By Bill W
August 15, 2011 – The Monster Energy™ Sprint Car Series roars back into action this weekend with a pair of events. On Friday night, the series hits the banked ¼-mile bullring in Jacksonville, Illinois, and on Sunday, they take on the Interstate Racing Association (IRA) regulars in a clash for $3,000 in LaSalle, Illinois at the Bill Waite Jr. Memorial.
With Illinois Sprint Week in the rear-view mirror, the series looks ahead to the last seven dates on the calendar. Danny Smith, who emerged as Sprint Week champion, is expected to compete at Jacksonville on Friday night.
Jerrod Hull, who won at both Jacksonville and Macon Speedways during Sprint Week will be trying to pad his point lead with the series. Jimmy Hurley, who took the win at the Shepp’s Speedway stop is currently second in the standings, just four markers ahead of third place, Robbie Standridge. Jim Moughan Jr. and Chris Urish round out the top five in points.
Two dates have seen two different winners at the Jacksonville Speedway this season. In addition to Hull’s victory, Terry McCarl invaded for a popular win back in May. Hull’s win came with a last lap pass of Smith in exciting fashion.
This will mark the series first visit to the LaSalle Speedway. Drivers will be gunning for $3,000 to win. The Bill Waite Jr. Memorial also pays $300 to start. Three-time and defending series champion, Billy Balog, leads the IRA into town. Mike Reinke, Scotty Neitzel, Scott Biertzer and Bill Warren complete the top five in points with the IRA.
Admission Friday at Jacksonville is $13 for Adults. Children 12 and under are FREE. Pit gates open at 4:45 p.m., with Grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
On Sunday at LaSalle, Pit gates open at 1 p.m., with grandstands opening at 4p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 with racing at 7. Admission for Adults is $18, high school students (with ID) is $5, and age 13 and under with paying adult—FREE. Individual skyboxes (seating for 15) and individual skyboxes may be reserved by contacting PACE Promotions (630 279-3006).
To check out more information on upcoming events, Rules and Procedures, Drivers, Schedules, Points, Updates and More for the Monster Energy Sprint Car Series presented by the Midwest Open Wheel Association, visit the series’ website at www.MidwestOpenWheel.com!
For more information on the IRA, visit www.IRASprints.com!
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2011 Monster Energy™ Sprint Car Series Tentative Schedule
Saturday, April 23 – 34 Raceway – $2,500 to win (Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO)
Friday, May 20 – Jacksonville Speedway – $2,500 to win (Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA)
Friday, May 27 – Fayette County Speedway (Feature Postponed)
Saturday, June 18 – St. Francois County Raceway (Joey Montgomery, Farmington, MO)
Friday, July 1 – Jacksonville Speedway – $2,500 to win Leon Smith Memorial (Flooding)
Friday, July 8 – Lincoln Speedway (Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL)
Wednesday, July 27 – Spoon River Speedway (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Thursday, July 28 – Tri-City Speedway – $2,000 to win (Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH)
Friday, July 29 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO)
Saturday, July 30 – Macon Speedway (Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO)
Sunday, July 31 – Shepp’s Speedway (Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL)
Friday, August 19 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Sunday, August 21 – LaSalle Speedway – $3,000 to win Bill Waite Jr. Memorial w/ IRA (LaSalle, IL)
Friday, September 2 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Sunday, September 11 – Peoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)
Saturday, September 17 – Spoon River Speedway – Tom Knowles Memorial (Canton, IL)
Saturday, September 24 – 34 Raceway – $4,000 to win (West Burlington, IA)
Friday, September 30 – Jacksonville Speedway – Season Championship (Jacksonville, IL)
Current Monster Energy™ Sprint Car Series Point Standings (top 20)
Jim Moughan Jr.
Mason City, IL