Special to the Register
Richmond Raceway is preparing for its biggest event of the season when it plays host to the 26th annual Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial this Saturday.
This year’s race for the first time will pay $7,500 to win and $750 to start.
Tax Wise Open Wheel Modifieds will be racing for a $1,000 purse, while the Sportsman class will be competing for a $600 payday.
Promoters say they expect big name drivers from all over the east coast to participate in the event, while two-time defending champion Josh McGuire will be shooting to make it three in a row in the event.
Other prizes to be given include a $100 hard charger award and a $100 award for the fastest qualifier.
Gates in the grandstand area open at 5 p.m. with admission of $25 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and kids five and under are admitted free.
Pit side gates open at 3:30 where children five and under are admitted free, children 6-12 admission is $10, while adult admission, ages 13 and up, will be $40.
Pill draw ends promptly at 6 p.m. with the drivers meeting set for 6:30 p.m. and hot laps shortly after. Raceceivers are mandatory for every driver in all divisions at Richmond Raceway. These will be checked randomly throughout the evening.
Late Model drivers must sign in with the Richmond Raceway Officials as usual to fill out driver information cards and 1099 information as well as Professional Motorsports Officials to receive scoring transponders.
The entry fee for the “Butterball” is $100. The fee includes transponder rental, however drivers will still have to have a credit card on file or a deposit to ensure return of undamaged equipment.
Fifty dollar tow money will be paid to drivers not transferring to the A-main but participating in the consolation races.
Random tire sampling will be done throughout the night. Richmond Raceway officials will retain the winner’s purse and any other racer’s tires they randomly sample until results from the sample are received from the lab.
The 26th Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial rain date is set for July 20. The most exciting night at the track for the young race fans; Kids Extravaganza is on August 3. Many more special events are planned for the season. We’ll see you trackside at 328 Greens Crossing Road, Richmond, KY 40475.