HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – The United Auto Racing Ass’n (UARA) will kick off their 2013 season this Saturday, March 9 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., with their customary 150-lap event.
Drivers can finally dust off those abandoned helmets and suit up for the matinee show, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.. The event will consist of old rivals, brothers, and young rookies battling it out to quench that first victory of the season.
The UARA-STARS Late Model Series will have an action packed season opener with competitor gates opening at 7 a.m. and their tech inspection starting at 7:30 a.m. Fans can head to Southern National around 11 a.m. to check out final practice and see which driver turns the quickest lap during qualifying for the Sunoco Pole at 12:30 p.m. The green flag will wave at 2 p.m.
Over the past twelve years, Southern National has been on four of the UARA’s schedules. The series hosted their first event on July 26, 2003 with Denny Hamlin taking the pole and the victory.
Two seasons later the series returned in September 2005 and crowned Jamey Caudill as their winner with Matt McCall on the pole.
The last two visits were in April of 2006 and 2007 when Caudill took home both wins and both poles. During 2007, Caudill set a track record for the series at SNMP with a 15.293-second lap. Will Caudill be there this weekend to defend his UARA record? We will find out soon.
Sharing the spot light with the UARA-STARS are local divisions, including Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Modifieds and Bandos. The Limited Late Models will run 65 laps, Street Stocks 25 laps, Mini Modifieds 30 laps and the Bandos 20 laps.