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Race action set to begin at Citrus County Speedway 2021 season to include 29 race events

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Competitors Keith Zavrel (No. 47x), Jesse Dutilly (No. 30), and Bubba Pollard (No. 26) race three wide down the backstretch during the Full Throttle 100 Super Late Model race last year. Citrus County Speedway’s 2021 season opens February 6.
Competitors Keith Zavrel (No. 47x), Jesse Dutilly (No. 30), and Bubba Pollard (No. 26) race three wide down the backstretch during the Full Throttle 100 Super Late Model race last year. Citrus County Speedway’s 2021 season opens February 6. TYLER SONTAG/SPEED RACER

Race action set to begin at Citrus County Speedway 2021 season to include 29 race events

Kimberly Kelly
For the Chronicle

Citrus County Speedway’s season opener is just weeks away. And when the gates open February 6 racers and fans alike will find several improvements, a spruced up facility, and the start of a high-intensity 29-event race schedule.

“We’ve been repainting everything and doing mainly maintenance stuff,” said CCS General Manager Camron Ray. “We had to rebuild the pit bathroom that got taken out at the end of the season last year.”

New to the facility this year is a speaker system on the pit grandstands, and a new VIP box.
“Now they’ll be able to hear the announcers,” Ray said.

As for what’s in store for the season, Camron shared there will be three $10,000-to-win races: a Super Late Model event, a Sportsman event, and a Grocery Getter Enduro event.

“This year should be pretty good,” he said. “Hopefully we will have more cars, more fans, and stay Covid-free. That’s what we’re all hoping for.”

Citrus County Speedway continues to be one of the premier race facilities in the state of Florida. It’s just one of the reasons for the influx of competitors and racing series that have added CCS to their schedule.

“We are very fortunate to have consistently larger car counts than other tracks,” Ray said. “And we are one of the most affordable facilities around.”

For regular race events, grandstand admission is $10.00 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under, and free for children six and under. Pit prices are $30 for adults, and $15 for children 7 and under.

Special event pricing is $15.00 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under, and free for children six and under. Pit prices remain the same.

As far as race divisions there are 15 different divisions on the 2021 race schedule including Super Late Model, Pure Stock, Outlaw Street Stock, Ford Outlaw, Mini Stock, Mod Mini, Open Wheel Modified, Enduro, School Bus Figure 8, Ford Outlaw Figure 8, Boat Trailer, Flag Pole, Chain Car, Demolition Derby, and Powder Puff.

Those racing series who will hold events at CCS this season include the Wheel Man Sportsman Series, Outlaw Winged Sprints, Legends Cars, Florida Pro Challenge Truck Series.
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Special events include the 3rd Annual Sunoco Race Fuel King of the Open Wheel 100, 5th Annual Full Throttle Super Late Model 100, 3rd Annual Grocery Getter Enduro 150, Fall Brawl Sportsman 200.

The INEX Legends Cars Winter Nationals presented by Little Gator Motorsports has moved to Auburndale this year (Feb. 6-12), but racing at the local level will continue with 12 races this season, one being a major event.

“We’ve split the races between Auburndale and Citrus this year,” Ray said of the series. “We’re going to have a big race here in April, a $1,000-to-win 50-lap Suicide Awareness sponsored event.

New to the schedule is the Fall Brawl.

“The Fall Brawl is a 200-lap Sportsman race that pays $10,000 to win,” Ray said. The event is scheduled for October 23 and will showcase many of the Wheel Man Sportsman series drivers as well as others from throughout Florida.

The Sportsman division will open the 2021 season with a 75-lap event that pays $1,800 to the winner, along with the Signfast Pure Stocks, Crockett’s Towing Ford Outlaws, O’Reilly Auto Parts Mini Stocks, and Modified Mini’s all going 25-laps in feature action.

Special Pricing is in effect for this event. General Admission is $15.00 Children 17 and under are $5, children 6 and under are free.

Grandstand gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Heat race and qualifying starts at 6:30 p.m. Feature races start at 7:30 p.m.

Citrus County Speedway is located at 3600 S Florida Ave. (US 41) in Inverness. Parking for the main grandstands is off U.S. 41. Pit area parking is off Airport Road.

Kimberly Kelly covers Citrus County Speedway for the Citrus County Chronicle. Original story appeared in Friday, January 15, 2021. Reprinted with permission.

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Kimberly Kelly
For the Chronicle

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