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Illinois USAC Midget Tripleheader Coming this Weekend to Macon-Lincoln-Springfield

After a bustling stretch of June that included 14 USAC National races in a 17-day span, including six-consecutive precipitation-free nights of Indiana Midget Week, teams had a chance to take a deep breath, regroup and prepare for the kickoff to a tantalizing summer stretch that begins this Saturday night with three-straight events in the state of Illinois.

The USAC Midget National Championship crosses the border for an Illinois Midget Weekend featuring events at three different Land of Lincoln tracks in three consecutive nights for the first time in 49 years!  In 1968, Chuck Arnold and Mel Kenyon split feature wins at Fairbury; Henry Pens captured Rockford a night later and Bob Tattersall concluded the weekend with his triumph at Santa Fe.

Illinois is a hotbed of midget racing, but this coming weekend’s venues have been absent from the USAC schedule for at least a decade and, in some cases, forever. The first of the welcomed additions is this Saturday’s return to Macon Speedway for the first time since 2007. Among the notable past visits by the series was Jack Hewitt’s famed, ahem, critique of the night’s proceedings back in 1996, which is fine. But, it’s also featured a number of USAC National champions who’ve been Macon masters: Don Branson (1959), Jimmy Davies (1960), Bob Tattersall (1965), Tony Elliott (1992) and Brad Kuhn (2007).

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World of Outlaws Look Forward to Dirt Racing Takeover at Rockford Speedway

Badger Midget Racing Association and Wisconsin Legends added to the slate of events

CONCORD, N.C. – June 10, 2016 – History will be made in less than three weeks as the dirt racing takeover happens at legendary Rockford Speedway for the Outlaw Clay Classic – two days of World of Outlaws racing action, Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30.

The stars and challengers of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, the nation’s premier dirt racing series, will convene on the 68-year-old paved, high banks at Rockford, turning it into America’s newest dirt track.

“Rockford will be transformed with tons of Illinois river clay, trucked in and spread out over the track for this special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. “We can’t wait to see the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt’ take on America’s favorite short track.”

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Gille Follows In Family Footsteps

Third-Generation Driver Wins Illinois and Rockford Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jacob Gille has been around racing since he was in diapers watching his grandfather, father and uncle compete. His goal since childhood was to follow in their footsteps and to walk away a champion like his uncle, Jerry.

Now 27 years old, Gille made that dream a reality in 2015. He piloted his No. 50 Lonnie Held Plumbing/Windsor Auto Sales Chevrolet to the top of Rockford Speedway’s Late Model division with as well as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Illinois standings.

“I’ve been around racing my entire life,” the Winnebago, Illinois, native said. “My grandpa raced and my dad and uncle followed. I was raised around it.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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