2016 MMS SCHEDULE SIGNALS RACING RENAISSANCE
Schedule highlights include increases in Late Model races, awards
Motor Mile Speedway is primed for a Late Model racing revival.
The Radford, Va., short track has unveiled its 2016 schedule, which includes a sizable eighteen-race slate for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Model Stock Car division. The expansion heralds Motor Mile Speedway’s most action-packed season since 2011.
“The 2016 calendar represents our most ambitious program in several years,” states Motor Mile Speedway & Dragway General Manager Michelle Vaught. “We take pride in being receptive to the opinions of fans and drivers. In recent seasons, the majority of the feedback has involved an expansion of the speedway schedule. We’ve delivered. With the continued support of our fans, drivers and sponsors, we are convinced 2016 will be our best season yet.”
Motor Mile Speedway’s 2016 schedule is comprised of fourteen race dates, with the NASCAR-sanctioned Late Model headliners featured in a total of eighteen races. The schedule reintroduces 150-lap events while reducing the amount of “Twin” format races; the Late Model division will compete in a total of ten 150-lap races and four twinbill events in 2016.
To coincide with the expanded schedule, Motor Mile Speedway has enriched its monetary awards in the Late Model division. First-place prize money for an individual Late Model race has more than tripled, inflating from $1,200.00 to $4,500.00 for a 150-lap race in 2016. Overall, the increases total the largest payout in over six years for the marquee class. (To view divisional purse structures, click here)
Most support divisions also will see increased on-track activity. Specialty events include the return of the annual Independence Day Monster Truck Show on July 2nd, the debut of the Southern Ground Pounders vintage racing series and the addition of a demolition derby. In all, Motor Mile Speedway will showcase 16 events in 2016. (To download a printable schedule, click here)
Motor Mile Speedway has been NASCAR-sanctioned since 1988. Beginning with Tim McGuire, the track has crowned 14 NASCAR Late Model track champions in 28 seasons. Motor Mile Speedway has been the home track of two NASCAR WHELEN All-American Series national champions on six different occasions: Philip Morris (2006, ’08, ’09) and Lee Pulliam (2012, ’13, ’15).