posted January 28, 2000 06:23 PM
WEST PLAINS, MO - - The first official entry for the Memorial Weekend classic 8th Annual Show-Me 100 was received in the West Plains Motor Speedway offices this week as Dustin Mooneyham’s entry for the $34,000 to win race became official.
“When I was putting together my schedule for 2000, naturally the Show-Me was on the list,” commented Verona, Missouri’s Mooneyham. “But when the Gibson’s recently announced the two provisional spots available, I got really even more excited.”
For the May 26-27th Show-Me 100, promoters Don and Billie Gibson have announced that the last two starting spots in the race will be a random draw after the consolation races on the front stretch from all the drivers there that didn’t make the race, who attempted qualifying on Friday night. “I like to give everyone a chance to start the Show-Me no matter what the level of experience or budget.” Said Don Gibson.
“For someone like me, just starting my Late Model career, I don’t have the same track knowledge that a lot of the guys have there,” Viewed Mooneyham. “But knowing that I’ve got an equal shot to race in one of the greatest races of the year as anyone, is quite a thrill. There isn’t to many races that are as prestigious to make as the Show-Me, and being a native Missourian, it’s one of my goals to not only make the field, but to win one like Missourian Terry Phillips did last year.”
The 18-year-old Mooneyham is the son of Darrell Mooneyham, a frequent winner at the West Plains track in years past. “It’s one of dad’s favorite tracks, and I can’t wait to race there.” Shared Dustin. “We are going to try and hit the April 22nd MARS Series event there so I’ve got some track time.”
Mooneyham competed in just a handful of events last year in his first Late Model starts, before having to quit for his high school football season, which produced a state title. “Winning the football championship was great, but I think winning the Show-Me would top that easy.” Said a smiling Mooneyham. “The Gibson’s have made that event such a big deal and everyone just brags and brags on the whole deal, it would be a dream to win it, but for now we’ll just concentrate hard on making the field.”
“It’s unreal when you think about it,” Continued Mooneyham. “They don’t charge an entry fee, if you register before something like the first of May, yet they pay one of the best purses of any dirt track races run. Then they come up with this adding two addition cars to the 24-car field. That’s another $6,800 they are taking out of their pockets to reward a couple of drivers for coming and doing what we love- racing. I’m just amazed and thankful there are people like that in this business, that’s why I want to be a race car driver and involved in this sport.”
Information for either driver pre-entry or ticket sales for the 8th Annual Show-Me 100 can be obtained by calling the West Plains Motor Speedway office at 870-994-7447 or emailing Gibson Racing at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Show-Me 100 is the first big money race of the year with its $34,000-to-win, $3,400 to start payout.
West Plains Motor Speedway begins it’s 11th season of weekly racing on Saturday night April 1, with practices scheduled March 18th and 25th.