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Gresham Motorsports Park ready to open season with Larry Fleeman Memorial 198
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Larry Fleeman Memorial 198

Where: Gresham Motorsports Park, Jefferson

When: Races start at 5 p.m. Saturday

Divisions: Mini Stock, Sportsman/Renegades, Trucks, Outlaw Late Model and Pro Late Model

Tickets: adults general admission $25, seniors 55 and older and military $20, children 12 and under free.

For more information: Call 706-367-9461

Gresham Motorsports Park general manager Dan Elliott is gearing up for another big season, starting with Saturday’s Larry Fleeman Memorial 198 race at the Jefferson track. The main event is the Pro Late Model Series, the last of five total classes that will be contested during the day, and includes the Outlaw Late Models, Trucks, Sportsman/Renegade and Mini Stock.

For the main event, Elliott anticipates 20 cars on the track.

Making the night more memorable, Fleeman’s son, Russell, will take to the track for the second consecutive year of the tribute race with his car in the Pro Late Model and Outlaw Late Model division.

Russell Fleeman has been the track champion during his career at Lanier National Speedway and Peach State Speedway, among other locations. In 2012, Russell Fleeman was crowned champion in the Outlaw division.

His 17-year-old daughter Amber is following in his footsteps with 22 feature race victories since first sitting behind the wheel of a go kart at age 9, but will not be on the track tonight.

“Daddy meant so much to me and the Elliott family has been so good to us by honoring him,” Russell Fleeman said. “It’s very much a privilege to be part of this race.”

Gresham Motorsports Park is one for special promotions. Saturday, there will be an Easter egg drop from a helicopter for the kids in attendance, shortly before the night’s races get started at 5 p.m. Elliott also hopes the weather will cooperate and plans to have the Pro Late Model Series race completed in time for fans to be out of the track by 10:30 p.m.

“This has been something that’s been on our plate for three months to get ready for this race,” Fleeman said. “There are going to be a lot of good drivers on hand.”

For the next event at Gresham on April 27, five on the cast members from the reality television show ‘Moonshiners’ will be on hand during the day for the Racing Radios 125 Super Southern Series event, one of three in the classification that the track will host during the 2013 season.

Then on July 4, Gresham Motorsports Park has planned the 300-lap World Crown Southern Super Series Super Late Models event.

In addition to five races during the season, Gresham has also become a testing ground for NASCAR teams, with drivers including Danica Patrick recently running at the track in Jefferson.

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