12th Meents Memorial Goes Saturday


BELLEVILLE, Ill. — The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro Series will visit Belle-Clair Speedway for the final time this year Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Saturday’s event is held in honor of former Midwest Auto Racing Ass’n President Charlene Meents. During her years with MARA, Meents was instrumental in keeping midget racing alive in the Midwest, especially the St. Louis area.

She played an important role in maintaining MARA’s presence in some of the country’s largest and most notable races, including the Belleville Nationals and the Chili Bowl Nationals. Though she passed away in 2003, Meents is remembered by many as a friendly face who welcomed them to each MARA event. Along with her friends and family, the Charlene Meents Memorial keeps her racing legacy alive.

Presented by Priority Aviation, the 12th annual Charlene Meents Memorial features nearly $3,500 in extra sponsor money and contingencies, adding over $1,000 in payout to the back end of the feature purse, helping to make the feature $250 to start.

Each heat race will also pay $50 to win, with $25 going to each of the second and third place heat race finishes. In addition, there will be $100 to the high point getter of the night, a $100 hard charger for the main event, and at least $25 paid to lap leaders of the feature.

As an added bonus, semi non-transfers also will receive extra money and Hinchman Indy has sponsored a gift certificate for the driver with the worst luck. Gift certificates have also been provided by Simpson Race Products and Rod End Supply to be handed out to random positions throughout the evening.