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Aug 17

Swindell hops into seat, drives to win in SuperChevyStores.com 100

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Kevin Swindell is surrounded by folks from Friendly Chevrolet of Springfield. Swindell won the SuperChevyStores.com 100.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kevin Swindell wasn’t sure what he was doing this weekend, but he didn’t plan on racing.

That changed when Venturini Motorsports’ Billy Venturini called and offered him a chance to drive the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota on the one-mile dirt track in Springfield, Illinois. Swindell accepted the offer early Wednesday morning and took the team to victory lane Sunday afternoon.

“This is awesome,” Swindell said. “They gave me a great car and did a lot of work on it. I’m so thankful for the chance to take this car to victory lane.”

It wasn’t easy – and Swindell’s beat-up race car after the race was proof. He hit a wall during practice, and had a few hits on the track during the race. But, the Venturini team fixed it at every chance.

“They kept beating and banging on the car during the pit stops and the car was good,” Swindell said. “Luckily, the hits weren’t too hard and didn’t do a lot of damage. It didn’t really affect the car.”

Swindell led 21 laps, taking the lead for good on lap 89 of the 100-mile, 100-lap Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100. He held off ARCA Racing Series point leader Mason Mitchell, who got stronger at the end of the race, zipping from seventh to second over the final dozen laps. In doing so, he maintained his series point lead over Grant Enfinger, who led the most laps and finished third.

“I knew we were going to be there at the end,” Mitchell said.  “I was digging real hard, trying to get everything I could get. We had a little something there at the end, but not enough for the 15.”

Enfinger was running his first dirt track race since 2011 and was pleased with his finish. He led 33 laps, compared to 31 for Mitchell.

“I knew Pickle (crew chief Ryan London) would give me a good car,” Enfinger said. “In practice I didn’t offer him much feedback, I just was content to let him set up the car. I’ll take third place for sure. This GMS Racing Team just keeps working hard every race. I’m excited now, going to DuQuoin in a couple weeks.”

The race took 1 hour and 17 minutes to complete and was delayed by nearly an hour as crews from the fairgrounds and Track Enterprises – the race promoter – worked on prepping the track after heavy rains hit the Springfield area Saturday.

When qualifying was rained out, it forced the fastest car in practice – the No. 16 of Kelly Kovski – to start 27th. Within four laps the Springfield, Ill. native was in the top 10 and he took the lead momentarily in fact.

“I’m comfortable driving like that, driving on a dirt track,” Kovski said. “I knew I had to go early to make up all of the track position that was lost from not qualifying. I got caught up in one of those restarts and lost several spots. I didn’t come here to finish second or sixth, though, I came to win, so that’s a little disappointing.”

Shane Cockrum was another of the fast cars that started near the back. He came from 29th to ninth.

“That was a lot of fun out there,” said Cockrum, who lives in nearby Benton, Ill. “I got banged up a little bit. I think I was a sandwich for several cars out there. But, I’ll get my body guy working on the car and we’ll be ready for DuQuoin.”

The No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota of Frank Kimmel finished fourth with his nephew Will Kimmel fifth in the No. 69 Messina’s Ford. Kovski was sixth in the Billingsley Towing-Fire & Ale-Schluckbier Chevrolet, Justin Boston seventh in the ZLOOP Toyota, Kenny Schrader eighth in the Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet and SCOTT Rookie Austin Wayne Self in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge was 10th and the highest finishing rookie of the race.

James Swanson finished a career best-14th in the No. 0 Wayne Peterson Racing Dodge, despite pitting only once for fuel only. He led four laps, the first four laps he’s led of his career.

“Pit strategy worked out for us for once,” Swanson said. “Plus, Hoosier gave us a great racing tire – good enough that we could go all 100 laps on it. It was a good race.”

The race had six cautions for 32 laps.

The ARCA Racing Series goes next to Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway for the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200. The race will be live on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m. CT, Sunday, August 24.

Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100

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  1. Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN) Toyota, 2. Mason Mitchell (West Des Moines, Iowa) Ford, 3. Grant Enfinger (Fairhope, AL) Chevrolet, 4. Frank Kimmel (Clarksville, IN) Toyota, 5. Will Kimmel (Sellersburg, IN) Ford, 6. Kelly Kovski (Springfield) Chevrolet, 7. Justin Boston (Baltimore) Toyota, 8. Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO) Chevrolet, 9. Shane Cockrum (Benton) Ford, 10. Austin Wayne Self (Austin, TX) Dodge, 11. Tom Hessert (Cherry Hill, NJ) Dodge, 12. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso) Chevrolet, 13. AJ Fike (Galesburg) Ford, 14. James Swanson (Clarksboro, NJ) Dodge, 15. Thomas Praytor (Mobile AL) Ford, 16. Roger Carter (Sunfield MI) Dodge, 17. Mark Littleton (Arenzville) Chevrolet, 18. Dale Shearer (Alhambra) Ford, 19. Ron Cox (Soddy Daisy TN) Chevrolet, 20. Brad Smith (Shelby Twn. MI) 21. Brian Finney (Merritt Island FL) Chevrolet, 22. Ray Ciccarelli (Elliott City MD) Dodge), 23. Brennan Poole (The Woodlands TX) Toyota, 24. Brad Dubil (Bettendorf IA) Dodge, 25. Wayne Paterson (Pulaski TN) Ford, 26. Chris Bailey (South Park PA) Ford, 27. Brent Cross (Cortland NY) Chevrolet, 28. Bob Strait (Manteno) Chevrolet, 29. Karl Weber (Ambia IN) Chevrolet, 30. Dale Matchett (Cherry Hill NJ) Chevrolet.

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Aug 17

Nichols takes Sportsman National title for the second consecutive season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Jeremy Nichols likes the big tracks. He also likes victory lane.

The Shelbyville driver won the Sportsman Nationals at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday, taking the title in the 20-lapper for the second straight season. It’s been a big summer for Nichols, who also produced a thrilling victory in the Triple 25’s at Christian County Fair in July.

Nichols took home $1,500 for the victory. He held off Timmy Dick of Monticello for the win as a prelude for the SuperChevyStores.com 100 on the final day of the Illinois State Fair.

Ethan Schnapp of Springfield was third, followed by Nick Macklin of Argenta and Myles Moos Hartsburg.

After running heat races on Saturday, the Sportsman Nationals held the feature race on Sunday in a field that drew 20 cars to the world’s fastest mile dirt track.

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Illinois State Fairgrounds/Springfield

  1. Jeremy Nichols (Springfield), 2. Timmy Dick (Monticello), 3. Ethan Schnapp (Springfield), 4. Nick Macklin (Argenta), 5. Myles Moos (Hartsburg), 6. Phil Moreland (Assumption), 7. Wes Odell (Springfield), 8. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 9. Steve Ewing (Decatur), 10. Steve Adams, 11. Rick Weitekamp (Springfield), 12. Jim Farley III (Sprigfield), 13. Danny Smith (Argenta), 14. Michael Maestas (Lincoln), 15. Gary Miller (Athens), 16. Shane Garrison, 17. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 18. Curt Rhodes (Taylorville), 19. Darrel Dick (Monticello), 20. Jim Farley Jr. (Springfield).

 

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Aug 17

ARCA SuperChevyStores.com 100 preparing to drop green flag at Illinois State Fair Sunday

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It’s race day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Sunday morning. ARCA officials, the state fairgrounds’ crew and Track Enterprises are preparing the track and the grounds for the SuperChevyStores.com 100 that takes the green flag at 1:35 p.m. today.

The race is still ready to go as scheduled, and ARCA teams have already unloaded and have sent their cars through technical inspection. So it’s time to get to the state fairgrounds to watch ARCA’s pavement stars go against some serious dirt track specialists in a turf battle.

It’s the first time this season the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has hit the dirt. The field will likely include more than 30 cars today.

The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon. Come see your local short track heroes take to the Springfield Mile.

Tickets are available at the Illinois State Fair box office.

 

 

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Aug 16

SuperChevyStores.com 100 moving ahead as planned at Illinois State Fair Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The SuperChevyStores.com 100 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is ready to roll Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. ARCA teams and cars will arrive just after daybreak, and racing is planned as scheduled with the ARCA feature and the Sportsman Nationals on the Springfield Mile on the final day of the Illinois State Fair.

For updates on track conditions Sunday, please go online at trackenterprises.com, maconracing.com and arcaracing.com. Updates will also be available at Facebook.com/maconracing. Information can also be obtained by calling 217-782-1979.

 

Timetable

9 a.m. – Practice

11:15 a.m. – ARCA qualifying

Noon – Sportsman Feature

12:30 p.m. – Driver Autograph Session

1:15 p.m. – ARCA Driver Introduction

1:30 p.m. – National Anthem

1:35 p.m. – ARCA feature

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Aug 16

POWRi rained out at Macon Speedway Saturday night, returns here on Sept. 6

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MACON, Ill. – Despite the best efforts of Macon Speedway personnel and POWRi officials, the racing has been rained out Saturday night. POWRi will return to Macon Speedway on Sept. 6, so get ready to see some of the best open wheel action in the country.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Shrine 50 is a 50-lap feature for Billingsley Towing Modifieds that pays $1,000 to win. Big Ten Street Stocks also race, and along with Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets on Saturday, Aug. 23. Following the racing, the Chuck Foley Demolition Derby will bring fans to their feet with rock-em sock-em action that whole family will enjoy. Watch the cars battle in a last driver standing match of power, speed and daredevil moves. Drivers will compete in Bone Stock, Stock and Compact divisions. Pit passes are $30 with no entry fee. For more information, call 217-306-2222. Check Maconracing.com for a complete set of rules.

The night is a fundraiser for the Shrine Hospital for Children. All proceeds go to the fund to help Shriners kids with their hospital bills and care. So please come have a good time and support a worthy cause.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

The racing doesn’t cool off any time soon. With the Big Ten Series Street Stocks running their final night during the Illinois Street Stocks championship, Aug. 30 is must-see stock car racing. On Sept. 6, POWRi Midgets and Outlaw Micros make their final appearance at Macon Speedway for the season with Outlaw Micros running double features. Scout Night is Sept. 20 with the season-finale on Sept. 27.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

 

 

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Aug 16

Macon Speedway prepping for double features in POWRi midgets Saturday night

MACON, Ill. — Get to Macon Speedway Saturday night for the thrilling open-wheel POWRi midgets, when the talented daredevils will put on a show. There are double features in the POWRi midgets, and POWRi outlaw micros will battle with the Beach House Mini-Sprints. Macon Speedway will also race Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets.

On Friday night, open-wheel star Bryan Clauson held off a star-studded field to win the POWRi feature at Lincoln Speedway. Chris Bell and Rico Abreu couldn’t keep up with Clauson, the reigning Chili bowl champ and an Indy 500 qualifer in 2012.

Tickets are only $15. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by parent. Parking is free. Camping is also free.

 

 

 

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Aug 16

Don’t miss second half of amazing doubleheader with POWRi at Macon Speedway Saturday night

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Don’t get caught missing some of the best racing of the season. Open wheel stars are thrilling the crowd on a fast track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds during the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver crown cars.

Grab your seat cushion and get to Macon Speedway Saturday night for the second half of the unbelievable open-wheel doubleheader, when the POWRi midgets and outlaw micros roll onto the historic fifth-mile high banked oval. The POWRI midgets will run double features, the outlaw micros will thrill the fans while competing against the Beach House Mini-Sprints, and Macon Speedway will also run four stock car classes.

Macon Speedway personnel are prepping the track for what could be the bst night of racing all year. On Friday night, open-wheel star Bryan Clauson held off a star-studded field to win the POWRi feature at Lincoln Speedway. Chris Bell and Rico Abreu couldn’t keep up with Clauson, the reigning Chili bowl champ and an Indy 500 qualifer in 2012.

Tickets are only $15. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by parent. Parking is free. Camping is also free.

            On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan, among other legendary racing meccas. The 100-lapper will likely start more than 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile.

            A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. NASDCAR star Ken Schrader, a former race winner, will be going for another win. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.

                Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.

            Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

 

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Aug 16

Clauson heads into Bettenhausen 100 Saturday with victory in POWRi at Lincoln

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                SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After Bryan Clauson won the POWRi midget feature at Lincoln Speedway Friday night in a thrilling battle with Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu, the attention turns to the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Tony Bettenhausen 100 for USAC Silver Crown cars Saturday. The largest field in three years is expected for the 80th anniversary of the national championship race.

            Defending champ A.J. Fike of Galesburg goes for only the second three-peat in the race’s history, and a star-studded field will roll onto a track billed as the world’s fastest mile dirt track. Silver Crown practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 10:25 and the feature set at 2 p.m. Sportsman Nationals heat races are set to go at 11 a.m.

            Stay up-to-date on news on track conditions today by joining the Macon Speedway text club or by going online to Maconracing.com and Trackenterprises.com.

            Later Saturday, the POWRi machines take to lightning fast Macon Speedway for a program that includes double features in the POWRi midgets and Ken Schrader racing his UMP modified. Beach House Mini-Sprints will challenge the POWRi Outlaw Micros, and the winged mini-sprints always put on an amazing show. With Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Street Stocks, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets also racing, the Macon Speedway pits will likely reach overflow capacity. It’s a great night to buy a pit pass to get up close and personal with the POWRi stars and some amazing machinery. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

            On Sunday, the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 is the first time the ARCA Racing Series by Menards hits the dirt this season after making stops at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan, among other legendary racing meccas. The 100-lapper will likely start more than 30 cars, and the race always brings drivers from varied backgrounds as they attempt to claim a win on the storied mile.

            A year ago, Brennan Poole captured the win after Kelly Kovski and Fike were black-flagged for jumping a late restart. Kovski is a Springfield racer who was attempting a rare win by a hometown driver on the famed mile. NASDCAR star Ken Schrader, a former race winner, will be going for another win. Practice starts at 9 a.m. with qualifying at 11:15 and the 100-lap race at 1:35 p.m. The Sportsman Nationals will also race a feature at noon.

                Tickets for Illinois State Fair events are on sale at the State Fair ticket office (217-782-1979) and Track Enterprises (217-764-3200). For each event, advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Tickets sold on day of the race are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are sold race day only for $35. A two-day pass is $40. Infield tickets are sold race-day only for $20 for adults, including the $5 entry fee to the fair. Children 6-11 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.

            Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street, then south to 205 N. Wiles. Macon Speedway hosts racing every Saturday night, plus many weeknight specials. For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway Text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply.

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Aug 15

MOWA Sprints rescheduled for Sept. 20 at Macon Speedway, along with Scout Night

 

MACON, Ill. – When MOWA sprint cars make only one appearance at Macon Speedway all season, it’s imperative to reschedule when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. So Macon Speedway is proud to announce the MOWA Sprints are scheduled for Sept. 20.

These full-bodied winged sprint cars tear around Macon Speedway and send chills up your spine. It’s always a great show, and Macon Speedway is the home for motorsports in Central Illinois. Whether it’s UMP Summer Nationals for Late Models, Billingsley Towing Modifieds, POWRi Midgets, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series or Beach House Mini-Sprints – heck , just any kind of car – Macon Speedway wants to bring our loyal fans the best action in the Midwest.

Sept. 20 is also Scout Night. All Scouts in uniform will receive free admission, and that’s good for Scout leaders, too. Scout parents and other adults in the family also receive admission for $10. Scouts will be invited to participate in the flag ceremony, and there’s also the option to get a picture with a real race car.

For more information, follow Macon Speedway at (www.maconracing.com), Facebook  (www.facebook.com/maconracing) and Twitter (@maconspeedway). It’s easy to join the Macon Speedway text service. Fans can text MSFANS to 74574 to receive fan information. Drivers can text MSDRIVERS to 74574 to receive driver information. Message and data rates may apply. Updates are also available by calling Macon Speedway at 217-764-3000. Macon Speedway is located nine miles south of Decatur on U.S. 51, then 0.6 miles west on Andrews Street and south to 205 N. Wiles.

 

 

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Aug 15

Illini Pride ready top roll in USAC Tony Bettenhausen 100 at Illinois State Fair Saturday

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By Jay Hardin

Track Enterprises Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Saturday’s Tony Bettenhausen 100 USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield marks the 80th anniversary of the first 100-mile national championship dirt track race on the stories Springfield Mile.  That first event featured two-man Indianapolis cars and was won by the popular Billy Winn, who would win the second one as well.  As the late Tony Bettenhausen of Tinley Park is remembered this year, along with members of the Bettenhausen racing family, the 53rd Bettenhausen 100 is marked by the largest Springfield entry list in seven years as evidenced by the large number of Illinois participants in the field.

 

“Illini Pride” has swelled the entry list this year with at least 8 drivers entered from the home state, plus an owner with two machines expected and yet another driver or owner perhaps in the mix to attempt to conquer the World’s Fastest Mile Dirt Track.

 

The Illinois contingent is led by two-time defending Bettenhausen 100 winner A.J. Fike of Galesburg in a machine owned by his father Don.  A.J. nearly pulled off the impossible last year by winning on Saturday and then nearly winning the Allen Crowe 100 stock car race on Sunday, a feat performed only by Al Unser in 1972.  Fike became the first home state driver in 29 years to win the Bettenhausen in 2012, the last before Fike was Gary Bettenhausen, the eldest son of Tony and also a Tinley Park native.  Gary, who won his father’s race in 1978 and 1983, passed away earlier this year at the age of 72.

 

Another contender from the Prairie State is Canton’s Chris Windom in the RW Motorsports entry.  Windom led 85 laps of last year’s race at Springfield before surrendering the lead to Fike and led late at DuQuoin two weeks later before running out of fuel.  He did score his first win in the mighty uprights at Eldora in the USAC Silver Crown finale last year.

 

Yet a third Illinois driver could join Fike and Windom as Silver Crown victors and drivers pulling double duty over the weekend.  Benton’s Shane Cockrum qualified fourth at Springfield last year after a practice crash and was in contention for a victory at DuQuoin until the car ran low on fuel.  He, like Fike and Windom, should have an ARCA ride for Sunday as well.

 

Two other contenders from Illinois already have impressive resumes in and out of the series.  Pocahontas driver Zach Daum was the 2009 USAC Rookie of the Year and leads the POWRi midget standings after winning the title last season.  Elkhart’s Chris Urish scored an upset win at DuQuoin last Labor Day weekend and the driver should have plenty of fan support Saturday from his native Logan county.

 

Other Illinois drivers expected include series veteran Randy Bateman of Murphysboro, Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville and Jerry Bruce of Benton.  Another possible entrant is Chris Fetter of DuQuoin who purchased not one but two of the machines over the winter.

 

Springfield’s Dennis McQuinn is a long time crew chief and car owner who provided cars for capitol city native Donnie Beechler.  McQuinn is expected to return with two cars this year, one for Oklahoma hotshoe Brady Bacon and the other for third generation driver Steven Russell.  Frequent entrant Ricky Nix of Benton is thought to be considering a series return with an as yet to be named driver.

Should the stars align one third of Saturday’s field will come from the home soil, a fact not lost on promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises who greatly appreciates the support of the home contingent.  “I really appreciate the support of all the competitors, drivers or car owners who call Illinois home.”  “They add a lot of local flavor to the two Illinois dirt miles, they appreciate the history and what it means to compete on one of these historic tracks and they draw a lot of attention to our events.”

 

Fans wishing to see their local favorites should not wait until the last minute to arrive at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday.  Practice for the Silver Crown Championship dirt cars starts at 9 a.m. with qualifications at 10:25 and the Bettenhausen 100 at around 2.

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