EAST MOLINE, IL – The first time they tried to honor Gary Webb at his home track, Mother Nature had other plans, but tonight it looks like the hall of fame late model racer is going to get honored on a perfect night for racing.

East Moline Speedway is hosting its Salute to Gary Webb Hall of Fame Night to honor the 72-year-old Bluegrass native who still regularly races in the IMCA late model division. He began his career in 1972 and now has 523 feature wins from 63 different tracks across the U.S. – most recently at “E-Mo” just last weekend.

Gary was the 2000 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model National Champion after winning 22 of the 54 events he entered that season at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway and Farley Speedway – now known as 300 Raceway – with 16 of those wins coming from Dubuque, which hosted only 18 races that year due to weather. He finished second in the national points in 2001, but won the Most Popular Driver award.

For the 25th anniversary of the NWRS in 2006, NASCAR named Gary as one of the series’ Top 25 racers all-time. He also won the UMP national titles in 1984 and 1985. In 2008, he was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

Tonight’s show at East Moline Speedway will feature a 56-lap $2,000-to-win late model race, as well as the track’s regular IMCA-sanctioned modifieds and northern sportmods, sport compacts, IMCA mod lites, and some “nostalgia racers.”

Racing in the Iowa Racing News coverage area tonight also includes a stock car “king of the hill,” micro sprints, and RV races at The New Raceway Park in Jefferson, SD, and the King Turkey Day races at Worthington Speedway in Minnesota. Here are all the details:

East Moline Speedway – Salute to Gary Webb Hall of Fame Night

Late model special with several support divisions. Pits open at 2:30 p.m., stands open at 4. Hot laps begin at 5:15 p.m. with racing to begin at approximately 5:30. Divisions racing: IMCA late models, modifieds, northern sportmods, mod lites, and sport compacts, and Nostalgia Racing Series racers. Click HERE for results, when they are available. Click HERE to watch on Done Right TV.

The New Raceway Park – Micro Sprints and RV Races

Weekly racing with micro sprints and RV races. Pits open at 3 p.m., stands open at 4. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m. with racing to follow at approximately 5:30. Divisions racing: IMCA modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods, hobby stocks, and sport compacts, micro sprints, and RVs. Click HERE for results, when they are available. Click HERE to watch on Advantage Racing TV.

Worthington Speedway – King Turkey Day Races

Draw/redraw with $1,000-to-win stock car special, $550-to-win sportmods, and $500-to-win hobby stocks. Max payouts for modifieds, “bombers,” and sport compacts based on minimum of 15 entries. Pits open at 3 p.m., grandstand opens at 4. Hot laps begin at 5 p.m. with racing to follow at approximately 5:30. Divisions racing: IMCA (state, national, and regional points awarded) modifieds, stock cars, northern sportmods, hobby stocks, and sport compacts, and “bombers.” Click HERE for results, when they are available.

(File photo by Mike Ruefer [click HERE for more])

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