COCHRAN, Ga. — Street stock racers from at least 10 states are getting ready for the $5,000-to-win third annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race this Friday night and Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway.
Johnny Stokes is a perfect example as the defending Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Champion. Before winning last year’s race, Stokes was considered one of the top dirt late model drivers in the country, having won several races and championships.
Winning the World Championship trophy was special enough, but an added touch to the victory for the driver and co-owner/promoter of Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss., known as “Dr. Dirt” is that it came on his 64th birthday.
“I’ve won a lot of dirt late model races and championships in my career, but winning this race last year was different because I’ve never been a world champion,” Stokes said. “That’s what makes this race so special for any driver because world champion goes on your resume. It was also special to win it on my 64th birthday, and it would be even more special to win it for the second time at age 65.”
Justin McRee finished second in last year’s race, and like Stokes, J-Mac has made a name for himself as a dirt late model racer, and recently as a car builder. Even though he finished second, McRee gained notoriety because he also built the top two finishing cars in last year’s race. This weekend, McRee hopes to become the first driver/manufacturer winner.
Another dirt late model legend looking to become a world champion is National Dirt Late Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson. At age 63, Johnson is still winning national championships. The Chattanooga Flash won is third Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series National Championship in 2018.
Johnson has won a pair of dirt late model World Championship Races, and he is very capable of adding a Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship cup to his impressive trophy case that also includes three Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series titles.
The Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race is just as much of a challenge to make the 24-car starting field for the main event as it is to win it. Some of the most intense racing of the weekend will take place on Friday night for Qualifying and Heat Races that will set the front half of the Big Show starting line-up for Saturday night.
Just prior to the main event on Saturday night will be the B-Main Races that will give drivers one last chance to earn a seat for the $5,000-to-win show.