WHAT: Short-track stock car racing featuring Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Street Stock, Street Stock Figure 8s, Top Cops, and Oval Drags.
WHEN: Late Model time trials start at 6 p.m., racing starts at 7. Grandstands open at 5, pit gates at 4.
WHERE: 4550 Ulmerton Road (State Road 688).
ADMISSION: $8 Adults, $4 children 6-12, children under 6 free, pits $15, parking free.
NOTES: Last week's School Bus Figure 8 race not only brought in a record crowd of more than 6,200 (not including children under 6 who did not need tickets), but it resulted in a sharp increase in the car count. A total of 30 Late Models competed to make the feature race, and a consolation race was required to round out the field. The same number of cars also competed to get into the Open Wheel Modified feature, while Street Stocks required three heats to narrow the field for their feature and Mini Stocks needed two heats. If that trend continues _ and hopefully it will _ it will be a real bonus for fans this week when ticket prices drop from $15 for the school bus show to the usual $8 for adults. All of the regular classes will be running Saturday plus Top Cops, which appear to be in the process of becoming a more regular attraction in addition to their big annual event. Track officials also have promised another mystery race at intermission _ the AMC "Independence Day" run _ which was originally scheduled for July 6 when the movie opened but was rained out.
_ BOB BOYLE