Breaking News: Awards Banquet set for Sat Night Dec. 2nd. Must RSVP before Nov. 18th to attend.
Creve Coeur driver Mike Chasteen, Jr. grabbed the lead away from Zac Oedewaldt early in Saturday night’s Zane’s Auto Service UMP Modified Feature at Spoon River Speedway and then held off a hard-charging deep, talented field to take the win on the track’s second night of racing in 2017.
And it was a victory he did not take lightly.
“It is always a huge deal to come here and win at this great track and be able to beat who we did, lots of great cars” the younger Chasteen said in Perkins Seed House Victory Lane as his father, a guy who certainly knows his way around the legendary high-banked oval, proudly celebrated with him. Chasteen, Jr. used a low and middle line for most of the race, instead of his familiar location right around the top of the track, and made it work on a night where the track developed some extremely rare ruts in it’s normal silky smooth surface. Chasteen had no complaints.
Spoon River Speedway is set to open it’s doors for the 34th year this Saturday Night April 22nd. Twenty eight events are scheduled this year featuring the Zane’s Automotive UMP Modifieds, the Perkins Seed House UMP Pro Late Models, the Monical’s Pizza USAC/IMRA Speed 2 Midgets (14 events), the Farmington Locker UMP Hornets, the Fulton Farm Service E-Mods and the Spoon 6-Shooters. Special events will include the MARS/ALMS Super Late Models on Sunday May 14th, the 4th running of the Gary Cook Jr Memorial on Sunday May 28th, the UMP Hell Tour Summer Nationals on Thursday June 22nd, The MSSC Street Stocks return on Sunday July 16th, the Lucas Oil POWRI WAR NON-Wing Sprint Cars on Saturday July 22nd, the 27th running of the UMP Modified
We are proud to once again have Monical's Pizza on board for the 2017 season. This year Monical's will be the Sponsor of the USAC/IMRA Speed 2 Midgets at Spoon. We also welcome back Zane's Automotive Service sponsoring the UMP Modifieds, Perkin's Seed House as sponsor of the UMP Pro Late Models, The Farmington Locker sponsoring the UMP Hornets, The Fulton County Farm Service sponsoring the E-Mods. We still have the 6-Shooter division open for sponsorship. There will be a point fund in all divisions paying out to the top 10 that race in 75% of their scheduled races at Spoon. The UMP Modifieds, UMP Pro L/M and USAC/IMRA Midgets will be guaranteed a $700, $500, $300 payout to the top 3. E-Mods will be $500, $300, $200 and UMP Hornets will be $300, $200, $150. Each Driver's pit pass will be $35 (Specials maybe different and will be announced) and $5 will go into that divisions point fund. On top of what is guaranteed 1st gets 14%, 2nd 10%, 3rd 7% then 4th gets 15%, 5th 13%, 6th 11%, 7th 9%, 8th 8%, 9th 7% and 10th 6%. This should end up with a nice point fund at the end of the year. The more cars you can bring on race night in your division the bigger your point fund will be at the end of the year.
Stay tuned for more announcements
I have had a lot of calls this week on the tire rules at Spoon for 2017 so here they are:
UMP Modifieds Only approved tire will be the M-30S, A-40S, M-60 and H-40. The M-60 and H-40 may be used as a RR tire option.... NO GROOVING Allowed on any tire. No Siping or Grooving M-30S Siping permitted on M-60 when used on RR. The A-40S and H-40 will NO longer be made after March 1st, 2017. Siping is permitted on the A-40S and H-40 until out of circulation during 2017.
E-Mods May use A-40S, A-40, H-40, M-30S. NO Grooving Allowed on any tire NO Grooving or Siping Allowed on M-30S M-60 may be used in future but not allowed at this time.
UMP Pro L/M M40 tire ONLY After May 30th NO Grooving or Siping Allowed on Rear tires. In 2018 there will be No Grooving or Siping of any tire.
UMP Super L/M Tire rules will be the same as Fairbury unless stated otherwise.
Spoon 6-Shooters May use USED A-40, A-40S or H-40 tires. NO new race tires allowed
We just received a letter from UMP stating: *Participation in a DIRTcar sanctioned division in 2017 will require a license. NO EXCEPTIONS. *Divisions that do not have 100% membership will lose the sanction. *A one-week temporary (for the traveler) will be accepted provided the driver completes the full application. (Temp one week memberships do not qualify for Insurance and Appeal benefits) *There is not a calendar date deadline. It is absolute and immediate....
With this being said Spoon will comply 100% with this statement.
On Saturday Feb 11th from 12 to 2 at the VFW in Canton, for ONE DAY ONLY we will be giving any UMP Driver or crew member a $15 discount on your UMP license.
I believe it's worth it to buy one even if your not in a UMP sanction class for the extra $50,000 in insurance money.
Hope to see you tomorrow at the VFW in Canton.
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Thank You SRS Promoter Brad Denney
The 2017 Spoon River Speedway schedule coming out soon!!
A Little History on Spoon River Speedway
In 1983 the track was built out of a bean field and leased to four individuals that along with some help from the mine, built what was then known as Dixie Speedway. After one season, Dixie declared bankruptcy so the Denney family had the choice of either letting the track be sold or pay Dixie’s bills off. Spoon River Speedway was established in 1984 by Morey and Gerald Denney. Both of these men put many hours into the speedway while still farming and Morey also working 3rd shift at Cat. Gerald ran the concession stand and mowed the grounds while Morey promoted and maintained the track. In 2009 Gerald started to turn over the concessions to his nephew Brad. Then in 2011 Morey turned over the track prep and promoter duties to his son Brad.
On Saturday Night Spoon River Speedway held its 33rd annual awards ceremony at the VFW in Canton, honoring the division point champions, driver vote awards, management awards, fan vote awards and the driver’s and fan’s vote for Driver of the Year. Over 140 awards were handed out Saturday Night along with many door prizes, six SRS hoodies, a 2017 Season Pass, Transponder, charger and pouch and four $200 give aways for the over 165 drivers and fans in attendance after they had there meal of tender roast beef and mouth watering fried chicken with all the fixing. Brad Denney (Promoter of Spoon River Speedway) was the MC with his sister Julie handing out the awards. Denney began by thanking all the drivers and fans and all the workers at the track.