The racing season is here. It is a little over 30 days until the official start of the 2013 season! Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright was started by two racers, for the racers. Our intent is to give Lightning Sprints opportunities to race for better money in front of large crowds to show what our sport is about. Which are fast affordable open wheel race cars. As owners and fans of this sport we feel it is everyone’s obligation to pursue the same goal. This is to increase awareness through participation! We feel our first race of the season is a big step in that direction.
Our first race is at L.A. raceway in LaMonte MO, dubbed Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright Spring Nationals. The Spring Nationals is our way of starting the season with a BANG!!! This race as with all MALS races are guaranteed $650 to win and $70 to start with great money through out the field. Let me repeat this so everyone knows! ALL Six Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright RACES ARE NOW GUARANTEED $650 to win and $70 to start!! The race date for MALS Spring Nationals is April 13th. Our cars will be supporting W.A.R non winged sprint cars and ASCS warrior 360 sprint cars. This is a great event to attend but much better to participate in! Go to www.laraceway.com for start times. For those who wish to get a head start on car set up L.A. raceway will have an open practice on March 23rd.
The second and sixth race in the Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright year is at Atchison County Raceway in Atchison Kansas. This track is entering its second full year of operation and we are pleased to have two opportunities to show case lightning sprints on this fast high banked race track. The first race of the year is the MALS-Spring Fling on May 4th! The second at this track is the MALS-Fall Bawl on Sept. 7th! With other Lightning Sprint races going on in the Kansas City area this is a great weekend for those of us who like double header weekends! ACR is having several open practice dates. April 5th, April 12 and April 13th. Phil Birkinsha is a very good promoter and I expect great things from this track in the next few years. Go to www.acraceway.com for start times and directions to the track.
Our third and fifth race we will bring our winged show to is Double-X speedway in California Missouri. The race date for the MALS Veterans Salute is May 26th! This is also Jesse Hockett night at Double-X speedway. This will be our second opportunity to show case our cars in front of large open wheel fans, we again will be supporting W.A.R. and ASCS warrior sprint cars. Double-X speedway has a great tradition of open wheel racing and the local fan support of Jesse Hockett short but stoic racing career. And his fans will be out in force to remember Jesse and all the hero’s past and present! The fifth date just announced HERE, we will again be back at Double-X speedway which will be our Summer Sizzle race on July 5th. The July 5th race we again will be supporting ASCS warriors 360 Sprint Cars and on the bill will be the 600cc winged micros. Double-X is not at this time planning a practice day. Go to www.xxspeedway.com/ for all the latest information on this track.
The fourth race of the Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright pro tour is at Nevada Speedway in Nevada Missouri. The action on this track is always as hot as it is this time of year in Missouri. Nevada Speedway is a favorite for our drivers and we are expecting a great night of racing. Race date for the MALS Summer Nationals is June 29th. This will be Nevada Speedways 50th year of operations which is a very big milestone for any business. I want to thank them for this chance to be a part of there 50th year celebration. Nevada Speedway has an open practice day and swap meet planned for April 6th. Go to www.nevadaspeedway1.com/ For complete practice times, news and directions to this track.
MALS believes racers from outside our area of operation add to our program and we realize with gas and travel expenses not getting any cheaper, travelers may need some help attending any of the five MALS races. Therefore we have come up with a traveler’s incentive package that will take some of the financial burden off of the car owners. There are limited numbers of these incentive programs so be the first to plan a trip to Middle America. The limited tow money will be handled in this manner. “The first 5 drivers that pre-register for any of the five MALS events of 2013 AND TAKES the green flag in the A Feature of that event with a one way tow of 500 miles or more will be eligible for a $100 tow money award. Actual mileage determined by Google Earth.” If a driver fails to make the A feature the $100 will go to the next driver in line determined by order they preregistered. Preregistration will be done by email only! Please email your name, town and car number to firstname.lastname@example.org if you meet the above criteria. We do have two preregistered for the April 13th race, two for the May 4th race and three for the May 26th race. So if you think you may want to come experience an MALS event this season don’t hesitate to drop us an email and reserve your spot for the extra tow money!
As a special thanks to all that will be attending MALS races this season Liquid Powdercoat finishes of Kansas City with help from Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright will be holding two BBQ pre race lunches this season for our racing family. The first will be held at the MALS Veterans Salute race May 26th at Double-X speedway and the second will be on June 29th for our MALS Summer Nationals. More details on both of these special events will be posting in the coming days.
At all Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright events we will be given out the Kent Transportation hard charger award. This is a cash award of $75 to be given out to the driver who increases there position the greatest in the feature event. Midwest Speed Shop will be giving out shock rebuilt gift certificates to all the heat race winners each weekend. Speedway motors will be giving out two $50 gift certificates throughout the year for the hard luck candidates, Liquid Powdercoat finishes of Kansas City for helping with BBQ’s
The Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright would not be possible with out the help from our great sponsors, Phil Heavelow / Jayhawk Millwright, Ryan Kent / Kent Transportation, Jay Kinder / Midwest Speed Shop, Matt Billings / Jack931, Ken and Phyllis Billings / Liquid Powdercoat finishes of Kansas City plus Speedway Motors. Please remember all these great sponsor the next time you need heavy equipment moved, parts for your race car, parts delivered local or across the country, ads ran on radio to promote something, new paint or powdercoating. We hope you use one or all of these sponsors that are so important to MALS. All have played a big part in allowing us to make this season a success. For complete rules, schedule, payout and news go to www.midamericalightningsprints.com We hope to see all of you at Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright races this season. If you have questions or comment please let us know.
Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright
April 13: Spring Nationals – L.A. Raceway Lamont MO
*May 4th: Spring Fling – Atchison County Raceway – Atchison KS
*May 26th: Veterans Salute – Double-X Speedway California MO
*June 29th: Summer Nationals – Nevada Speedway – Nevada MO
July 5th: Summer Sizzle – Double-X Speedway California MO
Sept. 7th: Fall Bawl – Atchison County Raceway – Atchison KS
Note:* April 4th, May 26th, June 29th races will be double header weekends. MLS is racing the night before at Grain Valley Speedway in Grain Valley Missouri. We are currently working with MALS title sponsor Jayhawk Millwright to help MLS increase there prize money at these three events. Please check back with us as details are still being worked out.