Rob Nugent, Track Announcer
POCOLA, OK (August 29TH, 2015) – After last weekend’s rain out and the previous weekend’s scheduled weekend off for back to school activities, Mother Nature once again threatened to throw her proverbial ‘monkey wrench” into the activities. A fairly light rain passed over the track early in the day on Saturday and thanks to the track crew’s hard work, the track was ready for hot laps at 7:15 PM.
The night kicked off with the trophy presentations for the previous race’s (from August 8TH, 2015) A Feature winners with interviews and photo taking on the pass through in front of the grandstands. This was followed with a short dialogue from track announcer, Rob Nugent, about the passing of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, along with the passing of local racer and friend, Chuck Fountain. The invocation followed a moment of silence and then a memorial parade lap, honoring the late Tillman Evans, during the National Anthem.
Heat racing action got underway at 8:14 PM with a lot of three and four wide racing action. Intermission was underway by 9:30 PM which gave everyone a chance to stretch their legs and get some of the concession food, try some of the world famous Menasco BBQ and grab a big funnel cake for dessert. Several race fans and kids were also the lucky recipients of track giveaways, including free T-Shirts, during the intermission.
The Pure Stock A Feature was up first and saw Andrew Bohanan (51) take home his second win of 2015 while previous winner, Wesley Bourne (5 – Cameron, OK), came home in second ahead of Chris Perkins (88 - Rudy, AR) who finished in third for the third week in a row.
In the IMCA Sport Mod A Feature, Ken McCarty (1 - Roger, AR) took home his sixth A Feature win of the season ahead of last week’s winner Cody Rongey (7 1- Booneville, AR) as Neil Johnston (17J - Fort Smith, AR) crossed the line in third.
The IMCA Modified A Feature hit the track next and saw Jake Davis (7 – Fort Smith, AR) take home the trophy for his first win of the season ahead of Johnny Bone, Jr. (12 – Pea Ridge, AR) and Tate Cole (89 – Muskogee, OK).
The Factory/I Stock A Feature saw Justin Johnson (55 – Fort Smith, AR) claim his second win of the season ahead of Shannon Cox (75 – Greenwood, AR) in second and Keith Heaslet (5 - Indianola, OK) in third.
The TSS Modified A feature was up next with Brandon Hunter (1/4 – Alma, AR) taking the win for the second week in a row over Mike Cook (7C – Community, AR) and Mike Hines (57M – Van Buren, AR) in second and third respectively.
The Super Stock A Feature hit the track next and saw H. Palmer (X-15 – Muldrow, OK) come home just a few feet short as Kyle Slader (19S – Muskogee, OK) claimed the win that went down to the last lap and last turn as point leader Neil Johnston (17 – Fort Smith, AR) crossed the line in third.
Up next on the high banks was the Powder Puff race with only three of the eight who signed up taking to the track. Mary Margaret Green (31W) took the win over Virginia Anderson (36) and Angela Stanton (23).
The last race saw three of the eight ‘Old Timer” who signed in take to the track. The mystery driver of car #1 took the win over Bosco Hunter (1/2) and Carl McDade (1ST) as Carl lost a right front wheel after hitting the outside front strait wall on the next to last lap.
Complete race results, including heats, are available by clicking on the results link. Current point standings are available by clickin gon the points link.
Tri-State Speedway will return to action again on September 5th, 2015 with another night of point racing in all six classes plus added money by the Pure Stock Racing Association (PSRA). As the season gets closer to the end, the battle at the top of the point standings get hotter and hotter with as little as 11 points separating first and second in the IMCA Sport Mods.
Pit gates will open at 4:00 PM with the grandstands opening at 5:00 PM. Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 7:45 PM with the green flag set to drop on the racing action at 8:00 PM. Information on admission pricing and our complete 2015 racing schedule can always be found by clicking on the schedule link. Also, be sure to stay up to date with us via our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube which can be found by clicking the icons on the bottom of our website home page or by adding a “/” plus “Facebook”, “Twitter”, “Google+” or “YouTube” at the end so it looks like www.Tri-StateSpeedway.com/Facebook, etc.
We will see YOU soon!
Tri-State Speedway this year will not only have a regular weekly program full of racing photos, previous week's winners and results and point standings for sale each week, but there will also be an additional free program.
The free program will be available at the ticket office., One or two, per admission each week will be handed out. They will contain a coloring page for the kids, an autograph page, a memorial page, this year's schedule, a history page and more.
These additional programs should be available by next weekend. The following businesses have purchased ads in this program.
Tri-State Speedway is pleased to announce the addition of Dan King as its promoter.
Dan has a few years under his belt as a promoter and will bring with him a much needed break for new owner, Carey Menasco. Dan will immediately take over as promoter starting with this weekend's7th Annual Tillman Evans Memorial Races presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith.
Dan will also be in charge of race day operations with no changes expected at this point and time.
Please join us in welcoming Dan to the legendary Tri-State Speedway!
Make your plans now to attend the 7th Annual Tillman Ecans Memorial Races presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Fort Smith. Coca-Cola has been a huge part of racing over the years with us at Tri-State Speedway so it is fitting for them to be a sponsor of the races which bears the founder and original builder's name.
The ecening will feature a memorial parade lap honoring the memories and service to Tri-State Speedway for the late Tillman Evans who passed just seven years ago. There will also be added money in all classes presented by Coca-Cola. The Pure Stocks will be racing for $500 to win. The Factory/IMCA Stocks will be $550 to win. The Super Stocks will be $600 to win. The IMCA Sport Mods will be $650 to win. The TSS Modifeids will be $700 to win. The IMCA Modifieds will be $800 to win.
Also, at the end of the night, we will have a couple of Old Timer's races for the older, retired drivers to get back in the seat another time to prove of they still have it, or just to prove that they are still faster than their fellow competitors.
We will also let the "ladies" of the track, whether they are wifes, girlfriends or just friends. take to the track in borrowed cars to see how well they stack up against their counterparts. The Powder Puff races are always a lot of fun and excitement.
All of this action will be at regular admission prices and normal start times.
We will see YOU on Saturday, August 29th!