After falling victim to rain in 2015, and enduring another washout in May, this weekend the 9th Annual COMP Cams Doug Murphrey Memorial is finally set to roll at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana. Even though Mother Nature forced a rescheduling of the program for just one day as opposed to its usual two, close to 100 Dirt Modifieds are expected to compete for the $5,000 first-place prize this Sunday. Thousands of dollars in product certificates are also up for grabs from event sponsors including COMP Cams, Quarter Master, FAST and Driven Racing Oil.
The event was the brainchild of Dougie Murphrey, whose father Doug was a devoted Modified fan at tracks around Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. The first Doug Murphrey Memorial took place at Chatham Raceway in 2007 before morphing into a two-day affair at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, known in racing circles as the “Land of 3-Wide.”
As part of its entitlement package, COMP Cams and its sister brands will supply nearly $5,000 in contingency awards to racers and teams throughout the event. COMP will provide 15 $100 certificates to non-qualifiers, while Quarter Master, FAST and Driven Racing Oil will each distribute five $100 certificates among the same group of teams that did not qualify for the main event.
For the 50-lap A-Main COMP Cams is slated to present $500 in certificates to the race winner, $250 to second and $125 to third. Quarter Master, FAST and Driven will also provide certificates in the amounts of $250, $125 and $75 to the podium finishers. Decals from the four brands are required on each race car, and fans and competitors will see banners and other signage around the track throughout the weekend.
To further sweeten the deal for competitors, there is no entry fee for the event.
Limited Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Pro Mods will also be in action. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, while kids 10 and under with an accompanying adult get in free. Pit passes are available for $35. For more information, visit www.arklatexspeedway.net.
(Main image by Scott Burson)