Back to School Night…Free Admission for Kids This Friday

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It’s a big night for the kids at Madison this Friday.

This week is NASCAR Acceleration Nation Back 2 School Night with all kids eleven and under admitted free. Four divisions will be in action with the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and the Central States Super Cups. The weekly point races are down to just four more events in each division.

But the racing won’t be limited to four wheels as all kids eleven and under are encouraged to bring their bikes, Power Wheels, and Big Wheels to race on the “Ring of Fire” during intermission. Plus kids will receive a NASCAR bag and there will be the First Supply Bike Give-a-way.

Pit gates open at 3:30 followed by practice at 5:00, qualifying at 6:15,, and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $12.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors are $10.00 / Students 12-17 are $8.00 / Kids 6-11 are free.

Friday Night Review

Congratulations to Friday night feature winners John Beale (Late Models), Jason Thoma (Sportsman), Lyle Philips (Bandits), Trevor Chilson and Tyler Spiegel (6Shooters).

Beale picked up his second win of the season after taking the lead on the first lap and going wire to wire to pick up the checkered flag. But it didn’t come easily as he had to hold off the likes of Bobby Wilberg, Zack Riddle, and Dale Nottestad on several late race restarts. It doesn’t matter where he races, Thoma is always a tough competitor as he picked up his second win of the season at Madison in the Sportsman. Phillips won for the second time in the Bandits while Chilson notched victory number two in the 6Shooters while Spiegel took home his first checkered flag.

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Points Update

Late Models: Bobby Wilberg leads the way with 864 points followed by Zack Riddle (777), John Beale (736), John Baumeister Jr. (682), and Jon Reynolds Jr. (609). Matt Lundberg is the leading rookie in the division.

Sportsman: Robert Hansberry Jr. shows the way with 1117 points with Steve Anderson in second with 995 points followed by Ryan Goldade (923), Mike Taylor (866), and Trevor Robinson (774). Robinson is also the leading rookie for the Sportsman.

Bandits: Brandon DeLacy is on top of the leader board in the division with 759 points followed by Steve Dickson (633), Nick Schmidt (620), James Junget (576), and Lyle Phillips (544). Sam Messel and Brandon Schirmer are the top two rookies.

Each division has four features remaining on their schedule…weather permitting.

Midwest Stock Car Association at Madison

Enduro style racing comes to Madison on August 27th and September 24th for two afternoon events. Pit passes are $20 / Grandstand admission is just $5. Pits open at 10:30 AM with racing at 1:00 PM. This is for eight cylinder cars on the half-mile for 250 laps following the former Midwest Enduro Series rulebook with some exceptions. Entry forms can be obtained by emailing or by calling Gerry Galloway at 630.244.8978. Proceeds from the races will go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital thanks to Midwest Stock Car Association.

Upcoming Events at Madison

Thursday, August 18: One on One Street Drags plus Shine and Show Car Contest…gates open at 6, practice / grudge racing at 6:30 with bracket racing starting at 7:30. In July the total number of vehicles competing topped 140! Still looking for some vans to join the action along with students for our “High School” division.

Friday, August 19: It’s the Howie Lettow Memorial for the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge along with the Midwest Trucks, 6Shooters, and Legends. The Triple Crown Challenge title will be decided in this event that honors one of the great names in short track racing.

Friday, August 26: Fan Appreciation Night with a post race driver / fan party, a charity corn boil, and racing action in the Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits, and American Ethanol Super Trucks.

Saturday August 27: Midwest Stock Car Association racing at 1:00 PM. This is eight cylinder, enduro style racing for 250 laps on the ½ mile.

Friday, September 2: Whelen Engineering NASCAR Championship Night with double features for the Club LaMark NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits.

Friday, September 9: Eve of Destruction featuring a gigantic fireworks display, Monster Trucks, 6Shooters, Spectacular Drifting, Tough Truck Tug of War, Smoky Burnout Contest, School Bus Destruction, Roll Over Contest, Double Steel Wall Crash and much, much more.

Thursday, September 15: One on One Street Drags plus Shine and Show Contest

Saturday, September 24: Midwest Stock Car Association racing at 1:00 PM

Thank you for supporting short track racing, and we hope to see you and your friends at Madison International Speedway this Friday night. Be sure to check in on Facebook when you arrive at the track to be eligible for exciting opportunities.