PHOENIX – Officials with Atomic Speedway and the National Dirt Racing League announced today the scheduling of the ‘Atomic Blast’ Weekend at the historic southern Ohio oval.
The three-day event is scheduled for Mothers’ Day weekend – May 8 through May 10.
“We want to establish a signature Late Model event for Atomic, something that’s big and that we can build on year after year. John has a great thing going with the NDRL and I believe it works with what we want to do. I am really pumped up for the event,” said new Atomic Speedway owner Brad McCown. “We have got everything up and running with what we did this year and now we are ready to dive in and have a big 2014 season.”
The Atomic Blast will feature a unique format whereby all time trials will be completed on the first day of the event and then there will be two complete and separate shows on Friday and Saturday. The Friday, May 9 show will pay $5,000 to win while the Saturday, May 10 event will pay $15,000 to win. AMRA Modifieds and Street Stocks will also be on the card all three nights.
“Brad wanted to do something a little different and unique for the Atomic Blast with the time trials. And I think it will be very good for the fans for Friday and Saturday to feature only actual competitive laps for the NDRL Super Late Models. Brad has been a pleasure to work with when scheduling this event. It’s always refreshing for folks to be excited about an event. And Brad is excited which makes us excited. This is going to be a nice signature event for his facility and we are proud he chose to work with the NDRL to do it,” said NDRL Series Director Kelley Carlton.
McCown, who previously owned and managed the Jackson County Speedway, purchased the facility also formerly known as K-C Raceway after it had sat idle for two years. While at Jackson McCown put together a staff of key players including Race Director J.J. Linkous and Announcer/Public Relations Man Bruce Hines which have also joined McCown at Atomic.
McCown also chose to return to using the name of the facility that was used when it was first opened in 1953.
“People around here told us we had to go back to calling the place Atomic and we decided to give them what they wanted,” McCown said.
Though the track surface has been widened somewhat, it still maintains the same configuration since its construction. The track reopened in August and saw strong crowds and car counts. The 7,500 seat facility also boasts a bandstand for concerts and other events in the 15 acre front parking lot.