ODS Ghost Team to be Formed
At the SBRA track operators’ meeting following the 2012 SBRA Bracket Finals event, Super Pro racer Billy Hughes proposed the formation of an ODS Ghost Team. He explained that the Ghost Team would serve as a means of keeping loyal Old Dominion/SBRA racers involved in the 19-year old event should the speedway be closed after this season, as expected. After discussion the proposal was accepted by SBRA track operators for the 2013 season.
The unique “ghost team“ concept will enable recent ODS racers that may not be in a position to race for season points at another SBRA track the opportunity to qualify for and attend the 2013 Bracket Finals event at Mason-Dixon Dragway and receive the same benefits as in the past: special team clothing, paid admission for the event, free entry to the Race of Champion and Bracket Finals races, and, of course, bragging rights if they are able to win the overall team competition as well as any winnings originating from bets made on the event at latest betting sites. Maybe even a Saturday afternoon cookout!
The team will be limited to the same total number of racers, including a mix of Super Pro, Footbrake and Motorcycle entries, set by SBRA for any of the SBRA member tracks. It will be assembled by invitation extended only to those racers that have represented ODS on a Bracket Finals team at least once over the last four seasons, 2009 thru 2012.
To join the team and attend the 2013 event, a qualified racer must register for the team by contacting Billy Hughes, paying the $30 registration fee and attending at least five SBRA races at any combination of SBRA tracks during the season. A registration card will be provided each registrant with which to document attended qualifying races by obtaining track operator signatures.
The Ghost Team Race of Champions representatives will be determined by the team members’ success in the Friday Gamblers races. Those that avoid elimination the longest in each class will qualify to represent their team in the Race of Champions races on Saturday.
With the announcement this week that Old Dominion Speedway will not be running races in 2013 the ODS Ghost Team is ready to begin registration of qualified racers. To register contact Billy Hughes at 703-615-6296 or see him at the ODS Banquet on February 2. Join the team and be a part of the continuing legacy of Old Dominion Speedway.
1948 – 2012
Thank you to all of our Fans, Sponsors, Racers & Employees for 65 years of pure joy. We will fondly remember you and the great celebration of life we enjoyed at Old Dominion Speedway.
Who would have known that what started as a weekend race activity for family and friends in a farmers field in 1948 would eventually lead to so much for so many. That historical beginning in dirt was transformed when the Gore family purchased the assets of Longview Speedway in 1951. What the Gore family constructed from 1951-1955 was a revolutionary state of the art motorsports facility for its day.
Old Dominion Speedway combined the East Coasts first drag strip with a paved lighted banked oval track. It wasn’t just forward thinking it was simply a brilliant concept and execution. Those elements perfectly laid out on 40 acres of land in Manassas, VA so carefully placed that they worked perfectly without modification for the next 60 years.
The history that followed is astounding and voluminous; there isn’t space here to do it justice. Isn’t it true even to this day that no matter what your motorsports interests were you could find it at this remarkable place. This history while significant in so many ways isn’t the Legacy. The Legacy lives with us, our memories, the joy we received, the people we met, the competitors that raced here and the sport we all enjoyed so much at this great place. Facilities are simply bricks and mortar; it’s the people that mean so much. That’s the real story of Old Dominion and its fabulous history that will live on forever.
As we announce today the closing of Old Dominion Speedway we especially remember all of the Great Racers, the long-term Sponsors, the Employees many of whom have been there for over 30 years, the Owners and the great Fans. All of us gave so freely for 65 years because we loved Old Dominion and we received so much more than we gave because of all of us.
We certainly will miss you Old Dominion Speedway!!!!
Congratulations to our 2012 Champions:
NASCAR Whelen All American Series Oval Track Champions:
Doug Liberman – Late Model
Ryan Polenz – INEX Legends
Keith Riley – Mini Modified
Scott Gore – U-Car
Jonathan Findley – INEX Bandolero
Mike Ganoe – Mid-Atlantic Street Stock
Mike Ganoe – Manassas Cab Pure Stock
Tanner Rumberg – MAD Modified
Tyler Hughes –Virginia State Rookie of the Year
SBRA Dragstrip Champions:
Jerry Williams – Super Pro
Kris Bunch – Footbrake
Shayne Proctor – Motorcycle
Joey Carroll – 5.9-6.0 Index
Jerry Williams – 599 Door Class
Jerry Williams – Dragster Class
Mike Anderson & Wells Waugh – C&C Performance Top Sportsman
Wally Davis – David Fries Memorial 6.0 Bike
OD Karting Series Champions:
Michael Godby – Champ Class
Truett Miranda – Kid Kart 1 Class
Jacob Putman – Kid Kart 3 Class
Jonathon Findley – Bandolero Class
Winning a Championship isn’t easy at ODS as we have some of the largest most competitive fields and without a doubt the most talented racers. Competition truly is fierce!! You are in an elite class when you win at ODS and a true champion when you earn the series title Championship.
Please keep checking our Facebook page for updates on 2013 racing at ODS as well as our progress in Thornburg. The future is bright for ODS as we plan and prepare for our new baby “Dominion Raceway” in Thornburg, VA for the 2014 racing season.
Dominion Raceway will offer a completely modern and interactive approach to racing and fan entertainment. The goal for Dominion is simple – to offer one of the best racing and entertainment complexes in the Country. You are a big part of that new facility having been a big part of ODS.
Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you at the 2012 banquet.
Steve and Cari Britt