Courtesy Chevrolet will sponsor their fourth United Auto Racing Association (UARA) race at Kingsport Speedway, on April 9th.
Courtesy Chevrolet, which is owned by John King, is located on East Stone Drive, about four miles from the track. The UARA and Courtesy Chevrolet have always teamed up to deliver an entertaining race for the crowd at Kingsport Speedway.
Joining the familiar faces of the UARA series are eight rookies, who will have their opportunity to race through these Tennessee turns. Last year in the spring race at Kingsport it was 14 year old Clint King who captured the win in his rookie season.
George Miedecke, driver of the no. 9 for Marcos Ambrose Motorsports, has spent the past couple weeks at the top of the speed charts during practice and during the season opener at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Leigh Caruthers is also turning some heads as he runs for the Rookie of the Year title in the series. Caruthers, who is from Wake Forest, North Carolina, has spent the past eight years volunteering for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. This long term relationship has developed into a partnership and makes Caruthers the first NASCAR driver for the organization.
Young Tennessean Chad Finchum is expected to run in Saturday’s race. With an impressive racing career at such a young age, this will only be Finchum’s second UARA event. Along with Finchum, is another 16 year old rookie, Joey Herques, who is from Souma, Louisiana.
During his second year in stock cars, Harrison Rhodes is creating great results in this series so far. Back in March, when the series had their season opener at Hickory, Rhodes had a solid top 15th finish.
Thirteen year old Jesse Little, son of NASCAR driver Chad Little, is the youngest of all rookies competing in Saturday’s event. Little will celebrate his birthday prior to the Newport race the week following Kingsport. To spice things up for his race car, Little decided to make a number change and continue the famous #97 that runs in the Little family.
Jessica Murphy and Candace Muzny are two female rookies that are expected to race at Kingsport. Murphy’s diverse racing background is due to the fact that she has been racing since she was six. In the past she has raced quarter midgets and Bandoleros, she began racing late models in 2008. Muzny has made quite a name for herself at Hickory Motor Speedway, and is looking to make a name for herself in the UARA series. Not only has she managed to have 10 top 5’s during her racing season last year, but she also finished in the top 5 points system at HMS.
Saturday night’s Courtesy Chevrolet 150 should be full of action as these rookies try to hold back fierce competitors, such as last year’s winner Brennan Poole. Poole captured the win at the season opener at Hickory Motor Speedway on March 12, 2011.
Racing along with the UARA-STARS will be the Pure Four and Legend cars. The Pure 4 division has had 20-25 cars at each event thus far at the Kingsport facility.
Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. with racing UARA-STARS qualifying at 5:30 p.m.
Following the UARA-STARS Pure fours will practice followed by the Legend cars.
Pure four Qualifying will be at approximately 6:35 p.m.
Driver Autograph session will follow from 7:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m.
The racing action will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Adult admission is $15.00, Students 13-17 $10.00 and children under 12 free.
A family pass is also offered for parents with children under 12 for $25.00.
For more info visit www.uara-stars.com .