ALBION, Neb. – Fans and friends will cheer for Tanner Pelster one more time this Sunday, July 11.
The driver from Albion passed away following a work accident in February. His number 11T IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, now displaying a new wrap featuring hundreds of pictures of his family, farm, school and of course racing, will serve as the pace vehicle for the memorial event in his honor at the Boone County Fair race.
“There have been so many hits and comments on the photos of the car posted online,” said his father Delmer, promoter of the track at Albion. “It’s still hard to believe how well-liked and how well-known Tanner was. It’s just amazing.”
Businesses helping build the pace car included Big Daddy Race Cars, Performance Bodes, Ernie’s Body Shop, Twisted Images LLC, Bruegman Excavating, SA D-Signs, Roth Racing and Outback Motorsports.
Future plans for Tanner’s car are for it to be displayed at area car chows. Delmer said it would not be raced again.
Top prize for the Stock Cars at the Pelster Memorial is $1,111 in an event that makes the winner eligible to qualify for the B & B Chassis All-Star Invitational. Feature qualifiers earn a minimum of $211 with $111 paid to non-qualifiers.
Twenty-four cars, including two provisionals, will start that race with bonuses and positional payouts throughout the field. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $511 to win.
Both Stock Car and Hobby Stock programs are draw/redraw. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $30. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.