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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The winningest Late Model driver in Spoon River Speedway didn’t feel like he had a winning car heading into Saturday night’s Monical’s Pizza Pro Late Model feature at the high banked 3/8-mile oval. Just minutes before the division took to the track for that feature, a frustrated Brad Denney said, “still got a lot of work to do to figure out this new car, it’s not doing what I expect it to do, that’s for sure.”
Maybe the car heard the driver’s complaints. Less than 20 minutes later, a smiling Denney took photos and accepted congratulations in Victory Lane after a thrilling race that saw the veteran drive around the pack on the high side, and then duel with Flyin’ Brian Lynn for the final laps to earn the win.
Starting the weekend off on Saturday Night, May 24th, we will be having the 3rd Annual Randy Test Memorial Race featuring the Perkin Seed House UMP Modifieds running 25 Laps for $1000 to Win with second paying $500. This will also be $1.00 Hot Dogs Night (while they last) in Honor of Randy. Also on hand will be the Monical's Pizza UMP Pro Late Models, the Farmington Locker UMP Limited Modifieds, the Fulton Farm Service UMP Hornets and the Spoon 6-Shooters. Normal Gate Times and Admission Prices.
Scott May took advantage of a “Goulden” opportunity to win the Perkins’ Seed House UMP Modified Feature Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway, the first main event win this season for the veteran driver who has more than 200 feature wins at the high-banked, super-smooth 3/8 mile clay oval.
On the other end of the career victory spectrum, the Moos was turned loose in the Monical’s Pizza UMP Pro Late Model feature, as youngster Myles Moos of Hartsburg won his first feature…ever…at the legendary track.