Friday, September 18 marks the start of another exciting chapter in the history of the Paul “Wooldridge” Butterball Memorial at Richmond Raceway (KY). Dirt Late Model drivers will descend upon the Kentucky bullring.
Richmond Raceway owner and promoter Bill Lupinos and his family and staff have been hard at work preparing for the 33rd Annual Butterball Memorial. Now, they are excited to see the fruits of that labor.
“We’re in really good shape,” Lupinos told Speed51. “The track is looking good. We’ve got a lot of good drivers coming in. There’s a lot of support from the area, sponsors and such, so it should be a great event.”
Lupinos admits that the workload going into the $20,059-to-win eventcan be stressful, but seeing teams and fans show their support of the event makes the long days and sleepless nights worthwhile.
“It’s exciting, but also stressful and tiring. It’s mostly my family here, we do 99 percent of the work around here and we’re out all day and night. It’s exciting, though, seeing a lot of support, which makes it worth it.”
This year’s Butterball Memorial is taking place later in the year, after inclement weather postponed the event in August. Thanks to a rain date planned in advance, many teams who made the trip for the original Butterball Memorial weekend will once again be on the grounds.
“All the guys knew our built-in rain dates. They’re the same since we’ve been here. A lot of them asked before they towed here what would happen if the weather got ugly. I told them it’s the usual rain date, September 18 and 19. The support has been overwhelming.”
The event will also boast a unique trophy this year, with the historic “Trophy of Legends” going to the 2020 Butterball Memorial victor. The trophy has been awarded at some of the biggest events in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and this year it is at the Butterball Memorialfollowing the cancellation of the 2020 Atomic 100.
“Mike Jewell let us have that for this year. It’s a beautiful trophy. It has a lot of history, with the previous winners on it. He added a plaque with the previous Butterball winners on it. The winner gets to take that home, the big check and the prestige of winning the Butterball. We appreciate Mike letting us have that trophy this year, it’s beyond words.”
Ultimately, Lupinos is excited to continue the legacy and tradition of the Butterball Memorial for another year and looks forward to seeing the fans at his track once again.
“We appreciate their support more than they’ll ever realize. A lot of work goes into this prestigious event. The support we’ve seen behind the #BackTheButterball initiative has been overwhelming, and we appreciate it more than they’ll ever realize.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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