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Weather holds out for Boyd Speedway's largest racing event

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Thursday night's storms brought in unwanted mud and water to Boyd Speedway Friday morning, but after having planned the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Track Series over a year ago, nothing was going to keep the drivers from crossing the finish line. 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Series is the biggest event Boyd Speedway has ever hosted in its 64 years. The race features a national group of drivers that travel all over the country to race on the dirt track. The winner of the late model class receives $10,000 and earns a handful of points towards the Lucas Oil Series.

In preparation for Friday night's event, crews had to truck in 200 tons of gravel to place all over the pit and around the track to help with the flooded areas from the storms. Boyd Speedway also brought in extra grand stand seating to help accommodate the large crowd.

"Having a series of that caliber, a national series come through Chattanooga is really big because the race fans here don't get to see these guys" says Dale McDowell, career driver and co-owner of Boyd Speedway. "They see them on TV when their events are televised and so it's just special to be a part of it and bring them in."

The speedway has always been a place where top drivers compete and fans enjoy a close race, but now with a national premiere series playing host, Boyd Speedway will hopefully continue to grow with its race fans and the dirt track racing community around the country.

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