A national Open event which is annually held in the Southeast in May,
will be held at Lakeland International Raceway at Memphis, Tenn. Bill
Taylor of the Lakeland Intl. facility is preparing a breakdown of his
purse, which he advises will run between $16,000 to $17,000 cash, plus
contingencies, which will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Plans are for E.T. Bracket racing and time trials on Friday night May
17th, then on Saturday, May 18th the track will be opening in the afternoon
for time trials, National Record runs, and side-by-side qualifying of
the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Comp, and Competition
Eliminators. Plans call for an 8 car qualified field in each of these
eliminators. The procedure, which will be used for qualifying, is that
the four low e.t. qualifiers on Saturday in each of these eliminators
will be guaranteed a spot, thus leaving four spots open for Sunday
morning qualifying, with eliminations Sunday afternoon. Positions can
change by the Sunday qualifying times, but those four guaranteed
a spot on Saturday can not be bumped from the program.
The Lakeland Motel, adjacent to the track across Interstate 40, will
be race headquarters and when it is filled there are a number of very
good motels on the Interstate a few miles further in toward
Memphis. The Lakeland Motel has a 24 hour cafe with fine food, which
will be good for the racers after the night portions of the event. Gas
is also available for the racer and spectator needs in the area adjacent
to the track.
Lakeland has a big one on the race calendar for April 20th and
21st...a booked show of Top Fuel (Garlits and Ivo) an 8 car Funny Car
show with Mickey Thompson's car, Gene Snow and Don Schumacher to name
a few of those competing - and a 12 car booked Pro Stock field.
Lakeland also has up a total of $1000 for Super Stock and $1000 for
Modified. Bill Taylor will give a breakdown of this Super Stock and
Modified money in his ads here in National Dragster, as well as the
Division Bulletin, but just get these April 20-21st and May 17-19
dates on your race calendar for Lakeland Intl., at Memphis.