Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Illinois Sprint Week Upon Us
by Bill Wright
The Midwest Open Wheel Association has had a couple of weeks off, but they needed it! Things get hot and heavy for the MOWA drivers and anyone else who will be tackling Illinois Sprint Week and its four races in four nights! The racing starts Wednesday night and continues through Saturday!
Invaders like Danny Smith are expected to challenge MOWA regulars during Sprint Week. Smith won twice during last years Sprint Week, and led the nation in wins in 2011. AJ Bruns leads the current MOWA point standings, ahead of defending champion, Jerrod Hull, Korey Weyant, Ben Wagoner and Jim Moughan.
The Highland Speedway in Highland, Illinois will host MOWA for the first time Wednesday night as part of the Madison County Fair! The semi-banked 1/4-mile is a perfect fit for the start of Sprint Week!
Things shift to the Peoria Speedway on Thursday night, where Hull claimed a victory with the series in 2011! The racy and wide ผ-mile banked oval always produces excitement for any open wheel fan! Two-time Knoxville Raceway champion, Brian Brown, is just one of the invaders expected to take aim at the MOWA regulars in Peoria!
Jacksonville Speedway will be the venue for MOWA on Friday night and drivers will be vying for $3,000 in the Mary Lee Standridge Memorial! Point leader, AJ Bruns won at the banked ผ-mile oval earlier this season. No MOWA driver has repeated at Jacksonville. Will that change? Terry McCarl, Hull, Smith and Jimmy Hurley were all 2011 winners at Jacksonville.
Saturday, Sprint Week will conclude at the Macon Speedway. Hull was a winner there last year in the Sprint Week finale. The tight bullring promises to bring a racy conclusion to Sprint Week!
Gates open at Highland Speedway at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are just $12, with box seats going for $20. For more information, visit www.HighlandSpeedway.com!
Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 6:15 p.m. followed by racing. Admission is just $15, with children 12 and under FREE. For more information, visit www.PeoriaSpeedway.com!
For more information on the Mary Lee Standridge Memorial in Jacksonville, visit www.JacksonvilleSpeedway.com! Late Models will take aim at $2,000!
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Macon, with racing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 with children 11 and under admitted FREE!
On the Web!
For more information on the Midwest Open Wheel Association, visit www.MidwestOpenWheel.com today!
If you cant make it to the racetrack, or if you are at the racetrack with a smart phone, check out www.MOWALive.com for real-time results and lineups on race night! You can compete by predicting the winners, and win big prizes!
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2012 Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Tentative Schedule
Friday, April 20 Lincoln Speedway (Rain)
Friday, May 4 Jacksonville Speedway (Rain)
Friday, May 18 Jacksonville Speedway (AJ Bruns, Athens, IL)
Saturday, May 26 I-55 Speedway (Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO)
Sunday, May 27 34 Raceway (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)
Friday, June 15 Lincoln Speedway (Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL)
Friday, June 29 Tri-City Speedway (Heat)
Sunday, July 1 Quincy Raceways (Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL)
Friday, July 6 Lincoln Speedway (Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO)
Sunday, July 8 Vermilion County Speedway (Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO)
Wednesday, July 11 Lee County Speedway (Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA)
Wednesday, July 25 Highland Speedway (Highland, IL)
Thursday, July 26 Peoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)
Friday, July 27 Jacksonville Speedway Mary Lee Standridge Memorial $3,000 to win (Jacksonville, IL)
Saturday, July 28 Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Sunday, August 19 LaSalle Speedway (LaSalle, IL tentatively non-points with IRA)
Friday, August 24 Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Friday, August 31 Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Saturday, September 1 Plymouth Speedway Earl Gaerte Memorial (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, September 15 Spoon River Speedway Tom Knowles Memorial (Canton, IL)
Friday, September 21 Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Saturday September 22 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Friday, October 12 Tri-City Speedway Season Championship (Pontoon Beach, IL)
2012 MOWA Sprint Car Series Point Standings (top 20)
Jim Moughan Jr.
Mason City, IL
Paul Nienhiser ฎ
Geoff Dodge ฎ
Colorado Springs, CO
Caleb Wankel ฎ