It’s been almost seven months since Half Mountain Speedway ran it last race of 2003, but now that the winter is behind us and warm weather is just about here to stay Jim Branham and the Crew at Half Mountain Speedway is ready to get the 2004 dirt racing season started and run for the entire 2004 season.
Even though Half Mountain Speedway only ran a abbreviated schedule in 2003 Half Mountain Speedway in the two months it was open really made a name for itself in the racing community, many drivers and fans say it is one of the best tracks in the state, drivers like the wide, smooth racing surface, race fans like the fast pace racing excitement the drivers provide and everyone liked the professional and smooth racing program that Half Mountain Speedway provides each and every weekend.
In 2004 expect even better racing competition and more excitement as Half Mountain Speedway will for the first in its history run a full season with a season long points battle for the drivers to compete for the first ever Half Mountain Speedway Track Champion.
Half Mountain Speedway will start the 2004 Dirt Racing season on April 18th with a Test and Tune, Media Day Practice. This practice will be for the drivers to get their car ready for the racing wars that will follow over the rest of the season, it will also serve as a race condition practice for the track officials before the Season Opening race on April 24th. The April18th practice will be important for many new drivers that are expected to race at HMS in 2004 this will be their first chance to learn some things about the track before the weekly battles begin on April 24th. This practice will also give the returning drivers a chance to try out some things they might have been working on over the long winter to make their racing program better for the 2004 season. This practice will also double as a Media Day for the track and the drivers, media outlets from all over the region will be contacted and invited to HMS to interview the drivers and track officials concerning the 2004 racing season and experience just how popular the sport of Dirt Racing is becoming in the area.
On April 24th Drivers and Race Fans from all over the region will travel to Half Mountain Speedway for the Season Opening Event at HMS. All seven divisions will be competing for bragging rights of being the first feature winner of the 2004 season at HMS.
The season long battle to become the 1st ever Half Mountain Speedway Track Champion will begin on May 8th and will continue throughout the summer months and will come to a conclusion sometime in September.
Half Mountain Speedway will begin the 2004 racing season with the same divisions it ended the 2003 season with; Super Late Model, Limited Late Model, Modified, Super Bomber, Bomber, 4-Cylinder, and Road Hog divisions will compete on a weekly basis. Super Late Models will compete for a $1,200 to win, the Limited Late Models will be competing for a $800 to win, Modifieds will be running for $650 to win, Super Bombers will be chasing $500 to win top prize, Bomber will be after $400 if they win the feature, 4-Cylinder and Road Hogs features will both be worth $200 to win. In all almost $13,000 will be up for grabs every weekend at Half Mountain Speedway.
One date that race fans needs to circle on their calender is on Friday Night July 2nd,
Other Special races will be announced as soon as dates are decided on approved by the owner Jim Branham.
A complete 2004 racing schedule is being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks.
In 2003 Half Mountain Speedway’s goal was to lay a foundation of being a track racers and race fans can come to and be entertained from the start of the race until the final checkered flag was dropped on the night, by all accounts this goal was reached and in some ways passed, in 2004 Jim Branham’s goal is to continue this type of racing entertainment, but to also improve on it and make it even bigger and better moving HMS the ranks of not only one of the best tracks in the state but one of the best tracks in the country, it won’t be easy and it will take some time, but with the driver and the fan support Jim Branhams vision for the track is unlimited and by the end of the 2004 racing season Jim hopes to be a lot closer to reaching this goal.