Rocky Top prepares for Comstock race

Published 11:40 pm Monday, July 12, 2010

COAL GROVE — Following the tracks seventh rainout of the season on July 9th, the Rocky Top Raceway is preparing for a jam-packed night of racing on Friday that features an appearance by one of the greatest spectacles in all of motorsports: the 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars.

The 410 Sprints will be racing for a $1,508 winners share in the first “Gene Comstock Memorial presented by EA Home Supply.”

The race will honor Gene Comstock, the only driver from Lawrence County to compete in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Comstock competed in NASCAR from the years 1950-1955 and scored one top five and six top ten finishes in his stock car career.

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In addition to the exciting Sprint Car action, fans will still get to see some of the exciting Late Model action they are used to seeing at RTR on a weekly basis. The track’s Super Late Model division will not be racing, but the Steel Block Late Models will be in action with an $800 to win show.

Many competitors in the Super Late Model division run steel block engines so fans will not see a major difference between the two classes.

The AMRA Modifieds will also be in action in one of their bigger shows of the season with the “Up Front Motorsports 25” paying $1,000 to win.

Mod Lites will round out the four division racing card with their final race before next Friday’s “Ohio Mod Lite Nationals.”

General admission is $12 with kids (ages 7-12) $2, kids six and under free, and pit passes $27.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps starting the night’s action at 7:30. For more information visit: