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Illini Racing Series Final 2008 Weekend


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Nine races down, two to go, and it ainít over yet folks! Our last two races are back to back pavement events. Saturday night we will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to do battle at Hawkeye Downs as part of the big ASA show (see partial schedule below). For the third time in 2008, we come right back the next day at a different track, Grundy County Speedway, the track where our club started in 1992.

Take a close look at the points below, and remember, a maximum of 300 points can be earned at any one race, 600 maximum up for grabs this weekend!

1. Joe Knippel 2476 (+345)
2. Loran Critchett, Jr. 2131 (+3)
3. Doug Orseske 2128 (+20)
4. Lamont Critchett 2108 (+145)
5. Jason Dull 1963 (+161)
6. Allen Gillis 1802 (+204)
7. Scott Koerner 1598 (+194)
8. Scott Dunning ģ 1404 (+21)
9. Dick Kaiser 1383 (+39)
10. Mark Morey 1344 (+127)
11. Mike Adams Jr. 1217 (+333)
12. Eddie Sauer 884

Now letís take another look at the battle to make the top 10. Joe Knippel seems to have a huge lead, but he has blown two motors in the last two races, so his 345 point lead could go away in a hurry.

Only 23 markers separate 2nd, 3rd and 4th, nuff said.

Jason Dull has been running strong on the dirt to earn his top 5 spot, but the pavement races could cause him some trouble.

Will it be Allen or Ben Gillis in the #39? That could effect the 6th spot..

The Scotts, Koerner in 7th and Dunning in 8th will want to show their stuff in front of their fellow stock car competitors this weekend.

9th place Dick Kaiser (and Dan George) will most likely miss this weekend to take part in the big Harley-Davidson event in their hometown of Milwaukee. That should help keep Mark Morey in the top 10, but the 11th place Joe Albert #21 with Mike Adams, Jr. behind the wheel has been running strong on occasion, however Mike has hurt an ankle and may have trouble getting behind the wheel. It will take a strong performance by Eddie Sauer in the Chuck Schultz #11 Mongel to come up with 499 points to catch Kaiser, but it is do-able!

It aintí over yet folks!

Saturday August 30, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, Iowa:
10:00 AM Pit Gate Opens/Rig Parking
11:00 AM ASALMS Tech Opens
11:30 AM Drivers/Crew Chiefs/Spotters Mtg.
1:00 PM ASALMS Practice (2 Hours)
3:15 PM Illini Midget Practice (30 Min)
3:30 PM ASALMS Qualifying Tech Opens
4:15 PM Hornets Ė Practice (30 Min)
5:00 PM Hornet/Illini Driverís Meeting Ė Tech Barn
5:00 PM Front Gates Open
5:00 PM ASALMS Qualifying (2 Laps)
6:50 PM National Anthem
7:00 PM Hornets Heat
7:20 PM Illini Heats
7:30 PM Hornet Feature
7:45 PM Intermission (15 Min)
8:00 PM Autograph Session- ASALM Series (30 Min)
8:35PM Driver Introductions Ė ASALM Series
8:45PM ASALMS Bob Milner Memorial 100
9:45 PM Illini Feature


Sunday August 31, Grundy County Speedway, Morris, IL:
A special earlier starting time of 6:30 is slated for the Sunday night program, with time trials getting under way at 5pm. More times for the Night of Features as they become available later this week.

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Looking back at the record book, the Illini Midgets have run three times before at Hawkeye Downs. Joe Knippel holds the track record at 14.125 set back on August 31st of 2002.

Kind of unusual that in the six heats and three features we've run, nobody has scored two heat wins, or two feature wins yet.

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I have corrected the above post to reflect our third visit Hawkeye Downs.

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My apologies to Sean for taking his track record away...again, but he had it for two years and two months, plus a couple of hours today!

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This just in from Grundy County Speedway. Below are the times for the Night of Features this Sunday:

Pit Gate-----1:00 PM
Hot Laps----3:00 PM
Qual.--------4:00 PM
1st Race----6:00 PM

Shine 'em up good! This is always the biggest crowd of the year at GCS!

Come early and spend a little time browsing through all the thousands of photos that will still be on display until we start racing that night.

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Eight previous winners in the 12 years we have run the Night of Features. Sean Murphy is the only driver to win it 3 times!

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Notice the times will be changing for Hawkeye Downs.

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Do you have to be a UMARA member to get into the pits at GCS?

Thinking this would be a great race to see.
I love it, God help me I do love it so. I love it more than my life.


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Play nice DWB.

The revised schedule for Hawkeye Downs has been posted above.

I got an email asking how long the Night of Features at Grundy County Speedway has been around. This is the 32nd edition. The National Short Track Championships in their 43rd year at Rockford, and Illiana's 47th running of the Tony Bettenhausen Memorial are the only two area pavement races with a longer history.

More a-frames were being built today to display even more pictures at the Mazon/Grundy Hall of Fame display, which will be up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We now have over 2300 pictures mounted for viewing. There is no admission charge for any of the Hall of Fame activities. You will to pay to see the races, but the HoF displays are outside the grandstands.




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