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Race fans looking to wager on their favorite drivers during Dover International Speedway’s upcoming tripleheader weekend will have the convenience of placing their bets on-site on Oct. 6-7.

A sports betting station will be set up near the Delaware Lottery display, not far from the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The two Dover races available for wagering are the “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race (3 p.m., NBCSN) on Saturday, Oct. 6 and the “Gander Outdoors 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race (2 p.m., NBCSN) on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Expected action will include odds on the race winners and season championship winner, as well as head-to-head matchups featuring two drivers and different car manufacturers. Please note that odds will likely not be available during practice sessions and qualifying rounds.

Pro football, baseball, college football, MMA and all other sports wagering will also be offered, including football parlay cards. You must be 21 or older to place a wager.

“We are very pleased to offer our customers the ability to place wagers at this unique tripleheader at Dover International Speedway,” said Vernon Kirk, director of the Delaware State Lottery. “It adds a new level of excitement to the event.”

Betting lines are supplied by William Hill, the Delaware Lottery’s risk manager for sports betting. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is an agent of the Delaware Lottery. The Delaware Lottery is a partner of Dover International Speedway, and will have a featured booth located near the FanZone during the tripleheader weekend.

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Race & Sports Book, located inside the casino, will also be open all weekend for sports betting. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, Oct. 7. Winning tickets on bets placed at the sports betting station near the Monster Monument can be redeemed there, at the Race & Sports Book, or by following the mailing instructions on the back of the ticket.

The Oct. 5-7 NASCAR tripleheader weekend also includes the “Crosley 125” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 5.

For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

For more information on Dover Downs Hotel & Casino events and offerings, visit doverdowns.com or contact VIP services at 800-711-5882.

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Fans can crank up their racing swag to express their passion for their favorite drivers and track by making a pit stop at one of more than a dozen Fanatics mobile trailers that will be located in Talladega Superspeedway’s Fan Zone during the track’s doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend, Oct. 12-14.

Fanatics is the largest retailer for officially licensed sports merchandise, offering an abundant product selection that includes hundreds of items featuring most NASCAR drivers and commodities specific to Talladega Superspeedway.

The Fanatics mobile trailers are only one part of the lively Talladega Fan Zone, which provides an array of exciting activities ranging from music to interactive exhibits that spotlight some of NASCAR’s loyal brands. The Fan Zone will be accessible all three days, which will be headlined by qualifying for the Talladega 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event (Friday, Oct. 12), the Talladega 250 NCWTS Playoff race (Saturday, Oct. 13) along with Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the pivotal 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) Playoff race, which will get the green flag on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The action of the Fan Zone, which is scheduled to open on Friday at 9 a.m. till the start of NCWTS qualifying and Saturday/Sunday at 8 a.m. CDT till the drop of the green flag for both events, can be found outside the frontstretch near Turn 4. Fans can get their hands on the latest gear and show pride for a wide variety of drivers, including champions like Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch as well as the “young guns” of Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, William Byron and Alabama’s own Bubba Wallace.

With so many ways to engage with the NASCAR community in the Fan Zone, fans are free to stroll the area and stock up on everything they need to be ready for the ultimate race day experience, including a headset radio from Racing Electronics where fans can listen to teams and drivers communicate throughout the weekend. More than 25 companies will be onsite and equipped with captivating displays, including racing simulators, a pit stop challenge, selfie stations, show cars and chances to win awesome prizes. These businesses include: 1000Bulbs.com, GEICO, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Ford, Golden Flake, Monster Energy, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Camping World, Cyclops, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Honda Generators, Inter-Continental Cigar, Swedish Match, Copenhagen, FN America, ST Motorsports, Wind Creek Casino, Jimmy Johns, Papa Murphy’s, Ag-Pro and more.

Talladega Superspeedway’s doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend kicks off on Friday with qualifying for the Talladega 250 at 4:35 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s slate includes the running for the Talladega 250 at noon CDT followed by Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at 3:35 p.m. CDT. Sunday will showcase some of the world’s best drivers dueling it out in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 NASCAR Playoff race, the second (of three) in the Round of 12, where the green flag will wave at 1 p.m. CDT.

For ticket information, fans can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).


As NASCAR’s drivers continue to ascend towards the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, fans can also partake in a championship climb of their own at the Speedway.

On Saturday, October 20, Homestead-Miami Speedway is hosting the track’s first ever Championship Climb, a charity event where attendees will race up and down the championship track’s grandstands. The stair climb will begin at 8 a.m., and participants will test their endurance for a chance at bragging rights as king of the grandstands.

The Championship Climb will consist of participants running stairs in front of their friends and family while helping raise money for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause,” which benefits several local youth and education organizations.

Registration costs $35 and includes the following.

  • Participation in the stair climb
  • Chance to win tickets to the Ford EcoBoost 400
  • Refreshments following the event

For more information on Championship Climb, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/ChampionshipClimb or call 305-230-5024.

The Championship Climb is a prelude to Ford Championship Weekend as Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts the championship races in all three of NASCAR’s national series. Ford Championship Weekend consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Camping World Truck series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR XFINITY series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship race). Tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.

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An international spotlight will shine on Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend, as fans from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries attend the inaugural Bank of America ROVAL™ 400. The first road-course race in the history of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs required significant planning and development in order to produce one of the most remarkable road-course experiences in motorsports.

Below is an in-depth, by-the-numbers look at NASCAR’s newest track:

  • The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™ is a 2.28-mile road course oval with 17 turns and a 35-foot elevation change.
  • There were 35,380 total work hours completed on the project in 2018.
  • The speedway installed eight new Whelen caution lights on the infield. (600 work hours)
  • 30,000 tires for barrier packs were used for the ROVAL™.
  • 4,000 feet of custom-made canopies for tire packs were also used.
  • More than 5,400 gallons of paint were applied to transform the track into the ROVAL™, transitioning to a patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme for America’s Home for Racing after a decade of yellow walls.
  • RoadGrip, a British track surface painting company known for painting Formula 1 circuits, and Mycroft Signs, combined resources along with Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Operations crew to transform the entire look of the speedway's infield.
  • Pioneer Athletics temporary paint, also used at the Super Bowl, was used by RoadGrip and Mycroft Signs for on-track accents and the new synthetic turf surfaces.
  • 112,000 square feet of new synthetic field turf has been installed on the frontstretch (1,100 work hours).
  • 1,500 linear feet of additional wheel fence and 7,500 linear feet of steel cable has been added. (800 work hours)
  • The speedway's new infield fan bridge measuring 85 feet long, nine feet wide with a clearance of 13’6” above the track surface. The steel structure weighs 40,000 pounds. (4,000 work hours)
  • 23 transition plates were installed with 550 anchors and bolts. (960 work hours)
  • Operations staff from SMI sister tracks in Bristol, Kentucky, Sonoma, Atlanta and New Hampshire have assisted Charlotte Motor Speedway during the ROVAL™ project build and will be on-site during the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend, including a road course repair crew from Sonoma for on-track incidents.

To purchase Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 tickets – which include access to the Saturday night Sammy Hagar and The Circle concert – fans can call the 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Kids 13 and under get in for $10.

Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram, becoming a Facebook fan or downloading the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford concluded its regular point season last Saturday evening with some dramatic and thrilling races that crowned the 2018 division champions.

Now the popular paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval turns attention to the post season beginning this Saturday, September 29 with a varied line-up of on and off track action. Dirt Mods, Small Car Enduro, Jr. Enduro and Vintage TQ Midgets will be running features while a Small Car Demo Derby will be held in the infield.

The Dirt Mods are running in a 40-lap/$700-to-win feature race. The race is open to all Dirt Modifieds including those with sail panels. Drivers will draw for heat starting spots and then a redraw will take place for the feature.

Much thanks to Mike and Cindy Warden for bolstering the winner’s share by $100!

The Vintage Division of the ATQMRA will be part of the program as they will contest in separate class heats and a combined feature. The Vintage ATQMRA Organization was formed to preserve the history of three quarter midget racing and is anticipating a respectable group of cars.

The Small Car Enduro will be a timed event paying a guaranteed minimum $600 to win, $300 for 2nd, $200 for third, $150 to fourth and $100 for fifth. Dependent upon the number of entrants that prize money can increase.

There has been much interest in this race as pre-entries have steadily poured in. The cost is $50 per car and $6 for transponder. Enduro rules can be found on the website.

The Jr. Enduro will be the undercard to the regular Enduro. The cars will run under the same rules as the current Small Car Enduro and most Hobby Stock cars are permissible to compete.

Racers must be between the ages of 12-18. A driver who has more than a year of racing experience in a stock car is not eligible to race with the Jr. Enduros. While a driver of the Jr. Enduro can race on their own, they do have the option to have a passenger seat and an experienced tutor ride along for guidance.

Since Avery Arthofer raced to the inaugural Jr. Enduro victory in 2016, the class has turned out several up and comers. Arthofer went on to become a front runner and 4-time winner with the Hobby Stocks. This year she raced in the Sportsman Modifieds and won there as well. She also ran a handful of Late Model features.

Austin Beers claimed his career first win in the Jr. Enduros and then moved to the Hobby Stocks where he won the 2017 championship. He advanced to the Sportsman Mods this year and won 4 times and the title.

The Small Car Demo is for “Stock” demo cars. The event will reward a guaranteed minimum of $500, to win, $300 for second and $100 for third. Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver.

There will not be a Big Car Demo.

Gates open at 11:00. Racing starts at 2:00 pm. Grandstands, which open at 12:30, is $10 (no discounts). The pits are $25 per person.

For additional news and updates log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or Facebook. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located just a few miles west of Lehighton on PA 443 and is adjacent to the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market.

Demo enthusiasts can also log on to Old School Promotions at www.facebook.com/Old-School-Promotions-209768279162159/

Mahoning Valley will wrap up the 2018 season with Octoberfast on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 4:00 pm with a 150 laps Modified feature, 75-lappers for the Late Models and Street Stocks, 50 laps for the Hobby Stocks plus a special presentation by the Flashback Stocks.


During his visit to Birmingham Wednesday, speaking about the upcoming Talladega 250 NASCAR Camping World Series (NCWTS) Playoff race, driver Noah Gragson showed how “compassionate,” as well as “determined” he could be, in a small time frame.

The 20-year-old Las Vegas, NV, native who drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports, exhibited a determined, all-business like attitude when talking about his plans to win the playoff elimination race on Oct. 13, but also revealed a sincere soft side while dropping in to see patients at Children’s of Alabama, putting a smile on every child he came in contact with.

“When we come back to Talladega in a few weeks, we fully intend to win the race…we’re not coming here to have a good points day,” said Gragson, one of eight drivers who are vying for the NCWTS title, who currently sits fourth, 23 points above cutoff line (six drivers will advance at the conclusion of the Talladega 250). “We want to win the check, take home the cool (Hammer & Anvil) trophy, kiss the girl and go on to the next round of the playoffs.”

Gragson will be making his second Talladega start in trucks, but he actually competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race here in the spring and pulled off a fourth-place effort. He sees an improvement to the first spot in two weeks, which would be an automatic lock to the playoff Round of 6.

“If we can’t win the show, we are gonna be the show,” he was quick to admit. “Talladega is so nerve-wracking for the drivers, with trucks just inches away from your front, back and sides at 195 mph for the entire 250 miles. It doesn’t get any better than that for the fans in the stands. Everything is on the line and I have a great group at Kyle Busch Motorsports.”

While it takes nerves of steel to compete on the 2.66-mile venue, tension was the last thing on Gragson’s mind Wednesday with the kids at Children’s of Alabama, the proud partner of Talladega’s Kids VIP program.

Gragson, sporting his race driver’s uniform, spent personal, one-on-one time with nearly 30 kids. He first showed the children how to race remote control cars, educated some on a video racing game, assisted them with his talents at coloring books, and took photos with each, all before giving each a signed hero card. He also visited several children in individual rooms.

“It is really a privilege to come here today and be with these kids at Children’s of Alabama,” said an emotional Gragson. “They are so pumped up and we have had so much fun. Driving the cars, coloring…it’s cool to give them something neat to do. It is so amazing to put a smile on their face, knowing what so many of them are going through. It means the world to me to be here. They might be my new pit crew,” he said with a smile.

Gragson ended his day by having some fun with a visit to The Woolworth, a new social hotspot filled with vintage games in the historic Five Points South area of Birmingham, before stopping by Sloss Furnaces to see the unfinished Hammer & Anvil trophy that will go to the Talladega 250 winner.

Gragson will be joined in the Talladega 250 by fellow playoff contenders Fairhope, AL native Grant Enfinger and Justin Haley, who have both secured their spot in the Round of 6, along with defending series champion Johnny Sauter, Brett Moffitt, Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Stewart Friesen.

Talladega Superspeedway’s doubleheader NASCAR Playoff weekend kicks off on Friday with qualifying for the Talladega 250 at 4:35 p.m. CDT. Saturday’s slate includes the running for the Talladega 250 at noon CDT followed by Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at 3:35 p.m. CDT. Sunday will showcase some of the world’s best drivers dueling it out in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, the second (of three) in the Round of 12, where the green flag will wave at 1 p.m. CDT.

For ticket information, fans can visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).


Kurt Busch took part in a ribbon-cutting and unveiling ceremony for a new infield pedestrian bridge on Wednesday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL™, but the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title contender's objective is to lead the field under the bridge during Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.

Busch joined City of Concord Mayor Bill Dusch and Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Greg Walter in welcoming the first campers to the infield while unveiling the 40,000-pound Bank of America-branded, 80-foot-long, nine-foot-wide pedestrian bridge that will give fans special access to unique infield viewing areas as well as a Circle K convenience store. The bridge also connects infield campers back to the Papa John’s and Bojangles’ locations in the infield.

“The pedestrian bridge gets fans from the pit area side to the infield section of the road course, where they can take in different vantage points,” Busch said. “That’s what it’s all about: creating newness and fun things for the fans to do within the same venue here at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (The Bank of America ROVAL™ 400) is a big ticket to be part of, whether you’re a fan, a sponsor or even NBC on the promotion side of it. As a racer and someone who’s in the playoffs, we’ve got to play it cool. We’ve got to look at it as a standard race weekend, get our points and advance to the next round.

"But then, I sit there as a racer going, ‘This is an inaugural event. This is big.' We haven’t had any big, inaugural events like this in a while. It reminds me of when the (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) first went to Eldora, or when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series went to Indianapolis, (Jeff Gordon) won the race and it changed the course of NASCAR. This race could change the course.”

To purchase Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 tickets – which include access to the Sept. 29 Sammy Hagar and The Circle concert – fans can call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. Kids’ tickets for the entire weekend cost just $10.

Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway and get the latest news by following on Twitter and Instagram, becoming a Facebook fan or downloading the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.


Beginning today, Dover International Speedway will collect hygiene products, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food to aid the victims of Hurricane Florence, track officials announced today.

The community and race fans headed to Dover can drop off items to the main Dover International Speedway ticket office (Gate 11) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 6. A tractor trailer supplied by Weis Markets, Dover’s official retail grocery partner, will be positioned near the entrance to the FanZone from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 to collect donations. Weis Markets will also be donating pallets of Weis Quality water to the effort.

Those that donate will be eligible to receive prizes and upgrades, including: Luxury suite passes, Monster Bridge passes, ticket upgrades, Trackside Access passes, Monster Mile merchandise and tickets to the track’s Spring 2019 event weekend, which will be part of its 50th anniversary season.

The effort is in coordination with the NASCAR Foundation’s partnership with Feed The Children to provide relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The storm and subsequent flooding have led to more than 40 deaths and close to $44 billion in property damage in the Southeast since the storm made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14.

The NASCAR Foundation has also launched a Hurricane Disaster Relief donation page that provides NASCAR Nation with one place to band together and make donations to the many affected by Florence and its aftermath. One-hundred percent of the financial contributions made at www.nascarfoundation.org/hurricane will be used toward storm relief efforts.

“As we prepare to gather for another NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover, we need to remember that many Americans are suffering at this time,” said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian. “We are encouraging all of our fans to bring a donation item on Sunday to provide some form of help and hope to those whose lives have been turned upside down in recent days.”

Needed items include:

  • Tarps
  • Rakes
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bleach
  • Mops
  • Brooms
  • Dustpans
  • Work gloves
  • Disposable masks
  • Green pad scrubbers
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Personal hygiene products

Anyone with questions about the drive can contact Karen Ptak, with Dover International Speedway, at 302-883-6555 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Oct. 5-7 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway includes the “Gander Outdoors 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 7 (2 p.m., NBCSN);  the “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race (3 p.m., NBCSN) on Saturday, Oct. 6; and the “Crosley 125” NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale race on Friday, Oct. 5.

For tickets or more information visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

Dover Motorsports PR

Darlington Raceway will serve as the host for quality barbeque and classic cars when the Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show presented by Raldex returns to the track for a one-day event on Saturday, November 10.

The event will be FREE and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Individual tickets will be sold for the BBQ tasting, which starts at 11 a.m. Tickets will be $1 per ticket or 12 for $10.

“We’re proud to be hosting this event for the sixth consecutive year,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “The Speed and Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show will feature great barbeque and a car show for our community to enjoy. Fall is known for many great festivals in our race track helps make this a unique event. Thank you to Raldex and their hotels for serving as the presenting sponsor of this event.”

The BBQ cook-off will again be sanctioned by the South Carolina BBQ Association, one of the premier BBQ organizations in the country, and feature some of the top cook teams in the region. The teams will be vying to win the coveted $2,000 first-place prize.

Another unique experience for the BBQ competition is that the winner of this year’s event will be honored during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Dean Price from the ‘Pimp My Pig’ BBQ team was honored at this year’s race for winning the 2017 competition.

Additionally, the car show will feature an open show of cars and trucks on display for enthusiasts, along with a swap meet. Participants will have the opportunity to make a lap around the famous 1.366-mile raceway on that Saturday.

Pre-registration for the car show is $25. Day of show registration will be $30. A commemorative dash plaque will be given to the first 500 car and truck registrations. Trophies will be given to the top 50 cars and trucks, plus other special awards.

The event will also feature driving experiences in actual race cars through the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, which will be on site that day. Experiences can be purchased in advance through the driving school by visiting www.RaceWithRusty.com or on the day of the event. Driving experiences are scheduled for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. during the event.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available by contacting Tyler Grube, Director of Corporate Sales, at 843-395-8877 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.

Darlington Raceway PR

The 2018 racing season comes to an end this coming Saturday, September 29 at Macon Speedway with the BRANDT Season Finale “Racing For The Cup” Night.  Six divisions of action will be on track plus fans will have the chance to win giveaway items throughout the evening.  In addition, powder puff races and mechanics races will be held.

Going into the final night, three point championships are still up for grabs, mathematically.  The Sportsman and Hornet championship races are extremely close, while the B-Mod championship could be claimed by just starting the feature.  Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL, won the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model class championship last weekend, while Tommy Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL, has an insurmountable lead in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds.  Boody, IL’s Shawn Ziemer will be on his way to a Street Stock championship, leading by 102 points in that class.

The tightest of the point races comes in the Sportsman class, as Scott Williams, of Le Roy, IL, leads by just four over Taylorville, IL’s Tim Bedinger.  That is a difference of just two feature spots.  If the two end in a tie, the tiebreaker will be wins.  Right now, Bedinger has a win, while Williams does not.  Scott Landers, Dennis Vander Meersch, and Danny Smith complete the top five in standings.

In the Hornet division, Springfield, IL’s Mike Eskew holds just an eight point lead on Decatur, IL’s Jeremy Reed, a difference of four feature spots.  The tiebreaker would go to Reed, as he has six feature wins, to Eskew’s two.  Matt Reed, Steve Stine, and Adam Webb round out the top five in the Hornet class, heading into the final night.

Godfrey, IL’s Cody Stilwell has all but wrapped up the B-Mod championship, having a 42 point lead on Jerry Thompson.  Stilwell will likely clinch the point title by just starting the feature, if 20 cars or less start the event.  Following the two are Tom Riech, Kevin Crowder, and Tim Hancock.

In addition to Sportsman, Hornets, and B-Mods, the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Micros will be on track.  Fans will also be treated to a few extra races, with Powder Puff events for the ladies in the Street Stock and Hornet divisions and Mechanics races for Modifieds/B-Mods and Sportsman/Street Stocks.

Officials have collected prizes throughout the last couple of weeks to give out to fans as part of “Give Back To Fans” night.  Plenty of giveaways will be had, including plenty of Texas Roadhouse appetizer cards for those who arrive early in the night.

Pit gates open Saturday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will start at 6:00, and racing will take the green at 7:00.  Grandstand admission is just $12, while kids 11 and under are free.

Macon Speedway PR

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois will host the 52nd annual World Championship Chili Cook-off this weekend (September 29-30). This marks the first time the world championship will be held in the St. Louis-Metro East region. The event will be held each day from noon to 6 p.m.

Originally founded by automotive and motorsports legend Carroll Shelby, the WCCC  (www.chilicookoff.com)  is one of the most public-friendly competitive cooking events in America. It is the highlight of the year for thousands of cooking teams and countless “chiliheads” who follow the competitions from coast-to-coast in their quest to be crowned the World Champion Chili Cook. These contenders are also cooking for substantial prize money, including $25,000 and $20,000 for the two top cooking categories.

This two-day festival is expected to attract more than 10,000 spectators to Gateway Motorsports Park. Attendees can expect a two-day event packed with chili tasting from more than 300 champion chili cooks and 20 local restaurants, beer tasting of 100 craft brews, four live music performances each day and a professional ACO® cornhole tournament (also class for non-professionals).

Sponsors include BUSH’S® Chili Beans, KSHE-95 + 92.3 (Hubbard Media), Sauce Magazine, Budweiser® CUTCO®, Gaslight Studios, McCarthy Spices, ACO® and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

The World Championship Chili Cook-off is produced by ICS Chili, Inc. (International Chili Society), which sanctions nearly 150 cook-offs throughout the year in order to qualify the WCCC contestants who will compete in this weekend’s event. More than $1 million is raised annually through these ICS cook-offs to benefit non-profit organizations nationwide. Since the company’s inception in 1967, close to $92 million has been raised and donated.

52nd annual World Championship Chili Cook-off

September 29-30

Gateway Motorsports Park (700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, Illinois)

Noon to 6 p.m. both days.

Unlimited chili tasting adults: $15.

Unlimited chili tasting children: $5.

10 five-ounce beer samples (must be 21 years of age): $15.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at chilicookoff.com or at the track.

What to expect: 300 champion chili cooks, 100 craft brews, live bands, cornhole tournament.

Link to short video from the 2017 event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2eE7qMxzAc

For more information on ICS Chili Inc., please contact president Scott Toland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 857-5555

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

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