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South Georgia track undergoes changes

July 8, 2004

Cordele-- It's no secret auto racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. But before the Jeff Gordon's or Dale Earnhardt Junior's of the world make it to the big time, they spend their Saturday's racing in small country towns. That's where tracks like the one formerly known as the Cordele Motor Speedway come in to play.

|The Speedway officially becoming the Watermelon Capital Speedway in a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.  Lt. Governor Mark Taylor was on hand to help with the festivities, which also served as a prelude to this weekend's Sunbelt Ford 100 at the Speedway.

The Watermelon Speedway is a 3/8ths of a mile asphalt track that will run races each Saturday night. The Sunbelt Ford 100 will include the Georgia Asphalt Series with Late Model Cars.

Track owner Marvin Ragan, who has been involved with racing for more than 50 years, says he hopes to bring not only quality racing to the Speedway but entertainment that is clean family fun.

"Racing is one of the hottest growing sports in the country, there are a lot of families involved in racing. The kids like it so we want to cater towards them," track owner Marvin Ragan said.

"What better way to support the community and create a family atmosphere of good clean, and I mean clean family fun," track sponsor Robert Littleton said.

The Sunbelt Ford 100 begins Saturday at 7pm at the Watermelon Capital Speedway.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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