to take the top position.

The first caution of the event would fly on lap 18 when Shane Bailey and Carder Miller would tangle in turn one. The restart would see Cook motor away from the field, while Marlar would work past McIntosh for the second position, with Jason Welshan and Jason Cardwell battling for fourth. The final caution of the race took place on lap 22 for a spin by Bo Eaton in turn two and under the caution, McIntosh would pull his mount pitside for the night with a broken rear-axle. The restart would see Cook and Marlar motor away from the field and by lap 35, the duo would have almost a full-straightaway advantage over third place running Jason Cardwell.

The lead duo would start working slower traffic on lap 38 and Marlar would close in on Cook and would challenge for the top spot on several instances over the final dozen laps of the contest, however, Cook would not be denied on this evening and would see the checkered flag first. Marlar would settle for second, while Cardwell completed the podium finishers with a third place effort. Welshan and Russell Erwin would round out the top five finishers. The remainder of the top ten finishers in the event would be Stephen Breeding, Ryan King, Justin Williams, James Williamson, and Dustin Mitchell.


(October 21, 2016) While Florida tracks wind down there 2016 seasons there are three tracks that have been working vigorously to create the "New" Sunshine State Challenge Series. Auburndale Speedway, 417 Southern Speedway (formerly Charlotte Co. Speedway) and Desoto Speedway have done what most say could never be done and that's create a universal rule book for all three tracks and a nice series schedule to go with it. New Smyrna Speedway has also joined the trio with adapting the Open Wheel Modified, Pro-Truck and Sportsman rules for the 2017 season.

"This is going to be huge for Florida racing" said Ricky Brooks Technical Director for the Series. The Series will host four races for each division at the three tracks. Several of the divisions are paired up to create "Double Headers" on the 2017 schedule. Super Late Models will see Bombers and Legends follow them around the state, Sportsman and Pro-Trucks will join forces as will the Open Wheel Modifieds and Street Stocks. The Modified Mini Tour will travel solo to all the tracks in 2017.

Sunoco Fuels and American Racer have teamed up to sponsor the series for the 2017 season and we're glad to have there support. The Series schedule for all eight divisions will be released today as well as the 2017 Rules for the three tracks. Stay tuned for more updates as the day progresses. Be sure to add yourself to the Sunshine State Challenge Series Facebook Page at Sunshine State Challenge Series.

For more information feel free to contact any of the names listed below:
Technical Director/Auburndale Speedway = Ricky Brooks 850-324-6821
Desoto Speedway - Ronnie Bacelo 704-707-9420 Track: 941-748-3171
417 Southern Speedway - Joe Gentry 941-628-8128


(September 4, 2016) For several years, David Payne has been awaiting the chance to drive into victory lane at Tazewell Speedway. After race-leader Vic Hill slowed with a flat tire on the 17th lap, Payne’s chances of doing that seemed more realistic. Payne led the remaining distance, only challenged once by Billy Ogle Jr. in the later stages of the 44-lap Buddy Rogers Memorial to capture his first-career Southern Nationals Bonus Series victory. (MRM Racing Photo)

Payne became the seventh different winner in seven races with his $4,400 payday. Payne drove the Gibson Motorsports and Payne Excavating-sponsored Capital Race Car to the victory. Payne also became the 21st different winner in series history. There have been 28 races contested since 2014 with 21 different winners on the tour.


(July 26, 2016) David Payne of Murphy, N.C. became the 33rd different winner in nearly 12 seasons with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series as he drove into victory lane Tuesday Night at Boyd’s Speedway. (McLeod Media Services Photo)

Payne would lead the entire 35-lapper to claim his first-career series victory, worth $3,500, while driving the Payne Excavating and Gibson Motorsports-sponsored, Capital Race Car. Rounding out the top-five at the finish were Vic Hill, Craig Vosbergen who scored his best-career series finish, Devin Gilpin and Todd Morrow.


(March 8, 2016) American Racer is pleased to announce that distribution of all dirt track racing tires in the Mid-Atlantic region will now be handled by our Southeast distributor, "American Racer South". Ray Cook at American Racer South has been our exclusive distributor in asphalt and dirt for Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, eastern Louisiana, and Florida since October 2014. This change in structure will now add dirt tire distribution in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to the ARS territory. This comes on the heels of the recently announced distributor addition of Feature Racing Products for asphalt and sports car, covering Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Scott Junod, Director of Racing for American Racer commented "with American Racer South's success in the Southeast since joining our team we are excited to have Ray and the crew at ARS now representing the American Racer brand in dirt for Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina."

Ray Cook of American Racer South stated "looking forward to the 2016 racing season, we are glad to have the opportunity to expand the reach of the American Racer tire and will strive to provide the same great customer service that we have brought to the Southeast in the recent years."


(December 17, 2015) Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, two rival Florida short tracks have teamed up to do what many people said couldn’t be done. Auburndale Speedway and Desoto Speedway have teamed up along with two prominent racing forces, Sunoco and American Racer to create the latest Florida Super Late Model Series.

After much deliberation an agreement was made between all parties involved to create the Sunoco Challenge Series, “It was time we got some tracks working together to make this happen, I think it’s going to be good for all involved” said Rick Williams owner of Southern Fuels. The series will be boast a 12-race deal with six races at each facility. All races will be run on the new American Racer tire and will prove to be the right choice.

“We had a tire test with two of the area’s top competitors and everything proved this was the right choice.” Said Auburndale Owner Rex Guy.

The first event kicks off at Auburndale on Saturday, January, 16th and Sunday the 17th with Triple 50’s then heads to Desoto on Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, February 7th for the Ice Breaker & Randy Fox Memorial 104. “We got a good thing going with Auburndale, Sunoco and American Racer and are very excited about 2016” said Desoto Speedway General Manager Ron Bacelo.

Ricky Brooks has played a big part in pulling everything together and was hired to control the technical side of things and will officiate all Sunoco Challenge events. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this series and what we’ve created here with Sunoco, American Racer and the two racetracks.” says Ricky Brooks.

For more information/rules contact Ricky Brooks at 850-324-6821 and the complete Sunoco Challenge schedule, go to or


(October 28, 2015) Officials with the Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. have announced a tire rule adjustment for the upcoming Southern States Classic on November 5-7 paying $10,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start for the unsanctioned-Crate Late Model special event. Officials have announced that the following tires will be allowed for the event next weekend. Hoosier: Crate 21, Crate 55, Spec 1350, any 1600 and a right rear option only 70. The American Racer Spec 48BT, any 56 or right rear option 70 will be allowed.

The Southern States Classic features the Crate Late Models racing for $10,000-to-win and 100 laps. The Modifieds will race for $1,500-to-win, the Street Stocks will compete for $1,500-to-win, the Vintage Cars will race for $1,000-to-win and the Pure Stocks will compete for $1,000-to-win. Preliminary races are on Friday November 6th while the Last Chance races and the Main events will be Saturday November 7th.

An open practice will be held on Thursday Night November 5th. The Crate Late Model entry fee is $175.00. Thursday adult general admission is Free, Friday adult general admission is $20.00 and Saturday adult general admission is $25.00. A weekend wristband for all three nights will be sold for $40.00. Thursday pit admission is $10.00, Friday pit admission is $25.00 and Saturday pit admission is $35.00. A weekend wristband for all three nights will be sold for $60.00.

Southern States Classic Purse: 1) $10,000, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,200, 7) $1,150, 8) $1,125, 9) $1,100, 10) $1,075, 11) $1,050, 12) $1,025, 13th – 24th) $1,000.


(April 4, 2015) The 58th season of asphalt race kicked off at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville this past Saturday at the legendary speedway. The premier division, Big Machine Records Pro Late Model Challenge Series presented by Hunter Sand & Gravel had lots of action for the fans. Mr. Ron Hunter, co-founder of Hunter Sand Gravel gave the command for the engines to come to life.

Sterling Marlin set the early pace as the field included three NASCAR stars who return to their home track after stellar careers. Jeff Green driving the Mike Alexander owned pro late model and Willie Allen driving for Wendell Mobley carried the NASCAR banner. The 2014 opening night winner Dillon Oliver made early noise pacing the field for seven laps. Allen eased past Marlin with 20 laps remaining and led the rest of the night for his 18th career win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, surpassing Charley Binkley for the 16th spot on the all-time win list.

D & D Events Limited Late Model 40 lap event was fast and furious from the start. Allen Carter set a blazing pace, at lap 21, Bobby Terry took the lead with Carter and Chaz Chaffin making contact on the front stretch. The aftermath of the wreck made the night short for both drivers. Terry cruised for the remaining laps and took home the win for the night.


(February 11, 2015) Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville president, Tony Formosa Jr., is pleased to announce for the 2015 season, American Racer as the official tire for competition on the high bank 5/8th mile oval located in Music City USA. The limited late model and pro late model divisions will compete exclusively on American Racer. The American Racer owned company has a tradition of winning races and championships at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Alton Jones, the 1976 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman champion at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville competed exclusively with McCreary/American Racer brand tires.

Formosa made the decision in late 2014 for tire test with the American Racer brand, additional test performed during the early part of this year. A 40 car field took the green in the pro late model event October 4th, 2014 with 15 cars crossing the stripe at the end of the night. Formosa feels the American Racer will allow drivers to feel more grip with the tire compound, "bite" for a better feel and stability. Hoosier Racing Tire has an outstanding racing product with great credibility and has been a vital part of success the past four seasons at the speedway. The move to American Racer is a change that we feel is the best direction for the speedway and our competitors.

Ray Cook, a successful super and pro late model dirt racer from North Carolina will supply tires for American Racer in Tennessee and various states. Cook and Scott McAdoo, tire engineer brought a different twist from dirt to asphalt at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Cook and McAdoo went back from the late 2014 test and basically built a new model tire for the 2015 season. Tony Formosa Jr. added that a lot of important data was obtained from the test and appreciated having the opportunity to work with two racing tire professionals and the drivers who participated in the test.


Welcome to the official Internet home of American Racer South! Effective October 2014, American Racer South was designated as the exclusive race tire distributor for the American Racer® race tire brand for the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Eastern Louisiana. American Racer South is headed by Ray Cook of Super Late Model racing fame and Joe Denby - long time partner of his #53 race team and supporter of dirt track racing. Working with Ray and Joe, handling day to day business operations is Allen Braswell.

With multiple warehouses in Tullahoma, Tennessee and Brasstown, North Carolina, American Racer South is dedicated to the utmost service in race tire distribution. During the racing season, our service trailer can be found at tracks all over the South. To ensure that your American Racer® tires are delivered by Friday for the racing weekend, please make sure to place your order by Wednesday. We are conveniently open on Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. You can call us toll-free at 1.844.SOUTHAR (768-8427) or contact us via email at

American Racer® tires are built in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Unicoi, Tennessee by hundreds of men and women who know that the four tires under every racecar are crucial to its performance in competition, so we take what we do very seriously!

American Racer® brand tires are designed, developed, and marketed by Race Tires America, Inc., a division of Specialty Tires of America. We are a performance driven, responsive company that is committed to continuously improving the quality of our products. Our racing tires are state-of-the-art, designed for performance, durability, repeatability, and consistency. They are second-to-none in an industry that is ever changing, and we are committed to the industry. Race Fast. Race Longer!




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