Chapel Hill: Sports

Auto racing returns Saturday at Rougemont

ROUGEMONT The weather looks good for Saturday’s Orange Blossom Special – the kickoff of the 2014 season at Orange County Speedway, track director Terry Deal says.

The ninth annual Orange Blossom is a special start to the OCS schedule, featuring Pro All Stars Series racers in a 150-lap event for Super Late Models.

In addition to what already is a strong lineup, this year’s race also is expected serve as the debut of a young driver with a distinguished pedigree at the OCS: Harrison Burton.

Burton’s father, Jeff, was regular at the Orange County Speedway before going on to collect 21 Cup Series wins.

“Harrison is excited to be running at Orange County, for sure,” Jeff Burton told

Practices at the Rougemont track start at 1 p.m. Saturday, and an autograph session is planned for 5:30 p.m. Racing starts at 6 p.m., beginning with Late Models and Legends.

Entry costs $10 per person or $25 per car-load for up to six people. (Kids 11 and under get in free.)

Racing will continue April 12 with the Sherry Love Johnson Memorial 100 for Late Models. That night’s agenda also includes events for Limiteds, Pure Stock, Street Stock and Super Mini Trucks.

Several special touring series are also scheduled to make appearances at OCS in 2014.

The Rolling Thunder Modifieds will make four appearances in 2014.

The XR-1 Pro-Cup Series racers unofficially are expected to appear sometime in July.

The PASS South Series returns to the OCS on Oct. 18.