Breaking News: Once Again Mother Has Won At Spoon River. Tonights Races Have Been Cancelled. Next Racing Event SUNDAY thats SUNDAY NIGHT Sept 4th the 26th Running of the UMP Modified Fall Nationals
This Sunday Night Sept 4th at the Spoon River Speedway you will see some of the best Driver’s on dirt do battle on the high banked 3/8’s mile oval during the 26th running of the UMP Modified Fall Nationals with the American Modified Series on board once again. Once again the modified driver’s will duel it out in a 50 Lap feature paying the winner $5000. Last year saw over 60 modifieds and over 130 cars total show up with Newton, Illinois driver Chad Kinder taking home the $5000 pay check. Top driver’s in the Nation like National point leader Michael Long, second in National points Mike Harrison, Allen Weisser, Ray Bollinger and the AMS stars like Trent Young, Josh Harris, Matt Cooper, Mark Lamont with many more will be at the Spoon to do battle in the modified division.
Two inches of rain on Friday and a soggy pit area on Saturday did not stop the show at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night, but a couple of showstopping feature wins did take place.
Quincy, IL driver Michael Long, leading the UMP National Modified Points Standings, made one of his occasional visits to The Spoon, and made it count in a big way, pulling away late to win his first feature at the legendary high-banked oval in the Zane’s Auto Service UMP Modified 20 lap feature.
“The track,” he said when asked in Perkins Seed House Victory Lane what the key to his victory was, “it was perfect up where I wanted to run the car. I haven’t always been good here, but I’m figuring it out. For the track to be this good after all that rain is impressive.”
The red-hot Long thanked his sponsors who are helping him make this run at the national title, Saturday’s win was his 4th in eight days at various Midwest tracks, he made it five feature wins in nine days with a win Sunday night in Quincy.
Ray Bollinger of Kewanee continued adding to his victory total in his quest for the UMP National Modified Points Championship Saturday at Spoon River Speedway, holding off Allen Weisser, himself in the hunt for the National Title, to win the Zane’s Auto Service Modified 25-lap feature and the $1,000 check to go with it.
The track hosted races for the first time since July 16th, after having to cancel two programs due to extreme weather conditions, and taking the annual planned break for the Fulton County Fair at the end of July, and it turned into a wild and wacky night of racing in all divisions.
Early in the Modified feature, Bollinger and Zac Oedewaldt, running 2nd and 3rd behind leader Brandon Roberts, got together coming down the front straight, with Oedewaldt’s car climbing the retaining wall but coming back down without rolling over before coming to a stop at the top of turn one, broken and done for the night. The closely matched field behind didn’t have much room or time to avoid, and the cars of Derrick Carlson and Zane Oedewaldt were also collected in the incident.
After the track was cleared, Bollinger was able to power past Roberts, who later said on social media his tires gave up on his #35, and grab the lead. Allen Weisser made his way around Roberts as well, and started to hunt down Bollinger, drawing up to his rear bumper before making several attempts to pass the Kewanee driver by diving low and hoping to slide up in front of Bollinger.