By Sam Stoecklin
CMS Public Relations
October 8, 2012
(Warrensburg, MO) Even during a year in which Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) didn’t host a single event, the speedway remains on the minds of both fans and drivers … and for good reason. This Saturday, October 13 marks the second-annual CMS Hog Roast and just because this year’s hog roast does not feature a race like last year, it doesn’t mean track devotees aren’t looking forward to returning to the hallowed grounds of CMS one more time to relive old memories and catch up with members of the dirt-racing fraternity.
Earlier this year, when the hog roast became reality, organizers put their heads together to come up with a plan for the big night. However, without a race to promote or the ability of capitalizing on a year’s worth of captive audiences, the challenge to bring everyone together again was clearly evident. Fortunately, organizers have the luxury of tapping into the track’s nearly 30 years’ worth of history and a seemingly endless amount of drivers and fans that have and always will support the track, no matter the circumstance.
Attendees will not be disappointed in what awaits them this weekend. Track statistician Glyda Jaeger was called upon to dig through the history books and she did not disappoint. The pit-side big shed, which will host party-goers this weekend, is adorned with a virtual history lesson of statistics and pictures from the glory days of CMS. Jaeger produced some amazing stats from the 18-year run at the track by promoters Earl and Susan Walls. In addition, past track employees donated items for display that will give the night a true racing feel for all who attend.
How many tracks can boast a driver’s roster 1,514 strong that have competed at one time or another over an 18-year span? The hog roast is free, the beer is free, and so is the camaraderie among drivers and fans from the CMS history books. Organizers have lined up their favorite karaoke DJ to entertain the crowd from 9 p.m. to midnight. Imagine hearing your favorite driver belting out a favorite tune … this itself will be priceless!
Doors to the big shed open at 5:30 p.m. with the food line opening at 6:30. The Walls have graciously donated the hogs for the event and all the needed utensils and the use of the shed. CMS pit side has plenty of parking for those attending. For anyone planning on spending the night primitive camping is permitted but guests must haul away what they haul in. To help offset entertainment and generator costs, organizers are asking for donations of covered side dishes, favorite snacks, or deserts. If cooking or preparing something isn’t your thing, no worries, you can help offset the cost of the night by dropping a few bucks in the donation jar.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their preferred beverage of choice if not taking part in the kegs. Additional items attendees may want to bring include lawn chairs or personal coolers. We also plan to have a large bonfire going throughout the night. There will be plenty of seating in the big shed where there is plenty of space for socializing. The hog roast will take place rain or shine!
There’s one more thing that should be mentioned regarding the track. Recently, a number of rumors have gone around about CMS reopening in 2013. Information that can be released regarding these rumors is the fact that the same organizers arranging the hog roast are also looking into hosting three to four special events for the 2013 season. At this time, there are no plans to operate the track on a weekly basis; however, special race dates centered on the big three summer holidays are being looked into as a limited event schedule at the track for next season.
One thing event organizers want to ensure is that any planned events do not interfere with weekly racing programs or special events at area tracks. However, CMS was and always will be known for conducing events on or around the big three summer holidays. Organizers are hoping to put together races that will stick to this tradition as much as possible. As of now, planned competing classes include modifieds, ULMA late models, street stocks, and b-modifieds. These events are in the very early planning stages and there is still much to be done before these hopes become reality.
As for this weekend’s hog roast, the event is open to anyone wishing to attend. The Walls have graciously donated two hogs and numerous supplies. Attendees should plan on bringing lawn chairs and other items needed for a bonfire party. This event is made possible by the Walls, Eickleberry Concrete and Construction, Jon Binning Racing, Player’s Restaurant and Lounge, Gator Graphics, and Cody Smith of B&B Portable Toilets.
CMS is located 3.5-miles north of Warrensburg, MO from the junction of Highways 50 and 13 in Warrensburg or from the Higginsville exit off I-70; travel south on Highway 13 for twelve and half miles south. For additional information regarding the hog roast or the planned events for 2013, contact CMS Public Relations director, Sam Stoecklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.