A driver caught speeding or driving recklessly will find himself on the dreaded black flag board along with a Lions member waving the black flag at the offending racer. A trip through a penalty pass area where they stop briefly and have their number logged before continuing onto the track but not passing the start finish line costs them a half a lap.
Another risk is that after four such penalties the racer is disqualified and has to exit the race. This helps to keep speeds down and hopefully mishaps also. The pit stops are also tracked, as racers have to make a minimum of three.
There will be more than racing going on in Twelve Mile. Today a basketball tournament will start at 5 p.m. at Plank Hill Park along with a talent show and a free movie sponsored by Corinth Brethren Church who will serve free hot dogs and water while supplies last. There will be other vendors open for more options if visitors wish. The fireworks will light up the sky at dark.
On the Fourth there will be a breakfast at 7 a.m. and lunch at 10:30 at the community building uptown. The parade starts at 11:30. Activities then move to Plank Hill Park with the first race starting at 1 p.m. There will be a footrace for the kids after the first race sponsored by Community State Bank. The next two races are scheduled for 2:30 and 4. There will be plenty of vendors available and feel free to park uptown and walk in to avoid the traffic. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for 6-12 and under 6 free.
See twelvemile500.com for directions, qualification results, rules, history, plus pictures from last year’s race.