The 22nd annual Ozarks Area Racers Reunion is scheduled for January 31, 2009 at the Shrine Mosque (601 east St. Louis Street in Springfield, MO). This years event, as always, highlights the history of area racing with 1000's of racing photos from as early as the 1930's. Don’t miss an awesome slection of race cars from all across the Midwest. One vehicle expected to draw a crowd will be the highly detailed cut-away Craftsman Trucks of Mitler Brothers racing stables from the St. Louis, MO area.
Other unique vehicles ion display will include a new addition to the retro-race craze in the Springfield, MO area with a 1964 Chevelle owned by Kim Kaasa who owned one years ago just like it. From Kansas comes a 1936 Hudson raced currently today by Danny Haase.
There has been open invitations made to several NASCAR Celebrities and just like last year you never know who will walk through the back door at the last minute. Last year as the awards was beginning NASCAR racer Carl Edwards made a surprise visit to his racing friends in the Midwest. Staying for the entire ceremony.
2009 Inductees - PIONEERS:
Jim Sterling, former Bolivar Hearld owner found time to enjoy his favorite sport of Stock Car Racing at the Bolivar Speedway, which at the time was fairly new to the area.
Dob Babb from Bolivar also, was hooked on the power of the cars and the love of the sport. Babb, CEO of Citizens Memorial Hospital still manages to slip in a race or two each year between his busy daily schedule. Terry Phillips is schduled to present for Mr. Babb.
Bill Allen also from the Polk county area will be placed permanently on the hall of fame board for his efforts. He is know for the hard work he has given to the sport and low profile approach at promoting.
Harry Lightfoot was spotlighted each and every week at the famed "Fairgrounds Speedway" for the level of weekly competition he brought not to mention the many talented drivers he helped deveolop along the way. Lightfoot has been referred to as the best promoter the Fairgrounds Speedway ever had.
Larry Shaw might seem a bit out of our territory hailing from Batesville, AR. However in Mark Martin’s early days, Larry spent about as much time at the Fairgrounds as Mark did. Shaw was one of the ground floor people that helped launch Mark Martins career. Later in life he would build the best valued Dirt Late Model chassis with Thousands of wins to his credit. His House Car that was piloted by Billy Moyer probably did the best.
2009 Inductees – LEGENDS
J.C, Newell probably has one of the largest fan clubs along with his son Ben as they will race you as clean as you want all night long. His style and superior class puts him in the Legends category.
Eddie Williamson was an early days racer with modern driving skills. His Career gave him many wins and much admiration from both fans and competitors. His cars were always at the front and his memories will always be at the top.
Terry Brumley still amazes many with his racing capabilities. In the early years it was old motorcycles and fast stock cars. Even though his stock car days are over, he can still be found gathering trophies on a 2 wheeler.
Bunky Long has made more trips up and down the 2 lanes to little race tracks then many of us put together. His efforts would usually net just enough to go again next week. From old business coupes to whatever had a steering wheel Long seemed to be comfortable in the drivers seat.
Doors open at 4 p.m. Awards Ceremony to begin around 7:00 p.m. Advanced Tickets can be bought at Shrine Mosque Ticket Offices, Green County Damaged Freight and Food Sales, Ron's Racing Collectables and ALL Area O'Reilly Auto Parts for $15. Tickets at the door $20 for adults 12 and under $8.
For more info call Mark Perry at 417-886-3358 or Kevin Fletcher at 417-234-3273 and visit www.ozarksarearacers.com