The first night at the new West Plains Speedway was a huge success, as new partner Dexter Frost prepared a Don Gibson signature track, while Doyle and the rest of the family and staff made everything click for the large crowd on May 8.
There was much anticipation among the local fans as to how it might go with promotions of a few changes to the event and they were not disappointed.
The new announcer, Larry Calton, kept the audience informed and entertained and the drivers completed nine exciting heats to get the first half of the night under way.
The first feature for Youth Hobby saw Lane Elliot of Ellsinore, Mo., in the winners circle, followed by Kaleb Stolba of Willow Springs and Skyler Cochran of West Plains.
During the intermission, a new feature was introduced -- the Purple Eater -- a 37-passenger purple bus that took two loads of kids around the track.
It appeared from their reaction that it was a huge success.
The results continued to bring new and previous winners to the circle.
Cruiser heat winner Bobby Skinner returned to the photo session, winning over Bill Harden and Cory Lambert, all of West Plains.
In the Hobby feature, three more West Plains cars finished, with a win for John Stiner, followed by Kevin Collins, and Jesse Shearin.
The top three classes of the night had good car counts and are preparing for the big Memorial Weekend Triple Feature event.
Paragould Super Stock driver Robby Arnold won the 20-lap feature with a close challenge from Carmen Vincent of West Plains and Hunter Duren of Flippen.
A good field of Crate Late Models were super fast on the speedway and Jacob Black of Van Buren took the win on the first one, while Mason Oberkramer of Brosley, Mo., and Nic Black of Van Buren followed closely.
It was a big first in the IMCA Modifed feature for first-time feature winner Matt Barry of West Plains. It was never easy for Barry as Tony Carnal of Cabool and Gary Solba of Willow Springs kept the pressure on all 20 laps.
For week two, the Crate Models will go to a special race out of town and promoter Tom Harris is working on a surprise event for the evening.