USRA Modifieds battle for $1,000 to win Thursday at Springfield Raceway
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September 30, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The lightning-fast high-banked quarter-mile dirt oval of the Springfield Raceway is getting ready for a night like no other as NASCAR stars Kenny Wallace and Joplin's Jamie McMurray will be making an apperance on NASCAR Night at the Races this Thursday, Oct. 1.

Headlining the event on the racing card will be the USRA Modifieds competing for $1,000 to win the feature event, while it pays $100 to start the feature. This event will be giving national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Bordertown Casino will sponsor the event marking McMurray’s first public appearance since he made the move from Joplin to North Carolina in 1999.

McMurray began his racing career as a youngster racing go-karts at Springfield Raceway, which was then called Airport Speedway. St. Louis native Wallace will join McMurray and will be racing his JEG’s Modified against the local racers.

The evening will also feature the “Raining Money” promotion where $1,000 in $1 bills fall from the sky with 30 lucky fans getting the chance to pick up as many bills as possible.

Both McMurray and Wallace will be meeting the fans with a special autograph session from 5-6 p.m. After the autograph session, McMurray will host a question and answer session on the front straight-away while Wallace prepares to strap into his Modifed.

Fans will get to see three divisions of racing with Sport Mods racing for $400 to win and the Legends Cars fight it out for $250 to win.

Passing points will help set the field for the feature events. Cut-off time for draw will be 6:30. Drivers arriving after 6:30 will be placed tail back, but not eligible for passing points, only where they finish in the heat races.

Another element of the evening will be an auction of an Autism-themed race car body. Jamie McMurray and his foundation are heavily involved with Autism awareness as his family has personally been affected by the condition.

Springfield Raceway co-owners Jerry Hoffman and Doug Bland are excited about this NASCAR Night in the hub of Southwest Missouri and are hoping that it will lead to even more ventures.

“Springfield has a lot of roots in the NASCAR world and we hope to continue that tradition,” said Bland. “Bringing Jamie into the area for the first time since he made it into Cup racing is a big deal since Jamie doesn’t make many local short track appearances.”

Raining money participants will be picked from the ticket stubs numbers and will have the opportunity to pick up their share of the $1,000 as it rains from the sky.

Gate open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:15 and racing action starting at 7. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information on this event or any events at the Springfield Raceway log on to the track's official website.

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