The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 15, 2012

Springfield Raceway to wrap up season

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Springfield Raceway will wrap up its 2012 stock car racing season Saturday.

Four classes will be offered in the 3 p.m. KMJ Performance Turkey Bowl VI at the quarter-mile dirt track.

Competition will be in late model, modified, B modified and Legends Cars.

Admission prices are $20 and $5 (ages 5-12). A pit pass is $35. Pit gates open at 10:30 a.m. and grandstand gates at 12:45 p.m. Hot laps are set for 1 p.m.

Ironically, because weather played havoc with the schedule in late 2011, Turkey Bowl V in March actually launched the 2012 season, Springfield Raceway race director/public relations Ronnie Williams said Thursday.

“We’re hoping for at least 160 race cars on Saturday,” Williams said. “That would match our recent turnout for the Larry Phillips Memorial.”

That isn’t a record for the Turkey Bowl, Williams said. Turkey Bowl IV lured a whopping 189 race cars.

The A feature winners in Turkey Bowl V were Jack Sullivan (late model), Greenbrier, Ark.; Terry Phillips (modified), Springfield; Kris Jackson (B modified), Lebanon, and Mike Hailmann (Legends Cars), Reeds Spring.

Terry Phillips (Larry’s son) became the first repeat winner in the Turkey Bowl with the modified victory in March. He placed runner-up to Jesse Stovall, Galena, Mo., in the late model main event at this year’s Larry Phillips Memorial and is expected to compete in both modified and late model classes at the Turkey Bowl, Williams said.

Payoffs for first place in Saturday’s A features are $2,000 (late model), $1,200 (modified), $850 (B modified) and $300 (Legends Cars). Earning a spot in the field will be worth, respectively, $350, $450, $110 and $35.

There are incentives for the late model and A modified drivers, Williams said.

Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa, will be giving a $500 bonus to the modified driver who is leading lap 4 in the main event in memory of the late Mike Clark of Dirt Works Race Cars, Walker, Mo.

Wehrs Machine, Bangor, Wis., will present a $500 product certificate to the “Hard Charger” in the late model main event.