At this time the local racing community somewhat centered around the Central Auto Racing Boosters. In 2009 C.A.R.B. was busy working on the Ride for Victory, “ONE RACING FAMILY HELPING ANOTHER”. The Central Auto Racing Booster’s first annual “Ride for the Victory” was held on June 7, 2009 and was a great success. There were over 200 participants and volunteers who helped raise over $7000.00. This camp was to be built in Kansas City, Kansas by the Kyle and Pattie Petty family in memory of their son Adam Petty. WDAF-TV 4 and KSHB TV-41 were on hand to report about this event. This event kicked off C.A.R.B.’s fundraising for the Victory Junction Camp. Fundraising for Victory Junction continued with donations from C.A.R.B. supported tracks and merchandise from the ride. A check for $10,000 was presented to Mike Lepore, Victory Junction Midwest, CEO, at the annual banquet.
In 2009 Mike Johnson, owner of I-35 Speedway and Karen Darling, Central Missouri Speedway Scorer, became board of directors with C.A.R.B. The organization was growing and we were all working as one team supporting racing throughout the region. Lakeside Speedway, I-35 Speedway, Valley Speedway, and Central Missouri Speedway were C.A.R.B. supported tracks and subsequently had C.A.R.B. Nights at the track. We were having fun in the racing community and we were working as a team. That will be a question to ask as we go through these next few years, who quit being a team player?
Year 2010 was a year of issues, some we thought would be minor would later become major. Some go back to the downturn in the economy which began in 2007 and exploded in 2008. Some of these national issues would affect local racing and subsequently the Central Auto Racing Boosters.
In 2010 the second Ride for Victory occurred on the Missouri side of the state. While the ride was not as large as the 2009 version C.A.R.B. raised enough money to present to Pattie Petty another $10,000 at the annual banquet. C.A.R.B. also took on another challenge in 2010. Now Vice President Mike Johnson at the January board meeting challenged us to fulfill our dream of a museum to go with the Hall of Fame, which meant we needed a fundraiser event to start these funds. By the February meeting Mike and Kyle Johnson offered their 1972 El Camino as a drawing prize.
The board of directors voted to accept this offer and thus began the work of selling tickets for the drawing $20 a ticket or six for $100. Posters were made, tickets were desgined and the selling began.
This also began the work of hauling the trailer and car to various C.A.R.B. functions (Ride for Victory, C.A.R.B. Nights, etc.) and the local tracks, I-35 Speedway and Lakeside Speedway almost every weekend and Central Missouri Speedway one weekend. Normally this was hauled by Mike and Kyle Johnson or Diana and I, the trip to Central Missouri Speedway the Darlings’ pulled the trailer while Terry and Vicky Wantland, using my truck, pulled the Hall of Fame trailer. Tickets were sold by numerous Board of Directors, by workers at the track, and the number one seller was Mike Johnson himself.
All this work netted the club $4,000 towards the museum. It was a start, a very good start, but jealousy, miscommunication, and rumor mongers turned a successful start to money collecting for the museum into a negative. A lot of work was put toward this event and yet those who did very little stirred the pot, complained about the $4,000 being a measly sum to profit. This could have easily been the start of the split. Maybe the museum was the start of the split because as we go through the next few years we will see the bickering the arguing the lack of teamwork from those in the racing community over this very subject the museum. What should have occurred is everyone be happy with the results, the winner Teri Wells was excited to win the El Camino. The club was $4,000 wealthier towards the museum.
Other events during these years include further deterioration of our sport. People were upset that the Lakeside Speedway point fund was going to be non-existent at the end of the year, yet when all was said and done, Marc Olson did come through with a point fund!
Looking back though the tumults’ years had begun.