Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race set


The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.

This year’s event will feature competitors throughout the Northeast dirt motorsports areas. Drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will compete for prize money of more than $35,000. Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Crate Late Model, Modified Lites, Little Lincoln and Delmarva Chargers and Trucks will compete in more than 100 laps of feature racing in their respective classes.

This year, there will be a 30-lap feature, with Big Block and Small Block Modifieds racing for $3,000 that will go to the first-place finisher. The top five Small Block finishers will receive an additional bonus.

Several activities and displays will be on hand, including the Delaware State Police Aviation unit, K9 demonstration, Smart 911 and a silent auction to win a surf-fishing rod and Yeti cooler.

In addition, local band Front Page News will be playing live from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Metal Shop of Delmar will be putting on a monster truck show at intermission.

Tickets to the event are available at the speedway’s ticket booth on the night of the event. Spectator’s tickets cost $20, and pit tickets cost $30. Children younger than 10 accompanied by parent or guardian will be admitted free of charge to spectator seating.

Camp Barnes originally opened in 1948 and was named in recognition of Col. Herbert Barnes. The camp is located next to the Assawoman Wildlife Area on Miller Creek near Bethany Beach.

For six weeks in the summer, each week, 70 children ages 10-13 attend Camp Barnes with no financial burden on their parents. They participate in outdoor activities and are taught leadership and teamwork skills.

For additional information, call Jeff Hudson at (302) 381-3000 or jeff.hudson@state.de.us.