August 29, 2002

Hoenig Wants To End Three-Year Streak Of New Promoters At Memphis Track

With the 2002 racing season winding down fans are already beginning to think about next year. The biggest question on most mind is will the track have it's fourth different promoter in four years?

Current track promoter Terry Hoenig has indicated he is interested in returning next season following what most would consider a successful debut.

"There are many people asking if I plan to return to continue promoting the track in Memphis," Hoenig stated. "There was much discussion about this topic at the last fair board meeting but there have not been any decisions made as of yet. I can tell you that we have talked about a lot of possibilities and changes that could be made for next season but there are no proposals on the table as of now. We are hoping that we can get something put together for next year."

Scotland County Speedway has boasted plenty of exciting racing action this year with a pair of United States Modified Touring Series specials, a $1,500 special for late models and one sprint car show with a second scheduled for Sunday, September 1st. The Sprint Invaders Shootout is being sponsored by KMEM. Races start at 7:00 p.m. Entry fee will be $10 for adults, $3 for kids and four and under are free. Pit passes will be $20. The night will also feature modifieds, hobby stocks and cruisers.

Hoenig is quick to praise the work of the community in making the year successful.

"I want to say thank you to all the local businesses that have helped me out this season," he said. "Without them I would not have been able to put the quality program together that has been presented. There are so many people to thank I am almost scared to begin naming names. The fire department and ambulance service, the wreckers and push trucks that have volunteered their time and gas to help. I can't say enough good things about the help that I have been able to round up."

The proceeds from the 50/50 raffle from the August 31 show will go to the fire department for its service at the track all season.

The promoter added that the fair board deserves much of the credit for maintaining an excellent race track and quality grounds surrounding the site.

"The Scotland County fair board has bent over backwards to help me out this season," Hoenig said. "They have seen where their assistance is needed even before I have been able to ask for help. The board has been great to work with and they seem to be dedicated to making racing successful at the fairgrounds. They are constantly trying to think of ways to make the grounds, as a whole, look and function better."

Of course Hoenig did not leave out the key ingredient of any successful racing program, the drivers and the fans.

"I certainly want to thank the race teams and fans that come week after week to support us and also to take part in the sport of racing," he said. "Without either one of those two entities we would not have a show. We have had to make a few adjustments to the program over the season and everyone seemed to go along with things pretty well."

The regular season will conclude with the Miller Lite points championships Saturday, August 31. The racing fun will be followed by a hog roast and free Miller products in the pits along with music. Trophies will be presented to the top five racers in points in each of the six classes.

"The season has gone by so quickly," Hoenig said. "It seems like only yesterday that we were signing papers for the one-year lease on the race track and trying to make a list of sponsors that have been involved in the track so we could begin searching for help for the season."

The final race of 2002 is tentatively set for October 5th. The Midwest Challenge for Cruisers is advertising a $1,000 purse to win. The event also will feature modifieds, hobby stocks, and four-cylinder Wild Things. Hoenig said the races will start a little earlier that day because of the cool weather but added more details will be available closer to the date.

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