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Bullring gives tips for Hillbilly 100 weekend

By Staff | Aug 19, 2009

The Tyler County Speedway has released a survival guide that fans will need to survive the biggest racing weekend of the season as only the Tyler County Speedway and Hillbilly 100 can produce. Legendary promoter Carl Short and BDS Racing Promotions will once again offer up a grand mountaineer welcome to the best race fans in the world as the great state of West Virginia and Tyler County Speedway play host to the 41st edition of the Hillbilly Hundred.

What this year’s event will offer is $41,000 to win the 41st Annual Hillbilly 100 presented by Arizona Sport Shirts/STARS featuring the stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series. Over $125,000 in total purse money will be given out during the United State’s oldest dirt late model major event.

The 41st running of the Hillbilly Hundred will be held on Sunday Night, September 6th as the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series will make a return visit to the speedway for the richest one day purse in America that will see drivers from all over the country do battle on Tyler County Speedway’s historical 1/4 mile bullring, against some of the most talented local hot shoes, for an astounding winners share of $41,000 up for grabs on labor day weekend!The best in the business, from all over the country highly covet the “Hillbilly 100” crown. Be a part and experience the excitement of “America’s Oldest Dirt Late Model major” event!

Also on tap for the fastest weekend of the season is the $4,000 to win “Hillbilly 50” Steel Block Late Models feature, the “Brown Jug 30,” $1,500 to win FASTRAK Late Models, $2,000 to win TSMA Modified “White Lightnin’ 25”, $500 to win STARS Mod Lite Series “Sour Mash 20”, $750 to win “Lil Hilly 20” for pure stocks, $750 to win “Ridge Runner 20” for HotMods, plus $500 to win “Bootlegger 20” for four cylinders, and mini wedges.

The speedway is designed for the die hard race fan! The bleachers are located so close to the speedway, if you were any closer to the racing action, they would hand out lap belts and harnesses at the gate. So if you are ready for some racing action the way it was meant to be: side by side, full throttle, hammer down and wide open then join us Labor Day Weekend for the 41st annual Hillbilly 100.Common descriptions of the racing action seen at the bullring by many race fans have been “off the hook,” “insane,” “the best I’ve ever seen,” “if racing gets any better than this I have yet to see it,” and “wish it was three hours closer to home.”Truly a unique crown jewel event that continues to grow in stature as an old school feel will greet race fans as the racing action, atmosphere and tradition are second to none.

There is a lot of history at the bullring as Labor Day weekend, the great state of West Virginia and the Hillbilly 100 has been a perfect match for the racing community since it’s beginning in 1967 at the legendary Pennsboro Speedway. In 1998 the Hillbilly 100 moved to it’s current home, the Tyler County Speedway, and the racing world has witnessed what fans have proclaimed as the “must see” 100 lap dirt late model event of the year.

The Hillbilly 100 is America’s oldest late model major event. It has been considered one of racing most prestigious national level events.

This year’s event will be Sept. 4 through 6 with Monday, Sept. 7 serving as raindate.The racing starts Friday evening but the action in the campground will be underway all week.

Grandstands and pit gates will open daily at 3 p.m., with hot laps getting underway at 6:30 each day, with racing slated for 7.

Friday’s events will include the $1500 To Win FASTRAK Crate Late “Brown Jug 30” complete show, the $500 to-win Mod Lite “Sour Mash 20” complete show, the $2,000 to-win TSMA Modified “White Lightnin’ 25” complete show, plus Hillbilly 100 practice for all other divisions and post-race pit party.

Saturday’s slate will have the $4000-to-win Steel Block Late Model “Hillbilly 50” complete show, $750-to-win “Ridge Runner 20” HotMod complete show, $750-to-win “Lil’ Hilly 20” Pure Stock complete show, $500 to-win “Bootleggers 20” four cylinder complete show,and once again a post-race pit party.

Sunday will be the granddaddy of them all with the $41,000-to-win Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series “Hillbilly 100” Complete Show.

You can be assured that you’ll be a part of the excitement by purchasing your tickets in advance, and save money by doing so with special deals.

Secure online ticket sales are available through the Tyler County Speedway website at tylercountyspeedway.net, or contact the track’s ticket sales lines at 304-758-2934 or 304-771-5661. Tickets can be ordered via mail order at by sending check, money order or cashier check to Hillbilly 100, PO Box 232, Middlebourne, WV 26149.Additionally, ticket ordering forms are included in all ‘Hillbilly Hundred’ flyers. Visit the web Site for more information.

Super Late Model entry fee is $50 for the Hillbilly 100 if registered prior to Tuesday, Sept. 1. It will be $100 after that. There is no registration fee for any other division participating.

The 41st Annual Hillbilly 100 presented by Arizona Sport Shirts is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series. The 2009 Lucas Oil Tour features the likes of Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Ray Cook, Don O’Neal, Brad Neat, Eric Jacobsen, Dan Schlieper, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Josh McGuire and more are scheduled to compete.

Tyler County Speedway regulars and regional aces such as Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Shaver, Doug Horton, Tim Dohm, Butch McGill, Steve Wilmoth, Mike Benedum, Robbie Scott, Steve Weigle, Greg Baumberger, Jarod Hawkins, Donnie Dotson,Chuck Harper, and Ricky Williams will represent the bullring with high hopes of capturing the Hillbilly 100 in front of the raucous hometown crowd.

Racing won’t be the only thing to do however. If you like camping, there will be numerous, great camping sites available trackside at the spacious Tyler County Fairgrounds. Primitive as well as hook ups are available.Call 304-771-5661 for more information.No reservations for camping as it will be first come, first serve, but plenty of room available. Hotel and motel rooms are available in New Martinsville.

Other events going on will be the fourth annual Hillbilly Days hosted by the Middlebourne Festival Committee in conjunction with the “Hillbilly 100.”Entertainment will abound with local groups playing music both Friday and Saturday.Merchants will be hosting specials, door prizes and free samples throughout the weekend. A street fair with games, bounce houses, face painting, clowns, BBQ dinner, softball tournaments, bake sales and much more are also slated for the two-day festival.The Hillbilly Days Parade on main street will be on Saturday. For general Hillbilly Days/Parade information, call Did Slider at 304-758-4891.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take part in the fastest weekend of the year as last season the bullring held three days of three and four-wide action and over 300 race cars converged in Middelbourne to be a part of the Hillbilly Hundred. For more information and to order your advanced tickets call the speedway office at 304-758-2934 or 304-771-5661. For ticket prices and more details about the 41st Annual Hillbilly 100, log on to tylercountyspeedway.net. For more information about the Lucas Oil Dirt Series go to lucasdirt.com.