24-hour race to feature decorated ‘LeMons’

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By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – It may look a little like Mardi Gras at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw this weekend during  the 24 Hours of LeMons.

This car race is a little different than most, said Jochen Tartak, a manager at Carolina Motorsports.

“It’s a very unique event because the race cars cannot be worth more than $500,” Tartak said. “We’ll have over 90 cars on the track all decorated up with different themes. It’s almost like Mardis Gras on the race track.”

The LeMons event gets under way at 11 a.m. Saturday. The name LeMons is a tribute to the type of cars in the race – cheap ones, which off the track, their owners may call “lemons.”

Ninety-two cars are entered in the race.

Saturday’s race runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At 7:15 p.m. Saturday, the band Exit 98 will perform.

Those who would like to watch the last part of Saturday’s race and enjoy the music may pay $5 and get in at 6:45 p.m.

The race resumes at 9 a.m. Sunday and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday’s race will be stopped at 11 a.m. for an hour of quiet time on the track and will resume at noon.

A one-day pass for the event is $20; a two-day pass is $30. Children under 12 get in free.

Palmetto Motorsports Club/Turn One Track Events is holding an introduction to racing class for novice or less-experienced LeMons entrants.

The 1.5-hour class is designed to help newcomers understand the basics, such as rules, safety, flags, seating position, racing line, vehicle dynamics and passing.

The class costs $30 and begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Palmetto Motorsports clubhouse next to the track’s front gate.

A fall race will be at Carolina Motorsports Park on Sept. 12-13.

For details on the 24 Hours of LeMons races, go to the Web site,  www.24hoursoflemons.com.

For details about the motorsports park race, call (803) 475-2448. To register for the racing class, call (803) 475-5006.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151