June 17, 2020 – The 602 Late Model Sportsman Series Inaugural Race will be June 20th at North Florida Speedway and Race #2 will be July 11th at Volusia Speedway Park.
It was decided that June 6th was a busy day for that class and one of the goals for the Series is to not make Teams have to decide where to race, one of the other goals has been to not add any races to the schedule of any track. The race dates are races that are already scheduled at that particular track on the same weekend as the FLMCS races, the Television and Media coverage is already in place for that event weekend and the 602 Series will benefit from that coverage.
There has been extensive discussion about the rule package for the 602 Series, the decision is to run the Florida Late Model Rule package with the following exceptions:
1. 602 Crate motor only
2. 2400# weight with a 25# break for fully Automatic Fire Suppression System
3. Bump Springs will not be allowed but Bump Stops will be
The rules and details about the Series schedule will be posted in a separate section of the website www.FloridaLateModels.com
The Florida Late Model Challenge Series and the new 602 Late Model Sportsman Series is proud to announce that the Quicksilver 357 engine has been approved to compete in both Series as a 602 option.
Here is some information on the Quicksilver 357 motor, it is basically identical to the GM 602, all aftermarket parts are interchangeable, visually you cannot tell them apart.
They are a remanufactured engine sealed by Quicksilver, these motors are assembled in the same factory as the GM motors, they are backed by Mercury and sold through their Quicksilver aftermarket parts division. there is no authorized rebuilder. The factory can offer a bounty on your used motor based on condition when you are ready to replace it. They have inventory in warehouses all over the country and will not have any supply issues, the motors are available at dealers all over the country and we have made arrangements with the Speed Store in Deland Florida to carry inventory and offer them fully dressed with the aftermarket parts requested.
The Quicksilver 357 basically has equivalent Horsepower and Torque as the GM 602 all at slightly less RPM. The valve train is designed to be more reliable and last longer than the GM 602. It is designed to run on low octane fuel but it will run well on high octane or E85.
This motor program started in 2016 and was developed at tracks in the Tennessee area, they run in a series and at several tracks in that area, they are competitive with the GM 602 and run side by side with them. Reliability is their main strength, pricing is relatively the same and there are no aftermarket builders to suspect tampering.
The Quicksilver 357 motor will be legal in the FLMCS and the Late Model Sportsman Series this year, I have spoken with everyone involved at the tracks first so they have first hand knowledge, I have been researching and meeting about this for quite some time now and I firmly believe this will be a great program for the racers.
Florida Late Model Challenge Series
602 Late Model Sportsman Series .
June 17, 2020 – You won’t want to miss a night of some wild three wide action and a night of history at NFS on Saturday night June 20th as the Florida Challenge 602 Late Model Series makes their inaugural debut and the finest dirt track in the Southeast will be the setting for this classic night.
Currently Tom Whipple founder of the series and race director Billy Ausburn are continuing to make their ever popular Florida Challenge Late Model Series grow in stature and now they will introduce the 602 Series to their line-up and give the race fans the best in Late Model action.
But that’s not all. www.speedshifttv.com will be streaming the entire night’s activity for race fans from throughout the world to partake in this night’s extravaganza.
If you can’t be there in person just subscribe for the night’s activities on their channel and enjoy the show. Pits will open @4, grandstands @6, hot laps @7, racing @8. Pit admission $30 adults, $15 kids. Grandstands $12 adults, $10 seniors, kids 6-12 $5 and 5 and under free.
You know the scoop…it’s 287 S.E. Race Track Lane, Lake City , Florida, Saturday night June 20th.
Put it in your GPS and let’s go racing.
May 31st, 2020 – Saturday Night June 6th with Fans in attendance for the first time this year the Florida Late Model Challenge Series will be competing at Volusia Speedway Park, the ‘Worlds Fastest Half Mile Dirt Track’. Speed Shift TV will be broadcasting and Sunshine State Racing will be Live in the Pits. Let’s go Racing!
1) #26 ADAM BEDENBAUGH…
2) #17SS SHAN SMITH
3) #21 TYLER SAUNDERS
4) #14 JASON FITZGERALD
5) #6B CLAY BEDENBAUGH
6) #29 CAMERON SAUNDERS
7) #15 HUNTER SWEET
8- #17G NEVIN GAINEY
9) #007 DUSTY SPARKMAN
10) #2 TRENT LLOYD
11) #6 CLAY HARRIS
12) #88 CHUCK CUMBY
13) #17F RICHARD FERRY
14) #38 JAMIE CARTER
15) #17W JIMMY WAGNER
16) #3 JOSH SANFORD
17) #8 DUSTIN PEREZ
18) #38 GARRETT MOSLEY
19) #59C RONNIE CHANCE
20) #14 HOWARD STALLS
21) #18 DAVID MARKHAM
22) #10 DONALD SNIFF
23) #18 DAVID SHOWERS JR
24) #45T TOM FIEBELKORM
25) #26 BILL ADKINS
26) #9 JIMMY WALDROP
27) #40 ADAM BENNETT
Press Release: The Management of the Florida Late Model Challenge Series is pleased to announce the start of a new exciting Series, this Series will be a Companion Series to the Florida Late Models and it will take advantage of a fast growing class of Late Models, this new Series will be called the “602 Late Model Sportsman Series”.
In its inaugural Season it will run six Races at three tracks in Florida on the same weekend with the FLMCS. The continued success and the media coverage of the FLMCS will benefit and help showcase the talent in the 602 division, both Young Guns and Veterans. There will be an end of year Points Fund and Awards will be given out at the same banquet as the FLMCS, these awards will include “Rookie of the Year” and “Sportsman of the Year”
The Inaugural Race will be June 6th at Volusia Speedway Park, the same weekend as the Florida Late Model Challenge Series Race #2. Complete Schedule, Sponsors and details will be released in the next week as we all get back into the swing of racing again. Information will be available at www.FloridaLateModels.com and on the Florida Late Models Facebook Page, for questions and Sponsorship opportunities contact Tom Whipple at 954-614-6114 or Billy Ausburn at 386-804-8395
All three past Champions will be racing this season and will be at the 2020 Season Opener along with a long list of other notable teams and drivers.
The Florida Late Model Challenge Series has experienced a lot of growth and success in the last three years, the 2020 Season has been interrupted and Social Distancing is affecting us all, this event will be without Spectators in the Stands but will be available LIVE on SpeedShiftTV.
A big thank you to the staff at Alltech Raceway for putting on this event under these circumstances, also racing this night will be Reeds Metals C-class Late Models, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and the SCDRA 4-Cylinder Cars!
April 27th, 2020 – The Florida Late Model Challenge Series Opening Night is scheduled for May 16th at Alltech Raceway. There is a chance that Alltech will race this Saturday May 2nd if given permission by the State but it will not be a Series race. Let’s get back to racing!
Due to increased concerns with the COVID-19 Virus, the March 21st race at Alltech Raceway and the March 28th race at East Bay Raceway Park have been cancelled. Series Officials continue to monitor and access the situation and are working with track officials for a date suitable for our 2020 opening event. Depending upon circumstances and conditions, the opening date will either be April 4th at Alltech Raceway or April 11th at Volusia Speedway Park.