Want to put a face to a car number?
And eat bargain-priced hot dogs, as well?
Those activites are part of the fun this evening as Beckley Motorsports Park holds its annual Fan Appreciation Night.
“We’re going to have dollar hot dogs, and at intermission, we’re going to bring every car out onto the track,” track co-manager Billie Jo Jackson said.
“We encourage all the fans to come down and meet the drivers. You can get their autographs and get to know them.”
It’s a regular night of racing at the 3/8th-mile oval dirt track in Prosperity. All six classes (Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, Crates, Street Stocks, Outlaw Streets and Hornets) will run.
And, for the first Friday in what seems like over a month, there is no chance of rain.
The track was rained out July 5, and often was in the middle of thunderstorms on the other days.
“We’ve been racing. We’ve pulled through,” Jackson said. “Last Friday, you could be standing in the sun, and walk 10 feet and get raindrops on your face.
“The weather looks great for tonight. I think it will be a good night of racing.”
Gates will open at 4 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $12. Kids ages 6-10 will pay $6, while those 5 and under get in free. Pit passes are $25.
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While tonight is a regular show at BMP, with a standard payout, things will crank up in August.
The third annual City National Bank Down and Dirty 30 for Super Late Models is set for Aug. 2.
The following Friday, BMP will host a Hillbilly 100 qualifier, also for Late Models.
Popular NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader will make his return to Beckley Aug. 15-16. That Thursday, he will bring his two-seater car and four AMRA Open Wheel Modifieds. As part of a Federated Auto Parts promotion, fans can drive those cars, with instruction from Schrader.
He’ll compete in the Fast and Furious 40 that Friday. The race, for AMRA Modifieds, will pay $2,000 to win.
“That’s an ungodly amount of money for them,” Jackson said. “They never race for that much money.”
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Last week’s Top 5 finishers
Street Stocks — 1. Robert Richardson (1 1/2) Alderson; 2. Tyler Blankenship (44), Hanover; 3. Matt Schoolcraft (55S) Rainelle; 4. Greg Pierce (1) Sullivan; 5. Travis Mills (30) Sophia.
Late Models — 1. Brad Jarrell (10J) Fayetteville; 2. Jeff Lilly (17) Beckley; 3. Marshall Wiblin (64) Sissonville; 4. Brock Morris (529) Charleston; 5. Brandon Carter (57) Beckley.
AMRA Modifieds — 1. Joe Meadows (33) Crab Orchard; 2. Chris Meadows (33M) Crab Orchard; 3. Keith Bills (36K) Kincade; 4. Jason Cochran (17) Flat Top; 5. Tate Hughes (22C) Daniels.
Crates — 1. Aaron Barley (28) Mount Hope; 2. Eddie Hambrick (45) Oak Hill; 3. Chad Justice (25) Beckley; 4. T.J. Salango (18) Glen Daniel; 5. Tyler Cox (68) Beckley.
Outlaw Streets — 1. Will Brogan (411) Charleston; 2. Kenny Meadows (3K) Hinton; 5. Freddie Mooney (6M) Princeton; 4. Robert Walker (A&B1) Charleston; 5. David Ferreira (USA1) Beckley.
Hornets — 1. Tiffany Richardson (1/2) Alderson; 2. Brandon Adkins (18) Hinton; 3. Cameron Miller (23) Hinton; 4. Jesse Raynes (25) Dorothy; 5. Patrick Raynes (2) Dorothy.
BMP Top 10 points leaders
Street Stocks — 1. Matt Schoolcraft (55S) Rainelle 502; 2. Robert Richardson (1 1/2) Alderson 474; 3. Hank Stover (14) Beaver 444; 4. Bradley Richardson (6) Alderson 435; 5. Travis Mills (30) Sophia 380; 6. Tyler Blankenship (44) Hanover 366; 7. Robert Modley II (23) Beckley 340; 8. Tommy Blaneksnhip (15) Corinne 284; 9. Ross Spangler Jr. (10S) Prosperity 264; 10. Bob Modley (911) Beckley.
Late Models — 1. Rick Williams (12) Beckley; 2. Brock Morris (529) Charleston 334; 3. Wayne Hughes (1H) Beaver 326; 4. Adam Lilly (12A) Rhodell 284; 5. Brad Jarrell (10J) Fayetteville 257; 6. Jeff Cox (68) Beckley 200; 7. T.J. Slango (18T) Glen Daniel; 8. Frankie Johnston (2J) Bud 180; 9. Rickey Strattis (1) Prosperity 169; 10. Steve Lucas (5L) Charleston 166.
AMRA Modifieds — 1. Keith Bills (36K) Kincade 474; 2. Mike Duncan (53) Beckley 450; 3. Michael Moore (2) Beckley 448; 4. Jason Cochran (17) Flat Top 374; 5. Tate Hughes (22C) Daniels 354; 6. Jacob Shafer (85S) Clendenin 286; 7. Joe Meadows (33) Crab Orchard 244; 8. Joe Mollett (87) Sophia 222; 9. Bill Pritchard (94) Beckley 220; 10. Dylan Shafer (07S) Clendenin 210.
Crates — 1. Eddie Hambrick (45) Oak Hill 488; 2. Tyler Cox (68) Beckley 438; 3. Shane Creco (33G) Midlway 416; 4. Henry Hornsby (39H) Bradley 342 and Andrew Smith (20) Beckley 342; 6. Aaron Barley (28) Mount Hope 324; 7. Joe Cox (41) Stanaford 274; 8. Nathan Harrison (95) Kenna 174; 9. Ted Johnson (25T) Athens 154; 10. Eric Bennett (4) Stanford 148.
Outlaw Streets — 1. Robert Walker (A&B1) Charleston 460; 2. Hope Lusher (10) Robson 366; 3. Rodney Cole (49) Amma 302;4. David Ferreira (USA1) Beckley; 5. Lenny Stafford (11) Beckley; 6. Will Brogan (411) Charleston 224; 7. William Collins (66) Beckley 204; 8. Kevin Fitzwater (1K) Beaver 178; 9. Clinton Blanton (83) Clay 162; 10. Jacob Skaggs (7) Victor 154.
Hornets — 1. D.J. Critchley (206) Danese 484; 2. Brandon Adkins (18) Hinton 460; 3. Jesse Raynes (25) Dorothy 426; 4. Patrick Raynes (2) Dorothy 422; 5. Bryce Ryan (36B) Kincade 398; 6. Tiffany Richardson (1/’2) Alderson 386; 7. Cameron Miller (23) Hinton 364; 8. Zachery Lilly (12Z) Rhodell 316; 9. Devin Corns (47) Mann 310; 10. Wade Skaggs (26) Victor 284.
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