Southeast Limited Late Model Series 2017 Season Opener Saturday, February 18th At Greenville-Pickens Speedwayby Press Release December 8, 2016
EASLEY, S.C. – The Southeast Limited Late Model Series will open their 2017 season on Saturday, February 18th as they join the Super Late Models and Mulligan Power Trucks for what should be a blockbuster opening show at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley, S.C.
A strong contingent of cars is expected to be on hand for the SELLM opener, as several new teams have already indicated their desire to compete full-time in the series for next season.
In addition to the Pro division and the Daytona1 Challenger division, the series has added a new Junior Elite division for young racers aged 11 to 15 who have demonstrated skills in smaller classes such as legends, quarter-midgets or karts and wish to develop their skills in a full-size car in an economical and more controlled environment.
Rules for the new Junior Elite division are almost finalized and will be announced very shortly, but a spec shock, spec harder compound tire and a 602 crate motor will be a part of the package.
“This new division is designed to be as economical as running a late model can be,” Series Co-Owner Ed Cox said. “It’s also a way for young racers to come into our series and learn about late model racing while still only running against others their age. It is meant to be a developmental division and we want to make sure we help the drivers learn how to race the way they should. We want to keep it fun for the kids but affordable for the parents at the same time.”
Commitments from over half-a-dozen teams have already been given to run the new division in 2017.
The remainder of the 2017 schedule is being finalized, and will include stops in North and South Carolina and possibly Virginia and Tennessee.
“We have several tracks that have asked us for a show for 2017,” Cox said. “We’re just working on dates and trying to make sure we have a nice schedule for everybody and the tracks get the dates they want as best we can. We’ll have more announcements pretty soon, but it looks like we’ve got more interest in our series for next year than we’ve had in a long time, so we’re thankful for that.”
The 2016 season-ending awards banquet date and details will be announced next week.
For more information about the Southeast Limited Late Model Series, including purse structure and rules, visit the series website at www.southeastlimiteds.com or contact Ed Cox at 843-421-7276.
2016 Southeast Limited Late Model Series Winners
2/6 – Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC)
Winner – Chase Purdy – Pro Series only
3/25 -Anderson Motor Speedway (SC)
Winner – Luke Sorrow – both Pro and Challenger
4/23 – Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC)
Winner – Anthony Aldredo- Pro, Colby Howard – Challenger
5/14 – Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC)
Winner – Blair Addis Pro, Anthony Miller – Challenger
7/2 – Franklin County Speedway (VA) Pro/Challenger – POSTPONED to 9/10 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway
8/13 – Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) Luke Sorrow – Pro, Thad Moffitt – Challenger
9/10 – Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) Colby Howard – Pro, Bob Root, Challenger
10/22- Greenville-Pickens Speedway(SC) Pro/Challenger
11/12- Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC) Pro/Challenger
2016 Final SELLM Points by division
Hoosier Tire will award jackets to the top five in season-ending points standings for both the Pro and Daytona1 Lubricants Challenger divisions.
Gale Force Suspension will award a $150 product credit certificate to each Pro division Pole Award winner, and a bonus $1000 in product credit if one driver can win six or more poles in the Pro division in 2016.
Daytona1 Lubricants – is the presenting sponsor of the Challenger Division for 2016. Racers in the Challenger division who choose to become Daytona1 Team Racers by running decals on their cars and purchasing a Daytona1 “Go Fast” kit that will include the quarts of gear lube, engine treatment, power steering fluid, wax, pro spray lube and window cleaner will be eligible for cash and product contingencies each race.
Additionally, becoming a Daytona1 Team Racer gives the teams the opportunity for contingency awards at their home track or any track they run throughout 2016.
AR Bodies will award a body to the Pro division points champion at the season-ending banquet.
Five Star Bodies will award a body to the Daytona1 Lubricants Challenger Series Champion at the season-ending banquet.
Molecule Motorsports will award a complete driver race gear cleaning care kit to the champions of both the Pro and Daytona1 Challenger divisions.
Team Full Throttle, a motorsports media, marketing and promotions company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the Rookie of the Year partner for the Daytona1 Lubricants Challenger Series. The highest finishing rookie who attempted to qualify for all division points races in 2016 will be awarded a customized race team marketing kit at the end of the season.
InLine-Designs, a graphics company based outside Taylorsville, North Carolina, will give away a side wrap at the series banquet and is providing banners and graphic design for the series.
Tri-Star Racewear will also award a firesuit to each division champion at the end of the year as well.
These companies join Daytona1 Lubricants as series partners. Daytona 1 is the title sponsor of the series’ Challenger division.
Racers will be required to display each of these companies decals on their cars at every race.
About The Southeast Limited Late Model Series
The Southeast Limited Late Model Series (SELLM) was founded by Ed and Kelli Cox of Tri-Star Racewear. The mission of this pavement series is to provide Southeast NASCAR Limited Late Model Series racers with a number of affordable, professionally-run shows at premier tracks in the Carolinas region.
The series features two separate divisions. The Daytona 1 Challenger division is designed for racers new to Limited Late Models or those who are on a budget, as this division runs on used tires. The winner takes home $1000 and the Challenger division pays $100 to start.
The Pro division is for the more experienced racers and those who desire to run on new tires. The winner takes home $3,000, and the Pro division pays $300 to start.
The car and motor rules are basically the same in both divisions, allowing teams to easily make the move from Challenger to Pro without a great deal of additional expense.
Challenger features are generally 50 laps in length while the Pro features are 100 laps.
A season-ending banquet is already being planned, and corporate partners for 2016 include Daytona1 Lubricants, AR Bodies, Gale Force Suspension Five-Star Bodies, Team Full Throttle, Molecule Motorsports, Tri-Star Racewear and InLine-Designs.
For more information, including purse structure and rules you can visit their website at http://www.southeastlimiteds.com or contact Ed Cox at 843-421-7276.