WAYNESFIELD — Competition brings out the best in everybody. Many of the top drivers will be squaring off against each other for a big prize tonight in the third Annual Bob Reynolds Memorial at the Waynesfield Raceway Park.
Grandstand gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7.
This memorial race is the largest paying 360 sprint car race within the tri-state area.
“The payouts for the modifieds and the 360s are huge,” Bob Reynolds Memorial race promoter Ron Hammons said. “The winner of the modifieds gets $3,000, and it goes all the way down to the fifth-place finisher getting $1,000. The 360 sprints winner will get $7,500. It’s a really nice pay to win.”
This race remembers a man who many considered a friend and a great person.
“Bob was really involved in racing,” Hammons said. “There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for you at the track. He was a very giving person. He worked here and at Limaland, and everybody that was involved in the sport knew who he was.”
Great ownership and good sponsorship are the keys to making this race one of the biggest races of the year at Waynesfield.
“Greg and Tami Shobe are excellent people to work with,” Hammons said. “They bend over backwards to do all of this. Without sponsors and fan support, this race wouldn’t be able to be put on.”
Some of the best drivers around will be putting on a show for the fans in hopes of taking home the pot.
“There are a lot of great drivers coming out,” Hammons said. “Randy Hannagan, Greg Wilson, Max Stambaugh and Butch Schroeder just to name a few. There are a lot of quality drivers coming in. This is the biggest race that Waynesfield puts on.”
Spectators who attend the race tonight will not only have racing as the only form of entertainment provided to them.
“We put on a Frisbee toss in the stands,” Hammons said. “Whoever gets the winning driver gets $100. We’re also raffling off a brand new 4-wheeler. We’re trying to do a lot of stuff to get the fans involved.”