“High Atop the Rock” Apr.28th; Story/Photos by Rocky Ragusa

Speed Week
By Rocky Ragusa

Bohmer’s Rt. 66 Raceway held their awards banquet last Sunday at the Indian Creek Country Club in Fairbury. Trophies were presented to drivers in each of the track's seven classes. Riverside’s Charlie Harbeck went undefeated in winning the Baby Champ title. First year driver Ethan Frye of Carlock took the Rookie crown. Second generation driver Blake Crebo from Peoria claimed the Jr. 1 championship. East Peoria’s Chase Griffin won in the Jr. 2 class. Fairbury’s Jordan Walker won the ultra competitive Jr. 3 title. Raya Bohm from Pontiac earned the Clone 360 championship. Former area Modified driver, Joe Gillispie of Kankakee was the Clone 400 winner. The Predator title went to Sam Osborne from Kankakee.

Track promoter Robby Bohm recognized several kart racers for their accomplishments in the 2020 season. Ethan Frye won the Most Improved Driver award. Jordan and Madison Walker were honored with the Kart racing family award. Raya and Reese Bohm received the co-crew chief award. Long time racer, Pontiac’s Billy Eaton was awarded as the Comeback driver of the year.

The kart track will open the season this Saturday afternoon with $100 going to the winner in the Jr. 1 class. The track is located between Pontiac and Chenoa on old 66.

Friday Racing

Farmer City Raceway A full program plus the Pro Modified class will take to the ¼ mile, dirt track this week. Hot laps start at 6:30, followed by qualifying, and racing. Adult admission is $12,kids 12 and under are free, veterans $5. Fans can park along the fence for an additional $10. Kevin Weaver claimed his second Late Model win last Friday. Allen Weisser was the Modified winner. Jose Parga picked up his third win in the Pro Late Model class and defending Street Stock track champion, Lance Evans came home with his first win of the year,

Lincoln Speedway It will be a $1.00 hot dog and $2.00 beer night at the Logan County fairground speed plant. The Big 10 Street Stock series will headline the program, along with the Pro Late Models, Modified, Midgets, and Hornet classes. Stands open at 5, with practice at 6, and racing at 7.

Saturday Racing

Fairbury Speedway The long anticipated opening night that area race fans have long awaited takes place this Saturday night as the track starts its 76th year in operation. A full weekly program will see Late Models in a 30 lap, $2500 to win event, Modifieds battle for 25 laps with $1500 going to the feature race winner. Street Stocks, Sportsman, and the Hobby-Modified class will also take to the ¼ mile, semi-banked dirt track. In addition to track points, for all of Fairbury’s regular weekly races, drivers will be competing in the Alkota “Keep It Clean” series hard charger point standings. Spectator gates open at 2, with hot laps at 5:45, followed by time trials and racing. Adult admission is $10 and kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. The race day phone is (815) 692-3222.

Grundy County Speedway Located at the fairgrounds in Morris, the ⅓ mile paved track will start the season with a Saturday event before switching to their traditional Friday nights the next week. The Mid American Racing Series will be highlighted in a 44 lap, $1000 to win special.

Late Models, Street Stocks, and Pure Stocks will round out the card. Grandstands open at 3 and racing at 6. Sunday will be the rain date. Call (815) 942-5958 for more information.

Macon Speedway The Lucas Oil Late Model series race was cancelled last week and will not be rescheduled. Six classes will be racing this week, featuring the Pro Late Models, Modified, and Sportsman. Hot laps will start at 6 and racing at 7. Adult admission is $15 with children 11 and under free.

Peoria Speedway A full program featuring Late Models, Modified, Sportsman, B-Mods, Kids Mods, and Mod Lites will be racing. Stands open at 5, with practice, time trials, and racing .