NASCAR & Auto Racing

'Senior tour' concept to get a try

Plans to have former top NASCAR drivers competing in a racing equivalent to golf's "seniors tour" are being made by a group based in Mooresville, N.C.

Ten races are planned in the inaugural 2008 season for the Old School Racing Champions Tour, beginning with a debut scheduled for May 18 at Concord Motorsport Park.

David Pearson, Dick Trickle, Harry Gant, Geoffrey Bodine, Dave Marcis and James Hylton are among the drivers who have been signed up, according to Gene Weaver, a managing partner of the venture.

"I have been an ARCA truck series owner for many years and we have a few wins under our belt," Weaver said. "But Old School Racing is the most exciting thing Iâ™ve ever been involved with."

Former winners in any of NASCAR's top three series are eligible to race, as are former Automobile Racing Club of America, former IndyCar or Championship Auto Racing Teams champions or former Indianapolis 500 winners as long as they are not still racing full time in any of those series.

"These drivers are legends in auto racing and I hope that OSR can provide a platform that will allow us to show them how much we appreciate what they have done for this sport," Weaver said.

Races are scheduled for tracks three-quarters of a mile or less. The first season has dates scheduled at such tracks as Concord, Hickory Motor Speedway, South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Eldora Speedway in Ohio.

Each driver can compete in only six of the 10 scheduled events, and the points will be determined by a driver's five-best finishes. Each driver will represent a charity and half of each race's purse will go to those charities.

To learn more about the Old School Racing series, visit the organization's web site at www.osrct.com.

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