The July 26th race story is on the "latest news" page with the results on the "race results" page and the points are now updated on the "drivers bios" page.
Anyone needing racing tires for the coming August 23rd race is asked to contact Mr. Lyle via e-mail or call Eddie MacDonald at 229-942-4096 and tell them how many tires and what sizes you need. He has several tires in stock. Wayne@lylefarms.com.
We would like to thank everyone who helped out with displaying cars in the Watermelon Festival Parade in Cordele last Saturday morning. We think this is a good first step in getting the word out to the local residents that there is a track in their community and it is open and racing.
Once again THANK YOU!
For everyone's information, the track will have fuel on Saturday. They will be selling both 93 octane pump gas and 110/112 racing fuel. The track will also now be handling the racing tire sales. (If you need tires please call Eddie McDonald @ 229-942-4096).
Lets all support the track and purchase all our fuel and tires for the race cars at the track.
We also need to support the concessions at the track as much as possible. The food is very good and the drinks are cold, so lets help the track by doing what we can so we will have a great place to race.
Mr. Wayne Lyle, who currently holds a lease/purchase contract on Watermelon Capital Speedway, has assumed the operation of the track.
Tim Pafford Promotions is no longer affiliated with the race track in any way.
In addition to operating the track Mr. Lyle will also be handling the sale of tires and fuel.
We would ask everyone to support Mr. Lyle and the track by inviting as many fans and guests as you can to attend the races. We also suggest that everyone purchase food and drinks at the concession stands. This helps cover some of the operational costs of operating the track.
As racers, we all like to be paid a purse at the end of the night to offset some of our expenses. These purses come from the receipts at the gates and concession stands. In effect, we, and all our friends and the fans we bring, pay these purses, so lets invite and/or bring as many people as we can. Race tracks are a business and can only pay out what comes in, otherwise they go broke and close.
In addition to inviting people, we would like to place cars on display in and around Cordele the night before and the mornings of the races. If you can and are willing to do this, please let us know and we will try and coordinate these displays. Too many people in the Cordele area know nothing about the track or that it is operating or even exists. We need to change that.
Our next race is June 28th. Gates open at 4PM. racing starts at 7 PM. Lets have a huge car count and grandstand crowd to welcome Mr. Lyle to the life of a track owner/operator.
The recap of the June 28th race is now on the "Latest News" page and the finishing positions for the race are on the "Race Results" page. Points are also updated on the "drivers Bio's" page.
Please check back often as we hope have some important announcements this week about future Sponsorships for the outlaw class at Watermelon Capital Speedway.
The May 17th race was a very exciting race with a lot of passing, cars battling for position, and great racing. The fans sure got their moneys worth and plenty to bring them back for the next race.
Ten cars were on hand to race for the checkers in our second race of the 2014 season.
Qualifying once again showed how close the competition is in this class with #9 Chris Dilbeck taking the pole with a 16.59 sec lap and Alex Coffey second with a 16.69 sec lap. Third was Stuart Dutton with a 16.91, fourth was Steve Barker clocking in at 17.08, and fifth was Cody Hale at 17.34 seconds.
After qualifying #91 Marlin Gunter received a call concerning the health of a family member and had to leave the track. We need to remember Marlin and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
The race started with Dilbeck and Coffey running side by side and nose to tail for several laps until the caution flew for Cody Hale sliding off the track in turn #2. The restart was again a good battle between Dilbeck and Coffey. Gradually Coffey slid back into the clutches of #32 Stuart Dutton who had been dogging his rear bumper for many laps. Dutton made the pass with about 25 to go. Another caution flew around the halfway mark when Coffey spun off turn three. This bunched the field again and put Dutton on the front row with Dilbeck for the restart. With some bumping and pushing, Dilbeck and Dutton raced for the lead for several laps, until the two got together in turn three, with Dilbeck spinning off the top of the track. Watermelon Capital speedway has a "protect the leader" rule that prevents the leader from being spun out by a pursuing racer to gain the lead. Since it could not be determined that the leader had done anything to cause the caution, the caution was called on Dutton, who was sent to the back. The spin was not deemed to have been done on purpose, but the rules say the car that the caution is called on has to go to the rear. This put #64 Steve Barker on the front row with Dilbeck for the restart. Coffey quickly assumed second by passing Barker. Dutton, in his fast race car, passed several cars on the restart and was headed back to the front. On the back stretch Barkers car kicked up some dust with his right side tires but he was able to maintain speed and quickly continue on. When Barker dipped off the track, Dutton quickly jumped to his inside but Barker returning to the track did not know Dutton was there and the field quickly became three wide with Barker outside, Dutton in the middle and #24 Christopher Tullis on the bottom. Dutton bounced off Barker and he and Tullis went spinning into the inside wall. The #92 of Blake Gaither also contacted the inside wall trying to avoid the melee. Gaither was able to continue the race but Tullis was not able to. Dutton made a few more laps but had to retire due to body damage. None of the cars appeared to be too severely damaged so it is hoped they will be able to return for the next race. Dilbeck went on to win his first race for the 2014 season, with Coffey a close second, Barker third, Stewart Smith fourth, and Gaither fifth.
Saturday April 26th started a new chapter in the history of Watermelon Capital Speedway. This new chapter begins under the guidance of Mr. Wayne Lyle, who, this week, finalized the track lease/purchase agreement from Mr. Marvin Ragan.
Mr Lyle has a lot of exciting and innovative ideas for the facility and we can't wait to see his plans become reality. In the meantime lets all get behind Mr. Lyle and support him by supporting a great race track.
Mr Lyle has continued the promotion agreement with Tim Pafford Promotions. Tim is a tireless worker for the facility and we have already seen improvement in the grandstand attendance and car counts. Tim needs our support also, so let him know if you appreciate his hard work.
The first points race for the 2014 racing season was run Saturday night April 26th.
It was a great night of racing with a very good car count and grandstand attendance to open the season.
The Outlaw Late Model race had Alex Coffey taking his first win in the Outlaw class.
The race story can be found on "The Latest News" page.
We received the SUMMIT RACING discount coupons today. If you are planning a purchase from Summit, let us know and we will get a discount coupon to you. If your purchase can wait, you will be able to pick up a coupon at the track on the 19th.
THE 2014 SEASON IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING WITH THE TRACK MANAGEMENT, SPONSORSHIPS AND SOME SMALL RULE CHANGES.
TIM PAFFORD PROMOTIONS HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO OPERATE THE TRACK THIS YEAR AND HAS A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS TO BOOST ATTENDANCE, HELP THE RACERS AND ATTRACT SPONSORS.
THE 2014 RACE SCHEDULE;
MARCH 2ND (DRIVERS MEETING)
MARCH 15TH TRACK OPENER (PRACTICE ONLY FOR OUTLAWS).
TIRES WILL HOPEFULLY BE IN BY MARCH 2ND.
SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT IS VERY NEAR FINALIZING THEIR RENEWAL WITH US FOR THE 2014 SEASON AND WE WELCOME THEM BACK. THEY ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF RACING AT WCS AND WE THANK THEM.
WE HAVE ADDED A REV LIMIT RULE OF 6300 RPM TO THE CRATE ENGINES THIS YEAR.
We would like to Congratulate Billy Chancy on his 2013 season Points Championship. This is Billy's second championship in a row.
We want to thank all our Sponsors for the 2013 season. Summit Racing, Luke Yoder Construction, Borum Service Center, Donnie and Lyndsey Jones, and of course we want to mention our prime reason for doing this "Racing for The FairTax".
Thank you Marvin and Bret Ragan for letting us use your great facility.
Keep checking in for exciting announcements about the track and the Outlaw Series.
We would like to welcome Summit Racing Equipment as our newest Associate Sponsor. We are excited to have them join us for the 2013 season. Be sure and shop at their McDonough, Georgia store for any and all of your high performance parts and accessories. We will be having goody bags and lots of free stuff to give away throughout the race season
We will be running a different tire this year. We are changing to the Hoosier 1070. We know tires are the racers biggest expense from race to race and we hope this will cut tire costs significantly. The 1070 is a little harder tire with a little stiffer sidewall. We expect this tire to last for two or more races for right sides and four or more races for the left sides.
We are behind in our sponsorship line up due to the uncertainty with the track operating this year. We would like to ask everyone to help us with securing the sponsors we need to have a really good program and race payouts for this season. If anyone knows of a good potential sponsor we could talk to, please contact us with their name and number.
We will be posting more on the website in the days to come so check back regularly. If you have any questions or concerns please call Terry Short @770-468-3052.