I-44 Speedway to host wrestling and racing extravaganza

Photo by Jamie Martin
Pictured above is Brian Lewis in the No. 0 car. Lewis, who now races at I-44 Speedway, is a former wrestler known as Shaggy Star.

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Dylan Bates and Brian Thompson

America’s two most fan-friendly sports will reunite on Saturday, August 4, when Ringside Championship Wrestling (RCW) and Lebanon I-44 Speedway present “Speedway Slam 2” featuring a night of pro wrestling and asphalt, short-track racing sponsored by El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant.

Ringside Championship Wrestling is an an independent professional wrestling organization that hosts events in Missouri and Arkansas.

“Speedway Slam was a big hit last year,” said David Willard, co-owner of Lebanon I-44 Speedway. “We are excited to one again partner with RCW Wrestling for another special event for the 2018 season.”

The evening’s festivities will include three wrestling matches plus a guest appearance by wrestling legend “Wild Eyed Southern Boy” Tracy Smothers, who has competed all over the world for every major pro wrestling organization including the WWE, WCW, ECW, Smoky Mountain Wrestling and the USWA.

The line-up for the actual wrestling contests will feature the “Second City Saint” Ace Steel, Lucy Mendez, Air Raid, Laynie Luck and Camron Bra’nae. “Superstar” Steve Fender, who competed at last year’s show at the racetrack, returns to defend his RCW Heavyweight Championship against number one contender Kyle Roberts.
The wrestlers will not be the only ones contending on Saturday night as all five weekly racing classes will be in attendance.
Less than three points separate the Championship leaders in the Pro Late Models and the Big 10 Late Models. Tim Swearengin is holding a single point advantage over Ken Dickinson in the Pro Late Models while Jimmy Fohn has three points on Dylan Bates for the Big 10 Late Model Championship.

Will Garner and Shannon Geller continue to catch the point leader, Crystal Blake, in the Charger division after she encountered some car troubles last week. Tight Championship battles create exciting weekly races.

In the Street Stock division, Jordan Nisbett is still in command of the Championship but Lebanon native, Tony Johnson, is looking for his third win in a row in hopes of making a run for the Championship with only five races remaining.

In the Modified division, The Iceman, Ricky Icenhower, cannot be stopped. Last weekend, we saw the No. 0 of Michael Juergenson lead every lap but the last three, does he have what it takes to de-throne Icenhower?
Adult admission is $15 each for grandstand admission and $15 each for tier parking, admitting fans to the evening’s races and the wrestling matches.

Senior citizens and members of the military receive pricing discounts while children ages 10-and-younger are admitted free.

The gates to the track will open at 6 p.m. with the first match taking place around 7 p.m. during opening ceremonies and races starting at 7:30 p.m.

The main event for the RCW Championship will take place during intermission of the racing action.

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