By Bill W
August 29, 2012 – The Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) roars back to the track this weekend with an Illinois/Indiana doubleheader that proves to be one of the highlights of the season! On Friday night, the series returns to the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. History will be made Saturday night, September 1, when the $3,000 to win 1st Annual Earl Gaerte Memorial will be held at the dirt track at the Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana!
In four meetings at Lincoln Speedway there have been four different winners! In 2011, Korey Weyant and AJ Bruns claimed victory. This season, veterans Jimmy Hurley (June 15) and Jerrod Hull (July 6) were winners. Hull leads the point race over Bruns heading into Lincoln. Jim Moughan Jr. and Weyant are tied in a battle for third, ahead of Ben Wagoner.
The series will be making its first visit to Plymouth Speedway. The facility has hosted a handful of open-wheel dirt events this season. Tony Stewart claimed a sprint car victory there on August 18. This will mark MOWA’s first ever appearance in the “Hoosier State”. It will honor legendary engine builder Earl Gaerte. Drivers will be vying for the $3,000 to win prize that includes a 6’ trophy!
Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow this Friday night at Lincoln! Tickets are just $15, with children 12 and under FREE! For more information, visit www.LincolnSpeedway.org!
The Earl Gaerte Memorial will pay $3,000 to the winner and will also feature non-wing mini-sprints! Adult tickets are just $15, with children 6-12 $5, and 5 and under FREE! Gates are scheduled to open at 4:00 p.m. with hot laps scheduled for 6:00 p.m.! For more information, visit www.PlymouthSpeedway.net!
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A Look at the Winners at Lincoln Speedway (4 events)
7-8-11 Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL
9-2-11 AJ Bruns, Lincoln, IL
6-15-12 Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL
7-6-12 Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO
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 (Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH)
Thursday, July 26 – Peoria Speedway (Canceled-Fence)
Friday, July 27 – Jacksonville Speedway – Mary Lee Standridge Memorial $3,000 to win (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Saturday, July 28 – Macon Speedway (Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH)
Sunday, August 19 – LaSalle Speedway (Billy Balog, Brookfield, WI)
Friday, August 24 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, 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
Caleb Wankel ®
Paul Nienhiser ®