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2012 Parts Plus Hooker Hood Classic Saturday in West Memphis

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (Riverside International Speedway) - The Parts Plus Hooker Hood Classic will be held Saturday night, 5/19 as well as several prerace events to honor Hooker Hood. 

The HHC race and all of the prerace events are to honor the legendary Hooker Hood, who is a legend in dirt track racing.  National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inducted Hooker in 1999 to honor his outstanding achievements as a driver, including his having won several hundred supermodified and sprint car features and championships.  Hooker was legendary in the midsouth area and he was instrumental in paving the way for young racers that followed in his footsteps who wanted to be just like Hooker. Hooker did most of his racing on dirt but he did race on some asphalt tracks.  He ran some of the first modified/sportsman races on Daytona's super-speedway.  This legendary man was a magnet to race fans wherever he went.  Hooker's favorite quotes were:   "Some come to see me win, Some come to see me lose, But they all come to see me" and "Don't turn left until you hear the boards rattle" 

Several prerace events leading up to the Saturday night race is being held. The events for this week are as follows:   Wednesday May 16th there will be a pre-race party at Fillin' Station Grille, located at Church Rd/Interstate 55 exit, next to Southern Thunder Harley Davidson. The address is 4840 Venture Drive Southaven, MS 38671.  6-9 pm.  Thursday May 17th, a pre-race party at Robilio's Side Car Café, located at 2194 Whitten Road, Memphis, next to Bumpus Harley Davidson.  6-9. Friday May 18th  Legends Night at Parts Plus Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR. Come out and meet the legends that laid the foundation for our amazing sport.  If you like "old school" stories, this is an event you don't want to miss!

The grand finale for the week, of course, is the 40 lap 360 wing sprint feature event Saturday May 19th for the 2012 Parts Plus Hooker Hood Classic.  The race will be held at Parts Plus Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR.  Hot laps will be at 6:30 and races at 7:30 pm.  Other classes racing are the 305 wing sprints, late models, modifieds, and stock cars.  General Admission is $20; Children 6-11 $5.00, and children 5 and under free.  For additional information see http://riversideinternationalspeedway.com/

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