PRP releases 2017 schedule

Staff Report

The Portsmouth Raceway Park, which will be entering its 27th year of operation, will begin its season on Saturday, May 27 with the annual PRP Kickoff Classic, which will also serve as Veterans Recognition Night. All veterans will receive free general admission with proof of identification.

For PRP Promoter Donna Rayburn, the classic is a great way to honor those who have fought for our country’s freedoms.

“We love and appreciate our military,” Rayburn said. “We typically always schedule Veterans Recognition Night on Memorial Day Weekend. It’s just a small way for us to try and show some appreciation to the men and women in our military.”

Late models, modifieds, limited late models, and sport mods will all be on the card this Saturday.

The late model division, which has always proven to be a fan favorite at Portsmouth Raceway Park, will be featured in grand style once again at the Coleman-family operated facility through the 2017 campaign, which features a total of five divisions that will be racing across 15 weekends.

PRP will again host three Lucas Oil Late Model events, including the Independence 60 on Saturday, July 1st, which pays $12,000 to win, the Bob Miller Memorial presented by Pepsi on Saturday, Sept. 2nd, which pays $12,000 to the victor, and the 37th Annual Dirt Track World Championship, which will pay $100,000 to win from Thursday, October 19th through Saturday, October 21st.

In addition to these three Lucas Oil shows, PRP will also play host to the Sixth Annual Boone Coleman Memorial Gator 50 on Saturday, June 17th as well as the 23rd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 19th.

The Boone Coleman Memorial Gator 50 will pay $5,000 to win for the late model division, while the annual Dillow Memorial will offer up increased payouts for all classes, and as part of the Dillow card, the Bozo Bragdon Memorial “Give Me One Lap” Late Model Time Trials will also take place. The Late Model fast qualifier on the night of Aug. 19th will pocket $1,077.

The modifieds will also make their return to Portsmouth Raceway Park in 2017. This class typically boasts the highest car count week in and week out. The annual Mod Squad Spectacular, which pays $3,000 to win, will take place on August 5th.

UMP Modifieds will also be a part of the Dirt Track World Championship card in October and will pay $4,000 to win, and the Cletus Classic will be run on Saturday, June 10th.

As for the limited late models, they’ll be a mainstay in 2017. The Annual Premier Precast Products Limited Late Model Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday, July 15th.

While the sport modifieds will enjoy their second full season at PRP, the sprint cars will make their return to Portsmouth Raceway Park on two select dates. The B.O.S.S. Sprint Car Series will visit PRP in addition to the Cletus Classic on June 10, while the OVSCA Sprints will be on hand on Saturday, July 29th.

Of course, Portsmouth Raceway Park wouldn’t be where it is today without its loyal fanbase. In honor of those dedicated fans that visit PRP, the track’s annual Kids Night will take place on Saturday, June 24th, while Fan Appreciation Night is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th.

Unless otherwise noted, gates will open at 4 p.m. every race day with racing at approximately 7:30 p.m. The winning drivers in the weekly featured classes will pocket $2,000 in the late models, $800 in the modifieds, $500 in the limited lates, and $400 in the sport mods.

Rayburn anticipates that the 2017 campaign will be one of the best in the 27-year history of the track.

“Last year provided some of the best racing, fastest speeds, and biggest crowds that we have ever witnessed,” Rayburn said. “With so much momentum from last fall, I believe that this year will continue to generate growth and excitement.”

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