MIDDLEBOURNE, W.Va. – Thanks to John Watson and the Hometown Racing Ass’n, the huge World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Jackpot 100’ doubleheader on May 25-26 at Tyler County Speedway is steaming full speed ahead.
Any uncertainty about the status of the national tour’s Memorial Day weekend visit to the quarter-mile oval in the hills of West Virginia following last week’s cancellation of the ‘Bullring Bonanza’ mega-raffle by the Tyler County Fireman’s Ass’n due to lack of ticket sales was erased by a quick response from Watson and Co.
“The Jackpot 100 is our big Memorial Day weekend event,” said Watson, who heads the Hometown Racing Ass’n group that was formed to operate Tyler County Speedway this season. “We want to have this weekend feature World of Outlaws racing for a long time to come, so canceling this whole race because the Fireman’s Association’s plans for the ‘Bonanza’ raffle did not work out would not have been good for the future.
“Our goal is to make sure this World of Outlaws Late Model Series event at Tyler County Speedway continues to build in the coming years, so, after sitting down with everyone on the Hometown Racing Association, we decided to step up and take over the promotion and running of the racing and concert portions of the weekend.”
Even with the cancellation of the ‘Bonanza’ mega-raffle, there is still a spectacular lineup of entertainment that the Hometown Racing Association will administer over the Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the $100,000-plus WoO LMS doubleheader – a 30-lap, $6,000-to-win A-Main on Sat., May 25, and a 70-lap finale paying $15,000 to win on Sun., May 26 – the group will also oversee a preliminary night of racing on Thurs., May 23, that includes support-division qualifying and the much-anticipated country concert on Fri., May 24, featuring Colt Ford, Justin Moore and Zack Paxson.