Race track raises funds to donate to SERVE

A race track in Callaway County decided to give back this holiday season.

Hams Prairie International Speedway set up a fundraiser earlier this month to help Callaway County SERVE, Inc. with any food shortages they had this season.

A $5 toy, $5 nonperishable items or $5 in cash could get people into the race track's grandstands.

The "Ho Ho 50" was the last race of the season on Dec. 11. Racing started during the afternoon.

Lonnie Wyman Jr., owner of Hams Prairie International Speedway, said the track is always doing something to help the community in anyway they can.

"We're just trying to do good things for the community," he said.

This year, the race was a lot colder, so the racing was 25 laps instead of 50.

Hams Prairie International Speedway has done other fundraisers this year such as a community benefit for Mark Moser, a man who worked at Moser's Grocery store in the meat department for several years. Moser was in the hospital for 60 days and had many medical bills.

Wyman said that benefit in October was a success.

"We try to do the best we can. Help people who are less fortunate," Wyman said.