By Dan Stillwell
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Could this actually be two rain-free Fridays in a row for Beckley Motorsports Park?
Unless Mother Nature throws a curve ball, believe it.
“We’re very blessed,” said Joe Jackson, who manages the track with his wife Billie. “There was excellent racing last week, and we should have the same this week.”
For the past several years the track has been plagued by weekend rain storms. And while rain washed out the first week of racing (April 19), it’s been good ever since.
“It’s going to be 70 degrees, and we’re going to take advantage of it,” Billie Jackson said. “Last week’s crowd was wonderful. People are excited about racing.”
All six classes raced last week, with Rick Williams (Late Models), Keith Bills (Modifieds), Chris Meadows (Crate Late Models), Rodney Cole (Outlaw Streets), Tyler Blankenship (Street Stocks) and Jacob Skaggs (Hornets) coming away with victories.
All racing was finished by midnight.
The car counts, while good last week, should improve. Many drivers are still working on their cars, getting them ready to take on the 3/8th-mile oval dirt track in Prosperity.
Several Fastrak Late Model drivers will also be in attendance in preparation for next week’s Mike Faykus Sr. Memorial Race.
“There should be lots of cars,” Joe Jackson said. “It’s a pro Late Model race that will pay $2,000 to win and $250 to start. It’s the same class of cars that came in during October for the Fastrak World Championships.”
NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace, who delighted fans last year with an appearance at BMP, will return May 17.
General admission this season is $12. Kids ages 6-10 will pay $6, while those 5 and under get in free. Pit passes are $25.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. The drivers meeting is at 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow 15 minutes later.
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