Southwest Missouri tracks working together on season-ending events
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August 18, 2008  |  by Ronnie Williams

LEBANON, Mo. - Four Tracks in Southwest Missouri are working together to help make some special events even better for them all as the Midway Speedway, I-44 Speedway, Springfield Raceway and Monett Speedway are helping each other by not scheduling on top of each other's special events, starting with the Labor Day Weekend shows.

Action that weekend will start on Thursday night, Aug. 28, at the Springfield Raceway with the running of the Andy's Frozen Custard John Knutz Memorial featuring the DLRA AllState Insurance Late Models and O'Reilly Auto Parts MARS Late Models. Support classes will include A-Mods, B-Mods, Hornets and Bombers.

Racing will then switch to the high banks of the I-44 Speedway in Lebanon for the 6th Annual Larry Phillips Memorial as the DLRA and MARS Late Models, along with many independent teams, will be shooting for the $7,500-to-win prize money in the 40-lap feature. Friday night, Aug. 29, will feature qualifying heats for the Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Bombers, B-Mods, Factory Stocks and Rookies, along with a qualifying feature for the Late Models. The Saturday night event will have the feature events along with any needed "B" features as the USRA Modifieds will be competing for $1,000 to win, Factory Stocks and B-Mods both $500 to win, Bombers $400 to win and Rookies will race for $200 to win. Midway Speedway in Lebanon, which normally runs on Friday nights, will not be racing that night to help support the I-44 event and Springfield will not be in action on Saturday night.

Next up is the Monett Speedway with the running of the four-state dirttrack championship on Sunday, Aug. 31.

Other dates and events to show how these tracks are working together are Sept. 19 as I-44 Speedway will be running the Fall Shootout as the Midway Speedway will not be racing to support the I-44 event.

Oct. 3-4 is the running of the Coca-Cola Fall Brawl at the Midway Spedway, and Springfield Raceway will not be running that night to help support the Midway race.

Springfield will be running the OctoberFast race Oct. 10-11. While Midway has announced a fall October Series, they will not be running any of the classes that Springfield is racing that weekend.

"A lot of these tracks share some of the same cars and we also draw a lot of out-of-town cars for the races," said Midway Speedway promoter Jack Jones. "This season has been tight and tough on everyone as rain and bad weather has played havoc with events at all the tracks, so we have to work together as much as possible to make these events successful and not force the fans to choose.

"We are already looking at what to do for next season on our rules so everyone is on the same page."

For information on these tracks you can visit their websites at,, or

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