New V8 Stock Series Brings Classic Muscle to Friday Nights

May 22, 2013

v8stockphotoThe new V8 Stocks thunder into Delaware Speedway this Friday night at 7:30 pm to kick off their inaugural season.  The V8 Stocks are a new series to the track but are based on a classic idea: the series fills a void in track programming by creating a racing space for classic muscle cars to compete at the historic half-mile.

The V8 Stocks emerge out of the GAW Recycling Enduro program.  The Enduro program, which throughout the 1980s and 1990s was associated with disposable cars and a race format that at times seemed to resemble a demolition derby more than a race, has gradually evolved into a full blown racing series.  With the new Bone Stock Series stepping up in recent years to fill the void for cheap, junkyard-competition, it was time for the muscle cars of the V8 Stocks to take their place in the Friday program.

Take one look at the vehicles used in the series and this transition should come as no surprise.  These classic muscle cars do not resemble something you would find on the cheap in a junkyard.  The V8 Stocks are race cars and their drivers are fierce competitors.  Just which drivers will make the jump to the V8 Stock program and what equipment they will bring with them is a mystery that will be revealed on Friday.  For the first time the drivers will be running on new Hoosier tires, the same as the Street Stock series used to run at the track.

Also on the racing card for Friday are the Coca-Cola Super Stocks and FT Garage Late Models.  Jamie Cox (#22) of Dorchester snapped his dryspell last Friday in the FT Garage Late Models in what turned out to be a fierce battle for the win.  While Cox was able to hold off all challengers last Friday no FT Garage Late Model driver likes to be shut out of victory lane.  In the Coca-Cola Super Stocks Matt Robblee (#51) of Dorchester made issued his Championship challenge loud and clear with a win of his own against defending champion Jeff Showler (#56) of Mt. Elgin.

 Spectator gates open at 6:00 pm on Friday with racing beginning at the new 7:30 pm start time.  With races finishing earlier as a result of the new time fans are reminded that the pits are open free of charge after the races.