This weekend, the ULTIMATE Heart of America Series hosts the richest race under the ULTIMATE banner, the Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond Raceway (KY). A stout field of Dirt Late Model competitors will compete over the next two days to win the 33rd Annual Butterball Memorial.
To preview this weekend’s racing, here are 10 Things to Know about this year’s Butterball Memorial.
1 – The race pays $20,059 to the winner and $575 to start the main event. There will also be big money on the line for Friday night’s heat races, with each race paying $1,059 to the winner.
2 – Richmond Raceway is located in Richmond, Kentucky and is a 1/3-mile dirt oval. There was a previous configuration of a half-mile track. The track began racing in 1966.
3 – Passing is key to success, and it can be done. Justin Ratliff proved that by starting 22nd in 2019 and coming home to finish 10th.
4 – This is the 33rd running of the Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial. The race started in 1988 as a tribute to Wooldridge following his passing in 1987, with Brian Asbury winning the inaugural running.
5 – The main event will be 59 laps. The lap count, like the $59 tacked onto many of the payouts for much of the weekend’s racing, is an homage to “Butterball” Wooldridge.
6 – In 2019, Tyler Carpenter won the race for the second-time in his career. His first win was in 2016.
7 – Mike Jewell is the all-time wins leader in the event with nine victories. He won five times in a six year span from 1996 to 2001.
8 – Despite the race being in Kentucky, the Indiana drivers have had a stranglehold on the victories list. The Hoosier state has 13 wins overall, with Kentucky having nine. West Virginia and Tennessee each have four wins overall.
9 – The race will also be a Bonus Race for all ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series regions, allowing for drivers to use their finish at Richmond Raceway to replace a lower finish within their home region.
10 – The race featured 42 Entries in 2019. The series is expecting a big number again.
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Correspondent – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo