Peddle power entertains speedway crowd
Monett Speedway owner Randy Mooneyham thought he had more than enough gift cards to give to every youth racer entering the bicycle races Friday at the Speedway.
After all, he had 50 of them. But, when the line of people began to grow longer at the gate just to get in the stadium, he had a small problem.
Mooneyham knew that area kids loved it when he had these peddle power races, he just didn't know how many.
Nearly 80 youth descended onto the red clay during intermission of to race.
"The idea of having a bicycle race started as a way to get young kids interested in racing," Mooneyham said. "The number of kids in the races has continued to grow each year."
The contestants were divided by age groups, despite begin billed as just a "fun race," each racer had a unique plan for trying to win.
Aydan Inmon, a 6-year-old from Springfield, in his first trip to the Monett Speedway used a well-known secret weapon on his Mongoose bike to help him claim a top finish.
"I rang this bell on my handle to help people hear, so they could get out of the way," he said. "I then just peddled really fast."
Fast was the name of the game, it was a term that all the kids used.
Bentle,y Edens, a Granby native, competed in the 4-and-under division came up with a simple, yet brilliant pre-race stratergy for victory.
"I [am] gonna go fast that way," Edens said, pointing to the finish line.
He then made good on his prediction and ran away from the field for an easy victory.
Whatever the finishing place, Mooneyham made sure that each racer received a gift card. Additionally, the first 100 kids in the stands received backpacks, courtesy of the Speedway, and a drawing was held for a new bike.
"These kids are the future of this track and the future of this speedway," Mooneyham said. "It takes a lot of effort to put this on, but the smiles on their faces and mom and dad's faces makes it worth it."