Breaking News: Play Day is Scheduled for Sunday April 2nd and Sunday April 9th. Opening Night is Scheduled for April 22nd.
We just received a letter from UMP stating: *Participation in a DIRTcar sanctioned division in 2017 will require a license. NO EXCEPTIONS. *Divisions that do not have 100% membership will lose the sanction. *A one-week temporary (for the traveler) will be accepted provided the driver completes the full application. (Temp one week memberships do not qualify for Insurance and Appeal benefits) *There is not a calendar date deadline. It is absolute and immediate....
With this being said Spoon will comply 100% with this statement.
On Saturday Feb 11th from 12 to 2 at the VFW in Canton, for ONE DAY ONLY we will be giving any UMP Driver or crew member a $15 discount on your UMP license.
I believe it's worth it to buy one even if your not in a UMP sanction class for the extra $50,000 in insurance money.
Hope to see you tomorrow at the VFW in Canton.
Please share so all can see.
Thank You SRS Promoter Brad Denney
The 2017 Spoon River Speedway schedule coming out soon!!
A Little History on Spoon River Speedway
In 1983 the track was built out of a bean field and leased to four individuals that along with some help from the mine, built what was then known as Dixie Speedway. After one season, Dixie declared bankruptcy so the Denney family had the choice of either letting the track be sold or pay Dixie’s bills off. Spoon River Speedway was established in 1984 by Morey and Gerald Denney. Both of these men put many hours into the speedway while still farming and Morey also working 3rd shift at Cat. Gerald ran the concession stand and mowed the grounds while Morey promoted and maintained the track. In 2009 Gerald started to turn over the concessions to his nephew Brad. Then in 2011 Morey turned over the track prep and promoter duties to his son Brad.
On Saturday Night Spoon River Speedway held its 33rd annual awards ceremony at the VFW in Canton, honoring the division point champions, driver vote awards, management awards, fan vote awards and the driver’s and fan’s vote for Driver of the Year. Over 140 awards were handed out Saturday Night along with many door prizes, six SRS hoodies, a 2017 Season Pass, Transponder, charger and pouch and four $200 give aways for the over 165 drivers and fans in attendance after they had there meal of tender roast beef and mouth watering fried chicken with all the fixing. Brad Denney (Promoter of Spoon River Speedway) was the MC with his sister Julie handing out the awards. Denney began by thanking all the drivers and fans and all the workers at the track.
Spoon River Speedway
VFW in Canton
When: December 3rd (Dinner served at 6 Sharp)
We would like to Thank You, your family and friends for your support in the 2016 season. We will be having a meeting on November 12th at the VFW in Canton starting at 1:00 to discuss what we want to do for 2017. Please attend so we can get your input on what we are going to do.
Spoon River Speedway will hold its annual banquet at the VFW in Canton on December 3rd with Dinner beginning at six sharp. Awards will be handed out after Dinner. Top 11 will be honored in all divisions. You must be in attendance to receive any awards. We will once again be having a buffet of chicken, roast beef and the fixing, Door Prizes along with a DJ and one FREE keg of beer starting at 7. $25 a person. NO Reserved Seating. (First come First serve on Seating, so come early) Make checks out to Spoon River Speedway.
RSVP MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE November 12th to attend.
Please send list of names attending (For Door Prizes) and your check to:
1136 S. 5th Ave
Canton, Ill 61520
Thank You all once again and hope to see you at the banquet
The 2016 season at Spoon River Speedway came to a close Saturday night with the 2nd running of the Railsplitter Nationals, featuring some of the highest purses in the country for Pro Late Model, D2 Midget, and E-mod racing divisions.
And those purses drew interest outside the area as drivers from all over Illinois were joined by those from Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma were entered among the 98 cars in attendance spread over four divisions.
The UMP Pro Late Model Division is the featured Division at the Railsplitter Nationals, as the winner’s share of the purse - $2,500 – makes it one of the largest in the nation.
Also at stake was the UMP Pro Late Model National Championship, along with Regional Championship and Track Championship Crowns. AJ May, in his first full season in the Division after rising through the ranks of the UMP Modified Division the previous seasons, was already assured of the Spoon River Speedway Crown before the night’s events, but defending UMP National Champion Jose Parga was within striking distance for the Regional and National Championships.
But in order to cut into May’s lead in National points enough to win the championship, Parga needed not only to finish well ahead of May in the night’s feature event, but needed a field of 29 cars to be able to achieve enough in bonus points to catch and pass the leader. 21 cars checked in prior to qualifying, and after the heats completed and the feature lineup set, it was official, May would be the 2016 UMP National Champion.
This Saturday Night September 24th will be the Season Ending 2nd running of the Rail Splitter Nationals featuring the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro Late Models running 60 laps for $2500 to win. Look for all the top driver’s in the nation to be in attendance as the points battle will come down to this final point race of the season for the National Championship. The Zane Automotive Service UMP Modifieds will also be on hand running 30 laps for $2000 to win. The USAC/IMRA Speed 2 Midgets sponsored by NuTech Seed will run for the biggest purse ever paid out for this division as the 30 lap feature winner will take home $1500. A huge car count is expected as driver’s from all over the Midwest will be at Spoon to do battle to see who will be the first Rail Splitter Champion. To finish out the racing card will be the Farmington Locker E-Mods paying the 30 lap feature winner $1000. The top 9 driver’s in each division will do the frisbee give away which determines the feature starting positions. This will also be the last night for track points with three of the four classes running, still up for grabs. Fans and drivers will also vote for awards to be handed out at Spoon’s annual banquet later in the year.
Pit Gate opens at 3 with the Grandstands opening at 5. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 followed by time trials in Pro Lates, Modifieds and E-Mods. Racing to begin around 7:15.
General Admission $20 with Kids 10 and under FREE. All Pit Passes $40. Transponder Rental $10
Rain Date is Sunday September 25th
UMP Pro Late Models must have LM 40’s on all four corners.
ONLY UMP Pro Late Engines ALLOWED (GM FACTORY 604 or 602, UMP Seal 604, NE Smith Seal 604)
Driver’s will ONLY be allowed to compete in ONE division.
Payout can be viewed on our website below the normal night payout.
This Saturday Night will be a Throw Back to the Past as General Admission will only be $8 with Kids 10 and Under Free. All Pit Passes will be $25 with NO transponder Fee this weekend. Saturday Nights purse will be based on the backgate. 100% of the back gate will be paid out for each division based on how many people per class enters the pits by 6 o’clock. So make sure to have all your people there by 6. We have some sponsors that have donated for the purse like Zane’s Automotive Service, Monicals Pizza, Davis Ford and Pontiac and Denney Racing. So before you even enter the gate Modifieds have $700 in their kitty, Pro Lates have $600 in their kitty and E-Mods have $500 in their kitty. An example is posted below. The more per division you get in the pits the more the payout, just like the old days. So lets fill up the pits and Grandstands Saturday Night. We will also time Modifieds, Pro L/M and E-Mods and when the races are complete we will allow you 45 minutes for a test and tune to get your cars setup for next weekends Rail Splitter Nationals then its lights out. Make sure someone comes up and gets their check within those 45 minutes. Lets hope for good weather and I will see everyone Saturday Night.
This Saturday Night Spoon River will host the 33rd running of the Tom Knowles Memorial featuring the 410 MOWA Sprint Car Series and the Lucas Oil POWRI National Midget Series. You won’t want to miss watching these cars racing at High Speeds around the 3/8’s mile oval, wheel to wheel just inches apart. Also on the racing ticket will be the Zane’s Automotive Service UMP Modifieds running for $1000 to Win and the always exciting Speed 2 Midgets sponsored by NuTech Seed running for $450 to Win.
Pit Gate Opens at 3 with Grandstands opening at 5
End of Draw 5:30 Hot Laps at 6 Followed by Sprint TT
Racing to begin around 7
General Admission $25 with Kids 10 and Under $10
All Pit Passes $40
Transponder Rental for Modifieds and Speed 2 Midgets $5
Speed 2 Midgets that wish to run with the Lucas Oil Midgets must run two different cars (One for each class) and pay two pit passes.