Doorbanger Nationals bring gasoline-fueled excitement to Boone County Fair

Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:38 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 23, 2009

COLUMBIA — After rain brought the first night of motorsport events at the 63rd annual Boone County Fair to an end even before they started, Wednesday brought a full night of entertainment for spectators of the First Annual Doorbanger National hobby car race.

The Wednesday night races, the first motorsport events ever held at the Boone County Fair, saw 16 hobby cars compete. Another 14 pit bikes and six quads that had their event rained out Tuesday also raced.

Sedalia resident Miranda Arnold, 14, won the hobby car race, said Scottie Cook, race promoter for motorsport events at the fair. Hallsville resident Bo Adkins finished first place in the quads division, while Australian Mick Kirkness won the pit bike race. Arnold received a $500 prize and a trophy for her first-place finish, and Adkins and Kirkness each took home $100 and a trophy.

Drivers from the 16 hobby cars came from across Missouri.

Robert Winfrey has been racing since 2001, and his record includes a first-place finish at the 2007 All Star Championship in Moberly. On Wednesday, he raced car No. 37, sponsored by Auto Zone Car Parts, Bob Gardner and Gogetem Graphix.

“I’m just hoping my experience in driving will help me get around a few cars,” he said.

Other drivers, like 14-year-old Joey Arnold of Sedalia and Jamie Quinn from Columbia, are not as experienced as Winfrey, but they enjoy racing at events around the state.

This is Joey Arnold’s first year as a hobby car driver. His car, No. 8, was given to him by an uncle, and the engine was donated by Mid-Missouri Auto Wholesales of Sedalia.

Quinn decided to enter the Doorbanger Nationals after he heard about it from a friend at a Moberly track where he usually races.

Several ‘celebrity’ guests also raced Wednesday, though not competitively. Carl Edwards Sr., his son Kenny Edwards, local modified racer Danny Crane and promoter Scottie Cook all participated in a six-lap race during the intermission. Though Cook remained in first for much of the race, Kenny Edwards eventually won.

Eight-year-old Jackie Slaughter of Columbia has been watching motorsport races for four years.

His favorite part of the night was how the cars “went by so fast and how they went flying into the air,” he said.

As many of the drivers were racing for points in competitive divisions, Cook emphasized the need to keep physical contact at a minimum.

“We call it the Doorbanger Nationals, but we don’t want to tear the cars up,” he said.

The fair’s motorsport events conclude tomorrow with a compact figure-8 scramble car race, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Pro and Vintage class races that were canceled because of Tuesday’s rain have been rescheduled for Sept. 2, Cook said.

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