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Missouri International Raceway | 1997

Cape Girardeau business owner Richard Kirkpatrick took over operations of the track under a new lease agreement. The track continued weekly events headlined by Sprints and featured two firsts with appearances by open-wheel modifieds and the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint series. The track also hosted events for UMP Late Models for the first time in three years, including a return date on the UMP Summernationals schedule. After its final events in October, the track remained closed from 1998 to 2001.


APRIL 13
Sprints: 1. Danny Smith.
Limited Late Models: 1. Steve Zelch Jr.
Super Streets: 1. Robert Smith.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

APRIL 19
World of Outlaws Sprints: 1. Sammy Swindell.
Super Streets: 1. Greg King.
Pure Streets: 1. Joey Mack.

MAY 3
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

MAY 4
UMP Late Models: 1. John Tindall.
UMP Modifieds: 1. Dean Hoffman.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.

MAY 10
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Robert Smith.
Pure Streets: 1. Joey Mack.

MAY 17
Sprints: 1. Shawn King.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Robert Smith.
Pure Streets: 1. Steve Plieman.

MAY 26
Limited Late Models: 1. Allan Rettig.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Joey Mack.

JUNE 1
Sprints: 1. Mike Ward.
Limited Late Models: 1. Randy Stahley.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Cline Myers Sr.

JUNE 7
Sprints: 1. Tim Montgomery.
Limited Late Models: 1. Allan Rettig.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

JUNE 8
Pure Streets: 1. Joey Mack.

JUNE 14
Sprints: 1. Shawn King.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Steve Plieman.

JUNE 21
Sprints: 1. Shawn King.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Steve Plieman.

JUNE 25
UMP Late Model Summernationals: 1. Randy Sellars.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

JULY 5
Sprints: 1. Scott Simion.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Greg King.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

JULY 12
Sprints: 1. Todd Rowland.
Limited Late Models: 1. Johnny Wyatt.
Super Streets: 1. Greg Gross.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

JULY 19
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Greg King.
Pure Streets: 1. Eric Harris.

JULY 26
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Greg King.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

AUGUST 2
Sprints: 1. Shawn King.
Limited Late Models: 1. Randy Stahley.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

AUGUST 16
Limited Late Models: 1. Steve Zelch Jr.
IMCA Modifieds: 1. Robby Arnold.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

AUGUST 23
Sprints: 1. Shawn King.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
IMCA Modifieds: 1. Tony Palmer.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger

SEPTEMBER 6
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Johnny Wyatt.
Super Streets: 1. Greg Gross.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

SEPTEMBER 13
Sprints: 1. Jerrod Hull.
Limited Late Models: 1. Terry Johnson.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

SEPTEMBER 21
All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprints: 1. Gary Wright.
Limited Late Models: 1. Johnny Wyatt.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Keith Brugger.

OCTOBER 5
Sprints: 1. Mike Ward.
Limited Late Models: 1. Johnny Wyatt.
Super Streets: 1. Billy James.
Pure Streets: 1. Joey Mack.









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