Mavericks Announce "Racing Fan Appreciation Night" Details - Missouri to Welcome Racing Celebrities to Independence Events Center on February 8th


Mavericks Announce “Racing Fan Appreciation Night” Details
Missouri to Welcome Racing Celebrities to Independence Events Center on February 8th

Independence, MO (January 27, 2014) — Start your engines racing fans!  The Missouri Mavericks are excited to announce the details of their “Racing Fan Appreciation Night” set for Sunday, February 8th during their home game at Independence Events Center.

Before the Mavericks drop the puck against the visiting Quad City Mallards at 4:05pm (CST) that afternoon, fans of hockey and racing are invited to check out cars from the Central Missouri Speedway (Warrensburg, MO), Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, MO), Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS), and I-35 Speedway (Winston, MO) outside of Independence Events Center beginning at 2:00pm (CST).

Doors open at 2:30pm (CST).  All kids (age 12 & under) will receive a FREE ticket voucher to a race at Valley Speedway for the 2015 season. 

Pre-game autograph sessions will take place on the North IEC concourse 2:30pm-3:30pm with famous local drivers including Rick Beebe, Mandy Chick, Dean Wille, AJ Tice, and brothers Austin and Houston Johnson.  More drivers to be announced. (Bios of drivers making appearances at the event included below).

The RacinBoys, Scott Traylor and Kirk Elliot, brought to you by McCarthy Auto Group, will be on-hand to emcee the event on the concourse, as well as filming interviews with drivers and fans!  Fans can tune in to The Racin’ Boys’ special pre-event show on February 7th at 8:00am (CST) on 810 WHB when they will be discussing the details of the Mavs’ “Racing Fan Appreciation Night.”

During the second intermission “Chuck-A-Puck” contest of the Missouri Mavericks game, cars from Valley Speedway and Central Missouri Speedway will be on the ice, with lucky fans having the chance to win 2015 Season Tickets to Valley Speedway and Central Missouri Speedway! 



Rick Beebe:

(Sponsored by: Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Eibach Springs, Mullins Race Engines, LG21 Race Cars, Arbor Masters, Trucks Unlimited, Southern Oklahoma Speedway, Redline Oil, and Xfactor Bushings.) 

Bio: Started my racing career in motocross at age 10, switched to IKF and WKA kart racing at age 12. Won numerous regional and national kart races by age 15, when I started my stock car racing career in dirt late models. Won my first dirt late model race at age 16. Continued racing dirt until 1988 and switched to pavement in 1989. Won the ARTGO rookie title in 1992, won my first ARTGO main event as well in Wisconsin in 1992 and finished fourth in points as well. Had spotty starts in the ASA NATIONAL TOUR in 93 and 94. Ran ASA full time in 1995 and won the Pat Shauer Rookie title. Won ASA main events in 1997 and 1998 and finished fifth in national points both years. Continued my ASA career until the demise of the series in 2004, along with several starts in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES and NASCAR BUSCH SERIES. Took a few years off from 06 to 08 and started my USMTS dirt modified career in 2009 where I'm still competing as of 2015. Over 200 career main event wins on dirt and pavement. Was the ASA NATIONAL TOUR rookie instructor for seven years with students including Jimmie Johnson, Adam Petty, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, and many others. I have been very fortunate to have many dedicated crew members and sponsors along the way to further my career. It's been a great ride! 


Mandy Chick:

Hi I’m Mandy Chick.  I am a 3rd generation racer and the first female to drive race cars in my family. I am 13 years old and began my racing career at the age of 6 in USAC Quarter Midgets.  I loved it immediately and I knew I could succeed at winning everywhere I raced.  I won almost a 100 races and set many national records across the country!  In 2014, I debuted my USRA B-Modified on the Kansas and Missouri Dirt Tracks.  Even though I was only 12, in middle school, and racing against grown men, I accomplished three top ten finishes in my first season!  One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I work on my own race cars in our race shop each week.  I keep up my grades by sometimes bringing my homework to the shop!  I love school, but can’t wait till race weekends when I can get behind the wheel!  So you think I might be a busy girl?  Wait! There’s more!!  In 2015, I will also be racing in the highly competitive Jegs/CRA All Stars Tour with my asphalt late model.  YES – It’s true! I have two (2) race cars that I am driving this season all over the Midwest!  It might sound ambitious, but that’s just who I am.   My three year goal is to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by the time I am 16.  So follow me, Mandy “The Cool” Chick – I promise it’s going to be an exciting journey and lots of fun!


AJ Tice:

I am in my 11th year of racing now. I currently race what’s called a Lightning Sprint and plan to race at CMS for the upcoming 2015 season. I was last year’s Midwest Lightning Sprint Rookie of the Year. I first started racing when I was 11 in a go-kart and continued with that for four years before jumping up to the B-Mod and racing in the surrounding Mo-Kan area.


Austin Johnson – 16 Years Old:

Car #98

3 Years in Grand National

2014 – First Year in Modified at both Lakeside Speedway and I-35 Speedway

17 Feature Wins

44 Heat Wins

2 Championships


2012 Grand National Rookie of the Year at I-35 Speedway

2013 Grand National Champion at I-35 Speedway

2013 Most Improved Driver Grand National at I-35 Speedway

2014 Grand National Champion at I-35 Speedway

2014 Grand National 3rd in points at Lakeside Speedway

2014 Most Improved Driver Grand National at Lakeside Speedway

2014 Raced the Modified at both Lakeside Speedway and I-35 Speedway before the season was over.  Qualified and finished the main event feature at the USRA Nationals at Lakeside Speedway.


2015 Austin plans to run full-time in the Modified and Grand National classes at both Lakeside Speedway and I-35 Speedway.


Dean Wille:

Co-owner of Gator Graphics

Has been racing for over 20 years.

Here is a bio on the UCM SAE B-Mod:

In the fall of 2012, the UCM Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers organization voted to build a dirt car. At the time we still were not sure what kind of car to build until our then President, Ryan Craig, went over to Gator Graphics with a friend to help pick up some vinyl numbers. That's when Ryan began talking with Gator Graphics owner's Dean Wille and James McMillin about building a B-Mod. SAE and Gator Graphics worked together for a few short months to make the first race of the season at West Plains Speedway.

That first year was rough but we were able to get a few top 5 finishes. 

During the off season before the 2014 season, SAE was able to raise enough funds by working on vehicles for donations to purchase a brand new crate motor. 

All the hard work paid off when we won our very 1st race of the season at Valley Speedway. Throughout the 2014 season we were able to add 8 mores wins and take the Track Championship at Central Missouri Speedway! 

We are very much looking forward to the 2015 race season!


Houston Johnson – 15 Years Old:

Car #97

2 Years in Grand National

20 Heat Wins

9 Feature Wins


2013 Grand National Rookie of the Year at I-35 Speedway

2013 Grand National 2nd in Points – during his rookie season

2014 Raced Lakeside Speedway and I-35 Speedway every Friday and Saturday night.

2014 Grand National 3rd in Points at I-35 Speedway

2014 Grand National 7th in Points at Lakeside Speedway


2015 Houston plans to run the Grand National class full-time at both Lakeside Speedway and I-35 Speedway.  He will also be running a Modified full-time at I-35 Speedway and part-time at Lakeside Speedway. 






Non-wing race fans and driver's, here is a link to a Facebook Group to keep you informed on events at I-35 Speedway. Contact Trent Austin if you have any questions. 1608 Rockwater Lane, Kearney, Missouri 64060, 816-457-1990.




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