Kids will win big, too, at Batesville’s 50th anniversary specials

BATESVILLE, Ark. – IMCA drivers won’t be the only big winners of 50th anniversary specials this fall at Batesville Motor Speedway. 

Promoters Mooney and Connie Starr celebrate the Arkansas track’s golden season with a pair of $50,000 to win specials, the fifth annual Race for Hope 71 for IMCA Modifieds Sept. 22-25 and the World IMCA Stock Car Championships presented by IMCA.TV Oct. 13-16.

A portion of the proceeds generated by the fifth annual Race For Hope go to the Miracle League of Arkansas. Mission of the Little Rock-based non-profit that’s near and dear to the Starrs’ hearts is to create a baseball league in every major Arkansas community where all kids can play.

“What they do for kids is really something,” Mooney said. “It means a lot for us to be associated with Miracle League and help them any way we can.” 

The Starrs have promoted Batesville Motor Speedway for 29 of its 50 seasons.

“Both races are once-in-a-lifetime races paying $50,000 to win for the 50th anniversary. Next year we’ll take the money and pay it further back in the field,” Mooney said. “I’m a Dolly Parton preacher. I don’t like top heavy races but this is our 50th anniversary and that’s why we’re doing it.”

The Saturday, Sept. 25 Race For Hope main event purse is more than $120,000 with a minimum of $1,500 paid to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and KMJ Performance Arkansas State points will be given for the Fast Shafts All-Star qualifier.

Pre-entry fee is $250 if paid by Sept. 12 or $350 at the gate. A weekly pit pass is $130, with daily rates $20 on Tuesday, $30 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $40 on Saturday.

Grandstand admission is $15 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and $20 on Saturday. Gates open at 2 p.m. Wednesday and at 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. 

Drivers can enter by using the link or call 870 613-1337.