Although the temperatures might be in the 80’s, it’s time to think ahead to Christmas this Friday night as Madison hosts Toys for Tots Christmas in July where adult admission is just $5.00 with a toy donation. That’s right…donate a new toy and pay just five bucks to see five divisions.
On track action features a diverse line-up with the Midwest Truck Series headlining the show. Also on tap will be the first ever 602 Late Model race at Madison plus the Hobby Stocks, Illini Midgets, and our very own Roto Rooter 6Shooters.
Jerry Brickner of Wausau won the first truck race at Madison back in May when an all-time high number of trucks (27) at Madison came to battle it out. The Midwest Truck Series was born at Madison starting with five trucks in 1997 and this event will be the series’ 184th event on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile with more than 40 different drivers picking up wins. Charlie Cottam has over 30 feature wins at Madison.
Fifteen year old Levon Van Der Geest is on a roll as he comes into Madison following back to back wins at the Milwaukee Mile and Marshfield. John Ovadal Jr. is the current point leader in the series.
You’ve seen some of the 602 Late Models in our MISfitz division, but now they’ll have their own event on the half-mile. This is an opportunity for other drivers to bring their cars to Madison to try out the big track. As of now nine drivers have indicated they are planning on coming. Let’s see who will establish the new track record in the division.
The Hobby Stocks take to the Ring of Fire for their only Madison race of the season in what is certain to be exciting side by side racing as it has been the past several years. As many as sixteen of these “big” cars have taken on the small track at a time. In the three races last year, Brandon Angilieri, Scott “Chico” Riedner, and Jim Tate Jr. picked up checkered flags. Dan Snyder holds the track record with a lap of 14.159 set in May of 2018.
The Illini Midgets have been at Madison in previous years and will be making their only appearance of the 2019 season. The series last raced here in June of 2017 with Scott Koerner picking up the win on the Ring of Fire.
Growing in numbers each time out, the Roto Rooter 6Shooters will also bring their show to the quarter mile. Between heats and features, a total of twelve drivers have picked up wins this season so far. This is a true entry level division with race ready cars for as cheap as $500-$600. If you’ve ever wanted to race then this is your opportunity.
Adult admission is $14.00 / Seniors and Whelen Heroes $12.00 / Students 12-17 $10.00…or $5.00 with a toy donation / Children 6-11 $5.00 / Five and Under Free. A Family Pass which is good for up to two adults and four students / children is just $30.00 or $10.00 with toy donations.
Big Rigs Here on August 2nd
It’s one of the most talked about racing events in the region.
After being rained out in May, the Bandit Big Rig Series is back at Madison on Friday, August 2nd, the Bandit Big Rig Series returns to Madison International Speedway for their second ever visit this Friday night. See the “Iron Giants of the Asphalt” racing at high speeds around Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. That’s right you’ll see Volvos, Peterbilts, Macks, Western Stars, and Freightliners racing side by side.
Race gates will open at 3:00 PM with a Bandit Meet and Greet from 5:00 – 6:15 PM with racing slated to begin at 7:00 PM.
If you were here in 2017 you’ll want to be here on August 2nd If you missed it two seasons ago, it’s your time to redeem yourself. For more information visit the series website at banditseries.com.
Street Drags Back on August 8th
Be here on Thursday, August 8th for the One on One Street Drags plus Shine n Show Contest. Entry fees are $10.00 with pit passes also $10.00. Grandstand admission is also $10.00. Pits open at 6:00 with practice and grudge racing beginning at 6:30 and racing at 7:30. Come out and see more than 200 competitors in more than a dozen divisions.
Kids’ Night is August 9th
It’s Union 464 Kids’ Night on Friday, August 9th with the NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock MISfitz, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits and the Bandoleros all in action. There will be bike, big wheel, and power wheel races during intermission.
But it gets even better…over $3000 worth of new bikes have been donated so far for the Giant Bike Give-A-Way on Kids’ Night.
All kids 11 and under will be admitted free.