- May 8th Race Recap!
72 entries checked in on a chilly night where rain threatened all day long but those 72 entries put on one heck of a show!
In the Bailey Chassis Restrictors, Steven Doss picked up the heat win after starting on the pole while Ryder Eigenrauch improved 2 spots to take home 2nd and Max Crabdree started and finished 3rd. In the A, Eigenraugh would start on the pole but encountered som eunusual issues as both he and Doss collided sending Eigenrauch for a tumble before the green ever waved. Doss would go on to capture the Restrictor main event followed by Braden Pfeiffer, who climed 5 spots, Max Crabdree, Madison Kerley and Eigenrauch rounding out the top 5.
The Prairie Farms Non-Wing Outlaw division saw LeRoy Carley climbing one position to take his heat win and Joe B Miller also climbing one position to grab a heat win. In the A Main, you could throw a blanket over Tayler Hungate, Carley and Miller for the first half of the event. Carley threw a slider to take the lead around lap 13 and lead the remaining circuits while holding off Miller to take his first W of the year. Following Carley and Miller to the line were Chris Cobin, up 5 spots, Hungate and Cale Goodwin, up 4 spots.
The Williams Auto Body Sportsman class saw 15 entries check in for a night of racing. Lane Warner picked up 4 spots and a Heat 1 win, Heat 2 saw Gunner Shroyer take the checkers first after picking up 1 spot. The A main was all Lane Warner as he checked out to his first win of the year after starting on the pole. Gunner Shroyer again picked up one spot from his original starting position to finish 2nd after being relegated to the rear after an early yellow. Chas Walster brought home 3rd followed by LeRoy Carley, who picked up 11 positions, and Ryan Roy, who picked up 5 spots.
The Ike Family Dealerships Jr division saw Kade Mason pick up the heat win while throwing a chain coming to the line for the win. In the A Main, Mason once again saw chain trouble while running in the 2nd spot. Lily Walster went on to pick up the win after leading most of the race. Reece Palmisano came home in 2nd, Ethan Ellison in 3rd and Liam Maier and Noah Betts rounded out the top 5.
The Chemstream Race Fuels Mod Lite division had 8 entries check in and saw Matt Filkins pick up the heat win. In the A main, Filkins cruised to the win after starting outside front row. He was followed to the line by Mike LaBrot, who gained 2 spots, Jason Billingsley, who also gained 2 spots, Cliff Dun and Don Warren.
In the Maier’s tidy Bowl Dwarf division, Jeff Billingsley had one heck of a heat race and picked up 4 spots to take the win which would set him up for the pole of the A Main. Domenick Hutchinson had something to say this weekend though and picked up an impressive 5 spots to take home his first dwarf feature win. Following Hutchinson to the line was Billingsley, Audie Murphy, Austin Park and Andy Park.
Two heats of cars set the stage for the Driven Midwest Wing Outlaws where in heat 1, Lane Warner started on the pole and stayed there to take the win. Jake Palmisano would start 4th and jump to an early lead to take the win in heat 2. the A Main saw no surprise as 5th starter Joe B Miller was able to grab the lead about a quarter of the way through and hold on after a series of yellows and a lengthy red for Reece Saldana, who was injured in an accident. Following Miller to the line was Palmisano, Michael Brummitt, Cole Tinsley and Warner.
We all ask that you take a moment of your day and send your prayers up for Reece Saldana. His family has posted an update that his T4 and T5 vertebrae were broken in his accident. they are meeting with Physicians and Surgeons to determine the best course of action to get him back up and running as quickly as possible!
Next up, the Throw Back night! We’ll celebrate eras gone by with a guaranteed $500 to win Dwarf payout. To make it a little more fun, we ask that you all dress up in your favorite era. get the big hair going and wear the tie dye for the 80s or go all the way back and wear that slicked back hair, white tee and leather jacket for the 50s! Just have FUN!
- Highbanks Hustle Entry Ongoing!
With just over 40 days left until the 9th running of the Engler Machine and tool Highbanks Hustle, entry remains open and competitors are putting their name on the list daily.
With POWRi running Speedweek as a non points event, we welcome all competitors to join the Illinois fun on Tuesday night with a race at Coles county Speedway and then head to Charleston Speedway Wednesday night for the POWRi Speedweek opener and then on Thursday, you can either head to Lincoln Speedway for night 2 of POWRi Speedweek or head to the highbanks for open practice of the Highbanks Hustle. Then after the conclusion of the Highbanks Hustle, head to Fayette County Speedway on Sunday for the conclusion of POWRi Speedweek!
Friday and Saturday mark the 9th running of the Engler Machine and Tool Highbanks Hustle and we couldn’t be more excited! With another $12,000 payday (and no big wheel races) on tap thanks to great sponsors like Engler Machine and Tool, Conrad Insurance Group, Driven Performance, Hyper Racing, Performance Electronics, Bailey Chassis, Keizer Wheels and so many more, we’re able to give back to the racers who help grow this sport and make the Hustle the event that it is today.
We’re pleased to extend an invitation to YOU to join us for this year’s running of the Hustle and entry is open here: https://southernillinoisraceway.org/highbanks-hustle-entry/
We can’t wait to share another exciting event with you!
- How about $500 to Win GUARANTEED!?
Let’s kick off the 2021 Season in style as we drop $500 to win and $50 to start on the Driven Performance Midwest Wing Outlaws!
There’s no time like the present to begin gearing up for the 9th running of the Engler Machine and Tool highbanks Hustle and with that said, we’re going to make it worth your while. No minimum cars, straight $500 to the winner!
We’ll even throw in $500 to win on all other classes pulling 16 or more cars. Afraid your class won’t make that? That’s ok, we’ll still toss you a $300 to win with 11 or more cars!
We can’t begin to say how excited we are for the start of the 2021 season tomorrow!!!
- It’s Almost RACEDAY! (Important Competitor Info)
Let’s try this again for opening night! This Saturday marks the beginning of the 32nd season of competition at Southern Illinois Raceway and there’s no pandemic slowing us down this year!
We open the year celebrating one of founders, Rob Landes, who recently passed away. Rob meant so much to this track as he was one of the handful that put their money, time and energy on the line to see this facility come to fruition. they built something so spectacular that we want to honor Rob for being a part of that and leading the organization for it’s first 10 years!
On the competition side of the aisle, please make sure you have your Driver Profile complete by filling it out here. If you plan to race for points, they also begin this weekend. Your points don’t start accruing until your membership is paid AND your membership form filled out here.
As you may be aware, the Sportsman division has been opened so that you may compete in other division on any given night as well. Please note, we cannot wait for you as you try to run back to back classes. Your time given will be the 2 parade laps as stated in the General Rules under General Race Procedures Section 2. PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THIS. Enter classes accordingly.
Also, please be aware of your class rules. All classes are subject to technical inspection at ANY TIME without warning.
Are you ready?!?
- It’s Club Meeting Time!
Get your agenda items in by midnight tonight (Tuesday 4/27).
Here’s the link:
Club meeting will take place Saturday 5/1 at 3pm at the track!
- 4/24 Canceled!
With rain still in the forecast until 4pm, we just don’t feel that it’s fair to ask you guys to get out and come to race with such a high probability of more rain.
We also don’t want to battle sporadic showers throughout the evening g causing poor racing conditions and experiences.
We appreciate you hanging in with us and as much as we want to race along with you guys, we’re going to cancel for tonight.
We’ll also be rescheduling Legends Night to next weekend!
See you next weekend on 5/1!
- Official Call to be Made by Noon!
We know you’re all antsy to hear whether we’re racing tonight or not, we’re anxious to tell you so you can make other plans.
As it sits now, the track will need water to begin racing.
We are going to keep an eye on the hourly forecast to see what develops in the next hour.
- RACE WEEK!
It’s officially race week! No more practices, not more get your laps in, it’s time to scoot!
Opening night at SIR is upon us on so is Legend’s Night. We have a couple special things planned to honor some of the greats of SIR and those that built the legendary highbanks. We also get to turn our attention to the current cars and stars on the track.
A renewed line up of events starting with the Bailey Chassis Restrictors out first. Jaxton Wiggs dominated when he came to SIR last year. Will he continue that trend? Ryder Eigenrauch has looked fast in practice and Noah Chitwood has picked up speed each time out.
The Prairie Farms Non-Wing division will take to the track second in the line up and there looks to be a lot of stiff competition here. 2-Time reigning wing champion, Chris Cobin looks to make a run at the Non-Wing title in Bob Britton’s #16. Tyler Rust will be back to compete as well. Tayler Hungate? Logan Null? Who’s your pick?
Third out will be the Williams autobody Sportsman division. WOW. that’s all I have to say for this one. Whose division is this one? Jaxton Wiggs? Dalton Dowdy? Ryan Roy? Rick Odum? Take your pick.
Next on the list is the expanded Ike Family Dealerships JR Sprint Division. Man, it sure looks like we have a crop of drivers coming into this one! We’ve got Reece Palmisano coming back from 2020. Ethan Ellison looks super fast as well. Don’t forget about Titan Cobin who already has one win one the year!
The Chemstream Race Fuels Mod-Lite division cranks out their laps next. Ya’ll like lots of Mod-Lites???? Looks like this division is pumped up as well! Who’s got anything for Matt Filkins? Jeff Billingsley looks fast in his ride. How about Nathan Smith? Billy Beard? Dustin Ledbetter? We’re excited to see a crop of mod-lites!
The Maier’s Tidy Bowl division rolls out 6th on the night. We fully expect Cody and Chris Maier to continue to battle it out here along with Jeff Billingsley. What about the Hutchinson brothers? OR…Ralph Halleran!!
Rounding out the night will be the Driven Midwest Winged Outlaw division. 2 time reigning champ Chris Cobin returns to go for a three-peat. Aiden Purdue and Joe B Miller will surely make appearances. Brocton Williams also has a few tricks up his sleeve. This division shoul dbe exciting regardless!!
DRIVERS!! Please make sure you get your Driver Profile’s filled out this week!! Find them here: https://southernillinoisraceway.org/2021-driver-profile/
Also, if you plan to run for points, your points DO NOT START ACCUMULATING until you have paid your dues AND filled out the club membership form here: https://southernillinoisraceway.org/2021-club-membership-form/
Gates will open at 3:30pm
Driver’s Meeting at 5:45pm
Hot Laps at 6:00pm
Racing at 7:00pm
Driver Entry: $35/class
Grandstands: $8 for 13 and up; $4 for 7-12; FREE 6 and Under
We’re excited to see you all!
- Club Meeting Tonight Before Practice!
April’s club Meeting will take place at 3pm today, the 10th, before practice begins.
There are no new items on the agenda.
- How Does Practice Night Work?
It’s a little over 24 hours before cars hit the highbanks of Southern Illinois Raceway and we couldn’t be more excited! We know we have a lot of first timers and quite honestly, it’s been a couple years since we’ve done these Saturday night practices so we figured we’d give you a quick run down.
Pits will open around 3:30pm. You can pull in at anytime after then. If you’ve reserved a spot, you can bring your signs in and put them in their spots. Make sure to stop at the tan and green building to grab your pit pass, they’ll be $10 per person this weekend regardless of age.
At 5:45pm, we’ll do a quick driver’s meeting, nothing formal, just a welcome back and to cover some procedures.
At 6pm, cars will take to the track in weekly running order. That running order is:
We will run the first few session through in that order until the regularity of those coming to run decreases and then we will put them on in order as they come to staging.
You may run as many times as you want throughout the night. Trey will get the track in shape and let it wear as it would on a race night as well.
We will run til 9pm!
As always, bring your thinking cap and don’t tear up yours or anyone else’s stuff on practice night!
- 2021 Season Kick Off
The 2021 season kicks off this weekend with Open Practice! It’s finally time to sling some dirt and smell the fumes.
Practice is set to begin at 6pm and run through 9pm on Saturday April 10th.
Grandstands will be free admission. Pitpasses with be $10 per person.
- Club Meeting Agenda Items Due!
April’s club meeting is set for Saturday April 10th at 3pm.
Get your agenda items in today to be considered!
- Driver Profiles and Club Memberships!
- Driver Profiles and Club Memberships
We’re under a month to go before racecars hit the surface of the famed highbanks here in Southern Illinois. We need a little help from you!
In order to make the first nights of racing go as smoothly as possible, we ask that you complete your Driver Profile here. You’ll need to fill this out as a driver. Even if you don’t plan to run for points! it will help with getting you entered for the night quicker, getting your checks sent to the appropriate place as well as giving Darren highlights to broadcast during events.
If you plan to race for points, we also need you to fill out and pay for your Club Membership here. Your points begin to accumulate when you have completed the form AND paid your membership dues!
As always, we appreciate your help in making things run as smoothly and quickly as possible!!
- 2021 Season Preview
With the 2021 season just 40 days away, it’s time to take a look at the storylines we see heading into an action packed year! From here, we’ll take a deep dive into each of our 7 classes and the competitors that make them rock!
Starting out with the Restrictor class, we welcome back Bailey Chassis as the headlining sponsor of the youngster 600 division. Last season saw Jaxton Wiggs capture his championship even after missing a round in the Chase. With 13 starts last year, Jaxton took home an impressive 9 wins, but with that success comes advancement to the Sportsman and Outlaw classes leaving a void for the next champion of the class. We have a Ryder Eigenrauch and Noah Chitwood moving up from the JRs and Hunter Harris, Billy Lieb, Arik Adruskevitch, Collin Shain and Braden Pfieffer all returning with the latter 2 picking up a couple wins a piece. This class is wide open with several kids that are extremely fast. We should see multiple winners and have a tight race for the championship in October!
Let’s chase that jug of milk! Prairie Farms comes back in 2021 as the presenting sponsor of the Non Wing Outlaw division where we saw Brocton Williams capture his second title in as many years. Charlie Starnes took home runner up honors. This division is WIDE open. I expect we’ll see Brocton come back to defend his title as well as Starnes looking to steal it away. From there, we could see Jaxton Wiggs, Blake Daniels, Logan Null, Tayler Hungate and others take a look at the crown. Of course we’ll see the occasional appearance from Joe B Miller, Chris Cobin, Aiden Purdue, Jake Palmisano and others but I don’t expect them to run for the title. It’s my prediction that Tyler Rust resumes his dominance without a wings and steals this one away from Williams.
A new year brings a new era for the Sportsman Class. For the first time since its inception, competitors will be able to run this class along with other classes on the same night. Who does this bring into the class? Will we see Blake Daniels and Dalton Dowdy remain here and try to capture another title? Is it Ryan Roy or Jackson McClain’s year for their first title? I also suspect we’ll see Rick Odum a few times as well and we expect him to remain in form and capture a win or two. Gunner Shroyer is on the edge of a break out season and if it all comes together for him, I predict that Gunner takes home the crown for the Williams Auto Body Sportsman division in 2021.
The Ike Family Dealerships Junior sprint division will see a few move out and from the sounds of it, several move in to start their racing careers. Returning in 21 will be points runner up Reece Palmisano, Aiden Robinson and Titan Cobin. Cobin and Robinson have each gotten a win in 21 as well to kick start their seasons. New comers include a familiar last name in Maier with both Chris and Cody getting their sons started in the Jr Sprint class. Look for this division to once again be a toss up. I suspect we’ll once again see multiple winners with multiple wins!
We have one question for the Chemstream Race Fuels Mod-Lite division…..Who can beat Matt Filkins? Nathan Smith was able to capture the only other wins in the class last year at 3 while Filkins took home 13 wins on the year. I’m sure we’ll see Filkins with multiple wins on the 21 season, having already won at the Midwest Winter Nationals. I also believe that we’ll see Smith back in victory lane. Is there anyone that can challenge Filkins for the title? My prediction is that he takes home another title with Smith close behind. Rumors are swirling that Billy Beard could be making more trip across the river to join the fun as well. Will we see a surprise in the class? Stay tuned.
The Driven Performance Midwest, that’s right Driven Midwest, Wing Outlaw class brings back all it’s familiar names and then some. Chris Cobin, fresh off a repeat, brings a new 2021 Hyper Chassis the show ready to rip the lip. Brocton Williams has been SOOOOOO close the last 2 years and how about the speed that Logan Null showed before he changed his name to Larry?? Blake Daniels, Cale Goodwin, Jaxton Wiggs, Dalton Dowdy, this class is stacked!! 13 different winners in 20, you should expect much of the same. Joe B Miller, Austin Schaeffer, Aydn Schmidt, Jake Palmisano, Cole Tinsley, Reece Saldana, Caden Englehart…all names that can, and more than likely will, put up a dub in 21. Parity is the name of the game here but at the end of the season, my prediction is that Brocton Williams finally walks into the offseason as a champ.
This class certainly hasn’t gone down the drain…The Maier’s Tidy Bowl Dwarf division is truly becoming one of the most contested divisions at Southern Illinois Raceway. Four different winners showed up and showed out last year with Cody Maier leading the way at 8. At the end of the year however, is was Jeff Billingsley taking home the championship hardware. Add Chris Maier, Audie Murphy and THE Ralph Halleran to the mix and you never know who’s going to walk put with the win. I predict we see a tight battle for the championship again this year, Cody Maier regains form and ekes this one out though!
The Highbanks Hustle returns for it’s 9th season kicking off June 17th with practice and concluding on June 19th with Championship Night. Last year saw a dominating performance from Frank Flud becoming the first repeat winner of the prestigious race. Joe B Miller has been close so many times that his turn has to be getting close. So many names with so much potential for being crowned the Hustle King.
Following up the biggest outdoor wing race in the county is the Terry Sprague Memorial, one of the Nation’s largest non-wing outlaw shows! The TSM kick off July 29th with Practice and concludes July 31st with Championship Night. Damon Paul reached up and snatched this one after a lengthy weather delay. Paul has since moved to sprints, will he be back to defend or will we see a new winner in 21?
Other specials include:
Legends Night on April 24th where we’ll honor some of the legends of SIR.
Throwback Night and the Dwarf Special will take place on May 15th. What is Throwback Night? Whatever you want it to be! Throw it back to your favorite era. The 60s? Wear your white tee and leather jacket. The 80s? Get that hair big and wear those bright colors!
Armed Forces Night on May 29th. We honor those who have served and those who have fallen. All Active Duty and Military vets get free entry into the Grandstands on the 29th!
The Performance Electronics Prelude to the Hustle drops $1,000 to win and $100 to start on June 5th. This is an opportunity for a tune up for all Hustle competitors.
The Restrictor Special drops $500 to win pay scale on the Restricted class on June 12th.
HART makes it’s first trip to the highbanks in 21 on June 26th.
Jul 10th brings us back to action after a weekend off for Independence Day festivities and man is it a big one! The Performance Electronics Prelude to the Sprague delivers $1,000 to win and $100 to start for the Prairie Farms Non-Wing Outlaws.
July 17th brings the Rising Start/JR Sprint special night with $500 to win for the little guys!
HART rejoins us on July 24th.
On August 14th, the Sportsman class vies for a $500 payday!
The Mod-Lites get the nod the next weekend, August 21st for $500 to win.
The Chase kicks off August 28th and runs through October 2nd.
On September 11th, we pause once again as a great nation to remember the horrific acts 20 years ago and to thank those who rushed in to save. All First Responders will recieve free admission to the grandstands.
- March Meeting Agenda Items Due TODAY!
The March Club Meeting is coming up this Friday! If you have any suggestions, thoughts or ideas that you would like discussed, please get them submitted here by midnight 3/1/21!
The Club Meeting will take place Friday March 5th at 7pm at the track!
- 2021 Season Fast Approaching!
With the 2021 Season just a little over a month away, it’s time to start getting your information submitted!
If you plan to run for points at SIR in 2021, please note that your points don’t start accumulating until you are a fully registered and paid Club Member. You can do that here. This will set you up to run for points as well as give you a voice to determine how the club functions.
In addition, if you plan to run with us at all in 2021, weather it be the full season or just one night, we need your info to put into MyRacePass.com. You can get us that info by filling out the Driver Profile. Doing this early, and not on the first night of practice or racing, will help expediate registration throughout the year and cut down on pill draw wait times!
We appreciate each and every one’s support and look forward to an amazing 2021!
- Season Parking Spots
Season Parking Reservations are now FULL!
If you’ve reserved a spot and have not paid, you will have until the first practice night to settle up.
You can send payment to email@example.com through paypal at $100.
- 2021 Schedule Released!
Featuring 29 dates and 2 of micro racing’s biggest events, the 2021 schedule for SIR is set and ready for action.
The season starts with 2 practice events on April 10th and 17th and racing officially begins with April 24th’s Legends night!
The Performance Electronics, Ltd. Prelude the to Hustle features a $1000 to win and $100 to start payday for the Wing Outlaw micros and runs on June 5th.
The Engler Machine and Tool Highbanks Hustle runs June 17th to the 19th and will feature some of the nation’s BEST! Rain dates for the Hustle are set for June 20th for a one-day makeup and June 24th through 26th for a complete weekend makeup.
On June 26th, the HART – Heartland Auto Racing Tour takes the track for their first of 2 events at SIR during the 2021 season.
July 10th features the @Perfromance Electronics Prelude to the Sprague and the Non-Wing outlaw class’s chance at a $1000 to win and $100 to start pay day.
July 29th through 31st will feature the 2021 Terry Sprague Memorial that features a new payout and a whopping $10,000 to win for the non-wing outlaws! Rain dates have been set as August 1st for a one-day makeup and August 5th through 7th for a complete weekend makeup.
The exciting CHASE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP kicks off August 28th and features a 5 race stretch where drivers have to be on their game to take home their division’s Championship Crown!!
Take a look, mark some dates, let’s race!!
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