Racing event roars into Cassville area

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The first annual Racing For Home all-terrain vehicle and sport utility bike competition will be held at the American Legion grounds on Sept. 30.

"This is the first time for an event like this," said Travis Stettnisch, of Wrecking Crew Races. "People have wanted to see something like this come to Cassville for years. It will be pure adrenaline."

Although the Racing For Home event is sponsored by Wrecking Crew Races, the event will raise funds for Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County.

Racing For Home will begin with practice laps at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. All sport bikes, farm utility and all-terrain vehicles are welcome to participate in the event. Paddle tires will not be allowed on the competition track.

Open challenge racing will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a $2.50 entry fee for each open challenge race. Competitors should have a racing pair, but event officials can provide pairs for competitors. Open race winners will receive competition ribbons.

A slow time wheely contest and four-man relay races will be held at 1:30 p.m.

Racing For Home bracket competitions will begin at 2 p.m. There will be a $20 buy-in entry fee for all competitions. Racers can receive a second chance buy-in for an additional $10.

"The community will get to see all different styles of all-terrain and dirt bikes competing against each other in the morning," said Stettnisch. "Then Saturday afternoon we will have the main event. The bracket racing is much more serious."

Bracket racing will be divided according to engine size and vehicle type. Line judges and spotters will be available to ensure races are conducted fairly and safely.

"There will be a 100 percent pay-out for the bracket races," said Stettnisch. "The actual amount will depend on the number of entries we have."

Wrecking Crew Races members have been preparing the American Legion grounds for the past week. The track will be disked and water rolled prior to this weekend's competitive event, said Stettnisch.

"We expect around 500 people to attend Racing For Home," said Stettnisch. "We are hoping to have at least 100 participants."

Concessions will be provided by Habitat for Humanity and the American Legion. Stan Kelley will serve as event announcer.

Event admission costs will be $4 per person. Children, age 10 and under, will be admitted free. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for the event.

"It is exciting that a group outside of Habitat for Humanity desires to produce an event that will benefit one of God's people in need," said Dave Samuel, Habitat For Humanity of South Barry County president. "The proceeds from the event will go to help provide a house that Habitat will sell at no profit and at no interest.

"Advocacy of this sort is what will strengthen our affiliate and will ensure long-term viability of Habitat for Humanity," said Samuel.

For more information, call Travis or Kristin Stettnisch at 847-1909. Racing for Home is open to area residents who wish to compete in the racing events.

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