BEEBE, Arkansas — The O’Reilly MSRA Super Late Model Series will invade the lightning fast, ¼ mile oval of Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas this Saturday, April 11th for the first time ever!
The O’Reilly MSRA Super Late Models had a hugely successful opening weekend at 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR) and I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) last Friday and Saturday with Kevin Sitton and Wendell Wallace each claiming a feature win.
With the first weekend of racing in the books, Billy Moyer Jr. from Batesville, Arkansas currently resides atop the point standings with Kyle Beard (Trumann, Arkansas) and Jon Mitchell (Texarkana, Arkansas) dead-locked for the second position and Jeff Floyd (Walnut Ridge, Arkansas) and Joey Mack (Benton, Missouri) rounding out the current top five.
The 2009 Kuntz and Company Rookie of the Year competition is looking to be the best in the history of the tour, with 15 year old Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Oklahoma currently leading the way. Jeff Wells Jr. of Trumann, Arkansas is in the second position in the Rookie standings with 14 year old, Austin Rettig from Sikeston, Missouri sitting in the third position.
This Saturday, the top five drivers in the current O’Reilly MSRA standings and the Kuntz and Company Rookie of the Year candidates will be joined by a strong contingent of drivers including Dewaine Hottinger (Arkansas), Jon Kirby (Arkansas), Jeff Sloan (Missouri), Randy Mitchell (Oklahoma), and many more.
In addition, the O’Reilly MSRA tour will be going head-to-head in a challenge event for the first time ever with the O’Reilly SUPR Super Late Model tour. The O’Reilly SUPR tour will bring its own cast of competitors into battle including 2008 Series’ Champion, Kenny Merchant (Louisiana), Allen Tippen (Louisiana), Jeff Chandler (Louisiana), Kevin Sitton (Texas), Lee Davis (Louisiana), Kyle Cummings (Louisiana), and many more!
Both tours have made rules accommodations for the event. The tire rule will require any Hoosier tire that will durometer 55 or higher on the rear of the car at any time. Any Hoosier tire is allowed on the front of the car. Cars utilizing Spec motors or Crate motors will be allowed a 12” spoiler, but must run small sideboards. For any inquiries regarding rules, please contact the O’Reilly MSRA coordinator, Chris Ellis, at 870-584-6492.
A strong contingent of local and regional drivers are expected to join the travelers to make for a talent-laden field.
Riverside International Speedway is entering its 60th year of operation, and over the past three years, several changes have been made to the facility by its newest owner, Clayton Allen, including new dirt, the removal of the infield guardrail, a new scoreboard, and multiple facility improvements. A huge crowd is expected for this Saturday, April 11th’s event, which will mark the first time in over two decades that a major Super Late Model event has been held at the facility.
A full day’s festivities are planned with gates opening at 2pm and a live band taking the stage in the courtyard at 3:00pm. The pit area will be open for fans to browse through and meet the drivers until 5:00pm. At 5:00pm, the pit area and grandstand area will be cleared, and tickets will be sold. Hot laps are slated for 6:30 pm with racing action at 7:30pm. In addition an Easter Egg Hunt will be held for the kids at intermission.
Adult grandstand tickets are $20 with children 6-11 years of age $5, and 5 and under free. Pit passes are $30. For more information, please visit www.RiversideInternationalSpeedway.com and www.msradirt.com
The O'Reilly MSRA is sponsored by and would like to thank primary sponsor O'Reilly Auto Parts, their Associate Sponsors- GRT Race Cars, Hoosier Racing Tires, COMP Cams, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Quarter Master, Kuntz & Company, Mark Martin Auto Group, JFR Graphics, RiceTec, ASI Racewear, ROCKHARD Powdercoat, Inc., Boomland, NEA Supergas, and MSR Mafia.com Marketing Services; and their contingency sponsors - Suspension Spring Specialists, BSB Manufacturing, Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar Pizza, Five Star Bodies, Joe Gibbs Racing Oil, Schaeffer Oil, & FSR Products.
For the latest information on the O'Reilly MSRA Super Late Model Series, please visit www.MSRADirt.com