“High Atop the Rock” Aug. 12th; Story/Photo by Rocky Ragusa

Speed Week
By Rocky Ragusa

Thursday Racing

Macon Speedway The ⅕ mile bullring will host two nights of racing this week. On Thursday, the Herald & Review 100 for the Summer National Late Models will be featured in the only 100 lap race on the tour. Gordy Gundaker is the defending race winner. Joining the Late Models will be the Summit Modified Nationals as Nick Hoffman will look to take the title. Saturday, will have six classes in action, headlined by the Pro Late Models and Modifieds. Hot laps start at 6 and the green flag waves at 7 for both nights.

Friday Racing

Farmer City Raceway The B Modified class will be part of a full weekly program this week at the fairground track. Hot laps start at 6:30, followed by time trials, and all the racing thrills. Visiting the winner’s circle last week saw Nick Macklin taking the $1000 to win Street Stock special. Allen Weisser (Modified), Mike Chasteen Jr. and Kevin Weaver (Late Models), and Aaron Heck (Pro Late Model).

Grundy County Speedway All active and former military members will be admitted for free with their service ID’s this week. A full show of Late Models, Mid-Am, Street Stock, and Pure Stock will tackle the ⅓ mile pave track. Stands open at 5, with qualifying slated at 6:45, and racing to follow. Blake Brown and D.J. Weltmeyer were last week’s Late Model feature winners.

Kankakee County Speedway A regular night of racing takes place this week, with six classes on the high banked, dirt track. Stands open at 5:30 and racing starts at 7:30. Kyle Cooper (Pro Late Model), Mike McKinney (Modified), and Zach Zuberbier (Street Stock) were among last week’s drivers to earn a win.

Saturday Racing

Fairbury Speedway Fans can expect record breaking times with the IRA/MOWA Sprint Cars on the ¼ mile, semi-banked dirt track. TheWinged cars will run for 30 laps and $3000 going to the winner. Late Model drivers will have a 30 lap, $2500 to win race and Modifieds will seek the $1500 to win check. Hot laps start at 5:45, with time trials, and racing to follow.

Peoria Speedway Another Fan Appreciation Night will be held along with a full weekly program. Stands open at 5 and racing at 6. Mike Chasteen Jr (Late Model) and Nick Neville (Modified) were a few of last week's feature winners.

Sunday Racing

Lincoln Speedway The Summer National Late Models invade the Logan County fairground track for a $5000 to win event. Summit Modified and 305 Sprint Cars join the program. Action starts with hot laps at 6 and racing at 7.

Bohmer’s Rt. 66 Raceway Racing returns on August 22 with the MidAmerica Mower Racing Series. The next afternoon a full program of Kart Racing action will be in store. Last Sunday’s winners include Charlie Harbeck (Baby Champ), Leo Cleary (Rookie), Max Olson (Jr.1),and Reese Bohm (Jr.3)

Summer National Points. 1. Brian Shirley 882 2. Frank Heckenast Jr. 763 3. Jason Feger 704 4. Bob Gardner 565 5. Bobby Pierce 552 6. Tim Lance 532 7. Tim Lance Jr. 404 8. Shannon Babb 354 9. Ryan Unzicker 342 10. Gordy Gundaker 337

Summit Modified Nationals 1. Nick Hoffman 600 2. Mike McKinney 504 3. Will Krup 461 4. Hunt Gossum 435 5. Zeke McKenzie 400 6. Mike Harrison 363 7. Allen Weisser 328 8. Ray Bollinger 328 9. Jeff Leka 295 10. David Stremme 252