DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR championship race for South Carolina got a little more competitive over the weekend.
NASCAR and Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway announced Saturday at the track’s 2013 Champion’s Dinner and Awards Presentation that the .375-mile semi-banked oval will join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.
The return of Anderson gives the state three ovals that host Late Model Stock Cars as their top division.
Anderson operates on Friday nights and will pair with the historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway – a half-mile track that competes on Saturday nights. The tracks are about 30 miles apart and the rules package will be similar at both speedways for most divisions.
“We’re happy to renew our relationship with the Porter family and Anderson Motor Speedway,” said Bob Duvall, NASCAR senior director, business development. “It is one of those traditional southern venues for great racing.
“The addition of Anderson creates a two-night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series circuit for drivers and fans. They can attend Anderson on Fridays and Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturdays.”
Anderson is the fifth track to join the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014. Also joining the series are Autodrome St. Eustache in Quebec, Canada, Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, N.C.
Anderson Motor Speedway was built in 1962 by Rupert Porter and opened in 1963. Porter passed away in 2009, but the track stayed in the family and is now owned by his wife, Shirley Porter, and promoted by their daughter, Sylvia Porter.
“We’re excited to rejoin NASCAR,” Sylvia Porter said. “A NASCAR sanction brings a lot of opportunities for our drivers, teams and the track. Being a NASCAR track will increase our visibility and add to our track points fund. We’re still a family business that provides family entertainment and great racing.”
NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars will be Anderson’s NASCAR Division I. Division II is set for Mini Stocks and Division III will be the Renegades classification. Division IV is slated for Super Renegades, Division V will be BM Modifieds while Division VI will be a Front-Wheel Drive class.