July 19th - Pit Stop - No racing
July 22-27 - Madison County Fair
UMP Modified tire rule - No D's.
Harrison Cruises to Highland Speedway Summit Modified Nationals Victory
Becker Jewelers Super Late Models
Highland, Ill. – (June 20, 2012) - Rodney Melvin has won a few DIRTcar Summer Nationals races in his day, but maybe none more thrilling than his last lap victory at Highland Speedway on Wednesday night that netted him a nice $5,000 payday.
Melvin, of Benton, Ill., meticulously battled his way from a seventh-place starting spot over the 40-lap main event to put himself in a three-way battle for the lead in the last five laps with then leader Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., and 2010 Hell Tour champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. Melvin worked the low side and moving past Feger with two to go and then grabbed the lead from Korte exiting turn two on the final lap Korte, a former UMP DIRTcar Late Model National Champion finished second with Feger third. Current Hell Tour point leader Shannon Babb crossed the line fourth. Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., who is Babb's closest contender in the point standings, rounded out the top five.
Harrison, R. Lee, Bauer, C. Lee, and Horstmann Take Home Trophy’s
HIGHLAND IL ( June 16,2012) The long awaited re-appearance of Johnny Crash was the highlight of the Intermission show this past Saturday at the Highland Speedway. It was the Grapperhaus Metals Night of Destruction at the Highland Speedway. Last year the daredevil from Yazoo City Mississippi, crashed the Church Van belonging to the Yazoo City First Baptist Church and Convenient Stores. This year his first attempt was to crash a four wheeler (which he obtained from an undisclosed location), but it developed mechanical problems in turn two and caught fire, when the Highland Speedway track crew came to his rescue, he jumped into the nicest push vehicle the Speedway has and with the officials trying franticly to stop him, Johnny Crash proceeded to crash the push truck into his motor home parked at the end of the Casey’s General Stores Victory Lane. Finally his was apprehended and led out of the Speedway by the tracks Security people. Shaun Horstmann, one of the tracks Factory Stock drivers won the rollover contest.
Becker Jewelers Late Models
The feature event got off to a strange start as the field of Becker Jewelers Super Late Models was rolling around the track on its parade lap something on the 81C of Kevin Cole let loose and steam or smoke came rolling out of the machine. Cole exited the racer safely and after a brief cleanup the feature event got underway.
Matt Weidner in the Circle 7 was the pole sitter and choose to start on the high side moving second place starter Shannon Kuhn to the low side of the front row. On the drop of the green Kuhn driving the 11K immediately jumped out front and led the field on the first lap, in fact he led the first six laps when a spin by current track Champion Chad Zobrist brought out the first yellow. Kuhn had built a substantial lead over Michael Kloos in the 6K who moved from his fifth place starting position into second. The first three on the restart were Kuhn, Kloos and Mike Schulte in the 27.
Bielong, Dauderman, Thole, A. Isaak, Elliot & sellers All Winners at Highland
HIGHLAND IL (June 9, 2012) Racers and fans returned to the Highland Speedway after a week off from racing. It was Hamel CO OP night with give a ways from the Huddle House.
Becker Jewelers Late Models
The premier class of the Highland Speedway is the Becker Jewelers Super Late Models and they never fail to excite the crowds with unpredictability and tremendous racing action.
The feature event lined up with pole sitter Rick “The Salty Dog” Salter in the 1S choosing the outside starting spot, this positioned the dash runner up, “Fast” Frankie Martin from DuQuoin Il on the inside of the front row. The remainder of the lineup was in row two, the 38J of Jake Little and Rick Standridge in the 12. The row three line up was the 11K of Shannon Kuhn and the T4 of Adam Tischhauser. In row four sat the 78 of Chad Zobrist and the 38L of Ryan Little.
Harrison, Smith, & Isaak Win
Highland IL (May31,2012) A special weekday event and an added purse always brings out the best in racing at the Highland Speedway, and this past Thursday it was no exception. The Mid America Racing Series (MARS) was in town to battle the regulars and some of the Midwest finest traveling All Star racers. It was the first leg of the Tri State Challenge.
This spring we have witnessed an array of weather at the Speedway from extreme heat to almost fall type weather and last night’s weather was the later. The Highland Speedway Track Crew worked diligently throughout the day and provided an excellent race course. After the track crew spent intermission grooming the ¼ mile surface a mist came over the Speedway as the MARS- Becker Jewelers Late Models were lining up for their feature. A few quick warm up laps and with the mist subsiding for the moment the field of 21 took the green flag with Daryn Kline in the number 10 leading the way. Alongside of Kline was the “Trenton Tornado” Michael Kloos driving the 6K Gerstner and Son’s entry out of Breese IL. In the second row inside was the 24 belonging to the 2011 UMP National Champion hailing from El Paso IL, Ryan Unzicker and along side of him was the winner of last week’s feature event at Highland “Fast” Frankie Martin of DuQuoin IL on the outside. “The Flatland Flash” Kevin Weaver and Kevin Cole sat in row three.
Before one lap was completed coming out of turn two disaster nearly eliminated the top three cars as Kline, Kloos and Unzicker tangled and the resulting mêlée had sheet metal damage on the 10 and 24 and Kloos sitting atop a large tractor tire used to mark the inside perimeter of the track. Luckily for all involved no series damage was done and the race got under way, this time for 21 caution free laps.
HIGHLAND IL ( May 26, 2012) It was an evening of remembering those who have made the greatest of all sacrifices, complete with an Honor Guard and a 21 gun salute…..It was a Memorial Day Observance at the Highland Speedway sponsored by Miller Lite.
Becker Jewelers Late Models
After nearly an hour and forty five minute delay for an electrical problem with the lights in turns three and four. The Becker Jewelers Late Models hit the track running.
Pole sitter Ryan Little from Springfield IL, in the 38L choose the outside starting position and “Fast” Frankie Martin from DuQuoin IL was positioned on the pole. Little thinking the high side would give him an advantage wasn’t counting on Martin, a long time competitor of the Highland Speedway knowing how to make any lane work to his advantage and Martin led the first lap, in fact “Fast” Frankie was in command of the night cap for the Late Models from the start, but it wasn’t an easy run. Behind him and Little were Mike Schulte, Dan Jacober in row two Daryn Klein in the 10 and Steven Unterbrink in the 4S making up the third row. Michael Kloos in the 6K, and Brent Helmkamp in the 31 made up row four.
Kloos was a man on a mission, by lap three he moved up one position to sixth. A spin by Dan Jacober on lap five bunched the field with Martin in the lead followed by Little, Schulte, Kloos was now fourth. It was Martin and Little running the high side around the Speedway and Schulte and Kloos working the bottom. Lap twelve Kloos passed Schulte and set his sights on the leaders.
On lap 15 things started to get interesting. Martin had reached the back of the field, while he had a substantial lead over the 38 and 6K, the traffic ahead was heavy. Kloos finally surpassed the 38 of Little. Not only was the second generation driver from Trenton trying to run down the leader, but he also was fighting his way through the lap traffic.