NASCAR Racing Returns Friday Night, Beer Token Scramble for 21 and Over

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It’s going to be a big night of racing this Friday at Madison with four divisions in action. Of course you won’t want to miss a lap of the excitement, but you’ll also want to be there to see or participate in the first annual Tavern Drink Token Scramble at intermission.

See the NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits, and the Roto Rooter 6Shooters battling it out wheel to wheel and door to door.

John Baumeister Jr. is the current points leader in the NASCAR Late Models with Shaun Scheel and Bobby Wilberg each picking up a feature win. A talented field of Late Model pilots will be on hand to battle it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. We may see some visiting drivers coming to town in preparation for the Big 8 race on June 29th.

Four-time champion Robert Hansberry Jr. has captured both features in the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman division so far this season. A $300 “bounty” has been offered up by Dave Grueneberg for the driver who can beat Hansberry Jr. to the checkered flag in the feature. If Hansberry Jr. wins, he will receive the added money. Hansberry Jr. must be on the lead lap for the winning driver to collect the bonus money. Can Hansberry Jr. win another one…it would be the 21st of his career at Madison…or will it be another one of our weekly stars or a visiting driver coming in for the bonus money.

Leading the way in the Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits is defending champion Dave Schmidt. Dave Schmidt and Nick Schmidt each have a feature win to their credit this season on the Ring of Fire. Drivers such as Steve Dickson, McKayla Adams, and others are looking to take home their first feature checkered flags of the season.

The Roto Rooter 6Shooters will make their second appearance of the season on the quarter-mile. Jim Ronspiez took home the checkered flag earlier this year. If you haven’t seen the 6Shooters you’ll want to be here on Friday night.

But the wildest and craziest action of the night will most likely take place in the Tavern Drink Token Scramble during intermission. Free drink tokens from area establishments will be spread out on the track for fans (21 and over) to collect similar to the coin and candy scrambles for the kids. So who’s ready to take the challenge?

Practice begins at 4:45 with qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. Adult tickets are $14.00 with Whelen Heroes / Seniors at $12.00 / Students 12-17 $8.00 / Kids 6-11 $5.00 / Five and under free. A “Family Ticket” is just $30.00 and includes admission for two adults plus up to four students / kids.

Salute to America Night Set for June 29th
USAC Silver Crown Makes Madison Debut

The skies above Madison International Speedway will light up on Friday, June 29th for Colony Brands Salute to America Night featuring the area’s biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks display presented by Spielbauer Fireworks.

Fans know that this is one of the biggest and best events of the season and this year will be no exception with two great racing series in action on the half-mile.

Making their first-ever appearance at Madison and battling it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile will be the USAC Silver Crown cars for the running of the Dairyland 100 presented by Bytec Inc. Drivers from throughout the United States including David Byrne of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, who holds the all-time speed record at Madison. Toni Breidinger of California, who recently completed in the ARCA race here, will be back behind the wheel of her Super Crown car. Laps should be in the 15-16 second range so don’t blink!

However, this will not be the first visit by USAC as they were here in 1997 when Dave Steele (Sprint Cars) and Jimmy McCune (Midgets) took home the checkered flags. Their last Silver Crown visit to Wisconsin was at the Milwaukee Mile six years ago when Bobby East picked up the win.

The Silver Crown cars are non-winged and compete on both asphalt and dirt. These cars have a 96” wheelbase and weigh a minimum of 1625 pounds. For more information on the series checkout their website at

The Big 8 Late Models will also be in action competing in the Montgomery Ward 48. You’ll see the weekly stars at Madison competing against drivers from Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Indiana. The series made its first appearance at Madison back in 2005 and have completed eighteen races at the speedway.

Make your plans now to be here on June 29th when Colony Brands presents Salute to America Night.

Great racing…great fireworks…equals a Great Night for the entire family.

Adult tickets are $20.00 / Whelen Heroes and Seniors $18.00 / Students 12-17 $10.00 / Kids 6-11 $5.00 / 5 and under free. A “Family” ticket for two adults and up to four students / kids is just $40.00.

Round Two of Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is July 6th

They’re back!!!

The second round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge is set for Friday, July 6th. Johnny Sauter won the first round back on June 1st and is the current points leader. This will be the 651st Super Late Model event since 1969 on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.

The NASCAR Late Models, Dave’s White Rock Sportsman, and Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits will also be part of the racing program.

Super Late Models and Late Models on the same racing program. It’s another “Can’t Miss” night of racing at Madison.