Racers & Fans Are Eager: Georgetown Speedway Hosts Open Practice Saturday

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – The best of the best are gearing up for the Northeast Modified opener on Friday-Saturday March 15-16 at the Georgetown Speedway. Georgetown will host its annual practice day this coming Saturday (March 9) one week prior to the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend.

The two-time defending Bob Hilbert Sportswear fueled by Sunoco Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco South Region Modified champion Ryan Watt will not be in attendance for practice day this year; announcing on Facebook his son, Logan, has a quarter midget race that day.

So, who will be there? Local favorite Amanda Whaley will be in attendance with her Sunoco Super Late Model and L&J Sheet Metal Modified. When asked if she was excited for the new season to start, the driver affectionately known as “The Wild Child,” had just one word to say: “Absolutely.”

Another local hot shoe, Jordan Watson, will be present for practice day along with younger brother Joseph “Jo Jo” Watson. Jordan will be in the familiar, family owned No. 1J at practice day. Jordan remains the only Delaware regular to win a STSS event.

Several other divisions are expected to have a presence on Saturday, including divisions that aren’t typically seen at Georgetown. Andrew Joslin, a regular in the Outlaw Stock division at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway, will be at the speedway for the first time ever to turn some laps.

“Every year the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial gets bigger. Our phone has been ringing with racers looking to get laps before the big weekend,” said track promoter Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC. Needless to say, drivers, officials, crew members alike are filled with anticipation for the 2019 season to kick off.

Pit admission will be $20 (no license required). Kids (ages 6-12) will be $10, and children five and under pay $2. Grandstand admission will be free for all those who wish to attend. Fat Daddy’s BBQ will be running concessions and the Georgetown novelty stand will be open with apparel and souvenirs for the 2019 season.

Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply will have Sunoco Race Fuels, American Racer Tires and a complete line of parts available in the pit area.

For more information on practice day or the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, go to thegeorgetownspeedway.com or shorttracksuperseries.com. Be sure to Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter. Contact us via email at georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302-563-GTWN (4896).