The STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series Returns to Avon Park (FL) MowerPlex this March 8 & 9 for The STA-BIL Snow Bird Nationals!
The Avon Park Mower-Plex was established in 2002. It came to fruition as the result of a dream by local lawn mower racing enthusiasts, which resulted in the first for-purpose lawnracing facility in the United States.
It began when residents Joe Gillians and Brian Benton approached the Avon Park City Council with the idea, saying they would clear a patch of ground on the westernmost end of the Avon Park Municipal Airport.
At one time it had been a small rodeo arena, but over time had become an unofficial dumpsite.
After securing the blessing of the city fathers, Gillians, Benton -and his wife Susan, then-mayor Tom Macklin and a number of others began work whacking down weeds and pulling all manner of junk from the site. As the vegetation and debris was stripped away infrastructure such as lights and sound was added and the Avon Park Mower-Plex was born.
The races originally were run under the auspices of the North American Society of Grass Racers and Sod Slingers (NASGRASS) and a lawn mower drag strip was built in addition to the tri-oval, which has become so familiar to local fans and drivers from all over the United States. Later, the Florida Lawnracing Association (FLA) was created in conjunction with the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association.
For better than a decade, the Mower-Plex has hosted a USLMRA STA-BIL Series National Points Race in the spring. Officially titled as the STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series Race at Avon Park, the race was better known locally as “The 12 Minutes of Avon Park.”
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:00 PM: Welcome Cookout from your friends at NASGRASS (volunteers to help with food, cooking and serving)
6:00 to 8:00 PM: OPEN PRACTICE / meet and greet (public welcome)
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Registration
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Technical inspection
1:00 – 2:00 PM: Open Practice
3:00 PM: Heat races
6:00 PM: Feature events (Race 1)
9:00 PM (or immediately after last race): Karaoke by Dalton and Dinner provided by All Jacked Up BBQ
8:00 – 10:00 AM: Registration and Tech followed by a brief open practice
11:00 AM: Heat races
1:00 PM: Feature events (Race 2)