Canton native Chris Windom returned to his hometown with the PowRi WAR Wingless Sprint Car Series Saturday night, and earned a win at Spoon River Speedway in front of many family members and friends. Windom’s sprint car and champ dirt car exploits take him all over the country, and he even participated in the NASCAR Truck Series race last Wednesday night on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Ohio. After winning the WAR Sprinters race Friday in Champaign, the traveling group invaded Spoon River Saturday night. Racing on a track perfectly prepared by Brad and Morey Denney despite a huge early morning deluge of rain Saturday, the Sprints lauded the race track, one team saying “we weren’t great, but that awesome track was!” on their social media page the next day. Windom found it to his liking early, dominating the first of two WAR heats to set the tone for the night. Heat 2 went to talented Landon Simon.
In the feature, Korey Weyant grabbed the early lead and tried to run away, but Simon caught and passed him on lap five. 16 sprinters hitting their marks consistently, hammer down on the heavy, smooth as glass, perfect race track, it became readily apparent that caution flags would be few, and passing was going to be a premium during the quick race. Windom doggedly staying within striking distance of Simon, and then used traffic to make his move on Lap 28, getting the job done and bringing home the win at the track just a few minutes from where he grew up. Simon held off hard charging Mitch Wissmiller, who started 6th, for second, Wissmiller took third after getting by Weyant and moving him to fourth. Mario Clouser finished 5th. Windom commented “I love coming to this track. It’s always racy when we come here. I hope we can get back for the Tom Knowles Memorial in September.” The Tom Knowles Memorial is one of the crown jewel sprint car races in Illinois held this year on Sept 9th.
The track takes the weekend off and encourages fans to visit the Fulton County Fair, and lots of exciting action returns every Saturday night in August. Don’t forget Kids Back Pack Night on August 12th and Meet the Drivers on August 19th. All track info is at the Spoon River Speedway Facebook page, or www.spoonriverspeedway.com.