Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Missouri is gearing up not only to run one of its biggest nights of racing on the season, but also to honor one of their greatest stars. Saturday night is the annual “Salute to 75” race for Pro Late Model competitors who will come together to race in honor of the legendary Larry Phillips. It is a night that many are looking forward to, including track GM Kevin Greven.
“It’s a cool weekend because it’s a cool race, but it’s more so a tribute to Larry Phillips and everything he accomplished here as well as across the country. He was a five-time track champion here back in the day and a five-time NASCAR national champion, the only one there ever has been. This was home for him, it means a lot for us to have this race,” Greven told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
“Matt Wallace is flying in from North Carolina to race with us. He came down for the Masters race in the Spring and he’s finished second in track points in 2013 and 2014, he knows how to get around this track. We’ve got a bunch of guys coming from Kansas City, we also have our regulars.”
Greven is also hopeful that Mother Nature may steer even more participants in their direction come Saturday.
“We also got drivers feeling out weather in different areas to see where they’re going to be this weekend. Our weather seems to look the best, sunny and 75, which is great for us. Larry’s number was 75, so hopefully that’s a good omen.”
The night is also an extraordinary opportunity for fans to enjoy great racing at a great price with Lebanon I-44 slashing ticket costs for adults down to $10 for Saturday night.
“We are going in the last part of this season really trying to set ourselves up for 2017, we have gone into ‘fan appreciation mode’. This week we’ve taken our normal ticket price and knocked it down $2 for adults. We got a large military base up the road and the military means a lot to us, we have discounts for them also. Kids 10 and under are free down here.”
Tickets for members of the military as well as seniors will go for $8 on Saturday, while tickets for kids ages 11-15 will go for just $5.
“We are pushing hard locally, we want to fill the place up, and do a lot to remember Larry. There’s going to be a few tribute cars coming in, one like his car from the 90’s and another one from back in the 80’s when he was winning championships and winning races all over the country.”
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Lebanon I-44 Speedway