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When Baer Field Speedway opened May 22, 1964, a ticket cost $5.
That's what the price will be Saturday night as the speedway celebrates its 50th anniversary.
There will also be at least four 50-lap features, but that's about as far as the symbolism goes. There will be plenty of old-time fun, though.
"We're going to do old-school things all night long,'' Program Director Bob Koorsen said. "We're going to bring back a lot of races we used to do and have fun with them.''
Some of those include a trophy dash and Australian pursuit races where a driver is eliminated if passed.
One of the evening's highlights will be the Hall of Fame inductions of Louise Stovall, Bob Coe, Joe Wormcastle and Al Cook Jr., who were voted upon by fans and the Hall of Fame's current 41 members. The speedway will also host a Hall of Fame Luncheon at noon Thursday for all current members and guests, representatives of any deceased members and the inductees.
Louise Stovall is the fourth member of her family to be inducted after husband Jim Sr. and sons Jim Jr. and Scott. She and Jim Sr. were the car owners behind Conan "Moose'' Myers and Scott Stovall who combined to win 14 area track championships. Louise also dominated the “Powder Puff” class at Baer Field in the late 1960s and early 1970s, winning every race she finished before moving into and winning in the mini stocks.
Coe competed at Baer Field from the day the track opened until his retirement in the late 1980s. He founded the Coe Heating and Air Conditioning business and also saw sons Mike, Roger and Ron enter racing and have successful careers.
Wormcastle joins 2012 inductee Cliff Setser as the only drivers to compete at Baer Field during all six decades of operation. Wormcastle is also the only driver to have won features in each of the top three divisions (ranging from street stocks to outlaw super late models). By taking the 2005 modified track championship, he became the oldest driver to win a title in a “headline division.”
Joining his father Al Sr. (2005 inductee) in the Hall of Fame, Al Cook Jr. is also in a fight for his life as he was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer just before the start of the season. He has finished in the top five in every late-model feature this season.
The 50-lap features will see the late models and modifieds racing for $1,000 to-win, the street stocks for $500 to win and $300 for the winner of the front wheel drives.
Qualifying starts at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.