From Bill W
May 23, 2011 – The Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders will kick off their season this Friday night, May 27, at the CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, and on Sunday, May 29 at the Quincy Raceways in Quincy, Illinois. After rain and cold temperatures ruined their opener at 34 Raceway in West Burlington on April 16, the series is highly anticipating getting things going this weekend!
The series was excited to announce a raise in the purse entering the 2011 season. More has been added back through the field, and it is now $300 just to start a Sprint Invaders event. That has led to much interest from 360 drivers including Knoxville regulars and others across the Midwest.
If there is one constant in Sprint Invaders shows at CJ Speedway, it is the element of surprise winners. There has only been one repeat winner at CJ, and that was Jesse Giannetto, who won all three events there in 2005 in his march to a championship. In the nine other races contested, there have been nine different winners.
Last season, CJ Houseman broke through for a win in May, while 2009 Rookie of the Year, Ben Wagoner, was victorious in September. Jerrod Hull, Kerry Madsen, Bobby Hawks, Nick Eastin, John Schulz, Matt Rogerson and Joey Moughan have also found Victory Lane in Columbus Junction.
After taking a year off, racers and fans alike are looking forward to Sunday’s return to the Quincy Raceways 3/8-mile oval. In 2009, two-time Sprint Invaders champ, Kaley Gharst, won a pair of races there. In one, he went over the turn three berm while leading, and came back to make the winning pass later in the race! Other winners at Quincy include Ricky Logan (2006) and Matt Sutton (2007).
At Columbus Junction Friday, grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m., and hot laps are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with racing to follow!
At Quincy on Sunday, pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. Grandstands will open at 4:30 p.m.; hot laps are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Look for our ads on KHQA TV in the Quincy/Hannibal areas leading up to this weekend!
Attention drivers: Temporary Sprint Invaders passes will be just $25 at Quincy.
For more information on the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders, visit www.SprintInvaders.com!
A Look at the Winners at CJ Speedway
5-25-03 Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO
7-18-04 Kerry Madsen, Sydney, NSW, Aust.
9-11-04 Bobby Hawks, Jacksonville, IL
5-29-05 Jesse Giannetto, Palo, IA
7-3-05 Jesse Giannetto, Palo, IA
9-10-05 Jesse Giannetto, Palo, IA
5-27-07 Nick Eastin, West Burlington, IA
8-30-08 John Schulz, West Burlington, IA
5-22-09 Matt Rogerson, West Burlington, IA
9-5-09 Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL
5-28-10 CJ Houseman, Norwalk, IA
9-3-10 Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL
A Look at the Winners at Quincy Raceways
6-7-06 Ricky Logan, Little Rock, AR
6-6-07 Matt Sutton, Macomb, IL
7-19-09 Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL
9-13-09 Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL
Tentative 2011 Schedule
Saturday, April 16 – 34 Raceway (Rain)
Friday, May 27 – CJ Speedway (Columbus Junction, IA)
Sunday, May 29 – Quincy Raceways (Quincy, IL)
Friday, June 24 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Friday, July 8 – Lee County Speedway (Donnellson, IA)
Thursday, July 14 – Cedar County Raceway (Tipton, IA)
Friday, July 22 – Bloomfield Speedway (Bloomfield, IA)
Sunday, July 24 – Peoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)
Wednesday, August 3 or – Knox County Raceway (Knoxville, IL)
Thursday, August 4
Saturday, August 20 – 34 Raceway – Night of the Twins (West Burlington, IA)
Friday, August 26 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Sunday, September 4 – Quincy Raceways (Quincy, IL)
Saturday, September 10 – 34 Raceway – Season Championship (West Burlington, IA)
For more information regarding tire pricing and new rules for the Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders, visit www.SprintInvaders.com!
Final 2010 Ideal Ready Mix Sprint Invaders Point Standings
West Burlington, IA
2010 End of Season Awards
Points Champ: Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL
Owners Points Champ: Plath Motorsports, Randy and Lori Plath
Rookie of the Year: Daniel Bergquist, Burlington, IA
Hard Charger: Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA
Kevin Doty Memorial Perseverance Award: Donnie Steward, West Burlington, IA
Best Draw: Matt Sutton, Macomb, IL
Worst Draw: Matt Harms, Chillicothe, IL
Brian Hetrick Memorial Driver of the Year: Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL
Rich DeReu Memorial Owner of the Year: Gary Sutton
Walt Rockhold Memorial Mechanic of the Year: Monte Scharff
Galen “Shep” Shepard Crew Member of the Year: Tom Brockett
Gary T Williams Hard Luck Award: Andy Huston, Roseville, IL
Olson Brothers Custom Shop Stoney & Dick Stoneking Memorial Sportsmanship Award: Jimmy Davies, Oquawka, IL
Most Improved Driver: Seth Wilke, Burlington, IA
Sprint Invaders Hall of Fame: Rusty Rogerson
Bud Taeger Official of the Year: Dave Beck