October 20, 2011
New Promoter to Host DOC 360 Pepsi Nationals at Scotland County Speedway This Weekend
After a late summer lull at Scotland County Speedway, a new promoter is hoping to close out the 2011 race season at the Memphis track with a bang. Brandon Savage will be hosting the 2011 Pepsi Nationals at SCS this weekend. The two-days of racing could go a long way in deciding the future of the track in 2012.
Rick Girard, who took over midway through the 2010 race campaign, made it halfway through the current race schedule before the season was cancelled. Savage stepped in late in September and asked the fair board for permission to run the traditional year-end Pepsi Nationals race.
"I contacted the fair board and let them know I was interested in taking it over for the nationals and it came about from there," said Savage. "I knew we needed to work fast because of the amount of time it was going to take to promote for a big show like this."
The DOC 360 Pepsi Nationals racing will kick off on Friday, October 21st with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 22nd, hot laps will run at 5:30 p.m. with the first race starting at 6 p.m.
The grandstands will open at 4 p.m. each day, with the pit gates opening at 2 p.m. A rain date of Sunday, October 23rd has been announced with start times at 2 p.m. if Mother Nature interferes with the opening dates.
Joining Pepsi-Cola of Memphis as sponsors for the national race are Cotton Bowl, Outdoor Power, TA Auto and Tire, Keokuk Auto Credit, Cook's Mens Store, Walker Motors Collision Repair, Farmington Tax & Accounting, Kahoka Bowl, Kahoka Glass, Sunline Auto Parts, RockAuto, Ayerco Convenience Center, Barlow's Garage & Graphix, John's Food Center, Cookies Café, PSR Racing, WM Kraus and Son Heating and Air, Beverly Moore Insurance, Ed's Used Machinery, A and No L Towing, and the Memphis Democrat.
Savage, 29, has a history in racing but this will be his first go at running a track.
"Yes, I am a rookie to the promoter business," he said. "I have been looking into it a lot the last couple of years and wanted to jump in and see what the business was like and this was the perfect time and place to do it. The future after this is unsure. It will totally ride on how good this goes."
The new promoter grew up in Keokuk, IA but recently relocated to Canton with his fiancé Nicole Taylor.
"I've been around racing my whole life," he said. "Ramo Stott is my grandfather, so I watched and helped Lance race over the years, then helped my brother Dustin Savage run late models."
Brandon has been driving for eight years now, getting his start in the four- cylinder class where he had 11 feature wins in 2005. He moved up to the B-modified division before graduating to the A modifieds in 2007, where he has been racing ever since.
"I covered a lot of area in the four-cylinder class, because it was cheap and easy to get started. I still travel a decent amount with my A-modified. I have raced at Scotland County, Lee County, 34 Raceway, Vinton, Independence, Boone, Knoxville, Quincy, Macomb, West Liberty, Marshalltown, Davenport and I'm sure I'm forgetting some."
Tickets for the DOC 360 Pepsi Nationals are $9 nightly for adults, and $7 for seniors, with kids 10 and under entering for free. Pit passes will cost $25 or a 2-day pass will be sold for $45. TA Auto & Tire will host a junior fan club with prizes for the kids and Savage indicated there will be plenty of giveaway items from Pepsi-Cola of Memphis.
Spectators will see racing action in the Farmington Tax & Accounting A-mods, Kahoka Bowl Sportmods, Kahoka Glass Stock Cars, Keokuk AutoCredit Hobby Stocks and Sunline Autoparts 4-Cylinders.
Drivers will be competing for traditional cash payouts in addition to special promotions from RockAuto, 3 Wide Media, Dennis Krieger Photography and Ayerco Convenience Center Gift Certificates for the Friday night winners. A $200+ bonus will be paid to the highest finishing IMCA Modified in Saturday's feature.