Delaware’s Richest Modified Race: $12,000-to-win Gary Simpson Memorial this Friday

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – Delaware’s richest Modified race.

The J.W. Brown Logging big-block/small-block Modifieds of Georgetown Speedway take center stage on Friday, July 22 for the highest paying Modified race in the history of the First State.

The ‘Gary Simpson Memorial’ race pays the winner of the 32-lap affair $12,000 in honor of Gary’s long time No. 12k racecar. Simpson was a Delaware resident who helped the growth of Georgetown Speedway prior to his passing in October of 2021.

The race pays $1,000 to finish tenth and $400 to take the green in the inaugural memorial race. A total purse of over $36,000 is up for grabs at the Sussex County half-mile oval.

The total pay structure is as follows: 1. $12,000; 2. $5,000; 3. $3,000; 4. $2,000; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,150; 7. $1,100; 8. $1,050; 9. $1,025; 10. $1,000; 11. $750; 12. $700; 13. $650; 14. $600; 15. $550; 16. $500; 17. $450; 18. $425; 19-24. $400; Provisional -$200.

Additionally, a long list of bonus and special awards are up for grabs (see complete list below).

Milford, Del.’s Jordan Watson has won each of the first two J.W. Brown Logging Modified feature events this season. Watson’s pair of wins have him atop the standings in pursuit of the $2,500 Sunoco Race Fuels Championship for the Modifieds.

The Blue Hen Dispose-All Crate 602 Sportsman join the Modifieds, running their second event of the season on the progressively banked half-mile.

The 22-lap race pays $1,212 to the winner, with a total purse of $5,792 on the line for the Crate 602 Sportsman. The race serves as the second round of their $750 Sunoco Race Fuels Championship chase.

The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Car Club, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks, and Delmarva Chargers complete the program with 12-lap, features only affairs.

A pre-event fundraiser for PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network) will take place, as well.

For the July 22 event, pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstand gates following at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6:45 p.m. with racing set for 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $22 for Adults and $18 for Seniors (ages 65 & up) and Students (ages 13-17). Kids (ages 9-12) admission is $10 and Children 8 & under get in FREE.

Pit admission is $35 (ages 13 & up). Kids (ages 6-12) pit admission is $10 and $2 for Children ages 5 & under.

The night of racing – and every Georgetown Speedway race in the 2022 season – will air live and on-demand on FloRacing (

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

“12k for the 12k” Gary Simpson Remembered Bonus Award Summary

Bonuses from Jimmy & Linda Messick for the J.W. Brown Logging Modifieds

Pole Starter: $120
2nd-Place Starter: $120
Driver Leading the 12th Lap: $120
Driver Finishing 12th: $120
Driver Finishing 12th (or last) in Consolation: $120
Driver Starting 12th (or last) in Consolation: $120
Heat Winners: $120 each

Bonus from Rent Equip/Party Central for the J.W. Brown Logging Modifieds

Hard Charger Award: $500

Bonus from Paradise Senior Living for the J.W. Brown Logging Modifieds

Top Delaware Driver: $400

Bonuses from Clayton Farms for the J.W. Brown Logging Modifieds

Toward Hard Charger: $120
Hard Luck Award: $120
Leader of the 24th Lap: $120
Driver Running 12th on the 24th Lap: $120
Halfway Leader: $120
Driver Running 12th at Halfway: $120
Driver Running 24th at Halfway: $120
12th Driver to Redraw:
Driver Redrawing 12th Position: $120

Bonuses from Taylor & Messick for Blue Hen Dispose-All Crate 602 Sportsman

Pole Starter: $120
2nd-Place Starter: $120
Driver Leading the 12th Lap: $120
Driver Finishing 12th: $120
Driver Finishing 12th (or last) in Consolation: $120
Driver Starting 12th (or last) in Consolation: $120
Heat Winners: $120 each

One comment

  • Hello Bret, Looking forward to this Friday’s race. I just was told that your group
    has purchased US 13 a well if true Congratulations.I have a thought
    you have not considered run Georgetown every other week and US
    13, Delmar opposite weeks. One 1st and 3rd weeks and the other
    2nd and 4th. weeks. You think enough fans could support this schedule ?

    Another item, I have suggested to Greg Mitchell to run an Enduro at
    his track but he has not committed to this not giving me a yes or no. I ran
    in 5 or 6 Enduro’s at Trailways Speedway up near Gettysburg. The track
    closed over last winter with usually 25 to 30 cars in a 50 or 100 lap races.
    It cost $25 pits and $50 to race. There are some rules as to cars and only
    amateur drivers my enter, regular drivers are not permitted . They ran
    3 per year, every other month on their schedule.
    I I have offered to help out with promoting and suggested running
    1 race in October at the end of the season and he said yes but no further
    response from him. Because that track is 1/4 mi. it would be an excellent
    track. Cars are old cars that still run either off the street or from salvage
    yards. I paid $400 for my Mercury Sable. I bought mine from Bridge Auto
    repair and towing, west Ocean City. Would you discuss and bring it up to
    him? What is your feeling about your tracks idea and an Enduro for
    Middleford Speedway and bring it up with him to try one race out?

    Best regards and a local fan, Wayne