The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 19, 2013

Monett Speedwar races pushed to Sunday

By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer

— Tonight’s stock car races at the Monett Speedway have been postponed until Sunday night.

“We’re returning our regular weekly racing program to Sunday night for one week,” promoter/track owner Randy Mooneyham said Thursday.

Sunday’s show will start at 7 p.m. at the 3/8-mile clay track, Mooneyham said.

Mooneyham ironically changed the regular show this season to Friday after several consecutive  years of Sunday night.

“I seriously doubt if the track would have dried out,” Mooneyham said. “We’ve had a lot of rain. Also, it’s way too cold.”

Mooneyham’s MARS DIRTcar Series was canceled tonight at Tri-City Speedway, near Granite City (Ill.).

“As of now, good to go are 34 Highway Speedway (West Burlington, Iowa) on Saturday night and Quincy (Ill.) Raceway on Sunday night,” Mooneyham said.

First place in the late model main event on Saturday is worth $4,000 and $3,000 on Sunday.

Springfield Raceway

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Jerry Hoffman, as usual, is optimistic about Saturday night’s season debut at the quarter-mile dirt track.

Hoffman, Oronogo, and Springfield’s Doug Bland, former Joplin Speedway official, are co-owners of the track.

They’ve had March Madness and an open practice session washed out.

The Don Haase Memorial — presented by Budweiser and Wil Fischer Distributing of Springfield — will include the only appearance of the season at the track by the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Winged Sprint Cars in a clash of the Sooner and Warrior regions.

The schedule also will have USRA modified, USRA B modified, Midwest Modz and Legends Cars. Street stock and pure stock will begin their season the following week but drivers are invited to practice during hot laps and one other session.

Track points are on the line as well as USRA, Hoffman said.

Haase was techman when Hoffman and Bland bought the track. Haase, scheduled to be the flagman, died before the 2008 season.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 5:45 and races at 6:30. Admission prices are $20 and $5 (ages 6-12).

Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, Mo. — Gary Simpson, Mount Vernon, Iowa, held off Will Vaught, Crane, in last Saturday night’s 40-lap Lucas Oil MLRA main event.

Completing the top five were southwest Missouri drivers Eric Turner (Hermitage), Tony Jackson Jr. (Lebanon) and Brad Looney (Republic).

Jesse Stovall and Terry Phllips were 14th and 20th, respectively.

Matt Dotson, Clark, Mo., and Jon Sheets, Nevada, were 1-2 in the USRA modified A feature.

Republic’s Burl Woods beat Joplin’s John Coats in the factory stock A feature. Neosho’s Chris Hawkins finished ninth.