posted September 25, 2002 05:21 AM
Wallace brothers highlight $5,000 to win sprint car go at Benton, Mo.
Auto Tire and Parts Racepark in Benton, Mo is gearing up for the first Sprint Car Fall Classic Shootout on Friday Sept. 27. The Fall Classic will kick off a weekend of serious racing at the facility with the appearance of Rusty, Kenny and Mike Wallace being one of the highlights of the weekend. The Sprint Car Fall Classic will kick off night one of the two-night racing weekend at the 3/8th dirt track.
Friday night, the Sprint Car Fall Classic will feature the Winged Sprints cars going for the $5,000 top prize along with the first round of US Outlaw Mini Sprint National Championship. The Midwest Auto Racing Association (MARA) Midgets will also be on hand Friday night completing the full night of sprint car open-wheel racing.
The Wallace brothers, appearing for the first time together, will also be on hand Friday night signing autographs for fans.
The $5,000 top prize for the Winged Sprints is the largest non-sanctioned sprint car payout in the track’s history. The MARA Midgets will be making their second appearance at the track; the first appearance of the series was in 1997.
Legendary midget driver Steve Knepper is expected to be on hand for the shootout. Knepper took the top honors in the last visit to the racepark and is one of the most prominent midget drivers in the country. Knepper is a former winner of the Belleville Nationals which is the midget racers equivalent of the Knoxville Nationals or Daytona 500.
On Saturday night the final round of the US Outlaw Mini Sprint National will take place along with the Miller Lite Modifieds fighting for the $1,000 top prize. Pure Streets will be shooting out for the $500 first place money and the Motorsports Unlimited Cruisers will be competing for $300 to win.
Hot laps start at 6pm on both Friday and Saturday night with racing action getting underway at 7pm. For more information on the Sprint Car Fall Classic weekend visit the track website www.autotireandpartsracepark.com or call 573-887-6958 or 573-382-2423.