Tremont Ready for May 25 DIRT Modified Event
Formally an early April event, this year's Super DIRT Series race marks the first time the big-block modifieds will run in conjunction with a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The mudslinging modifieds will serve as the opening act for a series of races leading up to the 46th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 29.
"I've had a lot of disasters at Lowe's," Tremont said about his four previous visits to the lightning-fast four-tenths-mile clay oval. "Last year, we scored a fourth-place finish and other than that, all we have done is get into wrecks down there. I think we can get things turned around this year and I'm looking forward to it. The track is always fast, so it should be a good show."
While the 43-year-old Tremont has yet to visit victory lane at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway, he is one of the top feature winners in big-block modified racing.
Since starting his career as a teenager in 1978, Tremont has won 134 DIRT-sanctioned modified events, including 104 at his home track, Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He has also earned 17 track championships, 12 of which came at Lebanon Valley, and his courteous and professional demeanor has generated a large and dedicated fan following.
Tremont competes weekly at Lebanon Valley Speedway and runs the entire Advance Auto Parts Modified Super DIRT Series schedule, but racing is not his full-time occupation. He and his father operate the Brookside Garage, a general automotive repair facility in their hometown of West Sand Lake, N.Y.
In addition to the on-track competition and the potential $10,000-first prize, Tremont has another reason for anxiously anticipating the May 25 Ferris Commercial Mowers presents the Eckerd 75.
"I was born and raised in New York, but the cold just gets in your joints and stays there," he explained. "I'm excited about racing in some warm weather down in Charlotte."
In addition to Tremont, the list of DIRT modified stars expected to challenge for the $10,000 winner's prize in the 50-lap big-block modified finale includes Brett Hearn, Gary Tomkins, Steve Paine, Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, Tim Fuller and Pat Ward.
The steel head late models of the Dixie Thunder Series are also on the card and will conclude their inaugural visit to The Dirt Track with a 25-lap feature paying $2,500 to the winner.
Adult tickets are $25 with children 12 and under admitted for just $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS. Motel information can be obtained by contacting the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors bureau at 1-800-848-3740 or vroomz.com at 1-877-326-7666.