Still tuning at 50

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Chad Summerford works on his car before racing at the Monett Speedway this season. Photo courtesy of Inside the Oval Photography

Monett Speedway celebrates milestone

For a half of a century, the sound of screaming engines and the sight of cars circling the 3/8-mile dirt track at the Monett Speedway has flagged the start of the racing season.

The Speedway’s 50th consecutive season makes it one of the oldest continually running tracks in Missouri. Established in 1970, the 3/8-mile oval is one of the largest in the area. The track is known for being fast and featuring side-by-side racing action. Drivers frequently comment that it is one of the best dirt surfaces in the midwest.

“Racing fans, more specifically dirt track fans, love to see the cars sliding around corners at 100 miles per hour,” said Randy Mooneyham, former track owner. “I think the most skilled drivers are the guys on dirt.”

The Speedway’s owner group is optimistic that this season could be the best in its history.

After two years of fighting rainouts, the track has already hosted two events and has 12 more feature races on the schedule.

The Speedway has a rich history in its existence. NASCAR drivers Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader cut their teeth on Monett’s red clay dirt.

Local racing legends Ken Essary, Darrell Mooneyham, Terry Phillips and the late Larry Phillips all have graced the winner’s circle in Monett.

Action continues on Saturday with Late Models, Eric Norris State Farm Insurance B Mods, Legends, Don’s Auto Repair Midwest Mods, and Credit Cars of NWA Pure Stocks.

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. Hotlaps begin at 6:45 p.m., with feature races starting at 7:20 p.m.

Admission for adults is $15, and children under 18 are free.

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