The odds-on favorites are the Methodists. But even with eight of the drivers representing Methodist churches, youâ€™ll find the Third Annual Clash of the Clergy is anybodyâ€™s race to win.
With the field expanded to around 24 drivers this year, the competition gets stiffer. It is a testament to the success of the dash to the checkered flag and the cause the event supports.
Twenty four churches are supporting the event this year – up from the field of about 12 core churches that have participated all three years from the immediate East Lincoln area. Drivers this year will also come from Lincolnton and Huntersville. Proceeds go to the East Lincoln Christian Ministry.
â€œIn the two previous events we raised $10,000 for East Lincoln Christian Ministry,â€ said organizer Terry Brotherton.
On Saturday night (Aug. 25) East Lincoln Speedway will have a field of drivers collectively participating on a â€œwing and a prayerâ€ as they take on the dirt and the dust of the 3/8 mile dirt track â€“ many for their first attempt at race car driving. Unaccustomed to the speed and thrill of the track, these pastors or their representatives look forward to the â€œfriendly competition.â€