SUPR THROTTLES UP FOR 2017, RELEASES SCHEDULE
by Bryan Wimberley
SUPR DLM Series correspondent
BATON ROUGE, La. (February 12) - As it gets closer and closer to "go time", the Southern United Professional Racing Series is set to begin an amazing 28th season of dirt racing action. So far on the slate of events, SUPR will visit seven different venues across three states, that include two double-headers.
The series will open up its 696th dirt late model event at Leesville 171 Speedway, headlining "Boudreaux's Rumble In The Bayou" on April 8th. The track recently took on new management under Dustin Ager the last couple of weeks. Last season, the teammates of DP Motorsports sweep the SUPR events at 171 Speedway in June.
After opening weekend, the SUPR Series also make separate stops at 171 in late May, again in a mid-summer July appearance and then to close out the season for a finale on October 7th, making it the most frequented setting on the circuit.
As it currently stands, SUPR's May 20th date at Leesville could be a projected milestone for the series, marking an astonishing 700th sanctioned event for the Southern United Professional Racing Series.
SUPR will continue a busy month of April, taking to the banks of the oldest dirt track in Louisiana, making an appearance at Boothill Speedway in Greenwood on April 29, after heading to the series' home-track of Baton Rouge Raceway on the 22nd.
Then it is off to the great state of Texas for the first of two trips of 2017, one at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore on July 1st and a early fall date at Battleground Speedway in Highlands on September 16th.
Lone Star's Firecracker 40 currently stands as the biggest winning purse on the '17 tour.
An exciting return to a past mainstay is anticipated, when the Southern United Professional Racing Series goes back to Mississippi and the co-owned track of Wesley Washington and James Clolinger of Greenville Speedway. The series returns to the House of Gumbo for a weekend double-header on August 11th and 12th.
Some of the biggest news coming in the off-season was the re-emergence of Pike County Speedway being put back on the map by new owners, Brian and Penny DeRoche, purchased in November 2016. The track laid dormant for four seasons and this August, SUPR will return to the speedway, located off Interstate 55, for the first time in nearly seven years! In the last SUPR race held at Pike County Speedway, 2002 series champion, Rodney Wing of Meridian, Miss., took home $5,000 in the once annual Jambalaya 100, in November 2010.
Will someone become SUPR's 17th different champion or will there be a repeat driver to add another championship notch to their belt -we shall see!
(2017 SOUTHERN UNITED PROFESSIONAL RACING SERIES' SCHEDULE)
April 8th- 171 Speedway in Leesville, Louisiana - $2,000
April 22nd- Baton Rouge Raceway in Baker, Louisiana - $2,000
April 29th- Boothill Speedway in Greenwood, Louisiana - $2,000
May 20th- 171 Speedway in Leesville, Louisiana - $2,000
July 1st- Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas - $3,000
July 22nd- 171 Speedway in Leesville, Louisiana - $2,000
August 11th- Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Mississippi - $1,000
August 12th- Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Mississippi - $2,000
August 19th- Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Mississippi - $2,000
September 16th- Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas - $2,000
October 7th- 171 Speedway in Leesville, Louisiana - $2,000
NOTE: Schedule change noted for Boothill Speedway, from April 15th to April 29th.