The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 24, 2014

Beckley Motor Speedway opens tonight

Beckley Motor Speedway opens the 2014 dirt track season tonight with big prizes for both drivers and kids.

The 55-year-old, 3/8th-mile oval dirt track in Prosperity will host a full evening of racing, including The Gold Rush for Super Late Models.

The race will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start.

“We’re ready to go,” track spokesman Joe Rush said. “We’re hoping to get between 25 and 30 Super Lates.”

A Kids Gold Rush will be held at intermission. One hundred dollars in quarters will be placed on the track and children up to 12 years old will be invited to come out of the stands and scoop them up. Whatever they find, they get to keep.

Modifieds, Crates, Outlaw Streets, Street Stocks and Hornet classes will also compete at the track, which is back under its traditional name after several years as Beckley Motorsports Park.

While rain is expected this morning, the skies are supposed to clear by late afternoon.

“We’re committed,” Rush said. “It (radar) shows it’s clearing up; we’re going to race.”

Gates open at 4 p.m., with racing at 7:15 p.m.

General admission is $12. Children 6-10 will be admitted for $5, while those 5 and under will get in free. A pit pass is $25.

Lester Elementary School will have a 50-50 raffle during the racing.

Last year’s track champions were Keith Bills of Kincade (Modifieds), Robert Richardson of Alderson (Street Stocks), Rick Williams of Beckley (late Models), Oak Hill’s Eddie Hambrick, Charleston’s Robert Walker (Outlaw Streets) and D.J. Critchley of Danese (Hornets).

Fans are reminded that beer is no longer sold at BMS and will not be allowed in the facility.

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