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Area Race Fans, Drivers And Track Pull Together To Help In Tragic Situation

Lebanon, Mo.-It has always been proven time and time again, Local area race fans,drivers and tracks pull together and dig down deep in a time when tragedy strike.

This was the case last Friday Night at The Lebanon Midway Speedway as area racer Tyler Schoen and his family lost everything as there home caught fire. Tyler and the family including 3 kids were avle to get away safely but lost everything. A few text message and through social media the word spread as Tyler who had drove the 75T Bomber/Pure Stock car with the monkey that hung out the passenger window and the family were unharmed but suffered the tragic loss of their house and contents.

Last Friday at the Midway, drivers, fans and the track pulled together to try and help the family. It started as the word had spread, Pure Stock Point leader Ron Duncan, who lives 2 hours from Lebanon has a hobby of making specialty glasses. Ron posted the they were gonig to hold a special raffle for 2 winners with the glass of their choice with the design and all money collected was going to the family. Track Photographer Shonda Grindstaff, who is close with the family started posting the children's clothes sizes and shoe sizes. On race night, it was explained what happened in the drivers meeting about the tragic loss and asked if drivers would be interested in the passing of the helmet through the stands at the break and the track, who normally doesn't hold a 50/50 raffle except when local clubs or organizations need a fund raiser allow it held a 50/50 ticket sales.

The family was presented the donation Saturday morning. Lots of dollar bills, lots of change as everyone dug in to help. From what I had understood, the family was speechless. With approx. 400-500 fans in the stands, everyone pulled together to help raised just over $1,000 to give to the family. The cups sales went over so good, that Ron Duncan offered a 3rd giveaway. In past, present and I'm sure the future, when a tragic event hits the racing family, everyone finds a way to help out.

We say support your local area tracks and enjoy the talent that are short-track drivers display and entertain. Your family will leave with memories of not only the nights races, but to be part of the experience like no other.

We will be running every Friday night from March 31st to August 4th. We then switch to Saturday night from September 9th to November 4th. Other special events are still being worked on and will be announced at a later date.

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