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By Kristopher Blankenship
Fayette County Speedway promoter Charlie Depew opened the track for practice over the weekend to prepare for the 2014 racing season.
Several drivers were in attendance to test and tune their race cars in preparation for this Friday’s opening night. The pits and grandstand open at 5 p.m., with hot laps beginning at 7 p.m. Racing immediately follows hot laps.
Admission is $30 for a pit pass, $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children ages 8-12 and free for children 7-and-under who attend with a paying adult.
Classes on track on Sunday were: UMP Modified, B-Mod, Street Stock and Hornets.
Local standouts on hand were: Michael and Matt Meyer, prepping Michael’s new UMP modified and Matt’s B-Mod; Chris Bolyard, who debuted his B-Mod; and David Bolyard, who was there to ready his hornet.
St. Elmo’s Troy Stein made an appearance to shake down his hornet, and David and Dawson Barker got in some seat time.
The 2014 season promises action on the track every Friday night.
Drivers to watch in the UMP Modified class include:
•Larry Anderson, the defending champion.
•Craig Kern, who is poised for a breakout season after finishing fourth in 2013.
•Michael Meyer, who is sporting a new Lightning chassis to increase his speed.
•Michael Bolyard, who has become a well-respected veteran who is always a threat to win.
The B-Mod class has exploded onto the track and has high expectations this year. Stacked with competition, it looks to have great racing.
Drivers to watch in the B-Mod class include:
•Jim Lafferty, the defending champion.
•Caleb Miller, last season’s runner up.
•Rob Lee, who finished third last season.
•Keith Harre, a local driver who has a new car.
•Kyle Blair, a local driver capable of winning any week.
Newcomers to this class also have high expectations. Last season’s street stock class champion, Stephen Fohne, has moved up, and he is a smooth, smart racer who thrives in competition.
Last year’s fall national winner, BJ Deal, has put his full attention toward the B-Mod class, and he has been victorious in many different racing classes during his career.
The street stocks class is expected to be wide open, with Fohne moving up.
St. Elmo’s Kris Blankenship is looking to improve on his four wins from last year, and Jacob Tompkins will return with another year under his belt and looks to be the guy to beat.
Dustin Pruett is making his return to the dirt track and is on everyone’s radar after being tough to beat just a couple of seasons ago.
In the street stock class, there is always someone who steps up out of nowhere and wins some races. Josh Struble is a young driver moving up who could make some waves.
In the hornet class, Jeremy Callahan was dominant last summer, winning the points title by 227 points, with David Bolyard hounding him the entire way. Bolyard, the 2012 Hornet champion, will be looking to top Callahan's recent performance.
Callahan’s brother, Josh, will be in the mix as well. Other local competitors include: Justin Clark, Lynn Lash and Rusty Snyder.
As usual, there will be several special shows at the speedway, with POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints on May 16, Summer Nationals on July 4 and Fayette County Fair racing on July 16.
For more information, visit www.fayettecospeedway.com or follow the track on Facebook.