Worthington, Ohio---GALOT Motorsports Park, site of the NTPA's Grand National season-opening Mule City 300, will be among the featured racetracks on the Discovery Channel's "Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings," part of the channel's "Motor Wednesday" lineup. The pre-taped episode will air on Wednesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
According to Discovery's publicity, "Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings" highlights a challenging form of street racing in which "racers drive on tracks that have not been primed with traction compounds...The rules are simple, and it’s every man for himself in each wild and dangerous race." Hosted by Street Outlaws all-star Chuck Seitsinger, the series premiered on February 27, and episodes began airing regularly on Wednesdays beginning March 7.
The show's taping at the GALOT facility was Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 and "got really good reviews," according to track executive John Strickland. "People came from all over everywhere: Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, Maine" after only a week of advertising, "and only on social media." Driven mostly by the sport's extensive exposure on Discovery and its satellite channels, attendees "were not your typical drag-race fans, but were more TV fans," Strickland detected. The event drew such crowds that Strickland didn't have time to watch it unfold live. "I spent most of my time parking cars," he admitted.
Preparing the track for "no-prep" racing actually took more work than a regular race, Strickland explained. "Our track holds rubber really good, and we'd normally put rosin and glue down. [For this event] we had to strip the track with torches and scrapers to heat the rubber up and peel it off to a real thin layer." To relate the added degree of difficulty to tractor pullers, he said it would be like "going to Bowling Green today with no graders and just pulling in the mud." He indicated that viewers of the episode can expect to witness "a few incidents" as a result of the slickened surface.
The announcement of the Discovery Channel's visit to the revitalized Benson, North Carolina racetrack is the latest in a series of honors for track/team owner Earl Wells and race car/pulling tractor driver Strickland. On the pulling side, the Mule City 300 won 2016's Grand National Pull of the Year and 2017's Cen-Pe-Co Fan Cheer of the Year Awards, and Strickland has piloted "GALOT II" to consecutive Grand National Super Stock Open championships. Meanwhile, the dragstrip was named the Professional Drag Racers Association's Track of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Interestingly, Strickland believes this to have been the first broadcast coverage of racing from GALOT Motorsports Park, while the Grand National event has previously been part of the "NTPA Championship Pulling" series on RFD-TV.
This year's NTPA event in Benson is Friday and Saturday, June 1-2 and features eight Grand National divisions each night, beginning at 7 p.m.: Super Stock Diesel, Super Stock Open, Super Farm, Two Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, Super Stock Diesel 4x4, Modified Mini, and Unlimited.
For more information about GALOT Motorsports Park, visit their website: www.GALOTMotorsportsPark.com. Information on the Discovery Channel series is located here.
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