The official information for the 36th Annual Spooker has now been released. This year’s event will take place on October 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, 2015 at the legendary Tri-State Speedway, located in Pocola, OK.
This year’s A Feature payouts are the largest in the event’s 35 year storied history with over $58,000 up for grabs. The 2015 version promises to be one of, if not, the biggest racing events in this part of the country. New track owner, Carey Menasco, has upgraded the facilities this season with numerous enhancements, including new concession stands in the pits as well as on the grandstand side. Over the years, this event has become a destination for drivers and fans alike with many scheduling their vacations for this event and even camping out at the track. When this year’s event is through, will you be able to say that you raced in, or attended, the 36th Annual Spooker at Tri-State Speedway?
Seven classes will do battle on the famous high banks this year. The classes will include Pure Stocks, Factory/IMCA Stocks, Super/Street Stocks/Grand Nationals, Sport Mods (WISSOTA/USRA/IMCA), TSS Modifieds, IMCA Modifieds and Late Models. There will not be any Front Wheel Drive or Mini-Stock classes at this year’s event. There will not be any “area track rules” at this year’s event, as all classes will have to fit into the defined rules, as listed on the flyer.
The Pure Stocks and Super/Street Stocks/Grand Nationals will both follow the published 2015 Tri-State Speedway track rules for Pure Stocks and Super Stocks. The Factory/IMCA Stocks will be able to run either the 2015 Tri-State Speedway Factory Stock rules or the 2015 IMCA Stock Rules. The TSS Modifieds will run the 2015 USRA Modified rules with the Late Models running basically an open class with a few restrictions, as listed on the flyer. The IMCA Modifieds will run the 2015 IMCA Modified rules while the Sport Mods will be a combination class of WISSOTA Midwest Mods/USRA B-Mods/IMCA Sport Mods (both Northern and Southern) that will run will some restrictions as listed on the flyer.
This year’s event schedule will differ slightly from year’s past. Practice will continue to be on Wednesday night (14th) for all classes. Thursday night (15th) will feature heat racing (qualifying) for all classes, except Late Models. Friday night’s (16th) schedule will be feature racing for the stock bodied cars with a second round of heat racing (qualifying) for the modifieds plus a full race program for the Late Models. Saturday night (17th) will be the feature racing for the modified classes plus another full Late Model program.
Grandstand admission on Wednesday is free for everyone with only $15 pit passes. The gates on Wednesday open at 5 PM with practice from 6 PM to 10 PM. Thursday admission is only $10 for adults with kids (6-12) at $5 and pit passes of $30 and $15. Gates on Thursday open at 3 PM with racing at 7 PM. Friday’s admissions is $15 for adults and kids (6-12) are $8 with pit passes of $35 and $20. Friday’s gates open at 3 PM with racing at 7 PM. Saturday’s admission is $15 for adults and $8 for kids (6-12) with pit passes of $35 and $20. Saturday’s gate times are 3 PM with racing at 6 PM.
If you are looking for a place to stay during the 36th Annual Spooker, be sure to give the Quality Inn, located at 2120 Burnham Road in Fort Smith, AR. They are less than 10 miles from the track and are offering single rooms for only $65 per night and doubles are only $75 per night. Give them a call at 479.484.0227 and tell them Tri-State Speedway sent you to receive the discounted rates.
Complete information, including full color flyers, race procedures, as well as a list of previous Late Model and Modified winners, can be downloaded by clicking here. You can click on the images below for larger versions.
The 2015 point season wrapped up this last Saturday night at the legendary Tri-State Speedway. Not only was it a great night of racing on the famous high banks, but two track championships came down to the last points race of the season to determine the champions.
14 year old Kayden Menasco secured the 2015 IMCA Sport Mod Track Championship with his fourth place finish, The ninth grader had three A Feature wins, 16 Top 5's, 18 Top 10's and an average feature finish of fourth on his way to the championship. Menasco also picked up the Oklahoma State IMCA Northern Sport Mod Championship for 2015.
Pocola, Oklahoma's own Jeremy Vaughn had to fight hard for the 2015 TSS Modified Track Championship. Vaughn entered the last points race of the season three points out of first place and only five points ahead of third place. At the end of the race, Jeremy's eighth place finish was enough for him to win the championship by a very slim two points. Over the season's A Features, Vaughn had only one win, six Top 5's, nine Top 10's and an average feature finisah of seventh.