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Auto Tire and Parts Racepark to reopen

Sunday, March 11, 2007

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The Auto Tire and part Racepark will be back in action starting April 13.
BENTON - Area racing fans can rejoice with the reopening of the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark in Benton on April 13th.

The dirt track has not been in use for over three years, but two local promoters want to maintain the park to meet the needs of all racing fans.

Billy Clayton from Sikeston and Kevin Armstrong of Jackson are expecting an exciting season this year.

"The main goal is for racers and fans to come to the track to see extreme dirt track action," said Clayton. "We have renovated the dirt work on the racetrack and we look forward to presenting many spectacular events throughout the year."

The track has scheduled 27 races on Friday nights that race fans will be able to see Outlaw sprint cars, Modified's along with pure streets and cruisers racing on the dirt track starting at 7:30 p.m. Ten races have been scheduled on Saturday nights that will feature ATV and motorcycle racing. Midwest All-

Stars sprint cars are also scheduled to race twice at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark.

Clayton and Armstrong have been involved in racing for over 30 years. Clayton has been promoting racing events for 15 years including nationals, state championships and local racing.

"We expect the sport's top drivers to race this year," said Clayton. "When in full operation, the racepark can accommodate 5,000 fans and drivers from a number of states. We have spent a lot of time in renovating the racepark. On our 100-acre facility we have plenty of bathroom space, modern and spacious concession areas and we have a safe and comfortable grandstand. We want the fans to have an enjoyable experience while at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark and we think they will."

The 3/8 mile track has fresh dirt with a large and spacious pit area. In addition to the racing on Friday and Saturday nights, the racepark has scheduled three All-Star events with more on the horizon.

Clayton is no stranger to promoting local racing events. He has promoted ATV and motorcycle races at the Sikeston Racepark since 1997. Other tracks Clayton has promoted are the Semo Raceway, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenny Schrader's Paducah International Raceway and many fair races throughout the area.

In addition, Clayton has promoted races at the Flickerwood Arena during the winter seasons since 1999 and has promoted the Monster Truck Nationals at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Clayton's family will be involved at the track as well. Oldest daughter Beth Clayton, who has won many racing awards, will be the head scorekeeper at the racepark.

"We have spent an enormous amount of time and effort into the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark," said Clayton.

"One of our goals is to make sure the park meets the needs of every racing event we hold. I believe with our updated facilities and quality track conditions, we have one of the finest raceparks in the area."

Racing event flyers can be picked up at C&C Motorsports and Racing in Sikeston or at all local Auto Tire and Parts stores. Race information can also be found on the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Website at: www.autotireandpartsracepark.net