This race will be so much fun, Stan Perry would want to be a part of it. Instead, he's the inspiration for it.
For weeks, Baer Field Motorsports Park promoter Dave Muzzillo has been hinting at something big coming to the track. Today he announced that the Perry family is moving the 10th annual Stan Perry Memorial Race from Angola Motor Speedway to Fort Wayne. The race will run June 10 at 7:15 p.m. as part of a much larger program.
Perry, who passed away 10 years ago at age 60 while competing in a race at Spartan Speedway in Lansing, Mich., raced 40 years as a Super Late Model legend, winning multiple track championships at Bryan Motor Speedway, Avilla Motor Speedway, Angola Motor Speedway and Baer Field Motor Speedway.
"Stan touched so many lives in racing and brought so many people into racing, and that's why his nickname was `The Godfather,'" Muzzillo said. "Stan helped me a lot when I was racing with car set-ups. He was a great guy and I'm just really honored to be able to have it here."
But of course, Muzzillo has an idea on how to improve things. Along with a special Super Late Model 110-lap race, Muzzillo is hosting a special 10-lap race for 10 invited drivers with a winner-take-all purse of $10,000. Perry's racing number was 10, of course, and Muzzillo said the prize money will be delivered in $10 bills.
"This will be the last year for it because they want to stop at 10, and it's best to go out with a success than a failure," Muzzillo said. "I want it to be the best race from beginning to the end."
Muzzillo has already invited Scott Hantz, Larry Zent, Bobby Blunt, Jack Landis, Brent Jack and Mike Kugler to compete, and he's working on the other four drivers in his spare time along with building Baer Field's new 1/4-mile dirt track. Adding to the show, Muzzillo wants all 10 drivers to have competed against Perry. He's pretty sure it will be the highest-paid outlaw super late model race in United History for this many laps.
Two drawings will determine the starting lineup.
"This will be a caution-free race," Muzzillo said. "There will be no wrecks. These guys have so much respect for each other, it's unbelievable. That race is going to be the most memorable race that has ever been out here."
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