Breaking News: Next Racing Event is this Saturday Night August 24th Run for the Back Gate Night
Cooler size 10x14x12 Tall (NO Exceptions) $10 everytime thru gate. NO Food or Glass
NO Large Purses, Bags or Backpacks Allowed | No Dogs Allowed in Grandstand Area
Regular Race Admission (Specials will Vary)
Adults $10 | Kids 10 and under $3 | Coolers $10 | All Pit Passes $30
Transponder Rental $5 | Pouches $20
A huge field of 108 cars filled the pits at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night for the inaugural Greg Gilmore Memorial. Greg Gilmore raced at Spoon River Speedway in Modified and E-Mod Classes for many years, and passed away unexpectedly this past winter. Gilmore’s family and friends, in conjunction with Spoon River Speedway, put together several special events and purse bonuses, along with presentations of Gilmore Memorial Trophies to the winners in the two different Modified classes Saturday.
This Saturday night the Gilmore family, friends and Spoon River Speedway will honor Greg who we lost suddenly earlier this year. Greg raced at Spoon for 11 years in both the E-Mod and Modified divisions. Greg was Season champion in the E-Mods in 1998 and 99. Through the help of his family and sponsors the Dirtcar Modifieds will run for $1569 to win and $150 to start. The E-Mods will compete for $500 to win and $60 to start. Full Modified purse listed below. Also on hand will be the Dirtcar Pro Late Models, the USAC/IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets and the Dirtcar Hornets running for $200 to win. Bicycle races for kids 12 and under at intermission.
Spoon River Speedway opened its gates for the 36th season opener Saturday night. An outstanding 139 cars come through the back gate filling the pits to capacity. As the gates opened at two a steady line of haulers would continue to line up to enter. At one time cars and haulers were lined up all the way down to the highway. “We haven’t seen this since the 80’s” said Track Promoter Brad Denney. “This is going to be our biggest opening night ever.” On the night before Easter Sunday the huge crowd got to see three and four wide racing in all six divisions all night long. Before the races began Denney had scattered one thousand Easter eggs around the grandstand area for the kids to find. “I try and get the kids involved as much as I can throughout the race season. They are the future of dirt track racing” Denney commented.