Look out Friendship Motor Speedway, there’s a new series ready to kick up the dirt.
The Carolina ATV Flat Track Rider Series is making a stop on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Elkin, and, weather permitting, it seems promising that there will be plenty of riders competing, including some that tour on the national circuit. Brad Riley, the reigning Pro and Pro-Am Champion in the AMA ATV Extreme Dirt Track National Championship Series, will likely join pros like Robert and Chris Landreth, and Brooks Williams.
“This is the first year for this series, and it’s gotten a lot of attention,” Marty Benge, owner of the Outlaws One Stop Speed Shop team, said. “The Friendship race is going to be a really big deal.”
It’s the first of two stops at the speedway, and over 10 classes will be competing. One rider to watch for is Zach Jones, who is gunning for his seventh straight win in the class races, and his ninth straight overall. It’s a unique change to what fans normally see at the track. Since East Bend Motorsports stopped racing ATVs at its track, it has left ATV racing enthusiasts without easy access to racing, until now.
It also gives fans of Friendship a different perspective on racing. Fans normally come out by the truckload Saturday night to see the Late Models, Modifieds, and many other series battle it out, and that will happen again on Saturday night. It creates a two-night event that will make for a nice weekend in Elkin.
The only thing that could cause problems on Friday night is Mother Nature. The forecast is calling for rain both Thursday and Friday night, making it a challenge to have it race ready when the races are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.