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Allen Weisser drove his UMP Modified from 11th to 1st in the final segment of the annual “Quick Draw” event at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night to claim his second straight title in the unique event.
The annual event featuring the unique segmented format provided fans with plenty of passing and on track excitement in all divisions, and those races, along with the first visit from the Illinois Lighting Sprints and make up features in several classes from a June rainout provided everyone a full, entertaining night of racing on the smooth, fast, multi-groove high-banked speedway.
A twist to the event this year actually gave the drivers who won in either of the first two segments of racing a chance to “spin the wheel” to determine how many cars would be inverted for the following segment.
Huge weekend of racing on tap for Saturday Night July 18th. First off we will finish the four features from June 20th then go straight into the Famous Quick Draw Races. New to the Quick Draw will be the prize wheel which will have numbers on it a long with complete field invert which each segments winner will spin to see how many cars will be inverted for the next segment. First segment will be lined up by draw. Final finishing order will be determined by points collected in ...the three segments. If you like passing you will love this race. The Lightning Sprints will be on hand. This will also be Autism Awareness Night with lots of prizes to be givin away at intermission. It will also be Kids Candy Dash Night for kids 5-10. This will be the last race until Aug 1st (FFA Night, Fulton Farm Bureau Night and Lawn Mower Races) because we will be closed on July 25th for the Fulton County Fair and PDC. With all this racing on tap next weekend we will start a little earlier. Pits will open at 4. Grandstands at 4:30 DRIVER'S DRAW will END at 5:30 Hot Laps 5:45 followed by the four features. Then straight into the Quick Draw races. General Admission will be $15 with Kids 10 and under FREE All Pit Passes $35 Modifieds will be running for $1200 to Win, 2nd $600, 3rd $400, 4th $350, 5th $250, Pro L/M for $600 to Win, 2nd $350, 3rd $300, 4th $200, 5th $150, Pro Mods for $325 to Win, 2nd $200, 3rd $175, 4th $125, 5th $100 and Hornets for $150 to Win, 2nd $100, 3rd $75, 4th $50, 5th $40 in the Quick Draw Races
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PS, With all the racing on tap for Saturday Night the Pro L/M's and Modifieds will run 15 Laps, the Hornets 8 Laps and the 6-Shooters 5 Laps in the makeup features.
Over 100 cars in the pits, a big crowd in the grandstands, a silky smooth race track, nice weather, and post-race fireworks. That alone was enough to make the 4th of July celebration at Spoon River Speedway a great event. Then consider 21 of those 100+ cars were visiting Super Late Models, and add a remembrance and memorial in the name of Gary Cook, Jr., of one of the top UMP Modified racers to have ever circled the mighty high banks of The Spoon, and it was truly a night of great entertainment and tribute.
The Gary Cook, Jr. Memorial races were originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but rain forced the postponement to the July 4th show. 31 UMP Modifieds, 21 UMP Super Late Models, and another 50 Pro Late Models, Pro Modifieds and Hornets took to the track Saturday racing for increased purse money and the honor of winning one of Gary Cook, Jr.’s very own trophies, donated to the event by his father, Gary, Sr., who also took part in the racing show, parading the tribute car he has assembled in his son’s honor during the National Anthem, and then later giving the car it’s first at-speed shakedown in a heat race.
Our next racing Event will be this Saturday Night July 4th. This will be the makeup Gary Cook Jr Memorial from May 24th. Ticket stubs and armbands will be honored from that night. Featured Saturday Night will be the Zane Automotive Service UMP Modifieds and the UMP Super Late Models each running for $1564 to Win. Also on hand will be the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro Late Models for $464 to Win, the Farmington Locker UMP Pro Modifieds for $264 to Win and the Fulton Farm Service ...UMP Hornets for $164 to Win. We will also have our annual fireworks show with over 1000 shots this year. The first 250 paid adults through the front gate will receive an American Flag.
Pit Gate opens at 4:30. Grandstands open at 5.
Hot Laps 6:15 followed by Modified and Super L/M TT.
Racing to begin around 7.
General Admission $15
Kids 6-10 are $5
5 and Under are FREE
All Pit Passes $35
Lets hope mother nature plays nice this Saturday night so we can get back to some more exciting racing on the High Banks of the Spoon.
PS: Rain Date for this race will be Sunday July 5th
Another exciting night of racing invaded the Spoon on Saturday night with storms looming in the west. The track moved the Bill Anderson Memorial a long quickly to try and beat mother nature. With a very short intermission and as the skys darkening to the west the Pro Modified feature hit the track. Josh Allen took the early lead and led till the lights flashed twice and went out. With the storms almost on top of the track, the race was then called with Josh Allen declared the winner. Todd Bates came in second followed by Trent Ross, Kevin Morrow and Mark Anderson. The other four classes (Pro L/M, Modifieds, Hornets and 6-Shooters) will run their features next Saturday Night June 27th before the regular program begins. NO new cars will be added since the lineups were already set.
The Quick Draw Races scheduled for the 27th have been rescheduled for July 18th. So
Also running Saturday night for the first time in 2015 will be the Lightning Sprints along with our regular divisions.
General Admission will be $15 With Kids 10 and under Free
All Pit Passes $35
Pit gate opens at 4:30 with Grandstands opening at 5
Hot Laps 6:15 followed by the makeup features
After the makeup features we will go into a regular race program
This Saturday Night will be the Annual Bill Anderson Memorial featuring the UMP Pro Modifieds 35 lap feature event for $500 to win. Also on hand will be the UMP Modifieds, the UMP Pro Late Models, the UMP Hornets and the Spoon 6-Shooters. Normal gate times and admission prices
A big field of cars in both the Zane’s Auto Service UMP Modifieds and the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro Late Models combined to put on an outstanding show Saturday night on “Canton Night” at Spoon River Speedway.
In the 26-car UMP Modified field, Allen Weisser took the lead just past the midway point of the 20-lap feature and drove to victory on a fast track, in front of Canton native and current Joe Gibbs racing employee Eric Phillips, who was in town for the weekend and in Weisser’s pit for the evening. But for the first half of the race, it looked like Weisser and the rest of the star-studded field was just racing for second behind Peoria’s Erik Bruce, but shortly past midway a slight bobble coming out of turn four by the leader allowed several cars to get by, led by Weisser running on the topside of the track.
Spoon River will host Canton Night this Saturday Night June 6th. Any Canton resident that produces a current Canton address and photo ID on it will get in for $6 this Saturday Night.
After two weeks of rain outs the driver's are itching to get back out to the High Banks of the Spoon for some more great racing action. On hand will be the Zane Automotive Service UMP Modifieds, the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro L/M's, the Farmington Locker UMP Pro Modifieds, the Fulton Farm Service UMP Hornets and the Spoon 6-Shooters.
Hot Laps 6:15 followed by Pro L/M and Modified Time Trials with racing to begin around 7
Spoon River Speedway will offer two great nights of racing this Saturday and Sunday Nights, May 23rd and 24th.
First up on Saturday Night May 23rd it will be the fourth annual Randy Test Memorial featuring the Zane Automotive Service UMP Modifieds running for $1000 to Win. The Farmington Locker UMP Pro Modifieds will be running for $325 to Win. Also on hand will be the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro L/M's, the Fulton Farm Service UMP Hornets and the Spoon 6-Shooters.
Veteran UMP Modified hot shoe Butch Weisser is known at Spoon River Speedway for his mastery of driving the low line on a dry slick track, but on a night when the high side was the best side, the elder Weisser schooled the field, moving up to the top side and becoming “Butch On The Berm” for a 20-lap feature win at The Spoon.
“I knew the top was going to be good,”, said Weisser in the Perkins Seed House Victory Lane, “this car works well on both the top or bottom, tonight was just a night we had to take it to the top.”
Take it to the top he did for almost all of the 20-lap event, moving down to protect his lead on only a couple of occasions, the last one after Mike Chasteen, Jr., flying after near disaster early in the race, was able to show Weisser his nose on the inside coming out of turn two late in the race. Weisser moved low to protect in turn 3, the drivers gave each other room to race, and Weisser was able to hold off the hard-charging Chasteen.