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Albany Motor Speedway set for big race this weekend

Tristan Sealy, a 14-year-old driver from Moultrie, will be the youngest driver on Saturday night at the Albany Motor Speedway, where the Nesmith Late Model Series returns for a second time this year. Sealy is currently third in the overall standings. (Special to The Herald)

Tristan Sealy, a 14-year-old driver from Moultrie, will be the youngest driver on Saturday night at the Albany Motor Speedway, where the Nesmith Late Model Series returns for a second time this year. Sealy is currently third in the overall standings. (Special to The Herald)

Looking Ahead

WHO: Top Late Model Series racers in the Southeast.

WHERE: Albany Motor Speedway (U.S. 19 south of Albany)

WHEN: Saturday, Racing starts at 7 p.m.

WHAT: Salute to America 100, Nesmith Late Model Series

COST: $15 stands, $35 pits, kids under 10 free

WEBSITE: www.albanymotorsp...>

ALBANY — The fireworks aren’t over just yet.

Albany Motor Speedway plans to see a few more sparks fly Saturday night with the running of the Nesmith Late Model Series in the Salute to America 100.

In its second run of the year off Highway 19, the Nesmith Late Model Series will bring drivers from all over the southeast to compete in Albany.

“They were here back at the end of April with 34 late models from 12 states,” AMS Race Director Ben Sumner said Thursday. “It was just an unbelievable show at the spring nationals. We’re expecting 30-plus (again) from 10 different states (Saturday).”

Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing in all classes (Mini-Stock, Enduro, Pure Stock and Limited Sportsmen) starting at 7 p.m. before the grand finale at 9:30 p.m., when the Nesmith Late Model Series runs for the cash — a whopping $12,000 in prize money.

In addition to sparks from the beating and banging on AMS’ semi-banked clay oval track, officials plan to have their own fireworks show. General admission is $15 and children 10-and-under get in free.

Moultrie’s Tristan Sealy, part of the Sealy racing clan, will be the youngest driver in the Late Model field. At 14 years old, Tristan will run against drivers two and three times his age Saturday.

“He’ll be attempting to make the show with drivers who have 30 years of experience, and that will be a challenge for him,” Sumner said of Sealy, who is in his first year running the Late Model division.

Sealy is currently third in the overall points standings, behind family member Kitt Sealy and division leader Kelly Walker.

Full standings and more are available online at www.albanymotorspeedway.net and for more information on the Nesmith Late Model Series nationally go to www.nesmithracing.com.