Ponderosa Speedway resumes Pete Abell Memorial on Friday

August 28, 2003

JUNCTION CITY - Ponderosa Speedway and new promoter Jerry Denson present the eighth Annual Pete Abell Memorial race Friday.

The STARS Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series will sanction the late model portion of the event that will also see modifieds, sportsman cars, and Chevettes in action.

The late models will race 40 laps, with the winner taking home $3,000 for his efforts.

The event is run in honor of the memory of the late Pete Abell, who was a long time competitor at several tracks in the central Kentucky area and who was killed in an automobile accident on the way home from racing at Ponderosa in 1994.

The STARS Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series last raced at Ponderosa on May 2 when Johnny Wheeler of Campbellsville scored the Spring 40 win.


The event was not held in 2002, but was last run in 2001 when Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, Ind., found his way to victory lane.

The race was first run in 1995 when Darrell Lanigan of Union won. Lanigan won again in 1997, making him the only two-time winner of the race.

Legendary chassis builder C.J. Rayburn of Whiteland, Ind., won the 1996 event, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., won in 1998, Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Ind., won in 1999 and Timmy Yeager of Harrodsburg won in 2000.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, with the main gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will begin around 7 p.m., with time trials at 7:30 and green-flag racing set for about 8:15.

Adult general admission is $20, with children ages 7-12 $10, and children ages 6 and under free. Pit passes are $35. Tickets and pit passes from last week, when the program was canceled due to storms, may be presented at the gates for admission.

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