$5,000-to-win Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl July 4-5
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July 1, 2014  |  by Sam Stoecklin

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Two exciting nights of racing in seven car classes, live music, great food, a re-groomed track, fireworks, solid driver payouts and reasonable fan prices await attendees Friday and Saturday at Central Missouri Speedway for the 9th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl.

Weekend racing is highlighted by Saturday’s BBQ Bowl USRA Modified grand finale, a race named for the late Tom Wilson, long-time CMS Announcer and Director of Public Relations. Wilson, along with promoter Earl Walls, brought “big-money” Modified racing to the Greater Kansas City metro in 1998. The event pays a whopping $5,000 to the winner and a $1,000 just for taking the green flag during Saturday night’s 50-lap, 24-car main event!

Past event winners include Justin Boney 1998, Chad Lyle (1999/2000/2001), Richard Layne (2002), Tim Karrick (2003), Jason Hughes (2004/2006), Dean Wille (2005), Kelly Shryock (2007/2011), Jeremy Payne (2008), Terry Phillips (2009), and Dustin Boney (2010).

In May, current track point’s leader Jim Moody captured the first special event of the year by during the track’s Memorial Day special. Moody is expected to defend home turf this weekend along with a solid field of regulars such as National USRA Point’s Leader Terry Schultz, Shad Badder, and Tim Karrick. USRA contender John Allen has also expressed interest in running the event. Allen finished in the runner-up position in the 2011 BBQ Bowl behind Kelly Shryock. Note, mention of driver name does not guarantee race appearance!

Total payouts for the weekend among competing classes exceed $45,000. Action begins on Friday, July 4 with USRA Modifieds qualifying thru heat races and b-main(s) for the inside row for the following night’s $5,000 to win race. The program is highlighted on night one by the Street Stocks competing for $1,500-to-win. Mod Lites and 305 Sprint Cars are also on the docket Friday!

The last time 305 Sprint Cars appeared at CMS was May 29, 2011 when Christi Hoenshell added her name to the track’s storied winner’s list. Local sprint car driver Steven Cross has been diligently working the sprint car ranks to draw interest in this event for 305s. Midwest Speed Shop has stepped up to the plate to offer a contingency for one of the sprint competitors this weekend.

Also in attendance on Friday is the Midwest Mod Lite Racing Series. Mod Lites have not raced at CMS since 2004! One of the Mod Lite winners that year had a familiar name in the Mod Lite ranks, Raffurty. This year, with the help of Jeff Raffurty, Mod Lites make a return visit to the track on two occasions. For additional information visit the series online at www.racemodlites.com. Friday night finishes up with a full-on fireworks extravaganza at the conclusion of the night’s events!

Racing resumes the following night, Saturday, July 5 with USRA Modifieds once again qualifying thru heat races and b-main(s) for the outside row for the night’s $5,000 to win race. B-Modifieds join the action on Saturday night as well as the popular Pure Stock class along with the return of the Grand Nationals, for their second appearance this season. Just a few weeks ago, Tim Shields claimed the first Grand National main event of the year at CMS.

Primitive camping is allowed at CMS; however, there is no dumpsite. Campers are welcome on the track grounds for camping but are reminded to clean up after themselves and be respectful and mindful of other campers and responsible for their actions.

Two live bands highlight the weekend beginning at noon on Friday with the Beam & Eads band hitting the stage for an afternoon of great music. The band is headquartered out of Lexington, Missouri and specializes in everything from 1930’s Country to 40’s-50’s Jazz standards, favorites from the Great American Songbook, 1960’s R&B hits, and popular Classic Rock from the 70’s, as well as plenty of original songs! Additional information may be found at www.facebook.com/beam.eads.

On Saturday, The Mojo Dogs make their first-ever CMS appearance with a noon time gig. The popular act specializes in Classic Rock, Blues, and “Whatever else they can pull out of their amps!” Additional details on The Mojo Dogs are available at www.facebook.com/themojodogs. Both bands will play near the shaded areas located by the CMS front-side parking lot off Highway 13. There is no cover charge to enjoy the music. Attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and their favorite beverages to enjoy the festivities.

A food vendor will be on hand both days during the band times with a wide-variety of selections to choose from including BBQ and onion rings. Start times throughout the weekend for both Friday and Saturday are as follows: Friday and Saturday: Pits open at 4:30; Admission Gates open at 5, Driver’s Meeting 6:30, Hot Laps 7, and Racing at 7:30. Admission information for Friday, July 4 is all normal admission prices! Adults $12, Senior Citizens 65+ and Active and Retired Military w/I.D. $10, Kids 6 to 12 years $5, Children 5 and under free! Friday pit pass prices $25.

For Saturday, July 5, prices are Adults $15, Senior Citizens 65+ and Active and Retired Military w/I.D. $12, Kids 6 to 12 years $5, Children 5 and under free! All Saturday pit passes are $30. For additional details call the CMS Track Report Line 660-747-2166 or visit the CMS home page and click on the tab titled “Event Info For July 4th and 5th Weekend!”

Be sure to visit CMS online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net for the latest schedule updates, news, and information! On race day, be sure to call the Track Report Line for general information at (660) 747-2166. Follow us on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. CMS may also be found on Instagram.

Primary sponsors for CMS this season include Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, Sunoco Race Fuels, Good Time Oldies 1450 KOKO/98.5 FM The Bar, Pepsi, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7 FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, KRLI Country 103.9 FM, Heartland Waste, and 'Today's New Hit Country' 95.3 FM KDKD.

This year’s list of outstanding business partners includes: Victory Trophies & Plaques, Roundabout Café, Batliner Recycling, Blue Springs Chiropractic, OK Tire Stores, Rick Darling Performance, Reece Nichols Realty LLC, Bodee's Racers Auction, Finish Line Performance, Economy Lumber and Hardware, Brooks Automotive LLC, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, JA Performance, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, Rod End Supply, Quality Home Improvements, Wolf Tire Service, Miller Lite, Goody’s Steakburgers, The Cornerstone Agency, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps, Lek-Tro-Mek Service Co., Seeburg Mufflers, RockAuto.com, and RacinDirt.com.

CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg just north of the new Hwy 13 by-pass round-a-bout, or from the Higginsville exit off I-70, head south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles. Full standings and results located at www.speednetdirect.com.

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