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Casey Smith Makes Late Decision to Enter World Crown 300


Austin, Texas (11/8/10) - Usually for Texas native Casey Smith, who is stuck a day’s travel away from the nearest track in the Southeast that races super late model events; this time of year preparation for the Snowball Derby is the only thing going on in his Austin, Texas race shop. However; this season Casey has made the late decision to go after Gresham Motorsports Park’s $20,000 winner’s check for winning the 2010 World Crown 300 on November 14th.


The 2010 World Crown 300 event will mark the first trip to the revamped facility for Smith who raced at the same track than deemed the name Peach State Speedway. When Smith raced the half mile track it was an abrasive asphalt track that wore tires out easily and left competitors searching for grip. Now the track couldn’t be more different featuring brand new asphalt full of grip producing lightning fast lap times for the high horse powered super late models.


“I’ve heard a lot about Gresham; everyone says it’s a real fast track with lots of grip so it sounds like a fun place to race. Usually we would just focus on getting ready for the derby but with $20,000 up for grabs it’s worth the long trip from Texas,” said Casey. “We’ve had good cars this year that have been capable of winning races just something seems to not go our way and I have to settle for a top five. Hopefully these longer distance races will play more into my favor.”


Casey knows that his team will have his work cut out for him if he wants to be the dark horse winner. While many competitors have hit the track at least sometime in the last year for either a test or one of the various super late model events held at the track Casey will show up Thursday afternoon blind to what kind of setup the track will respond to.


“I know the track will take all the horse power you can throw at it and the groove seems to be more along the bottom but there is grip in the second groove or at least that’s what I’ve been told,” noted Smith. “I’ve ran pretty good the last few years at tracks that have fresh pavement like Mobile and Opp so I don’t think we’ll have a problem at all.”


For more information on Texas super late model driver Casey Smith including news, results, and more visit his website at www.caseysmithracing.com. For public relations and marketing related information contact Chris Ragle with Tex Motorsports Marketing at 940-393-3167.

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Additional World Crown info From Dale Terry


27th Annual World Crown 300 Weekend:

Friday's World Crown festivities include championship events in the

GMP Mini Cup and Renegade Street Stock divisions as well as US Legends

International Legends and Bandoleros World Crown title battles. Action

will close out with the Super Late Models qualifying.

Saturday's GMP World Crown racing slate will feature the first-ever

World Crown 125 Pro Late Model race paying $7000 to win, a 75-lap GMP

Truck Series race, and 40-lap Mini Stock World Crown championship


Sunday's World Crown 300 gets underway when the gates open at 12

noon. The finals of the Funopolis FanTastic Showdown and a concert by

the Jefferson High School Marching Band are set for 1 p.m. with Opening

Ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. The green flag on the 27th-Annual World Crown

300 will fly at 2 p.m. Eastern Sunday. The World Crown super late model

feature pays $20,000 to win.

Reserved Seat Tickets for the 2010 World Crown 300 at GMP are on sale

now by calling 706-367-9461 daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and also

available on line 24/7 at


Full four-day general admission adult ticket packages are just $55.

Thirty drivers have already pre-entered Sunday's World Crown 300 while

37 drivers have already indicated they will compete in Saturday's Pro

Late Model 125 battle. The races match the pay outs of Five Flags

Speedway in Pensacola for their Snowflake and Snowball Derby races in


Gresham Motorsports Park is located just off I-85 at Exit 140, next to

the Jackson County Airport in Jefferson. GA.



A World Crown history report:



First GA winner: 1998 - Jimmy Garmon

10 of the last 11 winners have been Georgians, incl. four wins by Paul

Kelley, of Pendergrass.

2009 World Crown 300 photos:




Some World Crown entrants (with PR people):

Paul Kelley, the only four-time winner, is one of the latest drivers

to enter the 27th-Annual World Crown 300 classic. The 2001, 2006, 2007

and 2009 'King of the Short Tracks' was at GMP earlier this week


Kelley goes into this year's 'Crown' with a new team - Richard

Senter's RS Trucking Motorsports. Kelley has started only a handful of

races this year - all in The Blizzard Series at Five Flags (FL)

Speedway. A Paul Kelley Video Interview -

http://www.youtube.com/user/greshammp http://www.z3sports.com

Mason Dixon Meltdown 200 Winner and PASS South regular Justin

Wakefield and the

Carswell Motorsports #98 are entered. Although the team is located

nearby in Woodstock, this will be their first chance to race in Georgia

since January and first time to turn laps on the reconfigured Gresham


TJ Reaid, of Acworth, will be doing double duty at this weekend. "We

consider Gresham our home track and we are really geared up for a great

weekend," said Reaid. Reaid will compete in Saturday evening's Pro Late

Model 125 lap event in the Reaid Motorsports Ford Fusion and in Sunday

afternoon's World Crown 300 for Super Late Models in the Kyle Busch

Motorsports Toyota.

Reaid has competed in a few events at Gresham Motorsports Park in

2010 and hasn't faired well. "We've had some great runs there (formally

Peach State Speedway) with the Georgia Asphalt Series in the past and

we know we have the ability to turn things around this weekend," added


Chase Elliott has guaranteed starting spots in both weekend races,

earned by wins at the track in 2010. Last week Elliott got a

fifth-place finish in the USAR Pro Cup Strutmasters.com 300 at South

Boston (VA) Speedway, his third top-five finish in the past four USAR

Pro Cup Championship events. He's served notice that he and his Red

Bull team will be a formidable outfit in the 2011 season. He also has a

second-place run at Greenville-Pickens and another fifth-place finish

at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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