New racing association to promote mini stock class

FARMINGTON -- The Racing Association of Mini Stocks (or RAMS) officially became a reality Sunday night during a meeting of mini stock racers and owners. Besides the formation of the association, the group also elected a board of directors, they ...

FARMINGTON -- The Racing Association of Mini Stocks (or RAMS) officially became a reality Sunday night during a meeting of mini stock racers and owners. Besides the formation of the association, the group also elected a board of directors, they included Jeff Mills of Farmington, Tom Bequette of Farmington and Marty Boyer of Potosi.

It was also announced during the meeting that tenative plans are underway for an inaugural RAMS Points Series of races. Tracks that are tenatively slated to host one of the point series races include I-55, St. Francois County Raceway, Auto Tire & Parts Racepark (Benton) and Semo Raceway in Sikeston. The Doe Run Raceway, the home of the Mini Stocks, will also play host to five or six special nights that will involve the points series. Also the new rules and regulations for the Mini Stock class were released during the Doe Run Raceway banquet on Saturday night and are now available to the public.

This was the second time the group gathered at Plank Road Inn in Farmington to discuss the formation of the association.

"There are several reasons why we wanted to establish a mini stock association," Mills said. "The biggest of which is simply for the promotion of the class.

"This class is only a couple of years old after starting at the Doe Run Raceway during the 2000 season. It has grown from eight cars/light trucks the first season to what we expect to be near 30 vehicles this next season. We think we've got something pretty special going on out at the Doe Run Raceway and we just want to make sure we can make it the best we can." Mills also pointed out the association will make the group more accessible to participate at other race tracks.

"I've been in the process of setting up a point-series race for our vehicles that will take us to various tracks around the area," Mills said. "When I was talking to one of the track owners, he told me this was an outstanding idea to get everyone organized so that way he could contact one person to help put a show together instead of having to get ahold of numerous individuals. He said he wished some of the other car groups would do the same thing."

One of the first items on the agenda for the RAMS was the adoption of the Doe Run Raceway rulebook for mini stocks.

"We are now going to spread the gospel to everyone about our class and we are going to be able to show our rulebook as a guideline for others to follow," Mills said.

For more information on the RAMS, the Mini Stocks or the Doe Run Raceway phone (573) 747-0566 or email jeffmillsey@hotmail.com.

The next meeting of the RAMS is set for Sunday, Jan. 6th, at 6:30 p.m., at Plank Road Inn in Farmington.

The website address for the RAMS of Southeast Missouri: jeff.mills.tripod.com/ramsofsoutheastmissouri/

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