Madison International Speedway Looks Ahead to 2012
Super Lates to Make Six Appearances
By John Wells
Track officials at Madison International Speedway have announced plans for the 2012 weekly racing program along with some exciting news about many special events planned for the season including super late models and the return of the ARCA Series.
Three Weekly Divisions in 2012
The upcoming season will feature three weekly divisions: Late Models, Sportsman, and Legends. “We are going with three weekly racing divisions this year. It was a difficult decision to drop the Bandits, but we needed to make some adjustments in our weekly program. By having three weekly divisions it will give us some flexibility to bring in a visiting fourth division,” said MIS General Manager Dave Grueneberg.
“We are expecting a very competitive field in each of our three weekly divisions,” added Grueneberg.
The weekly racing season will begin on Sunday, May 27th and continue on Friday nights until Season Championship night on August 17th. Rain dates will not be built into the schedule like they were in 2011 except for season championship night. The only Friday night that will not feature racing once the season begins is August 3rddue to the ASA Midwest Tour event that weekend.
Super Late Models at MIS in 2012
“We are excited to have six super late model events in 2012,” said Grueneberg. “We are hoping that many of the super late teams in the area and beyond come out and run these events at Madison.” The super late models will join the program with the other three divisions on the nights they will be racing. The super late models will be in action on Friday, June 8thfor the Scott Ollerman Memorial and Friday, July 6th for the Johnny Zigler Tribute. They will also be racing both days of the MIS Fall Classic on September 22nd and 23rd.
Special Events Galore in 2012
In addition to the super late models during selected weekly racing events, MIS is also proud to announce that the ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Models will make two visits to Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile in 2012.
The ASA Midwest Tour will be here on Sunday, May 5th for the Joe Shear Classic and return on Sunday, August 5th.
The ARCA Series will return to Madison International Speedway in 2012 for a Sunday afternoon event on August 26th. “We believe the switch to a Sunday event will allow fans from out of the area to easily make the trip to MIS. The race in 2011 was very exciting,” said Grueneberg.
But there’s more. The annual Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on Friday, June 29thfeaturing Big 8 Late Models, ASA Midwest Trucks, and the Mid American Stock Car Series.
Tractor and truck pulls will return in 2012 on the pulling track inside the “Ring of Fire.”
The season will culminate with the sixth annual MIS Fall Classic tentatively scheduled for September 22nd and 23rd. “The Fall Classic will take on a slightly different look in 2012,” added Grueneberg.