The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 25, 2012

‘Racing for Miracles’ on tap tonight at BMP

Portion of proceeds going to Children’s Miracle Network

A great night of racing for a good cause.

What could be better?

Beckley Motorsports Park, in conjunction with Sam’s Club, will host a fundraiser this evening for the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

Track manager Joe Jackson said the facility will donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network for each ticket sold.

“We’re deeming it ‘Racing for Miracles,’” Jackson said. “We’ll have drivers coming into the stands and collecting donations. Some will donate money for each lap they run.”

Several patients from the WVU Children’s Hospital will be in attendance.

“They’ll be here enjoying the evening, and we’ll include them in the activities,” Jackson said. “Some of them will be flagging races.”

The weather should cooperate, with partly cloudy skies and a temperature in the mid-60s by the start of the races.

A full slate of racing is planned at the 3/8th-mile dirt track in Prosperity, which is in its 53rd year of operation.

“I’ve heard some of the Late Models guys from Charleston and the I-77 Speedway are coming down,” Jackson said. “They’ve been complaining about paying (turnpike) tolls, so we’re going to help them out.

“It should be a good evening.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. The drivers meeting is at 6:45 p.m., and racing will start around 7 p.m.

General admission is $10. Pit passes are $25.

Last week’s top performers in each class were:

Street Stocks — 1. Ted Goins (81), Beckley; 2. Robert Richardson (1 1/2), Alderson; 3. Tyler Blankenship (44), Hanover.

Late Models — 1. Harold Redman Jr. (28R), Charleston; 2. Rick Williams (12), Beckley; 3. Wayne Hughes (1H), Beaver.

Modifieds — 1. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Mike Duncan (2), Beckley; 3. Joe Cox (41), Stanaford.

Semi-Late Models — 1. Tate Hughes (22C), Daniels; 2. Nathan Harrison (95), Kenna; 3. Eddie Hambrick (45), Beckley.

Modified Streets — 1. Daniel Lowe (37), North Tazewell, Va.; 2. Will Brogan (411), Charleston; 3. Buddy Brogan (15), Charleston.

Hornets — 1. Wade Skaggs (26), Victor; 2. Ranse Cline (48), Gilbert; 3. Jacob Skaggs (01), Victor.

— E-mail: dstillwell@register-herald.com

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