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|Racing Dynamiks to serve as title sponsor for 2014 opener at FCS|
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By ANDY MARQUIS - Special to The News-Post
CALLAWAY -- For the second year in a roe, Late Model Stock Car chassis builder Racing Dynamiks will be sponsoring the season-opening event at Franklin County Speedway.
The Racing Dynamiks 200 will kick off the 2014 season -- just as it did a year ago -- with a full slate of racing on Sunday April 13 at 3 p.m.
This will be the second season with the track operating under the guidance of promoter Langley Austin and Moonshine Capital Promotions.
Austin said he is excited to have Travis Sharpe and Racing Dynamiks back on board for the season opener.
"I can't say enough about how excited we are to have Racing Dynamiks and Travis Sharpe back on as the title sponsor of the season-opening race,' Austin said.
"Travis and I grew up together at Franklin County Speedway with our fathers being part of the track's history. It is great for us to be able to support each other in business and for us to stick together as both of us grow in this business,' Austin said.
Sharpe said he too is very excited to be a part of the future of Franklin County Speedway.
"I've believed in what Langley and his crew are doing at Franklin County Speedway since this deal was announced last year for him to take over,' Sharpe said.
"Our business has been growing and when they took over up there, the timing was right to support the track that gave birth to my career in racing,' Sharpe said.
"We're excited to open the season at Franklin County Speedway with the Racing Dynamiks 200 for the second straight year. With this race boasting the largest car count in 2013, we're hoping that we can duplicate that in 2014 with several Racing Dynamiks customers coming from out of town to compete,' Sharpe said.
Sharpe started his career in racing working on cars for teams that his dad guided as crew chief. Several of those cars were piloted by some of the biggest names in short track in this region.
Sharpe soon found himself behind the wheel of a four-cylinder and later a late model at Franklin County Speedway.
With success behind the wheel, but without the funding to continue to climb the ladder, Sharpe turned to turning wrenches on cars for other drivers to make a living.
This led him to the touring ranks where he's General Manager for Thornton Motorsports and driver Giles Thornton.
Sharpe's Racing Dynamiks is an up-and-coming chassis company primarily building NASACR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars on the east coast.
Also, Racing Dynamiks builds chassis for Super Late Models and offers a house program and driver development programs.
"We're sure this is going to be one of the biggest races of the season at Franklin County Speedway,' Austin said. "With last year's Racing Dynamiks 200 being the biggest car count for the Late Models of the season, this race is almost becoming our very own Daytona 500.
"It's just a great way for us to kick off our season with Travis and the Racing Dynamiks guys in a big way,' Austin said.
Last season's Racing Dynamiks 200, which launched the Moonshine Capital Promotions era at Franklin County Speedway, produced one of the most exciting races of the 2013 season.
The race featured numerous lead changes. The Racing Dynamiks sponsor car driven by Hillsville veteran leadfoot Steve Dalton scored the victory in a spectacular, prime-time finish.
Details on the lap count for the Late Model portion of this race will be announced in the coming weeks as Franklin County Speedway continues to prepare for its 44th consecutive season of racing.
This season is anticipated as one of the biggest seasons in the track's history with strong car counts in all six of the track's regular divisions as well as visits from some of the region's biggest touring series including the Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) South Series Super Late Models.
(Editor's Note: Andy Marquis is the editor and content manager for race22.com and a media relations official at FCS.)