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posted July 30, 2001 08:08 AM
Big Weekend at West Plains
Motor Speedway Leads into
Dirt Works Show-Me Events
The Ramada Inn and Figuro's of West Plains sponsored the appearance of the "Transaurus", described as a dinosaur of destruction, along with a Dwarf Car program at West Plains Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights.
Spectators where impressed with the destructive nature of the beast as it "ate" cars on the infield as well as blowing flames 15' in the air as it salivated over the tasty treats Garrett's Towing brought in for it to snack on.
Along with the "Transaurus" program on Friday night the Dwarfs from the Arkansas Dwarf Car Assn. competed along with a non-points racing program for local classes. Delighted fans enjoyed the excitement as they raced all out for trophies and prize money.
In the Dwarf Car A-Feature first place honors went to Chuck Lewis of Batesville, AR. Taking the second place spot was Tex Myers of Hot Spring, AR, followed by Danny Sweere of Conway, AR, Jason Marshall of Hasty, AR, and Jerry Cotton of Sheridan, AR.
The Hobby division winner was Pete Harris of Pottersville, MO, followed by Richard Reinmuth of Koshkonong, MO, Donnie King, Wayman Welch and Brandon Coble, all of West Plains.
In the Cruiser class David Collins of West Plains, took the checkered flag. He was followed by Todd Kelly of Birch Tree, MO, Donald Collins of West Plains, Patrick Reed of Mtn. View, MO and Chris Wilbanks of West Plains,MO.
Bikes were raced for the first time on the big track and a good number of bikers competed for trophies. In the 6-8 age group Justin Rosa of West Plains, was the winner and in the 9-12 age group the winner was Josh Smith of West Plains.
On Saturday night a full points program for all classes again provided alot of fast paced action. The Dwarfs again put on a show with a repeat winner, Chuck Lewis took all the honors, trophy and prize money. He was followed across the finish line by Tex Myers, Eric Parsons of Mtn. Home, AR, Sherman Bryant of Clinton, AR and Dwight Shields of Vilonia, AR.
In the IMCA Modified main event Jason Hughes of West Plains, MO. Hughes began in
the eighth starting spot and tactfully worked the traffic making his way to the front spot by lap 18 of the 20-lap feature. Hughes was followed across the finish line by Jason Meadors of Fordland, MO, Billy Romans of West Plains, Brandon Smith of Floral, AR and last weeks winner, Marlin Shehorn of Russellville, AR.
The Super Stock A-Feature placed Brandon Smith on Victory Lane will all the honors. Rounding out the top five were David Wallace of Theodosia, MO, Tony Forehand of Paragould, AR, Kevin Collins of West Plains, and Derald Kelly of Birch Tree, MO.
The Hobby Stock winner's trophy went to Pete Harris again on Saturday night, he was followed by Dexter Frost of Birch Tree, MO, Kevin Collins of West Plains, Richard Reinmuth, and Donnie Miller of Point Lookout, MO.
Cruiser action was fast and furious as usual with new cars appearing each week it seems. This week's winner was Bill Johns of Hardy, AR, followed by Todd Kelly of Birch Tree, MO, Mike Plante of Theodosia, MO, Paula Ross of Flippin, AR and David Collins, the Friday night winner.
The Arkansas Dwarf Car Assn. provided bikes that were given away and the luck winners were Kyle Burton of Ash Flat, AR, and Jerrod James of West Plains.
Next week the 9th Annual Dirt Works IMCA Modified Show-Me Championship will kick off three days of highly competitive qualifying action that will climax on Saturday night with a 40-lap feature event paying $4,500 to win and $450 to start.
Each night will be a full program for the IMCA Modified along with a points program for one of the weekly classes. On Thursday the support class will be the Hobby Cars and Trucks. Friday night will see the Cruisers providing the support action and Super Stocks will be running on Saturday night.
Gates will open at 6:00 each night with hotlapping set for 7:30 and racing to begin at 8:00. Admission will be $7 for adults and $2 for kids 7-11 on Thursday and Friday, and $10 for adults and $3 for kids 7-11 on Saturday night.
This event has always drawn drivers from all across the region and this year it has been named by the IMCA organization as one of the IMCA National Modified Series events, so even more drivers are expected including national series drivers competing for this national series points fund.