Banjo Matthews Memorial At Hickory Saturday

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The UARA-STARS Late Model Series races at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in 2011. (Adam Fenwick Photo)
The UARA-STARS Late Model Series returns to Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway this Saturday night for the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150. (Adam Fenwick/AKFPhotos.com Photo)

HICKORY, N.C. – The UARA-STARS Late Model Series will return to Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday for the annual running of the Banjo Matthews Memorial 150.

The event is named after legendary team owner and car/engine builder Banjo Matthews, who during the 1960s and 70s fielded cars for many of NASCAR’s legendary drivers. Among those to have driven for Matthews were Fireball Roberts, A.J. Foyt, Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison.

Matthews was best known as a car and engine builder. Between 1974 and 1985 Matthews reportedly built an amazing 72 percent of the race winning cars in what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Coming off of an action-packed race at Anderson Motor Speedway in Williamston, S.C., last Friday night, Ronnie Bassett Jr., holds the 26-point lead in the championship standings over Garrett Campbell. Bassett won the tour’s previous appearance at Hickory in March.

A special autograph session will be held prior to Saturday’s event at Hickory featuring Allison, former Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch and reality television star “Cowboy” Joe Cortez, who appeared on season five of “Beauty and the Geek.”

Spectator gates open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway. Four events will make up the program including the UARA-STARS Late Model Series in addition to the Carolina Vintage cars, the Southeast Super Trucks and the Allison Legacy Series. The pre-race autograph session will begin at 6:20 p.m., with racing slated to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.