Another Blue Ridge Invader is set to chase the $16,000 up for grabs during the 2019 United Championship Racing Alliance – UCRA season, beginning at this years Fort Payne (AL) Motor Speedway’s “Bama Brawl” event.
Last year 35 year-old, Seth Wimpey raced with the UCRA at his nearby home track (TriCounty Race Track) in Brasstown, North Carolina twice, finishing with a podium placement (3rd) and a sixth place nod in the season finale, to peak his interest in following the Southern based series, like his neighbor “The Blue Ridge Bandit” Devin Stuart did.
Stuart finished 7th overall in the 2018 UCRA standings and was 2nd in the $1,000 Rookie of the Year bonus challenge to Knoxville’s Michael Courtney. Wimpey’s been a mainstay in tracks like Blue Ridge (GA) Motorsports Park, Toccoa (GA) Speedway and TCRT often putting his # 24 “VanDrake Racing, Weeks Tires, W.E.Hardscapes & Masonry, Stone Depot, 99Inc., Tree Daddy and High Country Pest Control” sponsored Black Diamond machine in Victory Lane.
Wimpey caught the racing bug twelve years ago thanks to his brother-in-law, another UCRA part-timer “The Tank” Shane Tankersley. Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN most recently won the $5,000 championship, sharing title reigns with Rusty Ballenger of Seymour, TN and Jake Teague of Petross, TN.
Two days of practice will welcome all racers to the FPMS Thursday and Friday before Prelim’s and Features Saturday and Sunday. Local racers JT & Sam Seawright are expected to be hard to beat winning multiple FPMS track championships.
Over all, the “Bama Brawl” is paying out over $40,000 in it’s nine divisions of action that include; SLM, UCRA 604/Crate and UCRA 602/Sportsman. Street Stocks, A&B Hobby, Pony, FWD and Bombers will all be racing.
More details are available on the Fort Payne Motor Speedway FaceBook page.