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Speedway wraps up 2004 season

By By Steve Swogetinsky / special to The Star
Oct. 29, 2004
That's a promise from Queen City Speedway manager Charles Thrash as he and his crew gear up for the Mello Yello Fall Classic tonight and Saturday night.
More than 60 cars are expected for the Mello Yello Late Model Feature race, which will pay $15,000 to the winner and $800 to start the 100-lap race.
Thrash said that the race will stop after the 50th lap and there will be a 10-minute intermission to give the drivers a chance to refuel, change tires or make any quick adjustments.
Local favorite Mike Boland of Cuba, Ala., will be one of the drivers competing for the big top prize money. Boland said 2004 has been a tough year for him and a victory Saturday night would ease some of that aggravation.
Boland is coming off a 10th-place finish at last weekend's race at the Magnolia Speedway in Columbus where he was competing against 85 cars.
Boland will be driving his new No. 222 car for only the second time' the first being last weekend at Columbus. He wrecked it in practice last Thursday night but got it back together for the weekend.
In addition to the Late Models, there will be races in the Pure Street, Mini-Stock, Modified and Late Model Stock divisions.
The gates will open at 3 p.m. today and Saturday, with the races are slated to start around 7 p.m.
This will be the final race weekend of the year at Queen City, and track owner Cecelia Riley said she has been pleased with the year.

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