With the days of May starting to wind down, the start of the 13th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Show-Me 100 at West Plains Motor Speedway is now only a week away.
Super Late Model competitors from all corners of the country will be converging on Don and Billie Gibson's 3/8-mile, red clay oval track located in West Plains to try to add their names to a very elite list. The 2005 edition of the event will pay an earth-shattering $39,000 to win and $3,900 just to start the 100-lap affair.
Early entries indicate this could be one of the most talent-laden fields ever for the first Super Late Model mega-event of the 2005 campaign. Early entries include a host of former champions headlined by Billy Moyer Jr. from Batesville and Scott Bloomquist from Mooresburg, Tenn.
Moyer and Bloomquist are the only two drivers to win the event three times, with Moyer picking up wins in the 1993, 1994 and 1996 editions of the event, and with Bloomquist claiming the 1995 event in addition to the 2003 and 2004 titles. Freddy Smith from Seymour, Tenn., is a two-time event winner (1998 and 2001 champion), and is also pre-entered.
Other former champions who are pre-entered include Terry Phillips from Springfield, (1999 Champion), Ray Cook from Brasstown, N.C. (2000 Champion), and Wendell Wallace from Batesville (2002 Champion).
Some of the other notable entries include Rick Eckert (Pennsylvania), Dan Schlieper (Wisconsin), Scott James (Indiana), Marshall Green (Georgia), Clint Smith (Georgia), Brian Birkhofer (Iowa), Dale McDowell (Georgia), Skip Arp (Tennessee), Darren Miller (Illinois), Bill Frye (Arkansas), Steve Francis (Kentucky), Josh Richards (West Virginia) and many more great drivers from across the nation.
Action for the 13th Annual O'Reilly Show-Me 100 will get under way on May 26 with an open practice session that will immediately be followed by a barbecue dinner. The barbecue dinner will be free with each pit pass purchased, according to track officials. The public may join the drivers at the dinner for $5. The practice will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the barbecue dinner getting under way at 9:30. On May 27 the action will begin to heat up with Super Late Model Qualifications. GRT Race Cars will be presenting the fast qualifier with a $1,700 fast time bonus. After qualifications are complete, a manufacturer's dash for cash will be held for the Super Late Model competitors. In addition, Lunati's Cams will sponsor a Race of Champions for the former winners of the event. Also, Open Wheel Modifieds will compete in full program paying $500 to win and $50 to start. On Friday, the grandstand area will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. The enthusiasm will reach a record level May 28 as the Super Late Model Heats, Super Late Model Last Chance Races, and Show-Me 100 main event are scheduled. The Open Wheel Modifieds will also be in action with a full program paying $750 to win and $75 to start. On Saturday, the grandstand area will open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
Grandstand general admission is free on Thursday night, with pit passes costing $15. Fans from the grandstand area may purchase a ticket for $5 to the drivers' barbecue that will be held immediately following the open practice session. All grandstand tickets will be valid for both days. Adult two-day general admission tickets for the grandstands are $35 and tickets for children 7-11 years of age will cost $15. Reserved two-day tickets are $40. Pit passes on Friday night are $30. Pit passes on Saturday night are $35.
According to WPMS officials, the 13th Annual O'Reilly Show-Me 100 would not be possible without its many sponsors. The 2005 event sponsors include title sponsor O'Reilly Auto Parts, Hoosier Tire, Lunati Cams, GRT Race Cars, Bilstein, Schoenfeld, Rocket Race Cars, Hatfield Racing Engines, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Hawkeye Racing News, Late Model America, Dirt Late Model and MuddSlinger the Magazine.
For more information on this event, please the official Web site of the West Plains Motor Speedway at www.westplains-speedway.com or call the business office at 870-994-7447.