The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 9, 2012

Southwest Missouri racing documentary to be re-aired on Monday

You have another opportunity if you missed “On the Fast Track: Racing in the Ozarks” Thursday night on Ozarks Public Television.

“Definitely, I recommend watching it,” Jerry Hoffman, co-owner of Springfield Raceway, said Friday. “If you can’t get it, visit a friend who can.”

It will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Hoffman said.

The two-hour production is completion of a four-year project by Steve Wynn and Brent Slane of OPT.

Said Hoffman: “It was really, really good. I’m sure they had more footage they would have liked using. But they had to condense it.

“They would have liked using footage on old Joplin tracks (Ozark and Greentop as well as 66 Speedway),” Hoffman, Oronogo, said. “But again they were limited.”

Said Joplin’s Billy Street (a longtime race car driver who currently isn’t competing): “We’ll watch it, hopefully, on Monday night. It concentrates on racing in Springfield. You could tell that by watching about a two-minute preview of the show. They did an awfully good job.”

Billy’s party, of course, includes dad Bill (late model driver who recently was inducted into the Joplin Sports Hall of Fame).

Springfield Raceway

Ronnie Williams, public relations director for the quarter-mile dirt track, said that drivers for tonight’s POWRi Lucas Oil Midget Series special, are expected to include Michael Pickens, a four-time national midget champion in New Zealand, and Californian Rico Abreu.

Carl Junction’s Andrew Felker entered Friday night’s program at Grain Valley (Mo.) second in the points standings behind Brett Anderson of Belleville, Ill.

Tonight’s show also is a Lucas Oil West Midget Series event. Felker and Tulsa’s Chett Gehrke rank 1-2 in that division.

Admission prices are $17 and $5 (ages 6-12). A pit pass is $30. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstands at 5. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 and races at 7.

More Springfield

Also, it’s Round 7 of the Transport Graphics Points Championship Chase.

Track classes tonight are USRA modified, USRA B modified, Midwest Modz, Legends Cars, pure stock and street stock.

Reeds Spring’s Mike Hailmann leads two classes — B modified and Legends. He’s moved ahead of Webb City’s Scott Drake in the B modified by a single point.

Other leaders, all from southwest Missouri, include Carthage’s Jackie Dalton (modified), Webb City’s Trevor Drake (Midwest Modz), Ava’s Jack Hamer (pure stock) and Springfield’s Jim Reid (street stock).

Defending champion Dalton, with 524, leads Webb City’s Mitch Keeter (498) and Oronogo’s Bobby Pearish (489).

Miami drivers Brett Testerman and Wayne Morris are second in pure stock and street stock, respectively.

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