On Saturday, September 19, the ULTIMATE Super Late Models will battle for $20,059 in the Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond Raceway (KY). However, teams will have a chance to pocket some extra money while trying to race their way into the Butterball Memorial on Friday, September 18.
Preliminary qualifying and heat races will take place on Friday at the Kentucky bullring, but with a little extra money on the line for those racers. Winners in each of the four heat races will take home $1,059, with second place finishers receiving $359 and third place finishers earning $259.
This will add some extra incentive on Friday night for competitors, especially drivers such as Zack Dohm. Dohm has a guaranteed provisional spot in the 33rd Annual Butterball Memorial from winning the Butch Shay Memorial earlier this year.
“Zack Dohm has locked himself in, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pick another $1,059 in his heat,” said D.J. Irvine of FASTRAK Companies, International. “This all came to be between the rainout and the date we’ve settled on for the makeup for the 33rd Annual Butterball.”
Sponsors for the heat races include Bluegrass Restoration & Construction, Matt’s Fresh Produce, Chew On This Jerky and Speed51.
The increased heat race payouts add to an already exciting weekend of racing, as drivers will be gunning for the $20,059 first-place prize in Saturday’s feature race.
“It’s really going to be an exciting night. I’m really looking forward to the preliminary night, now. It’s something that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle when you’re talking about a $20,059-to-win feature on Saturday night.”
The event pays tribute to Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge, a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee. Some of his greatest success came while driving the “Duncan Delight” No. 59 in the 1970s. The $59 added to payouts throughout the week is another nod to the champion racer.
“That 59 comes from Paul Wooldridge, who was better known as Butterball,” said Irvine. “This is the Memorial race that started in 1988 at Richmond Raceway. We’ve been putting up a lot of cool graphics with all the past winners. We’ve got an absolutely beautiful trophy we’re giving out. Paul Wooldridge was a fan favorite back in Kentucky, and we’re honored to race in his memory.”
Race fans can watch the Butterball Memorial with a Speed51.TV subscription. They can also click here to watch more from Irvine’s interview on Speed51’s “The Bullring” presented by JEGS on Monday.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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