Now, it’s the other Kenny’s turn.
Kenny Schrader will become the second well-known NASCAR driver to appear in Beckley this year when he competes in the Fast & Furious 40 Open-Wheel Modifieds race at Beckley Motor Speedway tonight.
Kenny Wallace raced his AMRA Open-Wheel Modified and won at BMP back on May 17. Wallace dominated from start to finish in his second visit to BMP. He also won his race back on May 18, 2012.
It will be Schrader’s second race at the 3/8th-mile, high-banked, oval dirt track in Prosperity as well, but unlike Wallace, he’s still looking for his first win there.
Beckley racer Rick Williams, normally a Late Models driver, led from the get-go in a Modifieds race back on June 14, 2011. Schrader ran strong, but couldn’t quite catch Williams on the straightaways.
“Williams didn’t make any mistakes,” Schrader said after the race. “Plus, he was faster, which makes it easier.”
Schrader was scheduled to arrive in Beckley Thursday and take some fans for a spin around the track in his special two-seater model as part of a Federated Auto promotion.
Tonight he’ll get down to business in the Fast & Furious 40, a 40-lap race paying $2,000 to win and $300 to start.
Schrader, has run 759 Sprint Cup races and captured three Daytona 500 poles during his long career behind the wheel.
Track manager Joe Jackson is glad to bring him back to Beckley.
“Kenny’s been around a long time, and he’s a name well-known in NASCAR circles,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll put on a very good show, same as Kenny Wallace.”
Schrader, who competes in many dirt track events as well as the occasional NASCAR race, won the pole back on July 24 in a Camping World Truck event at Eldora, Ill.
It was the first NASCAR big three series race on a dirt track in many years.
“If Kenny puts on a show tonight like he did in Eldora, the fans will get their moneys worth,” Jackson said.
Only 20 cars will compete in the Fast & Furious 40, but Jackson expects far more than that to battle in the heat races.
Fastrak Crates, Outlaw Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets will also run tonight at BMP.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing to begin at 7 p.m. General admission is $15. Kids ages 6-10 will pay $6, while those 5 and under get in free. Pit passes are $30.
The Hillbilly 100 Qualifier, postponed last week because of rain, will be held Aug. 23 at BMP. The winner is guaranteed a spot in the Hillbilly 100, set for Labor Day at I-77 Speedway in Ripley.
One of the oldest of all dirt track competitions in the country, the Hillbilly 100 will pay $25,000 to the winner.
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Top 10 points leaders
1. Matt Schoolcraft 570, 2. Robert Richardson 542, 3. Hank Stover, 4. Bradley Richardson, 5. Tyler Blankenship, 6. Travis Mills, 7. Robert Modley II, 8. Ross Spangler, 9. Mark Snodgrass, 10. Tommy Blankenship
1. Rick Williams 482, 2. Wayne Hughes 398, 3. Brock Morris 394, 4. Adam Lilly 350, 5. Brad Jarrell 319, 6. Rickey Strattis 237, 7. Brandon Carter 232, 8. Jeff Cox 200, 9. T.J. Salango 182, 10. Steve Lucas 181.
1. Keith Bills 568, 2. Michael Moore 498, 3. Jason Cochran 462, 4. Tate Hughes 454, 5. Mike Duncan 450, 6. Jacob Shafer 350, Bill Pritchard Jr. 300, Joe Meadows 244, 9. Joe Mollett 222, Dylan Shafer 210
1. Eddie Hambrick 578, 2. Tyler Cox 536, 3. Shane Greco 492, 4. Aaron Barley 416, 5. Andrew Smith 412, 6. Henry Hornsby III 406, 7. Joe Cox 344, 8. Ted Johnson and David Collins, 182, 10. Eric Bennett and Nathan Harrison 174
1. Robert Walker 538, 2. Hope Lusher 432, 3. Rodney Cole 390, 4. David Ferreira 352, 5. Lenny Stafford 320, 6. Will Brogan 274, 7. Kevin Fitzwater 244, 8. Buddy Brogan 218, 9. William Collins 204, 10. Jacob Skaggs 174.
1. D.J. Critchley 582, 2. Brandon Adkins 556, 3. Jesse Raynes 510, 4. Patrick Raynes 504, 5. Bryce Ryan 474, 6. Tiffany Richardson 386, 7. Wade Skaggs 370, 8. Cameron Miller 364, 9. Zachery Lilly 316, 10. Devin Corns 310.
Now, it’s the other Kenny’s turn.
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