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Goulden Holds Off Kovski On Lightning-Fast Spoon River Speedway

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Springfield area UMP Modified drivers Matt Goulden and Kelly Kovski are good friends off the track, and race each other hard but clean on the track. Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway, the two buddies put on a show at the front of the field on the high-banked 3/8-mile oval, on a night when the track was the fastest it’s been all season. Almost too fast, if you ask Goulden.

“I love this track, it’s always so smooth and fast,” he said in Husqvarna Victory Lane after holding off Kovski in the thrilling 20-lap feature. “But tonight, it was almost too fast,” he added with a chuckle. “I had to just focus on not making mistakes, because I could see both of them [Allen Weisser, who finished third and challenged for the lead mid-race, and Kovski] and I knew the only way they would be able to pass me was if I made a mistake.”

Both Kovski and Weisser pressured Goulden in hopes of that mistake that never came, and even though Kovski was able to nose in front in turns 1 and 2 a couple of times in the late stages of the race, Goulden was able to hold him at bay and officially lead every lap to claim the first of the four Poker Chip Lottery races.

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Poker Chip Races Rescheduled

With the two rainouts over the weekend the Poker Chip Races will now be for Aug 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd.  Must attend all four to be eligible for the extra money.The Poker Chip Races are sponsored by Perkin Seed House, Monical's Pizza, Kitchen Cooked Potato Chips and Fulton Farm Service.   The August 23rd Race will be a Big night of racing! A long with the Poker Chip payout it will be the Tuff 50 ...for both Modifieds and Pro Late Models. Modifieds will be running for $1000 to Win, 2nd $700, 3rd $500, 4th $400, 5th $350, 6th $300, 7th $250, 8th $200, 9th $150, 10th $125 and 11th - 20th $110. The Pro Late Models will run for $750 to Win, 2nd $500, 3rd $400, 4th $350, 5th $300, 6th $250, 7th $200, 8th $150, 9th $125, 10th $120 and 11th - 20th $100. Please Thank the Sponsors for this race, Perkin Seed House, Monical's Pizza and Town and Country Insurance. Both Purses should bring in a even greater field of cars then we already have. Please share for all to see. Thanks Brad

Mixes Bag In Victory Lane For A-Dog

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Allen Weisser was happy with his win in the Perkins Seed House UMP Modified Feature Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway, but he might have been happier with second place. The young star figured to finish second as he watched his dad Butch Weisser pull away to a big lead late in the 20-lap main event, and he would have been cool with that.

“I’d really have rather seen him win it, his car was so good, and I would have been happy with second” said Allen in the Husqvarna Victory Lane after he inherited the lead with only one lap to go when Butch Weisser’s car suddenly slowed on the back stretch of the 3/8 mile high banked oval and then disappeared over the top of turn 3 to avoid causing a pileup behind him, as mechanical failure in the rear of the machine cost the veteran a victory that was almost certainly his.

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Kovski, Bates Dominate At Spoon

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Under a bright full moon at Spoon River Speedway, Springfield UMP Modified driver Kelly Kovski got what he’s wanted for a long time, something that Todd Bates has already done a bunch of times, and something Bates did again in the UMP Pro Modified division Saturday night.

Kovski won his first ever main event at the high-banked, 3/8 mile clay oval, blasting around early leaders Allen Weisser and Brian Lynn with a high-side dash and then driving a mistake-free race on that top side, winning the Perkins Seed House Modified Feature in dominating fashion.

“I’ve wanted to win one here for a long time, and I’ve had my chances before, so this feels good!” said an exuberant Kovski in the Husqvarna Victory Lane. “I just want to thank the Denney’s for this track, I love this place, it’s a great place to race.”

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A-Dog Dominates Quick Draw At The Spoon

Old-school racing made it’s annual visit to Spoon River Speedway Saturday night, in the form of the Quick Draw Specials, a night featuring three segments of racing in each division with inverted starts sending the higher-finishing car in the previous segment to the back of the field for the next segment.

The format is a throwback to the days when the fields were inverted, passing was at a premium, and the fans cheered as drivers charged through the pack. No one did more charging and got more cheering Saturday than Allen “A-Dog” Weisser, the second-generation racer from Peoria, in his #25W UMP Modified.

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Quick Draw Races Scheduled for This Saturday Night June 28th

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This Saturday Night June 28th the Quick Draw Races will return at the Spoon. If you like passing this is the race you don't want to miss. There will be no qualifying. Everyone will draw for your starting spot in the first segment. All classes will run three segments with the second and third segments being inverted. The finishing order is determined by how many points you collect in all three segments.

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Bates Patiently Waits, Pounces For Anderson Memorial Win

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It was the night for the Farmington Locker UMP Pro Modified Division to show off their stuff at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night, and boy, did they, putting on a thrilling show for 30-laps in the Annual Bill Anderson Memorial Race at the 3/8-mile high-banked oval.

The yearly special for the Pro Modified Division, named for the late Bill Anderson, a longtime figure at the Speedway, and father of several racing brothers, including still-active son Mark Anderson, is the biggest race for that division at the Speedway, with increased purse money and a big trophy to the winner.

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UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Wednesday Night June 18th

This Wednesday Night June 18th some of the Best Late Model Driver's in the Nation will be at Spoon River Speedway for the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour running for $5000 to Win. Along with the High Powered Late Models will be the UMP Summit Modifieds and the UMP Hornets. Pit Gate will Open at 3 with the Grandstands opening at 5. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6 followed by Time Trials, with racing around 7.

All Pit Passes will be $35

General Admission is $25, With Kids 10 and Under $5. Infants are Free

We have some give aways at Halftime also.

See you this Wednesday Night June 18th at the Spoon.

Doubles All Around At Spoon River Speedway

 

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As if foreshadowing the feature races to come, Brad Denney, Butch Weisser, Todd Bates and Derick DeFord all won their heats in their respective racing divisions Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway before they all went out later in the night and backed up those heat wins with feature wins at the 3/8 mile high-banked oval.

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Lodge and Lance Jr Collect the Big Checks at Spoon River Speedway

Steve Lance, Jr. dominated from the outset to win the 25-lap Quick Car Pro Late Model Touring Series event at Spoon River Speedway Sunday night, his second win of a three-event weekend on the tour, and pocketed $1,064 for his efforts. Moline’s Donovan Lodge earned a check in the same amount not long afterwards by putting in a similar dominating effort to win the 25-lap Perkins’ Seed House UMP Modified Feature.

The extra 64 dollars on each winner’s check, and the extra 64 bucks at the end of winner’s amount in the Pro Modified and Hornet Divisions, was in honor of the late Gary Cook, Jr., the 2009 UMP Modified National Champion who lost his battle with cancer a little over a year ago.

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The night started with Gary Cook, Sr. getting behind the wheel of a car his son formerly drove, now belonging to Pro Modified driver Matt Parrott, in an emotional tribute during the playing of the National Anthem, a tribute to both his son and to all fighting men and women lost as part of the Memorial Day weekend. Cook, Sr. was joined by numerous Modified and Pro Modified cars following behind.

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