By Bill W
February 3, 2012 – The anticipation of the second season for the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) is at a fever pitch! The madness kicks off Friday night, April 20, at the Lincoln Speedway in Illinois! Twenty-six drivers have already confirmed their presence with more expected to do so in the next week!
Leading the charge into Lincoln will be defending MOWA champion, Jerrod Hull of Sikeston, Missouri. He won a hotly contested duel with Springfield, Illinois’s Jimmy Hurley in 2011. Hurley and the driver who finished third, Robbie Standridge, also of Springfield are expected to kick the season off on April 20!
In fact, the top fourteen drivers in the 2011 standings at the least are expected to compete in the opener. Joining Hull, Hurley and Standridge will be Korey Weyant, Chris Urish, AJ Bruns, Jim Moughan Jr., Jordan Goldesberry, Jordan Goldesberry, Jeremy Standridge, Joey Moughan, Ben Wagoner, Logan Faucon, Mike Hess and Bret Tripplett.
Three Rookie of the Year candidates have also indicated their participation: Paul Nienhiser of Jacksonville, Illinois, Paul Patterson of Virden, Illinois and Caleb Wankel of Jacksonville, Illinois.
Two MOWA events were contested at Lincoln Speedway in 2011. Korey Weyant picked up his first career MOWA win in July, while hometown boy, AJ Bruns did the same in September.
Gates open at the Lincoln Speedway at 3:00 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30, with racing to follow at 7:00. Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds on 11th and Jefferson St. in Lincoln, Illinois. Roads leading to Lincoln are Interstate 55, Route 10 and Route 121.
2012 MOWA Racing Fantasy League!
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The Preview Video for the Lincoln Opener!
Jerrod Hull, Jimmy Hurley and Ben Wagoner discuss MOWA and the opener at the Lincoln Speedway…
Tentative Driver Roster for the MOWA Opener at Lincoln (subject to change)!
1m, Jim Moughan Jr., Springfield, IL
4K, Kody Kinser, Bloomington, IN
5, Paul Patterson, Virden, IL
5, Caleb Wankel, Jacksonville, IL
6B, Andy Baugh, Mason City, IL
9, Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL
10s, Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL
12, Jerrod Hull, Sikeston, MO
17m, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL
22, Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL
22, Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL
28, Justin Springer, Pekin, IL
35, Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL
42, Cory Bruns, Lincoln, IL
44, AJ Bruns, Athens, IL
47, Brett Samonds, Springfield, IL
51, Mike Hess, Riverton, IL
52F, Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL
53H, Matt Harms, Lacon, IL
65, Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL
77u, Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL
83, Ron Standridge, Springfield, IL
84, Ben Wagoner, Emden, IL
96, Nathan Charron, Lincoln, IL
99, Jimmy Davies, Oquawka, IL
99/7s, Korey Weyant, Springfield, IL
2012 Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Tentative Schedule
Friday, April 20 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Friday, May 4 – Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, IL)
Friday, May 11 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Saturday, May 26 – I-55 Speedway (Pevely, MO)
Sunday, May 27 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Friday, June 8 – Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Friday, June 15 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Friday, June 29 – Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, IL)
Saturday, June 30 – Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Sunday, July 1 – Quincy Raceways (Quincy, IL)
Tuesday, July 3 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Friday, July 6 – Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, IL)
Wednesday, July 11 – Lee County Speedway (Donnellson, IA)
Wednesday, July 25 – Highland Speedway (Highland, IL)
Thursday, July 26 – Peoria Speedway (Peoria, IL)
Friday, July 27 – Jacksonville Speedway – Mary Lee Standridge Memorial (Jacksonville, IL)
Saturday, July 28 – Macon Speedway (Macon, IL)
Sunday, August 19 – LaSalle Speedway (LaSalle, IL – tentatively non-points with IRA)
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)
Final 2011 Monster Energy™ Sprint Car Series Point Standings (top 20 – with two lowest scores eliminated)
Jim Moughan Jr.