2018 50th Hillbilly Hundred Guide


2018 50th Hillbilly Hundred Guide

2018 50th Annual General Tire Hillbilly Hundred Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts Weekend at the Tyler County Speedway
Don’t miss Hall of Fame Promoter’s Carl Short’s “HILLBILLY 100” at the Tyler County Speedway in 2018! Join us Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2nd for the 50th running of this West Virginia tradition!

WHAT: “HILLBILLY HUNDRED”! One of dirt late model racing’s true ‘crown jewel’ events. The $50,000 to win 50th Annual General Tire Hillbilly 100 presented by Arizona Sport Shirts featuring the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series. Promoter Carl Short will once again bring America’s oldest dirt late model major event and a West Virginia tradition for five decades back to the ‘Bullring’ where it achieved record success from 1998 thru 2009, brought back again in 2016 to another packed house and 2018 looks to be one for the record books as the ‘granddaddy’ of all major events pays an unprecedented $50,000 to win one day show at the Hometown Racing Association promoted Tyler County Speedway.
The 2018 edition of the Hillbilly will see drivers from all over the country do battle on Tyler County Speedway’s infamous ¼ mile ‘Bullring’, against the regions most talented hot shoes, for an astounding total purse in excess of $180,000 up for grabs on labor-day weekend!

WHEN: Labor Day Weekend, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Aug. 30- Sept. 2! The action will kick off in the campground on Thursday Night, August 30th with a Hillbilly Kickoff Party featuring the unveiling of Ms. Hillbilly 100 along with bands Bon Journey and Sugabuzz plus DJ Rockin’ Rudy. The on track action gets underway on Friday Night, August 31st with the Steel Block Late Model “Hillbilly 50” paying $4,000 to win as well as prelims for the EDGE Hotmods, Modlites, Sport Compacts and Sportmods, along with an open practice session for Super Lates, Modifieds and FASTRAK teams. Saturday Night, September 1st will see a complete $5,000 to win ‘Outhouse 30’ Super Late Model tune-up along with the FASTRAK Late Model and Modified complete shows. Plus rounding out Saturday’s program will be feature events for the EDGE Hotmods, Modlites, Sport Compacts and Sportmods. Then on Sunday, September 2nd the 50th edition of the Hillbilly Hundred will take center stage featuring the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series paying a record $50,000 to win along with the Ohio Valley Roofers Legends Car Series ‘Billy Bob 20’ complete show.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, August 30
4-7 pm Race Track Ticket Office Open: Will Call / Advanced Tickets On Sale
4 pm Race Track Pit Gates Open for Early Pit Parking
(No Reserved Parking….First Come First Serve)
7:30 pm Pavilion/Stage 50th Annual Hillbilly Hundred Kickoff Party
Opening Ceremony / Welcome Announcements
Crowning of the Queen of the Hillbilly 100 by Hometown Racing Association
7:30 pm Pavilion/Stage Band: Bon Journey – Pittsburgh’s Bon Jovi/Journey Tribute Band
9:30 pm Pavilion/ Stage Band: SugaBuzz- Everyone’s Favorite Party Band
Along with DJ Rockin’ Rudy

Friday, August 31
11 am Race Track Vendor Row Open All Day
11am -2 pm Race Track / Tent Cornhole Tournament (Cash Prizes) 11am Registration; starts noon
11am-2 pm Race Track / Tent Shrimp Boil (while supplies last) Price: $10 per plate
3pm-5pm Race Track / Tent Live Remote Broadcast
4 pm Race Track Gates Open
6 pm Race Track MWRA Mini Wedges
$4,000 to win Steel Block ‘HILLBILLY 50’ Complete Show
Hotmod, Modlite, SportMod, SportCompact Qualifying and Heat Races
Super Late Model, FASTRAK Late Model, AMRA Modified Open Practice
After Races Race Track DJ/Pit Party

Saturday, September 1
8:30-11am Log Building Breakfast (Served by TCFA)
11 am Race Track Vendor Row Open All Day
11-2 pm Race Track / Tent Roasted Chicken/ Pork Loin Dinner (prepared and served by Tyler FFA)
Price: $10 (while supplies last)
1:30 pm Race Track / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
11 am -2 pm Blue to Jug Hillbilly Hundred Kayak Race (from Blue Boat Ramp to the Jug)
Entry Fee: $10 (1st Place $150) Trophies Top 3
2 pm Race Track / Tent Registration for Hillbilly Days Events
Greased Pole (Cash Prize), Tobacco Spitting Contest (Cash Prize)
2:30 Race Track Clear Pit Area
3pm-5pm Race Track / Tent Live Remote Broadcast
3 pm Race Track Gates Open
3:30 pm RaceTrack / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
5:00 pm Race Track / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
6 pm Race Track MWRA Mini Wedges
$5,000 to win Super Late Model ‘OUTHOUSE 30’ Complete Show
$2,000 to win AMRA Modified ‘WHITE LIGHTNIN’ 30’ Complete Show
$2,000 to win FASTRAK Late Model ‘BROWN JUG 30’ Complete Show
$700 to win Modlite ‘SOUR MASH 20’ Feature
$700 to win EDGE Hotmod ‘LIL’ HILLY 20’ Feature
$700 to win SportMod ‘Moonshiner 20’ Feature
$700 to win Sport Compact ‘RIDGE RUNNER 20’ Feature

Sunday, September 2
8:30-11am Log Building Breakfast (Served by TCFA)
11 am Race Track Vendor Row Open All Day
1 pm Race Track / Tent Best Hillbilly Themed Campsite Judging
1:30 pm Race Track / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
2 pm Meet @ County Home Hillbilly Themed Golf Cart Parade

2:30 pm Race Track / Tent Best Dressed Hillbilly Contest Sign In
Contestants will be judged by the crowd @5:30 pm
2:30 Race Track Clear Pit Area
3 pm Race Track / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
3 pm Race Track Gates Open
5 pm Race Track / Tent Jim Cruise / Spoon Man
6 pm Race Track Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series Hotlaps and Qualifications
Opening Ceremonies for the Hillbilly 100
God Bless America/ National Anthem (Rusty Shields)
Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series Heat Races and B-Mains
Track Prep/ Intermission
Driver Intros
100 lap 50th Annual $50,000 to win Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series ‘HILLBILLY 100’
‘Billy Bob’ 20 Legends Cars

Monday, September 3rd RAINDATE

RACING….& LOTS OF IT! One thing race fans have become accustom to during the Hillbilly Hundred weekend is lots of racing and lots of race cars as the sport converges on the tiny Middlebourne, West Virginia town. The racing action at America’s Baddest Bullring leading up to the ‘granddaddy’ of all dirt late model major events has seen car counts of 250 and 260 the last two years.
The always popular Hillbilly 50 Steel Block late model event on Friday Night, August 31st is on the racing purists must see list as over the years have produced some legendary races. The battle for the $4,000 first place prize and most important guaranteed starting spot in the coveted Hillbilly Hundred always produces a stout field and the past winners list reads like a who’s who including last years winner Jacob Hawkins, Corey Conley, Paul Wilmoth, Mike Benedum, Doug Horton, Freddy Carpenter, Chris Carpenter and Tyler Carpenter just to name a few.

The Super Late Models will join the undercard for the Hillbilly in 2018. A special ‘Outhouse 30’ $5,000 to win tune-up race will hit the track on Saturday Night, Sept. 1st as racers look for one last chance to set up their machines before the seasons biggest race takes the green on Sunday. More late model action will take center stage on Saturday, September 1st as the stars and cars of the FASTRAK Racing Series swing in for Round #2 of the East Coast Rumble. The $2,000 to win FASTRAK complete show on Saturday will see the best crate late model racers hit the highbanks of the ‘Bullring’ all looking for the ‘Brown Jug 30’ trophy.

The always exciting Open Wheel Modified division will be in action on Saturday Night as well featuring the annual running of the ‘White Lightnin’ 30, a Hillbilly Hundred staple for years. The mid-ohio valley is blessed with one of the stoutest fields of open wheel modifieds and with Tyler County Speedway’s unique configuration makes it the perfect venue for modified racing. The $2,000 to win one day show usually attracts the regions best modified pilots, last years winner was KC Burdette over an outstanding 43 car field.

Not to be outdone by the big brother open wheel modified division the economy minded EDGE Hotmod division will square off in a $700 to win/ $100 to start ‘Lil’ Hilly 20’. The RG Motorsports ‘Sour Mash 20’ will see the mighty Modlites shootout for a $1,000 to win/ $100 to start A-Main. The SportCompacts will shoot it out in the final leg of the Full Throttle Series and go for the $700 to win ‘Ridge Runner 20’. A new event in 2018 will see the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Sportmod division join the Hillbilly card for the first time in the inaugural running of the ‘Moonshiner 20’ paying $700 to win/ $100 to start. Qualifying, heat races and B-Mains will roll off on Friday Night, August 31st with features for the above classes taking the green on Saturday Night, September 1st.

Not to be left out, the Youth League of Auto Racing, the Gear 2 MWRA Mini Wedges will kick off both Friday and Saturday Night shows. Both of our Junior and Senior weekly divisions are always entertaining and love racing in front of the enthusiastic Hillbilly 100 crowd.

All leading up to Sunday Nights historic Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series 50th Annual Hillbilly 100 where the sports best arrive to shootout for the unprecedented $50,000 to win one day show. Joining the Lucas Series will be the Ohio Valley Roofers Legends Car Series back in competition for the ‘Billy Bob 20’ crown.

HOW DO I GET THERE?: Tyler County Speedway is located 3 miles south of Middlebourne, WV at the Tyler County Fairgrounds on State Route 18. A mere 18 miles east of the Ohio River, half way between Parkersburg in the south and Wheeling in the North. We are two hours from Pittsburgh, PA, three hours from Columbus, OH, and two hours from Charleston, WV.

From Clarksburg: Follow Route 50 W to West Union, WV and turn right on WV 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds.

From Parkersburg: Follow Route 2 North to Sistersville, WV, turn right on WV 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds.

From Wheeling: Follow WV Rt. 2 South thru New Martinsville, WV turn left on WV 180, go to end of 180 and turn left on WV Rt. 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds.

GPS: One Boreman School Rd., Middlebourne, WV 26149

GOTTA GET TICKETS: Be a part of the most talked about weekend of the racing season. You can assure that you’ll be a part of the excitement by purchasing your tickets in advance and save money by doing so! Featuring one of the best deals in all motorsports as advance 3-day ticket prices are just $60 for adults, with children 7-12 years of age only $15 (Kids age 6 & under are admitted free!) Advance three day pit passes are just $75. Secure online ticket sales are available through the Tyler County Speedway website @ www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com or contact the speedway ticket office at 304-771-5661.

Save Money by getting your 2018 Hillbilly Tickets in Advance: 3 day GA just $60, 3 day Kids (7-12) just $15 with 3 day Pit Passes just $75!

Gate Prices: Friday, Aug. 31: $15 general admission adults, $5 youth (ages 7-12); FREE kids (ages 6-and-under); $35 pit pass, $65 3-day general admission; $15 3-day youth (ages 7-12); $80 3-day pit pass.

Saturday, Sept. 1: $25 general admission adults, $5 youth (ages 7-12); FREE kids (ages 6-and-under); $40 pit pass

Sunday, Sept. 2: $35 general admission adults, $10 youth (ages 7-12); FREE kids (ages 6-and-under); $50 pit pass

Reserve seating is also available as the top 4 rows of the grandstands can be purchased for the weekend at just $5 per seat per day (Sat. and Sun.) on top of ticket price. Race fans can reserve their seat or purchase tickets with credit card by contacting the Tyler County Speedway ticket office at 304-771-5661. Checks or money orders may be sent to Tyler County Speedway, PO Box 475, Middlebourne, WV 26149 as well.

ATMOSPHERE…..MORE THAN JUST A RACE: From its humble beginnings at the Legendary Pennsboro Speedway to todays version of Americas oldest late model major event the Hillbilly 100 features an atmosphere unlike many in motorsports today. From its traditional format featuring an overload of action, to the camping and the Mountain State hospitality, to the often talked about legendary pit party, to the down home feel of old school racing like it used to be, make the annual pilgrimage to the Hillbilly a must among race fans. From the likes of Rodney Combs, Bob Wearing, Freddy Smith, Jack Boggs, Charlie Swartz to the more recent Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens and Mike Marlar, all have carved out their place in history by hoisting the one-of-a-kind Hillbilly 100 trophy and adding their name to the record books of the oldest major dirt late model event in America.

New in 2018: Lots of extracurriculars including a Thursday Night Kickoff Bash featuring the debut of the 2018 Ms. Hillbilly 100 Queen, and bands Bon Journey, SugaBuzz and DJ Rockin’ Rudy. Plus the first ever Hillbilly Kayak Race, Cornhole Tournaments, Shrimp Boil, Roasted Chicken/ Pork Loin Dinner, Hillbilly Golf Cart Parade, Best Dressed Hillbilly, Best Hillbilly Campsite, the Spoonman and much more!

CAMPING: Join us for a camping vacation and make some memories that will last a lifetime at the 50th Annual Hillbilly Hundred. Enjoy an extended stay in the beautiful and scenic hills of the mountain state at WV’s Premier Entertainment Facility, spending the weekend camping out with family and friends and enjoying good times.

The Tyler County Fair Grounds offers plenty of camping space for race fans wishing to spend the weekend at the Speedway. Camping lots lay all over the grounds perfect for picking the right spot for your weekend getaway. Camping is reserved on a first come/first serve basis, and costs just $20 per night.

Tyler County Speedway camping features limited water and electric hookups, with an endless amount of primitive camping so there will always be room for your adventure. Showers are available on the grounds and an outside vendor is on the grounds to pump and fill tanks during major event weekends.

The grounds feature:
— A playground for kids of all ages.
— Two large shelters for picnics.
— Several access gravel roads to and from the grounds to Rt. 18.
— Dump stations for waste water prior to leaving the grounds.
— Vending machines throughout the grounds as well as ICE by the bag.
— On-Site Shower Facility.
— One of the premier racing venues in the country, “The Bullring!”

Call the Tyler County Fair Association @ 304-758-4932 or Hometown Racing @ 304-771-5661 for more information.

LODGING: The official Host Hotel of the Tyler County Speedway and the 2018 Hillbilly Hundred is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites located at 1202 North WV Rt. 2, New Martinsville, WV 26155, give them a call at 304-455-0033.

Other fine options include:
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham located 410 North State Rt. 2, New Martinsville, WV 26155, 304-455-6223.
Travelers Inn located at 519 N. St. Rt. 2, New Martinsville, WV, 304-455-3355
The Amerihost Inn in New Martinsville, WV 304-455-6100
The Wells Inn located at 316 Charles St., Sistersville, WV 304-652-1312
The Sleep Inn in Ellenboro, WV located 29 South Main St., Rt. 16 & Rt. 50 844-799-2799
The Sleep Inn & Suites located 8 Wal Mart Dr., Moundsville, WV 304-810-4000
Many other options are also available with a 50 minute drive to the Parkersburg, WV area.

HISTORY OF THE HILLBILLY 100:
PAST WINNERS: 1967 Don Gregory , 1968 Ray Neece, 1969 No Race Held, 1970 Clate Husted, 1971 Danny Dean, 1972 Dorus Wisecarver, 1973 Bob Wearing Sr., 1974 Bob Wearing Sr., 1975 Bob Wearing Sr., 1976 Bob Wearing Sr., 1977 No Race Held, 1978 Gene McNeely, 1979 Danny Dean, 1980 Rodney Combs, 1981 Freddy Smith, 1982 Charlie Swartz, 1983 Freddy Smith, 1984 Larry Moore, 1985 Jack Boggs, 1986 Jack Boggs, 1987 Jack Boggs, 1988 Donnie Moran, 1989 Donnie Moran, 1990 Buck Simmons, 1991 Rodney Combs, 1992 Rodney Combs, 1993 Davey Johnson, 1994 Bill Frye, 1995 Bart Hartman, 1996 Todd Andrews, 1997 Rod Conley, 1998 Steve Shaver, 1999 Davey Johnson, 2000 Davey Johnson, 2001 Donnie Moran, 2002 Billy Moyer, 2003 Chub Frank, 2004 Mike Marlar, 2005 Clint Smith, 2006 Earl Pearson Jr., 2007 Eddie Carrier, 2008 Jimmy Owens, 2009 Ray Cook, 2010 Scott Bloomquist, 2011 No Race Held, 2012 Mike Marlar, 2013 Jimmy Owens, 2014 Don O’ Neal, 2015 Scott Bloomquist, 2016 Scott Bloomquist, 2017 Jonathan Davenport, 2018 ???????

Some of the greatest legends of dirt racing have battled for the HILLBILLY 100 crown. Ohio has ten wins, Pennsylvania has ten, West Virginia has six, Tennessee has six, Kentucky has four, North Carolina and Georgia has three, Arkansas has two with Michigan, Florida and Indiana checking in with one win each.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?
After a two day Hurricane Harvey rain delay the Tyler County Speedway was finally able to present the 49th Annual Hillbilly Hundred. Over 260 entrants would brave the mud and take to the ‘Bullring’ with Hillbilly gold in their eyes.

Picking up the coveted hardware was Jonathan Davenport holding off 17th starting Tim McCreadie to secure his first Hillbilly 100 victory and claim the $25,000 in a highly entertaining race. The best racers in the nation would use up the entire surface that the ‘Bullring’ would present as rim riding, slide jobs and three wide battles was all over the speedway for the entire 100 lap distance.

Kyle Lukon would snare the win in the FASTRAK ‘Brown Jug 30’ with Jacob Hawkins blasting from his 11th starting spot to secure his second consecutive win in the ‘Hillbilly 50’. KC Burdette would travel in from racing in Illinois to post the win in the White Lightnin’ 30 AMRA Modified event over a stout field of 41 emod racers. Tom Sigler would capture the EDGE Hotmod ‘Lil’ Hilly 20’, while Ryan Saffell would nab the Modlite ‘Sour Mash’ 20. Dennis Adkins would put a stop to the Tennants 4 Cylinder domination and hand them their first loss of the season. Adkins would collect the ‘bounty’ and $1100 for his efforts in winning the ‘Ridge Runner 15’. Gage Stalder and George Casto III would pick up wins in the Gear 2 Graphics MWRA Mini Wedge division.

ABOUT AMERICA’s BADDEST BULLRING: Warning – This speedway is designed for the die-hard race fan! The bleachers are located so close to the speedway, if you were any closer to the racing action, we would hand out lap belts and harnesses at the gate. Three and four wide racing is the norm not the exception on the Middlebourne ¼ mile. Truly a unique crown jewel event that continues to grow in stature as an old school feel will greet race fans as the racing action, atmosphere and tradition are second to none. So if you are ready for some racing action the way it was meant to be – side by side, full throttle, hammer down and wide open then join us Labor Day Weekend for the 50th Annual Hillbilly 100!

GET SOCIAL: Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #HillbillyHundred on social media to tell their stories of the weekend and help promote the event. #HillbillyHundred is a focal point for fans on social media who love the Tyler County Speedway and Hillbilly Hundred. By using the hashtag in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, fans may check out what else is happening around the track and share their own experiences.

To stay up to date on all things Hillbilly follow us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, Facebook: thebullringwv
Twitter: The_Bullring
Instagram: @tylercounty_speedway
Snapchat: tcspeedway

Look for several share and like contests leading up to the event as well be sure to share all your photos of the historic Hillbilly Hundred.

HILLBILLY MERCH: Be sure to shop on Vendors Row and be sure to grab your official 2018 50th Annual Hillbilly Hundred event shirt by Arizona Sport Shirts as Gerald Newton will be on hand selling all your Hillbilly apparel and Gotta Race necessities. Many others will be on hand including the Official Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series gear along with Tyler County Speedway Apparel. Plus many of the stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series T-Shirt trailers will be on hand making the Hillbilly Vendors Row your one stop shop for all your dirt wear needs.

SPONSORS…..GOTTA HAVE EM’: Special Thanks to the fine folks that Sponsor the Tyler County Speedway and the Hillbilly 100: General Tire, Arizona Sport Shirts, Adrenaline Performance, Mountainside Outfitters, RG Motorsports, J&R Excavating, Midcap Land and Timber, 2 Brothers Motorsports, Appalachian Mineral Title Company, Sigler Fabrication, Poske Performance Parts, Gear 2 Graphics, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Pepsi, Long Reach Federal Credit Union, Holiday Inn Express, Bridgeport Equipment, Outlaw Auto, McDonalds, Tyler County Fair Association, KSD Engine Machine Shop, Corner 2 Corner Surveying, Chris Metz State Farm Insurance, Rock Auto, Race-1, Garrett Construction, Jenkins Auto Parts, Bayer Heritage Credit Union, Roy’s RV, Peoples Bank, Rocket Chassis, Tyler Marathon, EV International

SEE YA’ THERE: There’s too many reasons to list why you should attend ‘Hillbilly Weekend’ at Tyler County! But a short list includes three and four wide racing, legendary atmosphere, 50 years of West Virginia tradition, best racers in the nation, beautiful spacious camping area, gorgeous scenery in the small town of Middlebourne, making for a great race-cation as the leaves begin to fall on the 2018 race season!

Considered one of dirt racings most prestigious national level events, be a part and experience the excitement of ‘America’s Oldest Dirt Late Model Major event, the Hillbilly Hundred. A West Virginia tradition for five decades as the hills will roar with the sound of horsepower this Labor Day weekend. It’s an action filled racing weekend like no other, where grass roots racers meet the sport’s professionals. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy dirt racing history when the one & only ‘Hillbilly Hundred’ returns to the Tyler County Speedway!