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Canton – Gerald C. Denney, 85, of Canton died at 6:03 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
He was born November 26, 1929, in Buckheart Township to Esta “Dollie” and Harriett (Wilcoxen) Denney. He married Dorothy Canevit on August 9, 1954, in Banner Township. She preceded him in death on May 31, 1989.
He is survived by two children, Scott (Tina) Denney of St. David and Leslie Denney of Canton; one brother, Morey (Marilyn) Denney of Canton; three grandchildren, Anthony (Danielle) Denney, Jason Denney, and Lauren Denney; and seven great-grandchildren, with the eighth due in March, 2016.
I would like to invite you to our 2015 racing awards this year. We will once again be serving Roast Beef and Fried Chicken Buffet before the awards with a DJ afterwards. We will once again be at the VFW located the South End of Canton on Route 78 Canton, IL. 61520
The 2015 Rail Splitter Nationals Purse Structure is posted below. To view, click Read more. Join us on September 26th at the Spoon!
A superbly prepared race track and a talented bunch of wheelmen made for a show full of side-by-side racing and thrilling finishes Saturday as Spoon River Speedway hosted the 31st Annual Tom Knowles Memorial.
The annual event, which brings winged Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) 410 Sprint cars to the track, along with the wild wingless warriors of the POWRi Midget racing series, always brings displays of high speeds by the light open wheel machines. But along with the speeds this year was side-by-side dueling, as the ultra-smooth, multiple groove track allowed the drivers to go all out racing each other lap after lap.
Ashland’s Brandon Roberts has consistently had one of the fastest cars in the Zane’s Auto Service UMP Modified Division at Spoon River Speedway in 2015. So fast, in fact, he has set fast time in qualifying on multiple occasions, including turning the single fastest lap of the year in the division at 14.38 seconds back in May.
But being the fastest car doesn’t always equate to victories, a fact Roberts and his crew know quite well. That’s why it was so satisfying for Roberts to stand in Perkins Seed House Victory Lane Saturday night after dominating the 20-lap feature for his first main event win at the legendary oval. Along with his qualifying quickest and winning his heat, it completed a long-awaited sweep.
“Man, I’ve wanted this one for a long time and it feels good to get it!” Roberts said with a mix of jubilation and relief, “this is the best track to race at…it’s always smooth, it’s always fast, Brad [Denney] gives us a great place to race and I wanted one here so bad.”
This Friday Night August 14th the AMA AllStar National Flat Track Series will invade the Spoon River Speedway. A large field of bikers are expected as they get tuned up for the TT’s on Sunday. Rider’s from coast to coast attended last years event and put on an exciting night of racing on the High Banks of the Spoon with JD Beech taking the main event. We have collected over $1500 for the Dash for Cash so far. This is the only motorcycle race Spoon has all year so you won’t want to miss this exciting night of racing.
Pits will open at 3
Grandstands and Practice will open at 5
Racing to begin around 7:30
General Admission $18 with Kids 5-10 being $5
All Pit Passes $20
Check 2015 Fan Info for cooler dimensions and restrictions for coolers and carry ins. NO EXCEPTIONS
A beautiful night of racing started off with Nick Bauman setting fast time in the Pro Late Model division (14.762) and Tommy Duncan would set fast time (15.314) in the Modifieds on a super fast track prepared by track promoter Brad Denney and he would also be doing the announcer duties as BJ Stone was in Reno visiting his Mom for her birthday. Also making a surprise visit after having knee replacement surgery 5 weeks ago was Morey Denney.
Allen Weisser drove his UMP Modified from 11th to 1st in the final segment of the annual “Quick Draw” event at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night to claim his second straight title in the unique event.
The annual event featuring the unique segmented format provided fans with plenty of passing and on track excitement in all divisions, and those races, along with the first visit from the Illinois Lighting Sprints and make up features in several classes from a June rainout provided everyone a full, entertaining night of racing on the smooth, fast, multi-groove high-banked speedway.
A twist to the event this year actually gave the drivers who won in either of the first two segments of racing a chance to “spin the wheel” to determine how many cars would be inverted for the following segment.
Huge weekend of racing on tap for Saturday Night July 18th. First off we will finish the four features from June 20th then go straight into the Famous Quick Draw Races. New to the Quick Draw will be the prize wheel which will have numbers on it a long with complete field invert which each segments winner will spin to see how many cars will be inverted for the next segment. First segment will be lined up by draw. Final finishing order will be determined by points collected in ...the three segments. If you like passing you will love this race. The Lightning Sprints will be on hand. This will also be Autism Awareness Night with lots of prizes to be givin away at intermission. It will also be Kids Candy Dash Night for kids 5-10. This will be the last race until Aug 1st (FFA Night, Fulton Farm Bureau Night and Lawn Mower Races) because we will be closed on July 25th for the Fulton County Fair and PDC. With all this racing on tap next weekend we will start a little earlier. Pits will open at 4. Grandstands at 4:30 DRIVER'S DRAW will END at 5:30 Hot Laps 5:45 followed by the four features. Then straight into the Quick Draw races. General Admission will be $15 with Kids 10 and under FREE All Pit Passes $35 Modifieds will be running for $1200 to Win, 2nd $600, 3rd $400, 4th $350, 5th $250, Pro L/M for $600 to Win, 2nd $350, 3rd $300, 4th $200, 5th $150, Pro Mods for $325 to Win, 2nd $200, 3rd $175, 4th $125, 5th $100 and Hornets for $150 to Win, 2nd $100, 3rd $75, 4th $50, 5th $40 in the Quick Draw Races
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PS, With all the racing on tap for Saturday Night the Pro L/M's and Modifieds will run 15 Laps, the Hornets 8 Laps and the 6-Shooters 5 Laps in the makeup features.
Over 100 cars in the pits, a big crowd in the grandstands, a silky smooth race track, nice weather, and post-race fireworks. That alone was enough to make the 4th of July celebration at Spoon River Speedway a great event. Then consider 21 of those 100+ cars were visiting Super Late Models, and add a remembrance and memorial in the name of Gary Cook, Jr., of one of the top UMP Modified racers to have ever circled the mighty high banks of The Spoon, and it was truly a night of great entertainment and tribute.
The Gary Cook, Jr. Memorial races were originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, but rain forced the postponement to the July 4th show. 31 UMP Modifieds, 21 UMP Super Late Models, and another 50 Pro Late Models, Pro Modifieds and Hornets took to the track Saturday racing for increased purse money and the honor of winning one of Gary Cook, Jr.’s very own trophies, donated to the event by his father, Gary, Sr., who also took part in the racing show, parading the tribute car he has assembled in his son’s honor during the National Anthem, and then later giving the car it’s first at-speed shakedown in a heat race.