posted March 27, 2001 09:59 PM
BENNY BUSBY TO BE AWARDED LANNY EDWARDS AWARD
FORT WORTH-DALLAS (March 27, 2001) - Benny Busby, promoter and operator of Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, will be awarded the 2001 Lanny Edwards Award during pre-race ceremonies prior to the Harrah's 500 Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The award is for accomplishment and the advancement of short track motorsports in the region. Lanny Edwards, promoter of Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, Lawton (Okla.) Speedway, and co-promoter of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl indoor midget race in Tulsa, Okla., will make the presentation to Busby.
Busby has been the promoter at Grayson County Speedway, located just east of Sherman, Texas, since 1974. The quarter-mile clay speedway has presented a variety of racing classes through the years. Busby was the first to introduce the cost-conscious International Motor Contest Racing Association modified division to Texas in 1986. The class is now the most popular oval-track racing division in the state.
"When we joined IMCA, there were maybe a dozen sanctioned tracks across the entire United States," said Busby. "It just makes more sense to be able to race a $600 engine rather than a $6,000 engine which is the basis for IMCA.
"I had always been involved in drag racing as a driver. But dirt track racing attracted me. A driver could compete in two or three races nightly, be at the track for three or so hours and head home. Oval track racing appealed to me."
"One reason Texas Motor Speedway has been so successful is because of the tremendous fan support at short tracks in the area," said general manager Eddie Gossage. "We are glad to recognize Benny Busby's 27 years of promoting."
Previous winners of the Lanny Edwards Award are: 1997, Edwards; 1998, Gene Adamcik, Heart O' Texas Speedway, Waco, Texas; 1999, Cecil Harlan, Tri-State Speedway, Ft. Smith, Ark. and 2000, Ray Marler, I-55 Raceway, Pevely, Mo.