USRA Modifieds get $5,000 to win, $1,000 to start 10th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl
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July 1, 2015  |  by Sam Stoecklin

Zack VanderBeek is the defending champion of the Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl.

WARRENSBURG, Mo.—Central Missouri Speedway is ready to host drivers and fans for two straight nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, during what has become a mid-summer tradition at the track and for race enthusiasts in the greater Kansas City metro and beyond.

The 10th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl dots the schedules of both drivers and fans each year during the Independence Day weekend. Tom Wilson, who served as the track’s long-time announcer and PR director at the speedway died unexpectedly over a decade ago and this event was named in his honor. He and CMS promoter Earl Walls diligently worked together to improve weekly and special-event pay for Modified competitors dating as far back as the late 1990s.

Past BBQ Bowl winners include Justin Boney (1998), Chad Lyle (1999-2001), Richard Layne (2002), Tim Karrick (2003), Jason Hughes (2004, 2006), Dean Wille (2005), Kelly Shryock (2007, 2011), Jeremy Payne (2008), Terry Phillips (2009), Dustin Boney (2010) and Zack VanderBeek (2014). The track was not in operation in 2012 and 2013.

The weekend features “big-money” races for USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks highlighted by the Saturday night finale for the USRA Modifieds, which boasts a whopping $32,000 purse structure for the $5,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 24-car main event.

Six USRA Modified drivers will find themselves locked into the 50-lap finale for Saturday night after they compete in two separate heat races on Friday. The top six in combined passing points from the two heat races earn Saturday starting positions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 on the grid. Drivers not making the top six in passing points will compete in additional preliminary event(s) with the top 6 from the B-main ultimately claiming Saturday start positions 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23 to complete the inside row. The USRA Modified program works exactly the same for night two on Saturday, July 4th and will be capped off by the 50-lap featured race.

Friday racing also includes USRA B-Mods featuring extra start money (both nights), the Allstar Midget Series, and for the first time in several years, the Triple Crown Shootout presented by RacinDirt.com for the ULMA Late Models. At the conclusion of racing Friday night, everyone is invited to kick back and sing the night away with Char karaoke in the tech barn. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs, snacks, and beverages. We’ll be passing the hat to keep the party going until everyone is all sung out!

Saturday racing includes night two outside row qualifying for the USRA Modifieds as drivers compete in preliminary events to eventually determine starting positions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12. Once again the top six in passing points after the two heats will be locked in while positions 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 will be settled out through a B-main event. USRA B-mods return for a second straight night of action along with Pure Stocks. The Street Stocks have also been invited back to compete on Saturday evening giving the fans four car classes to enjoy throughout the night. After the checkered flag for the 50-lap event flies Saturday night and the winner is crowned, there will be a full-on fireworks extravaganza for everyone to enjoy.

There are no track registration fees for any car classes this weekend! USRA Modified and Street Stock drivers are subject to an entry fee. All pit passes are $35 and are separate from entry fees. Complete details regarding the entire race weekend may be found on the track’s website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Look for the tab titled “10th Annual Tom Wilson Memorial BBQ Bowl Information Station” and you will find all you need to know about this weekend’s activities through this tab. Visiting drivers are highly encouraged to visit the track’s website and read the general race rules book. At CMS, we use the rulebook, enforce it, and run a very swift-moving program. Look under the Drivers tab on the website for complete rules information.

Camping is permitted on CMS grounds but there are no amenities. All overnight guests are responsible for cleaning their respective areas. There is plenty of parking on both sides of the speedway, there is grandstand seating on both the front and “pit” side of the speedway. No coolers are allowed, there is a fully stocked concession stand on both sides of the speedway to serve the fans and drivers.

If inclement weather affects the weekend, here is the plan we have laid out:

Rain Out Scenario #1: If the Friday, July 3 night one program rains out, that program becomes the night one program on Saturday, July 4, same exact program specifics as originally planned Friday. The Saturday program then becomes the Sunday, July 5 night two program.
Rain Out Scenario #2: If the Friday, July 3 night one program is completed but the Saturday, July 4 night two program is rained out, the Saturday, night two July 4 program will move and become the night two Sunday, July 5 program.
Rain Out Scenario #3: If the Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 dates both rain out, CMS will determine the makeup information and make future announcements. Bottom line, if we get Friday in, we will do our best (weather pending) to finish by Sunday night.

Check out CMS online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net for all the latest schedule updates, news, and information! On race day, 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.

Pit gates open at 4:30, admission gates open at 5, driver's pill draw cutoff is at 6:15 (no passing points awarded to driver if late draw), drivers meeting at 6:30, hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30! Friday and Saturday general admission prices are as follows: adults $15, military/students w/id $12, seniors 65 and over $12, kids 6 to 12 years $5, all children 5 and under free! Permanently confined to wheelchair, free! On race day call the track report line at 660-747-2166. CMS is located just past the round-a-bout on Hwy 13 three and a half miles north of Warrensburg, Missouri from the junction of Highways 50 and 13. From the Interstate 70 Higginsville/Warrensburg Hwy 13 exit, the track is located 12.5 miles south on Hwy 13.

CMS thanks its primary sponsors for their support this season! Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Pepsi, KMMO FM 102.9, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7 FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, 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, RockAuto.com, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Blue Springs Chiropractic, Economy Lumber, Brooks Automotive LLC, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, OK Tire Stores, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, Finish Line Performance, Wolf Tire Service, Rod End Supply, JA Performance and Outdoor Services, Seeburg Mufflers, RockAuto.com, and RacinDirt.com.

Planned order and flow of events; any and all information listed here is subject to change due to car count and weather situations.

NIGHT 1 ORDER OF EVENTS - FRIDAY, JULY 3

HOT LAPS ORDER
USRA B-MODS
STREET STOCKS
USRA MODIFIEDS
ALLSTAR MIDGETS
ULMA LATE MODELS

FIRST HALF OF PROGRAM
HEAT RACE ORDER
USRA MODIFIED ROUND 1 HEATS (8 laps)
STREET STOCK HEATS (8 laps)
USRA B-MOD HEATS (8 laps)
ULMA LATE MODEL HEATS (8 laps)
USRA MODIFIED ROUND 2 HEATS (8 laps)
ALLSTAR MIDGET HEATS (8 laps)
STREET STOCK B-MAIN (IF NEEDED)
USRA B-MOD B-MAIN (IF NEEDED)
USRA MODIFIED C-MAIN (IF NEEDED)

INTERMISSION, RE-WORK TRACK IF NEEDED

SECOND HALF OF PROGRAM
RACE/EVENT ORDER
ULMA LATE MODEL MAIN EVENT (20 laps)
USRA B-MOD MAIN EVENT (15 laps)
ALL STAR MIDGET MAIN EVENT
USRA MODIFIED B-MAIN (20 laps)
STREET STOCK SPECIAL MAIN EVENT (25 laps)

NIGHT 2 ORDER OF EVENTS - SATURDAY, JULY 4

HOT LAPS ORDER
USRA B-MODS
USRA MODIFIEDS
PURE STOCKS
STREET STOCKS

FIRST HALF OF PROGRAM
HEAT RACE ORDER
USRA MODIFIED ROUND 1 HEATS (8 laps)
USRA B-MOD HEATS (8 laps)
PURE STOCK HEATS (6 laps)
USRA MODIFIED ROUND 2 HEATS (8 laps)
STREET STOCK HEATS (8 laps)
USRA B-MOD B-MAIN (IF NEEDED)
(Note: If no USRA B-Mod B-Main, Pure Stock A-Main will run here)
USRA MODIFIED C-MAIN (IF NEEDED)

INTERMISSION, RE-WORK TRACK IF NEEDED

SECOND HALF OF PROGRAM
RACE/EVENT ORDER
PURE STOCK MAIN EVENT (10 laps)
(May change in order as noted above)
USRA MODIFIED B-MAIN (20 laps)
USRA B-MOD MAIN EVENT (15 laps)

50-LAP MAIN EVENT CARS HOT LAP SESSIONS (3 sessions of 8 cars, green-white-checkered)

STREET STOCK MAIN EVENT (15 laps)
USRA MODIFIED MAIN EVENT (50 laps)

IF TIME/WEATHER PERMIT, WE WILL DO DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS

FIREWORKS AT CONCLUSION OF FINALE!



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