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Dunn Memorial Coming to Midway, August 3
CROOKSVILLE, OHIO-The 2014 29th annual D1RT Jim Dunn Memorial will be Sunday, August 3, at the famed Midway Speedway. Gates will open at 12 noon with racing at 4PM with $5,00.00 going to the winner, $200.00 to start for the AMRA Late Models. The purse features a whopping $14,000-plus pay out, while the Octane AMRA Modifieds will race for $1000.00 to win and Steel Block Late Models $800 to win. Midway will also be running MOVE Mods for $500 to win, and a $350 to win enduro plus mini-wedge.
GONE SINCE 1983 BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN...
Jame's Carrell "JIM DUNN" 1949-1983, from Roseville, Ohio,a school teacher by trade, moved up to the Latemodel Dirt Racing class in 1974 and was instantly a success. He won the first Dirt Track World Championship (DTWC) in 1981. Jim Dunn won the first DTWC, and in such a dramatic fashion that no Hollywood scriptwriter would consider it, as noted by the DTWC website.
Jim Dunn held a degree in education. After teaching high school seniors history and government, he began working for his father’s business, Dunn Trucking, which enabled him to take more time off to concentrate on racing. When the 1983 racing season began in Florida, Dunn made the trip South and scored a ASCPoC win at East Bay Raceway. This seemed like the start of a great year.
Sunday May 8, 1983 Dunn was racing at Paducah Speedway in Kentucky in an NDRA sanctioned event. During the race, held amid terrible track conditions, a freak racing accident occurred involving several cars. This resulted in Dunn losing consciousness and eventually his life in an ensuing fire. Jack Boggs sustained serious injuries as well, including several broken bones.
Last year Jackie Boggs won the event. Winning the race twice won by his famous father, Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Kentucky brought home the $5,000 paycheck at Midway Speedway's 28th annual Jim Dunn Memorial. Boggs battled Devin Moran most of the race for the richest victory of his race season. Michael Davis was second and Corey Conley third. Chris Carpenter was four and Moran fifth.
Some of the biggest names in racing have won this event since its inception in 1983—names such as Donnie Moran, Steve Shaver, Jack Blackjack Boggs, Earl Pearson, Jr., Freddie Smith, Ray Cook, and Larry Bond are among the names on the Marquis for one of racing’s most prestigious crowns. Below are a list of race winners over the past three decades.
Tickets prices for General Admission are $20, 65 & over $15, kids 12 & under $5 , while Pits are $40.
There is no entry fee, only a single race AMRA Registration of $25 for AMRA non members. AMRA members will already have their license.
Camping is FREE. For more info call track promoter Jerry Perine @ 740-516-8372. “Come to Midway Speedway and Honor a true DIRT track legend–Jim Dunn.”
The GPS address is 2317 SR 93, Crooksville, Ohio 43731.
Jim Dunn Memorial Winners by year:
1983- Donnie Moran
2004-Earl Pearson, Jr.
2007-Earl Pearson, Jr.