Madtown Meltdown Speed Trials Return to ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ Friday Sept 1

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The Madtown Meltdown Open Competition Speed Trials will again be held at Madison International Speedway on Friday Night September 1, part of the Whelen NASCAR Championship Night. Two separate classes, the “Open Wheeled” and “Late Model Type”, will each be attempting to collect the prize money for setting a new track record at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’. A $1,000 pay day awaits the new track record holder in each division.

Fans were treated to a historic display of speed last season when Jason Cox and David Byrne blistered the former track record on multiple occasions. Byrne, in his 410 Sprint Car hustled around the high banks in 14.624 seconds, establishing the new track record of 123.09 MPH. The current Late Model track record was set by Chris Wimmer in 2012 at 17.245 seconds, 104.38 MPH. That record is expected to fall September 1.

Already throwing his hat into the ring to potentially break the Late Model record and take home the $1,000 prize is 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Joe Shear Classic winner Andrew Morrissey. Morrissey will be piloting a Dave Klein prepared Outlaw Super Late Model. Watch for additional entries.

The second event will be highlighted by the Speed Trials at three separate times during the night which also will encompass double features for the NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman and Pellitteri Waste System Bandits as they determine their season Championships. Just two rules will be enforced during the Madtown Meltdown; the car must fit through the opening in the wall in turn two and any wings must clear any obstructions around the track such as safety lights. As long as the car and driver meet the standard safety specifications, they will be allowed a shot at the money.

Adult general admission tickets are just $14, Whelen Heroes and Seniors are $12, Students ages 12-17 are $8, ages 6-11 are $5 with kids ages 5 and under admitted FREE. Take advantage of the Family Ticket, get up to 2 adult admissions and up to 4 admissions for ages 17 and under for just $30. Pit gates will open at 3:30pm, practice begins at 5pm, spectator gates open at 6pm, qualifying begins at 6:15pm with the R.A. Heating and Cooling Dashes getting underway at 7L30pm. For additional information please visit the Madison International Speedway website at or call the Speedway Box Office at 608-835-9700. Madison International Speedway is located at 1122 Sunrise Road in Oregon, WI.