By Jimmy Dearing – St. Louis, MO (May 18th, 2015) The St. Louis region will be treated with the opportunity to see a lot of racing this Memorial Weekend Holiday! With many area tracks running special events and multiple days, one could go see dirt races six consecutive nights if they wanted to put a little time on the road. That would require a trip to Indiana on Wednesday to the Terre Haute Action Track for the Tony Hulman Classic featuring USAC Sprints & UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. Then on Thursday, on over to Indianapolis for the USAC Silver Crown Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. More info can be found on these two events at www.trackenterprises.com.
As far as racing a little closer to the St. Louis area and since there is a lot of racing to cover here, I’ll start with tracks closer to St. Louis and then spread out to regional tracks.
Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL will start things off with their regular program of weekly racing on Friday, May 22nd featuring UMP DIRTcar Late Models, Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Street Stocks and Sport Compacts. Tri-City Speedway will then come back and race on Sunday, May 24th with the Bud 50 which is a $10,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Late Model special event. They will also be racing UMP DIRTcar Modifieds for $1,000 to win & B-Modifieds for $600 to win on Sunday. More info at www.tricityspeedway.net.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO will be racing Saturday, May 23rd with a big special event for the MOWA Winged Sprint Car Series. They will also be racing UMP DIRTcar Late Models paying $1,500 to win and UMP DIRTcar Modifieds paying $1,000 to win along with $400 to win UMP DIRTcar B-Modifieds. More info available at www.federatedautopartsraceway.com.
Highland Speedway in Highland, IL will feature their regular weekly racing program on Saturday, May 23rd which featured UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, UMP DIRTcar B-Modifieds, Street Stocks & Micro Sprints. Active and retired military with ID will get into the grandstand free. More info at www.highlandspeedway.com.
Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, IL will feature a two-day special on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th for the UMP B-Modifieds that will pay $2,500 to win. They will also be racing UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Hornets & Pure Stocks both nights. More info available at www.fayettecospeedway.com.
Quincy Raceway in Quincy, IL will be running the MOWA Sprint Car Series on Sunday, May 24th along with Lightning Sprints, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sport Compacts & unsanctioned Street Stock special. More info available at www.quincyraceways.com.
Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL will be racing their weekly program on Friday, May 22nd featuring 305 Sprints, Stock Cars, Hornets and Micro Sprints. More info available at www.jacksonvillespeedway.com.
Macon Speedway in Macon, IL also will have two days of racing this weekend. Things start off on Saturday, May 23rd with a regular program of racing feature Midwest Big 10 UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets & UMP B-Modifieds. They will also have Monster Truck Raminator on hand crushing cars and signing autographs. Then on Monday, May 25th, Macon Speedway will host a Memorial Day special featuring Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader signing autographs and racing. The Midwest Big 10 UMP DIRTcar Pro Late Models will be racing along with UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Hornets and UMP B-Modifieds. More info available at www.maconracing.com.
Route 45 Raceway located in Flora, IL will be racing on Saturday, May 23rd feature UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds and UMP B-Modifieds. They will also be having the Monster Truck Summer Nationals. More info available at www.route45raceway.com.
Callaway Raceway in Fulton, MO will be racing on Friday, May 22nd featuring the A-Modified, B-Modified, Limited Late Models, Sportsman, Jr. Hornets and Outlaw Hornets. More info available at www.callawayraceways.com.
Two area tracks will be taking the weekend off, Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, IL and St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO will both be idle this weekend.
For those of you looking for an extended road trip for racing this weekend, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO will be hosting the 23rd Annual Show-Me 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. More info available at www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
Another road trip racing weekend for Modified fans can be had by following the American Modified Series for a three day swing around central and northern Illinois. They hit Farmer City Raceway on Friday, May 22nd for a $1,500 to win event. Then on Saturday they travel to Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL for the 2nd Annual Gary Cook, Jr. Memorial also paying $1,500 to win. Then they go on to LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL on Sunday, May 24th for another $1,500 to win show. More info available at www.americanmodifiedseries.com.
Spoon River Speedway in Canton, IL will also be hosting a two day show. On Saturday, May 23rd they feature the Randy Test Memorial paying $1,000 to win UMP Modifieds and $325 to win for UMP B-Modifieds. They will also be racing UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Hornets and Spoon 6-Shooters. Spoon River Speedway will then host their Gary Cook, Jr. Memorial on Sunday, May 24th paying $1,564 to win UMP Late Models, $1,564 to win UMP Modifieds, $464 to win UMP Pro Late Models, $264 to win UMP B-Modifieds and $164 to win UMP Hornets. More info available at www.spoonriverspeedway.com.
If you want some straight-line action, Gateway Motorsports Park Drag Strip will have various events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more info visit www.gatewaymsp.com.