This Friday is Salute to America Night at Madison International Speedway which means the area’s biggest and best aerial and ground fireworks display presented by Spielbauer Fireworks. Fans of all ages will witness three very unique racing divisions before the skies light up with fireworks literally over the heads of the thousands of fans in the grandstands.
See the USAC Silver Crown Series, NASCAR Late Models, and Midwest Dash Series.
Fans love the fireworks as it has become a long-standing tradition dating back decades. “This is something our family has done every year as far back as I can remember. I came with my parents and now bring my kids,” said Phyllis, a long-time fan at Madison.
“What’s great about the fireworks at Madison is they’re right there in front of you and over your heads. It’s almost like you are part of the show,” said Mike from Janesville.
The high flying, open wheel USAC Silver Crown Series is making their third all-time appearance at Madison and their first since 2019 competing in the Bytec Dairyland USAC Silver Crown 100. Drivers from coast to coast will make their way to Madison to take on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile for 100 thrilling wheel to wheel laps. California driver Kody Swanson was the winner in both 2019 and 2018 events and will be looking to make it three for three in 2022. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 race while last year’s race was rained out. The track record is held by Justin Grant with a time of 16.870 (106.97 mph) established back in June of 2018 and sources close to the USAC Silver Crown Series feel that the track record will be in jeopardy.
Also on track will be the premier weekly division at Madison, the NASCAR Late Models, competing for $1000 to win each race thanks to Ultra Force and Powersource Racing Engines. Zack Riddle has three wins this season at Madison and is the current point leader. Jacob Goede, Bobby Wilberg, and Michael Bilderback also have wins to their credit this season. Drivers from three states are expected to be at Madison this Friday.
Ziegler Crane is offering $500 in bonuses to Late Model teams this Friday night. The top finishing Late Model in each race which has not competed at Madison in June will receive a $100 bonus courtesy of Ziegler Crane. Additionally, two Hoosier D-800 tires will be awarded by random draw amongst all Late Model teams competing Friday Night.
Those teams in need of a temporary NASCAR License will have their license sponsored by MIS. Each Late Model competing is guaranteed a minimum $336 purse payout for the night.
The Midwest Dash Series returns to Madison for their first of two events in 2022. These high-flying four cylinder cars will be battling it out on Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile. Karter Stark won the only appearance of the Midwest Dash Series last season which was raced on the “Ring of Fire.”
Pit gates open at 2:30 with practice at 4:45, qualifying at 6:15 and racing at 7:30. To accommodate the large crowd and allow fans to get their seats early, the grandstands will open at 4:00 for this Friday.
Advance discount tickets for adults are $20.00 and $18.00 for Seniors / Whelen Heroes and are available at Advance Discount Tickets .On race day adult tickets are $25.00 with Seniors / Whelen Heroes at $22.00 with Student tickets for ages 12-17 are $15.00, kids 6-11 are $5.00, and 5 and under are free. A “Family” ticket good for two adults and up to four students / kids is just $50.00.
Madison International Speedway is located on Sunrise Road just south of Highway 138 two miles east of Oregon.