July 4 racing

Terry Evans, winner of the Super Trucks event, celebrates along with crew, family and friends in the Winner’s Circle at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

As thousands of visitors descended upon the Grand Strand for the busiest week of the summer season, several hundred visitors and locals decided to spend the last night of the July 4 week with a roar…the roar of engines that is.

The grandstands were crowded at the Myrtle Beach Speedway Saturday evening for the Sun Fun 101 special night of racing.

The evening long event featured five racing classes that provided plenty of action and thrills for fans of all ages.

One family from Maryland said they loved coming to Myrtle Beach SpeedVinway because it was something fun the entire family could enjoy.

Unlike many sports venues, fans are allowed to meet and mingle with the drivers, getting a close-up view of the race cars and trucks before the first green flag drops.

In the pit area, some racing teams came with a large crew while others made it a family affair getting the cars ready to rumble. Most of the participants race in Myrtle Beach the entire season.

Fans enjoyed a variety of races, from the vintage cars to the main event speedy late models.

Winners from Saturday night’s event were:

• Vintage: Michael Elliott, Vintage full body: Willie Grainger

• Mini stocks: Mark Evans

• Chargers: Joe Armakovich

• Super Trucks: Terry Evans

• Late Models: Lee Pulliam

The next big night of racing at the Myrtle Beach Speedway is slated for July 22.

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