Standiford leads points race in Pro Class

Ken Standiford accepts his trophy from Oahe Speedway track owner Milton Morris after winning in the Pro Class on July 2, 2006. Trophies in the Pro Class are sponsored by the Gold Star Motel in Rapid City. (Photo by Marlin Roseland.)

Want to win $1,000? Then you will want to be at Oahe Speedway this weekend for the Pioneer Garage $1,000 Shootout on Saturday. The $1,000 Shootout is open to any car or bike and starts at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 29. If racing for a trophy is more of your style, then the Pioneer Garage Trophy Shootout is the race you want to enter. Trophies will be awarded to both the winner and runner-up in the Trophy Shootout. The Junior Dragsters will also be racing on Saturday in the Pioneer Garage Junior Dragster Shootout.

Pioneer Garage is sponsoring the racing activity this weekend at Oahe Speedway. They will be on site and ready to talk to anyone in the market for a new or used Ford vehicle, as well as a new or used farm machinery. Pioneer Garage has three locations to serve their customers in Highmore, Pierre, and Miller. They have served customers for over 100 years! In addition to the sales staff that will be present at the track this weekend, you can view several pieces of their equipment and vehicle inventory, and on special order for this weekend's activities is a 2006 Ford Mustang.

Racing on Sunday starts at 9:00 am with the seventh race of the 2006 Budweiser / Coca-Cola Points Series. Cars and bikes will be competing in their respective classes, while those racers registered for the points series will be earning points toward the end of the season championship.

The action will be fierce on Sunday as a small difference separates the first and second place contenders in most classes. Ken Standiford of Midland leads the points race in the Pro Class with Jason Ehlers trailing by only one point while Steve Boke trails Standiford by two points. All three racers will watching their backs with hopes of winning several rounds and gaining lots of points. In the Beck Motor Street Trophy Class, only 102 points separates the winner and runner-up. Bert Bogner leads with 1624 points while Mike Moldenhauer follows in a close second with 1522 points. The Motorcycle / Snowmobile and Amsoil Sportsman Classes follow suit with no more than 105 points differentiating the leader and second place follower.

The racing action at Oahe Speedway is open to anyone, whether you want to experience the thrill of drag racing for yourself or watch the excitement from the grandstands. Oahe Speedway is a newly constructed quarter-mile drag racing facility located 14 miles north of Pierre on SD Highway 1804. The track's website can be viewed at www.oahespeedway.com or you may contact them by calling 605-223-9885 for more information.