The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 14, 2013

Monett Speedway set to race again with dry track

Monett Speedway owner⁄promoter Randy Mooneyham, mowing the parking lot on Wednesday, couldn’t help but admire the surroundings.

“The grass is as green as I’ve seen it in the month of August,” Mooneyham said.

“I believe we may get to race on Friday night,” Mooneyham said. “We’d better. I’m pretty sure we’ve had three rainouts in a row before, but never this late in the summer.”

Stock car racing is scheduled to resume at 8 p.m. on Friday for the first time since July 19 at the 3⁄8-mile clay track.

Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over, and hot dogs are $1. Gates open at 6 for the program that will offer bike races for children at intermission.

Two more shows are scheduled this season at Monett — Aug. 23 and the annual Four-State Dirt Track Championships on Sept. 1.

Springfield Raceway

Jerry Hoffman, of Oronogo, and Doug Bland, of Springfield, are co-owners of the quarter-mile dirt track.

The only thing that prevented them from joining Monett in sustaining three straight rainouts is they weren’t scheduled for two weeks before last week’s cancellation.

Anyway, Springfield is slated to resume Saturday night with women’s powder puff races the extra. Also, Hoffman said, a B modified main event that was washed out earlier in the season will open the show.

The powder puff will have two classes — those driving full-body cars and modified.

Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and racing between 7 and 7:30.

Hoffman and Conner Pullen, who works for Hoffman Race Cars, are preparing for the IMCA Modified Supernationals scheduled Sept. 1=7 at Boone, Iowa.

Hoffman and Pullen will drive a B modified and modified, respectively.

Nevada Speedway

Liberal’s Matthew Rose is unique when the discussion is about points leaders at the quarter-mile dirt oval.

Rose is in command in the B modified class. He enters Saturday’s 8 p.m. show with 1,299 points to 851 for runner-up Kenny Shaw of Fort Scott. That’s a whopping lead of 448.

Bronaugh’s Kevin Morrow, with 1,178, appears in good shape in the modified standings. Danny Scrogham, of Peculiar, Mo., is second with 1,029.

The other races are close,

Tim Phillips and Trevor Vann, both of Fort Scott, are 1-2 in factory stock with 1,141 and 1,138, respectively.

William Self, of Wheatland, Mo., leads Jason Agee, Bronaugh, 1,248-1,203 in mini stock. The special at the track this week is in mini stock.

No. 1 in pure stock is Nevada’s Matthew Hendren (1,271). Fort Scott’s Norman Mackley is at 1,231.

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