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Topic: New ownership team takes over Joplin 66 Speedway
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posted March 12, 2002 11:43 AM
New ownership team takes over Joplin 66 Speedway
JOPLIN, Mo. (March 12) - Joplin 66 Speedway will open the 2002 season with new ownership and with a promoter al-ready well acquainted with the facility.
Clinton and Nancey Schilling of Lockwood and Steve and Chris Tong of Jasper have purchased the 3/8 mile dirt track from Pat and Lee Williams. Kevin Stocker, race director at Joplin for the past five years, moves to the full-time position of promoter and general manager.
"This is one of the best tracks you'll ever see and we have a lot of big plans for this facility," Stocker said, citing the fair as one example. "Racing won't be the only thing going on here."
Saturday night shows at Joplin will feature I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Models from April 27 to Aug. 24.
"We've got a pretty good bunch of I.M.C.A. Late Model drivers here," said Stocker. "Last year we averaged 20-21 cars a night and I know we have at least four new drivers coming into the division this season."
Two changes announced after the sale of the track was completed was to make the facility a non-alcohol family envi-ronment, and to put on a new racing surface after the March 29 World of Outlaws show.
"We have to reach all people. Right now there are certain people and groups that won't attend because of alcohol," explained Tong. "We're totally committed to running a dust-free track. A dusty environment will cause fans not to attend and we don't want that."
Other changes are planned in concession stand fare. Much of the facility is getting a new coat of paint and other maintenance is being done in preparation for opening night,
Race programs will begin at 7 p.m. and Stocker promises few lulls in the shows. An 11 p.m. curfew will be enforced so fans and drivers can get home at a decent hour.