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First Phillip Knight Memorial set Saturday

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By Michael Knight

Lancaster Motor Speedway will host the first Phillip Knight Memorial Race on Saturday.

Phillip Knight is my late father, and his race comes a day before my birthday.

With Father’s Day this weekend and this race coming up, there’s a lot of emotion, to say the least.

The race has major money on the line in every division racing that night.

The LMS card will have the SECA Crate Late Models, Super Stock, SECA Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Pure Stock V8, Extreme 4 and the division making its LMS debut will be the ever-exciting 602 Open Wheel Modified Division.

Every division can expect to see an increase payout.

The race will have fireworks throughout the evening.

Checkered flags will be given away to kids.

Phillip Knight died in April, 2016, battling a severe illness.

During his life, he helped numerous drivers with their race cars at the track.

Drivers such as Ryan Whitaker, Chris Whitaker, Jeff Knight, Dennis Knight, Junior Stacks, Eric Montgomery, Bryan Crook, James Kirk sought my father’s help with their car in preparation for race night.

Phillip Knight was also a huge North Carolina Tar Heels fan and the trophies that night will sport UNC Tar Heels blue and white.

The race looks to be one of the biggest on the 2018 LMS racing schedule.

Admission and the gate times will be announced during the upcoming week.

Lancaster Motor Speedway, located at 223 Shiloh Unity Road, is four miles north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.

From Lancaster, take U.S. 521 North to Shiloh Unity Road and turn right. Follow Shiloh Unity Road a short distance to the track on the left.

Parking is available in the grandstand parking lot.