WHITESVILLE, W. Va.- When drivers started their engines at Princeton Speedway this past Saturday it capped a full day of events surrounding the track’s 5th Annual UBB 29 Memorial Race sponsored by Little General and the Bill Cole Auto Mall.
Bill Cole Auto Mall in Princeton hosted a car show on Saturday. The memorial race pace car, the #29 UBB car and several other race cars were on display. Drivers were available for autographs and Belinda Barlow Meadows performed her song “Unseen Heroes.” Meadows wrote it after the disaster and dedicated it to the miners lost at Upper Big Branch.
FASTRAK driver Brandon Riffe held a meet and greet and autograph session at the speedway. Three generations of drivers- David Collins Sr., David Collins Jr. and Logan Collins signed autographs for fans. Also signing autographs was drivers Aaron Barley, one of last Saturday’s qualifying winners, and much improved rookie driver, Shane Minnix.
The race was the biggest FASTRAK Pro Late Model event of the year at Princeton Speedway. The 40 lap UBB 29 Memorial race paid $5,000 to win and $250 to start. It was an historic night at the track as the FASTRAK Late Models have never run for this much money at Princeton Speedway. Also on the card was AMRA Open Wheel Modifieds, Outlaw Modified Streets, Street Stocks, Outlaw Minis, and Mini Wedges.
The UBB 29 Memorial Race sponsored by Little General and Bill Cole Auto Mall is entering it’s 5th year. In that time the speedway and their sponsors have donated more than $10,000 to the UBB Mining Memorial Group for maintenance and upkeep of the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in Whitesville, WV. This year’s race did commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the disaster.
More race details and a full list of sponsors can be found at www.princetonspeedway.net or at the speedway’s official Facebook page.
The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group, Inc was established in February of 2011 to construct a permanent memorial to the 29 miners who were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in Montcoal, WV on April 5th, 2010. The memorial is located in Whitesville, WV and was dedicated in July of 2012. More information on the disaster and the memorial can be found at www.ubbminersmemorial.com.