Hesston Speedway - Ron Beam Jr. Memorial Race preview

Hesston Speedway promoters Jay "Butch" and Linda Grubb along with the Beam Family are proud to announce the first ever Ron Beam Jr. Memorial Race to be held Saturday, July 6, 2002 at the Hesston Speedway. The event is being held to remember Ron...

Hesston Speedway promoters Jay "Butch" and Linda Grubb along with the Beam Family are proud to announce the first ever Ron Beam Jr. Memorial Race to be held Saturday, July 6, 2002 at the Hesston Speedway. The event is being held to remember Ron Beam Jr., who lost his life Feburary, 7th in a tragic car accident.

Ron was last year's points champion in the 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division. According to Ron's father, Ron Sr., the younger Beam started racing in 1985, in motorcross and eventually worked his way into the dirt track circuit.

"Racing was a big part of his life," the elder Beam said The Beams are a racing family, to honor his son, Ron is driving his son's Limited Late Model car from last year only with the #41 on the side. "This whole year is for Ron," noted Beam. "This is definitely a very hard year."

Ron Jr's. uncle, Norman Beam drives in the 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division at Hesston as well.

The Hesston Speedway Family and its fans will honor Ron during opening ceremonies. According to speedway publicist Jeff Gill, plans are being made for all drivers from all divisions will take time out before the race to honor Ron's memory. A flag will be given in Ron's honor by the Beam Family. The flag will be flown over the speedway for the remainder of the season.

In honor of Ron, Jr., the Beam Family is posting some extra prize money to Pure Stock Division feature winner and for the otehr division winners. Also helping to honor Ron will be Wright Construction, who will be adding additional prize money. Trophies for the Pure Stock Division sponsored by Custom Speed & Accessories. The Grubbs will also be adding some extra prize money to the top five finishers in each division. The Thistlepatch, owned and operated by Norman and Elainie Beam, will also be sponsoring prize money for fifth lap and the 10th lap of the feature event.

"Ron had a lot of friends and I never heard anyone say anything bad about him," said Linda Grubb, co-owner and promoter of the speedway.

Ron's wife, Penny and his sons, James and Brandon will be in attendance that night to help hand out trophies and prize monies to all the feature winners.

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