The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

July 22, 2013

Perry Memorial set for Springfield Raceway

The MARS DIRTcar Series will headline a special stock car racing program on Thursday night at Springfield Raceway.

The annual Summer Perry Memorial also is Pepsi Back to School Night with kids receiving free supplies.

Co-owner Jerry Hoffman said Monday that racing on the quarter-mile dirt track will start at 7:30. Adult admission is $20. A pit pass is $35.

Summer Perry died in an auto accident at 29 on Dec. 12, 2009. The former Miss (Lebanon) I-44 Speedway was the daughter of Brenda and Mark Perry. They owned Springfield Raceway when it was named Airport Speedway.

Support classes are USRA modified and USRA B modified. Those drivers will compete for national points rather than track.

First place in the classes will pay $3,000 (MARS), $700 (modified) and $500 (B modified).

Top three drivers in the MARS standings are southwest Missouri drivers Tony Jackson Jr. (853) of Lebanon, defending champion Jesse Stovall (813) of Billings and Terry Phillips (741) of Springfield.

Jackson is coming off second place — worth $12,000 — in the Silver Dollar Nationals last Saturday night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn,, won the 80-lap Lucas Oil Dirt Series event to pocket $27,000.

Springfield correction

This reporter goofed in compiling results in Monday’s Globe.

Jon Yeoman did not win the B modified A feature. That was the third heat. The feature was postponed because of rain.

J.C. Morton of Springfield and Trevor Drake of Webb City won the first and second heats, respectively.

Double features will be held in the B modified class on Aug. 17.

Springfield Raceway will be idle the next two Saturday nights and resume on Aug. 10.

Monett Speedway

A regular weekly show of six classes will be held on Friday night at the 3⁄8-mile clay track.

Admission is only $5, however, with no charge for 11-under. Hot dogs are $1.

“We did this earlier in the season, and it was a big success,” track owner⁄promoter Randy Mooneyham said. “We’re trying it again.”

The bonus for kids is bicycle races at intermission.

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