Breaking News: Opening Night Scheduled for Saturday April 28th. All Classes running. Modifieds $1000 to Win in Honor of Bud Welker and E-Mods $500 to Win in Honor of Kevin Bills. Check our FaceBook page for more info.
Perfect weather, a silky smooth, fast track, the largest Opening Night crowd in years and a thrilling UMP Modified Feature made for a tremendous start to the 2015 racing season at Spoon River Speedway this past Saturda y night.
With temperatures hovering in the 70’s for most of the evening, a comfortable crowd was treated to great feature racing throughout the night, highlighted by a green-to-checker feature in the Zane’s Auto Service Modified Division, eventually won by Mason City’s Brian Lynn in his Dodge-powered hot rod.
This Saturday Night April 18th will be Spoon River Speedway's 32nd Opening Night. With the great weather forecast for the weekend we are looking for a spectacular night of racing. We are excited about all our divisions this year. The UMP Modifieds will be the show case class again in 2015 with some of the Best Driver's in the Midwest doing Battle Saturday Nights on the High Banks of the Spoon.
Admission Prices, Pit Prices and times are the same as in 2014 on Regular racing events
General Admission $12. Kids 10 and Under are FREE
Driver Pit Pass $35. Crew Pit Pass $30
Pits will open at 4 this Saturday with Grandstands opening at 5
End of Draw 6. Hot Laps 6:15. Pro L/M and Modified TT at 6:30
Racing to start around 7
Double Track points will be awarded in all classes this Saturday Night. We will also be giving away a $25 Gas card at intermission a long with glow bracelets for the kids.
Hope to see everyone this Saturday Night April 18th at the Spoooon!
Spoons playday is scheduled for this Sunday April 12th from 12 to 4. Pit gate will open at 11. All Pit Passes will be $25 with FREE Grandstand admission. There will be a limited menu at the main concession stand.
Thanks You: Brad Denney
Spoon River Speedway is Proud to Announce that Joseph Putnam (Slingin Dirt Security Photo) will be the Official Photographer for SRS starting in 2015. We are very excited to have Joe come on board this season. Joe takes some great action shots and has a keen eye to catch Driver's and Pit crews in action. You can go to his Facebook page and check out his work. I'm sure Joe will be going around introducing himself and letting you know what he has planned for pictures and such in the up coming season. Welcome to the SRS Family Joe!!
Race season will be here before we know it. Play Day is scheduled for April 12th with the Season Opener slated for April 18th.
A highly competitive and successful season of exciting racing came to a close at Spoon River Speedway last Saturday night, with Champions being determined in all divisions, and a UMP Modified feature thriller that summed up the whole year.
Champions for 2014 include: Allen Weisser in the Perkins Seed House UMP Modifieds; Nick Bauman in the Monical’s Pizza UMP Pro Late Model Division, Todd Bates in the Farmington Locker UMP Pro Modified Division, and Derrick Deford in the Fulton FS UMP Hornet Division.
Weisser had the Modified crown sewed up before the season finale, and he and his crew took the opportunity to run at a big show near St. Louis Saturday night. But that didn’t prevent the quality field on hand from putting on a good show.
Saturday night’s racing at Spoon River Speedway was outstanding from start to finish, despite a smaller-than-normal field, and in the end the drivers in Husqvarna Victory Lane after each division’s feature were guys who’d been there several times before.
Allen Weisser won his division-leading 7th feature of the year in the Perkins Seed House Modified Division, controlling the race from the high side of the speedway and holding off a late charge from Matt Goulden – in his last race – for the win.
Earlier in the night, Goulden surprised the crowd, crew, and fellow drivers with the announcement that this would be his last night of racing as he was retiring and “selling the whole operation”. The quiet, classy young veteran driver said it hit him and he got “a little emotional” during the announcement at intermission.
In the first 16 years of the UMP Modified Fall Nationals at Spoon River Speedway, three drivers (Scott May, Jimmy Hibser, and Gary Cook, Jr.) combined to win 10 of those. But in the seven most recent events, seven different drivers each won their first Fall Nationals Championship.
Michigan’s Jacob Poel increased that streak to eight, holding off four previous champions to put his name on the list of big-name UMP Modified drivers who have won the Spoon River Speedway Fall Nationals, one of the preeminent Modified races in the country.
But it wasn’t easy, as Poel survived a wild, hotly contested race that saw four different cars lead at one point, and five lead changes overall in the 50-lap race, a testament to a perfectly prepared race track that allowed for multiple effective grooves for the drivers to choose from.
The Tuff 50 Features for Modifieds and Pro Late Models took center stage at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night, and 90 degree temps with high humidity at race time just added to the toughness.
With the race track ultra smooth and drivers able to drive successfully in a number of grooves, the lead in both 50 lappers changed several times throughout the night, making it a great and unpredictable show for the good sized crowd on hand at the high-banked oval.
And as with all longer-than-normal races, patience and equipment care paid off for both winners, Nick Bauman in the Monical’s Pro Late Model Division and Allen “A-Dog” Weisser in the Perkins Seed House Modified feature.
August in the Midwest is a month where everyone realizes the dirt track racing season is winding down, but the lateness of the season has still been a month of firsts at Spoon River Speedway.
Two weeks ago it was Jose Parga in the Monical’s Pizza Pro Late Model Division picking up his first-ever feature win on the smooth, fast, high-banked 3/8-mile oval, and this past Saturday is what another young gun, Mike Chasteen, Jr., earning his first feature win in the Perkins Seed House Modified Division on the speedway at which he started his driving career. For good measure on Chasteen’s big night, Parga went ahead and added another feature win to his resume. And even though Glasford’s Richie Biswell has visited Victory Lane at Spoon many times, his win in the Farmington Locker Pro Modified Feature was his first of the season in that division, and first time in over a month he’d been able to smile for the photos reserved for the winner.