Next Event: Springfield Speedway Reunion Race Sunday August 16th
Midwest Speed, Inc., and Terry Young in conjunction with Lincoln Speedway, CILTRAK and Norm and Yvonne Horn is pleased to announce the upcoming “Springfield Speedway Reunion – Reliving the Good Times” event which will take place on Sunday August 16th, 2015 at the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois.
In 2012 Young produced a reunion to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the closing of the Springfield Speedway and was overwhelmingly supported with over 800 people attending the festivities at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It was so much fun visiting with people who were reuniting for the first time in years in many cases. Old friendships were rekindled, people had a chance to get caught up with each other and many spent hours looking over all of the old racing memorabilia that people brought to display.
This years event will be highlighted by an evening of racing at the always pristine Central Illinois track. The night will include Non-Wing Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Pro Crate Late Model, Modified and Hornet divisions competing. In addition to the normal payoff, each division will see the A-Main events pay a bonus $20.00 per lap to the leader of each lap made possible by sponsors. Additionally, a beautiful trophy will be presented to each winner.
The event will also include many of the drivers who raced at the Speedway, along with some of the actual restored cars that turned laps on the famous track built by Joe Shaheen and known across the country as one of the fastest and finest in the United States.
Event coordinator Terry Young encourages all former competitors, their families and fans to attend the free event and bring with them any old memorabilia they might like to display and share for others to look at. If someone brings something to display, they will keep possession of it and when they leave will take it with them, so bring out your old helmets, pictures, scrap books, firesuits, etc..
Many of the former drivers have already expressed their excitement at the prospect of reuniting once again with old friends they haven’t seen for a while and reminiscing and remembering some of our friends whom we have lost over the years. Al Thomas, Jeff Moe, Bill Morris, Dean Shirley, Dick Trout, “Jungle Jim” Davison, Ed Bauman, Dick Taylor, Tony Merrick, Jim Moughan, Jr., Mark Hart, Jeff Mackay, Gary Clark, Rick, Randy, Ron and Rob Standridge, Rick Pennell, Steve Sheppard and many others have all expressed their intent to attend the extravaganza,
The reunion is free to attend and begins at Noon, if you choose to stay for the evenings races, there will be a ticket purchase required for grandstand admission. Tickets for the races will be $12.00 for Adults, Children Ages 11-18 are $7.00 and 10 and under are free.
There will be several Lifetime Achievement Awards that will be given at the event to honor several individuals for their achievements at the Springfield track.
Lincoln Speedway is located on the Logan County Fairgrounds at 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL. 62656 (217) 735-1833
Young has joined forces with Nationally renowned racing author Joyce Standridge in producing a book of Fast Memories remembering the Springfield Speedway 1947 – 1987 that will be available for purchase at the event. The book contains stories written by Standridge and hundreds of photos from the Marv Scattergood Collection, Horcher Brothers Photos, Chuck Lynch, Jeff Moe and others who contributed photos from their personal collections. The book will also be available from the premier auto racing publisher Coastal 181.
Raminator and Non-Wing Sprints Return This Friday July 17th
This Friday July 17th is night of smashing and sliding as Raminator Monster Truck takes care of the smashing and the WAR East Non-Wing Sprint Cars handle the sliding.
The day gets started with a display at Lincoln Chrysler Dodge at 11:00 where you can see Raminator up close, then at 4:00, a police escort brings it to Lincoln Speedway to join in our night’s action. Don’t miss the car crushing, wheel standing power of Raminator at Lincoln Speedway this Friday Night.
The racing action will pack a punch Friday night as well with the return of the WAR East non-wing sprints racing for $1,000 to win along with the Midwest Technical Institute Modifeds, Springfield Iron and Metal Pro Late Models, Nutech Lightning Sprints and Hornets.
Hot laps at 6:30. Racing at 7:00.
Photos from Friday April 24.
Pro Modified Rules and Payout For Friday April 10th
1. 3-Link 602 Crates per UMP Pro Mod rules = 2,400 pounds.
2. 4- Bar 602 Crates (spoon/Peoria) = 2,500 pounds, with 50 pounds bolted in front of the radiator.
3. We don’t anticipate any 365 open motors but for this week they will race with a 2 barrel at the same weights as above depending on suspension.
No spoilers. Grooving and siping allowed for a period of time. Modified A and H tires only.
Please note that we are geographically between the 3-link UMP cars to our South and the 4-bar cars to our North. Long term we want to move people toward the 3-link UMP car so we need those cars to be competitive. We are trying to strike a fair balance between the two cars. Jeff Schmidt our lead technical official has spent a lot of time thinking through how to even the playing field. This is where we are going to start. If we see one or the other has an advantage based on rules instead of talent, we will adjust accordingly in future weeks.
As we have said, we have a partial schedule right now for B-Mods. If we see a healthy field developing we will add nights with a long-term view of making the B-Mod a part of our weekly program.
Payout will be $250 to win/$40 to start. We will post the full payout on our website shortly.