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8/13/19, 11:36 AM   #1
Aug. 17th – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Dick Gaines Memorial
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The 16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial, featuring the Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint cars, will be held on August 17th at the Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Saturday night’s race honors the memory of one of Indiana’s greatest sprint car heroes, Dick Gaines, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1992.

One of the larger nonsanctioned purses of the season will be up for grabs with the 25-lap feature paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start. There will also be a $63 Hard Charger Award to the driver that improves the most positions in the main event, and $100 tow money to all cars that do not start the feature.

Saturday is also “47025 Night at the Races” and any resident with a 47025 zip code who presents a valid driver’s license to prove residency at the main front gate entrance will receive free general admission for themselves and their children.

The Lawrenceburg Speedway is also hosting a Pet Food & Toy Drive in conjunction with their friends at Kroger. For each item you bring to donate you will receive a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card.
August 17, 2019 – Lawrenceburg Speedway
16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial

• Kelsey Chevrolet Sprints
• KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds
• Impact Sports Pure Stocks
• Bessler’s U Pull & Save Hornets

4:00 pm Pit gate Opens
5:00 pm Front Gate Opens
6:00 pm Practice
7:00 pm Opening Ceremonies

General Admission:
Adult $18
Children (7-12) $7
Under 6 FREE

Pit Pass: $30 (all ages)

Special promotions, tickets, and Family Four Packs are only redeemable at the main front gate entrance.

Pit passes cannot be purchased as an upgrade from a promo ticket, Family Four Pack, or a theme night.
For More Information – www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com
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8/14/19, 2:19 PM   #2
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16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial Saturday, August 17th at Lawrenceburg Speedway


Since its inception fifteen years ago, the Dick Gaines Memorial has included some of the best sprint car drivers in Indiana dirt track racing. In its inaugural running in 2004, 15-year-old Bryan Clauson captured his first win at “The Burg” after battling wheel-to-wheel for 30-laps with Dick’s son Dickie.

Last season Robert Ballou became the first repeat winner of the Dick Gaines Memorial when he passed Jarett Andretti coming out of turn four on the final lap, crossing the finish line a mere 0.121 seconds ahead of the 2016 track champion.

DICK GAINES MEMORIAL WINNERS
2004 Bryan Clauson
2005 Kevin Briscoe
2006 AJ Anderson
2007 Jimmy Light
2008 Hunter Schuerenberg
2009 Jerry Coons, Jr.
2010 John Memmer
2011 Coleman Gulick
2012 Jonathan Hendrick
2013 Justin Grant
2014 Chase Stockon
2015 Jon Stanbrough
2016 Josh Hodges
2017 Robert Ballou
2018 Robert Ballou

As in past seasons, the Dick Gaines Memorial will feature a slight change to the standard Lawrenceburg Speedway race format.

A blind pill draw will still be used to set the heat race groups, but lap times gathered during practice will set the heat race lineups. Cars will be lined straight up by time with the fastest four cars in each heat race inverted.

Heat race finish will still determine the lineups for the B Main(s) and feature with the top two finishers in each heat race (if five or more heats only the winners) redrawing for their starting position at the front of the feature field.

Dick Gaines Memorial Feature Payout:
1- $3,000, 2- $1,500, 3- $700, 4- $600, 5- $500, 6- $450, 7- $400, 8- $375, 9- $350, 10- $325, 11- $300, 12- $300, 13- $300, 14- $300, 15- $300, 16- $300, 17- $300, 18- $300, 19- $300, 20- $300.

There will also be $100 tow money to all cars that do not start the feature, and a $63 feature hard charger award.

General admission gates are set to open at 5:00 pm Saturday with hot laps at 6:00 pm and opening ceremonies scheduled for 7:00 pm. Adult general admission is $18, children (7-12) are $7, and those 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Saturday is also “47025 Night at the Races” and any resident with a 47025 zip code who presents a valid driver’s license to prove residency at the main front gate entrance will receive free general admission for themselves and their children.

The Lawrenceburg Speedway is also hosting a Pet Food & Toy Drive in conjunction with their friends at Kroger. For each item you bring to donate you will receive a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card.

For more information please visit www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com or the “Lawrenceburg Speedway” Facebook page.

August 17, 2019 – Lawrenceburg Speedway
16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial

• Kelsey Chevrolet Sprints
• KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds
• Impact Sports Pure Stocks
• Bessler’s U Pull & Save Hornets

4:00 pm Pit gate Opens
5:00 pm Front Gate Opens
6:00 pm Practice
7:00 pm Opening Ceremonies

General Admission:
Adult $18
Children (7-12) $7
Under 6 FREE

Pit Pass: $30 (all ages)

Special promotions, tickets, and Family Four Packs are only redeemable at the main front gate entrance.

Pit passes cannot be purchased as an upgrade from a promo ticket, Family Four Pack, or a theme night.
 
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8/15/19, 4:57 PM   #4
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The following is an article posted to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s website upon the induction of Dick Gaines to their Hall of Fame in 1992.

DICK GAINES

Dick Gaines, the country boy from Floyd’s Knob, started racing in April of 1949 in Carlisle, Ind. He was 16 years old and drove a 1939 Ford sedan two-seater that didn’t have any shocks. Dick was knocked off of the south central Indiana tracks a time or two by the old-timers as they didn’t want a youngster beating them. During the early years Dick turned over and crashed a lot in the stock cars. As Dick says, “I would say I had about ten years of ‘rough and tumble’ racing before I became a good racer.”

The thick-chested, dark eyebrowed Gaines came into his own in the 1960’s, by racing super modifieds and winning at Indiana bullrings like Bloomington, Paragon, Lawrenceburg and Haubstadt. He drove to a lot of wins in 1961-62 before hooking up with EM “Dizz” Wilson and his car #70. 1963-65 were banner years for the team as they were just about unbeatable. In fact, it has been calculated that the Wilson/Gaines combo won an incredible 164 races in the five years they were paired together. Not only could the team win on dirt, but Gaines and Wilson won major races on pavement at Atlanta and Nashville that made everyone take notice. According to Wilson, “I think Dick’s one of the best seat-of-the-pants drivers that ever lived.”

According to journalist Robin Miller, “Those were the days of open-faced helmets, knobby tires and handmade cars. There weren’t any roll cages, arm restraints or power steering units. It usually boiled down to man-against-man, and few sized up to Gaines.”

In 1970, Dick started driving for Karl Kinser in the Kinser Brothers Racing Team #22 machine. Kinser, who had Larry Miller drive for him from 1965 to 1969, built a new car for Gaines about every year or so during their eight year association. They raced all over the midwest and south with the #22 and #11 sprinters and they won their share of races. As a team, Gaines, Kinser, and mechanic Paul Elrod won races and titles at places like Eldora, Salem, Lima, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Kokomo and others. They also won the “Little 500” at Anderson (Ind.) twice, in 1973 and 1976, and the “Granddaddy of them all,” the 1974 Knoxville Nationals, by beating Jan Opperman in the last turn on the last lap to take the coveted victory in front of 11,000 screaming fans. Beaten by inches at the line, Opperman later said, “He suckered me all night. Teased me into usin’ too much tire and then outsmarted me on the last corner. He’s a racer, a real one.”

In 1977, Karl Kinser built a new super-light car. Gaines piloted it to wins in about 75 percent of the features that he drove. Unfortunately, it was also the car in which Dick had the bad wreck in Champaign, Illinois. To this day, though, Dick claims, “It was the best car that I have ever driven in my 35 years of racing.”

Dick returned in 1978 to race for friend “Dizz” Wilson, but it wasn’t long before he retired from driving altogether. Says Dick of his racing career in which he won over 600 feature races in fifteen different states, “I met a lot of fine people, had a lot of good times, and I just decided to call it a good deal. I’ve enjoyed every minute of racing as that was my life dream.”

According to Karl Kinser, Mitchell, Indiana’s, Dick Gaines “will always be one of the world’s greatest sprint drivers.”

https://www.sprintcarhof.com/pages/hall-of-fame.aspx
 
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Check out John Mahoney's website with more than 70 pictures of Hall of Famer Dick Gaines:
https://www.johnmahoneyphoto.com/p746230789
 
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16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial Tonight at Lawrenceburg Speedway

Dickie Gaines leads the Kelsey Chevrolet Sprints into tonight’s Dick Gaines Memorial at the Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind. The 16th running of the race honoring his late father, Hall of Famer Dick Gaines, may be Dickie’s best chance yet of taking home this coveted win and the $3,000 winner’s check that goes along with it.

Although the younger Gaines has come close, a second-place finish to Bryan Clauson in the inaugural race, victory has eluded him. He is the sentimental favorite, if not THE favorite, after winning two features this year and leading the point standings at “The Burg.”

Nipping at Gaines’ heels is three-time Lawrenceburg Speedway champion Joss Moffatt. Moffatt hasn’t made it to Sign-A-Rama Victory Lane yet this season, but his consistency of four top five’s, including a pair of runner-up finishes, has him a mere 25 points behind Gaines in the season standings. Moffatt has also come oh, so close to a Dick Gaines Memorial win, finishing second to Chase Stockon (2014) and Josh Hodges (2016).

2009 Rookie of the Year JJ Hughes sits third in the standings after scoring a popular feature win back on June 29th. Showing lots of speed this season Hughes is only 75 points in arrears with four races remaining. Although he hasn’t competed in many Dick Gaines Memorial races, Hughes does have a top-five, finishing fourth in 2010.

Nick Bilbee, winner of the 2015 Sheldon Kinser Memorial at the Bloomington Speedway, would love to add a Dick Gaines Memorial trophy to his mantel. Bilbee has won four times at Lawrenceburg, including the BOSS race back on May 18th. Bilbee’s best showing in the Gaines Memorial was last season’s fourth-place finish.

Rounding out the top five in the Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint points is defending track champion Garrett Abrams. Abrams has three third-place finishes in five starts this season. He was one of the fastest cars on the track at the end of our last race, passing ten cars to earn the Hard Charger Award. Abrams finished third in the Dick Gaines Memorial last year, one of four top-ten finishes in the last six years.

With defending and two-time Dick Gaines Memorial winner Robert Ballou sidelined with an arm injury suffered at the Kokomo Speedway back in June, we should have a first-time winner tonight. Although Gaines, Moffatt, Hughes, Bilbee, and Abrams may be the favorites, you can’t rule out former track champions Shawn Westerfeld (2014) and Jarett Andretti (2016).

Westerfeld’s best finish in a Dick Gaines Memorial came two years ago with a fourth-place finish, but he knows his way around the high banks of the Lawrenceburg Speedway with seven feature wins under his belt.

Andretti is the hottest driver in the last three seasons to not win the Dick Gaines Memorial. After third-place finishes in 2016 and 2017, Andretti looked poised for the win last year until a last-lap charge by Robert Ballou on the high side in turns three and four relegated him to second place, falling just 0.121 seconds short.

On the card tonight with the Kelsey Chevrolet Sprints will be the KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds, Impact Sports Pure Stocks, and the Bessler’s U Pull & Save Hornets. This will be the last opportunity for hornet drivers to qualify for next weekend’s Hornet Nationals.

Gates will open at 5:00 pm with practice set to begin at 6:00 pm and racing at 7:00 pm. General admission is $18, children 7-12 are $7, and those 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for all ages.

Tonight is also “47025 Night at the Races” and any resident with a 47025 zip code who presents a valid driver’s license to prove residency at the main front gate entrance will receive free general admission for themselves and their children.

The Lawrenceburg Speedway is also hosting a Pet Food & Toy Drive in conjunction with their friends at Kroger. For each item you bring to donate you will receive a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card.

August 17, 2019 – Lawrenceburg Speedway
16th Annual Dick Gaines Memorial

• Kelsey Chevrolet Sprints
• KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds
• Impact Sports Pure Stocks
• Bessler’s U Pull & Save Hornets

4:00 pm Pit gate Opens
5:00 pm Front Gate Opens
6:00 pm Practice
7:00 pm Opening Ceremonies

General Admission:
Adult $18
Children (7-12) $7
Under 6 FREE

Pit Pass: $30 (all ages)

Special promotions, tickets, and Family Four Packs are only redeemable at the main front gate entrance.

Pit passes cannot be purchased as an upgrade from a promo ticket, Family Four Pack, or a theme night.
 
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