Breaking News: 2018 Spoon River Speedway Banquet Set For Friday Night November 9th
The Summer Nationals Hell Tour invaded the Spoon River Speedway Monday night after the race had been rained out last Thursday. Twenty three cars would battle it out for the $5000 grand prize at the end of the 40 lap main event. After three heats were completed, won by Brian Shirley, Tyler Erb and Shannon Babb the feature event hit the lightning fast track. Shirley and Babb would lead the field to green but Timothy Culp would exploded a left rear tire going into turn three bring out a caution before any laps were completed. A complete restart would occur with Culp going to the rear. Shirley would jump out to the early lead running the high side. Babb would put pressure on Shirley running the bottom pulling up next to him several time. Tyler Erb and Frank Heckenast Jr would be battling for third right behind them. On lap four Babb would go from the top to the bottom getting a run on Shirley out of turn two with both driver’s rubbing down the backstretch, Babb would take the lead on lap five. Shirley would try to regain the lead but Babb would get the better bite off the corner and beat Shirley back to the line. A caution would fly again on lap thirty five giving Shirley another shot at Babb. As the green flew Shirley and Babb would run side by side for the final five laps with Babb edging Shirley by 4 tenths at the line. Erb would finish third followed by Heckenast Jr, Chase Junghans and Bobby Pierce finishing in sixth. Babb was excited in the Fulton Farm Serve victory lane after picking up his fourth victory so far in the tour. “Man this track was fast tonight. The fans should have enjoyed that one”.
With heavy rain yesterday, today and forecast for tomorrow we don’t feel it is possible to get the track in great racing condition, if we could race, so Spoon River Speedway and Dirtcar officials have decided to cancel Thursday race and move it to Monday Night June 25th. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Dirtcar driver’s love the high banked oval and with only running the Supers a couple times a year we want to give them the best track we can provide for them to put on a terrific show for you the fans. Spoon always has one of the biggest car counts of this series so come on out and enjoy the action.
So the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour will be Monday Night June 25th featuring some of the best dirt car driver’s around. The Dirtcar Super Late Models will battle for $5000 to win while the Dirtcar Summit Modifieds will run for $1500 to win. Also running will be the E-Mods for $500 to win.
Pit gate will open at 3.
Grandstands at 4.
Hot Laps are scheduled for 6 then Late Model TT followed by racing at 7.
General Admission $25
Kids 10 and under are $5
All Pit Passes $40
Coolers 10x14x12Tall NO Exceptions are $5 everytime through gate.
NO FOOD, NO GLASS, NO LARGE PURSES, NO LARGE BAGS, NO BACKPACKS will be allowed
Hope to see everyone Monday Night June 25th for an exciting night of racing at the Spoon!!
Saturday night saw some of the best racing so far at Spoon River Speedway in 2018. Twenty five USAC SpeeD2 Midgets would attempt to tame the high banked oval at the USAC SpeeD2 Midget National event. Twenty three cars would compete in the Dirtcar Modified division for one thousand to win.
After heat races the first feature out was the Dirtcar Pro Late Model division. Father 9 Scott Scooter May)and son (Austin May)would lead the ten car field to the green. Austin would get the jump on his dad and jump out to a early lead. Scott May and Samuel Halstead would battle it out for second with Sean dray right behind them in fourth. A caution field race would see some of the front runners set to the rear. On one of the last restarts Austin May would have his left rear tire go down ending his night. Dray would inherit the lead with Scott May and Halstead working their way back up to second and third after being sent to the rear on different occasions. Dray would hold off attempts from May and Halstead for the last five laps to bring home his first feature win of his career. Halstead would get past May for second with track points leader Jacob Denney with a strong run finishing fourth. Heat wins went to Austin May and Halstead.
The National USAC SpeeD2 Midget event was next to hit the track. Twenty five midgets would compete to make the twenty car feature field for five hundred to win. Gedd Ross would lead the field to the green with Andy Baugh to his outside. Ross would jump out to the early lead running the low line with Baugh running high and Shane Morgan to Baughs inside battling for second. Morgan would move around Baugh for second and put pressure on Ross for the lead. The men on the move were eleventh place starter Adam Taylor and Robby McQuinn. These two men were burning up the high side in dramatic fashion trying to run down Ross and Morgan. Baugh after jumping the cushion would fall back to eighth when the red flag would fly for Sean Murphy roll over on the front stretch. Murphy would climb back in his midget and race it to a eighth place finish. On the lap sixteen restart Baugh would go high to get around Mark Billings and would catch his tire sending Baugh flipping down the front stretch ending up at the top of turn one. Luckily Baugh came away unscaved but that couldn’t be said for his 6B midget. When the green flew once again Ross would fall back and McQuinn would jump into the lead. Ross, McQuinn and Taylor would swop the lead back and forth for the next six laps until McQuinn would jump the cushion and Ross and Taylor would shoot past him. Taylor would ride Ross bumper until the last lap and last turn were he would shoot to the bottom to pass Ross but Ross was to strong and came across the line to pick up the feature win. Taylor would settle for second followed by a strong run by Blake Buchholz and Adam Leffel, John Heydenreich would finish in fifth. Heat race wins went to Ross, McQuinn and Baugh.
Josh Allen would set fast time in the Dirtcar modified division Saturday night and win the first of three heat races. Other heat wins went to Dave Wietholder and Brandon Roberts. As the twenty three car came to the green Roberts would jump out to the lead running the bottom of the track. Pole sitter Zac Oedewaldt would jump to the high side and challenge Roberts for the lead. With these two running side by side the charging Mark Anderson would try and stick his nose in between the two but the door would slam on him before he could complete the past. Oedewaldt would final get by Roberts on the high side on lap nine out of twenty five. Derrick Carlson, starting eleventh, would charge his modified to the front and be battling for second place with Roberts and Anderson. Oedewaldt would jump the cushion allowing Roberts, Carlson and Anderson to get past. Anderson would move around Carlson with five to go and set his sights on Roberts. Running on the edge of the berm Anderson would go for the lead coming to the checkered flag following just two hundredths short of the win. Roberts would bring home his second feature win at Spoon this year. Following Roberts and Anderson was a strong run by Carlson, Oedewaldt and Josh Allen in fifth.
Jake Montgomery is on a hot streak and it continued for the young hot shot Saturday night in the E-Mod feature event. Josh Allen driving for Ray Rivers would jump out to the lead followed closely by Billy Puckett (Driving for Steve Jones) and Montgomery. Montgomery would get past Smith on lap five and never look back. Butch Weisser and Mason Duncan would battle it out for second with Weisser holding Duncan off at the line. Smith would finish the night in fourth with twelfth place starter Kyle Girard finishing in fifth. Heat wins went to Duncan who set fast time and Weisser .
Last out were the Dirtcar Hornets which saw pole sitter Brett Pratt jump out front and cruise home for the feature win. Iowa driver Erik VanApeldoorn would finish in second followed by April Holt and David DeFrance. Heat wins went to VanApeldoorn and Pratt.
Racing will resume next Saturday night June 16th for the Bill Anderson Memorial when the Dirtcar Modifieds will compete for fifteen hundred to win. Spoon will also have the makeup for the Kids Candy Dash at intermission. Check their Face Book page and website for more information.