GEORGETOWN – Historic Georgetown Speedway in Delaware on Saturday is set to host the Northeast’s season-opening dirt modified race of 2017.
Saturday’s event is the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, held in memory of the speedway founder, motorsports pioneer and First State business icon.
Big-block/small-block modifieds circle the half-mile clay oval for the 49-lap The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP opens its eight-race Velocita-USA South Region at Georgetown.
Not only is the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial the season opener for STSS modifieds in 2017; it’s also very lucrative.
A base payout of more than $27,000 has been set with a non-top-heavy structure rewarding drivers through the field.
Action will begin earlier than originally scheduled. Hot laps will begin at 1 p.m. with racing starting at 2 p.m., promoter Brett Deyo announced Thursday.
In accordance with Melvin Joseph’s lucky number of 49, the race winner receives $4,900.
A rain date of Sunday, March 12 is in place if needed.
Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of U.S. 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown.
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