With the Springfield Speedway Reunion just around the corner we are receiving some media attention that helps us spread the word.
I will be on AM1450 with Sam Madonia and Shawn Balint on July 31st at 8:10 A.M., in addition both the Lincoln Courier and the Statre Journal Register did nice stories about the event in the past few weeks.
Reprinted from the Lincoln Courier
Lincoln Speedway to revive old memories of Springfield Speedway
Lincoln Speedway, in conjunction with Midwest Speed, Inc. and Terry Young, eagerly awaits “Springfield Speedway Reunion – Reliving the Good Times” event on Sunday, Aug. 16.
In 2012 Young commemorated the 25th anniversary of Springfield Speedway’s closing and was overwhelmingly supported with more than 800 people attending the festivities at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Old friendships were rekindled, people caught up with each other and many spent hours looking over all of the old racing memorabilia that people brought to display.
This year’s event will be highlighted by an evening of racing at Lincoln Speedway. The night will include Non-Wing Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Pro Crate Late Model, Modified and Hornet divisions. In addition to the normal payoff, each division will see the A-Main events pay a bonus of $20 per lap to the lap leader made possible by sponsors. Additionally, a trophy will be presented to each winner.
The event will also include many of the drivers who raced at the old speedway, along with some of the actual restored cars that turned laps on the famous track built by Joe Shaheen.
Young encourages all former competitors, their families and fans to attend the free event and bring with them any old memorabilia they might like to display and share. If someone brings something to display, they will keep possession of it. So bring out your old helmets, pictures, scrap books and firesuits.
Many of the former drivers have already expressed their excitement at the prospect of reuniting once again with old friends they haven’t seen for a while and reminiscing and remembering some of our friends who we have lost over the years. Al Thomas, Jeff Moe, Bill Morris, Dean Shirley, Dick Trout, “Jungle Jim” Davison, Ed Bauman, Dick Taylor, Tony Merrick, Jim Moughan, Jr., Mark Hart, Jeff Mackay, Gary Clark, Rick, Randy, Ron and Rob Standridge, Rick Pennell, Steve Sheppard and many others have all expressed their intent to attend the extravaganza,
The reunion is free to attend and begins at noon. If you choose to stay for the evenings races, there will be a ticket purchase required for grandstand admission. Tickets for the races will be $12 for adults, children ages 11-18 are $7 and 10 and under are free.
There will be several Lifetime Achievement Awards that will be given at the event to honor several individuals for their achievements at the Springfield track.
If you have any questions, you can contact the event coordinator Terry Young at 217.553.1963 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringfieldSpeedwayReunion.
Lincoln Speedway is located on the Logan County Fairgrounds at 1408 Short 11th St. in Lincoln.
Young has also joined forces with nationally renowned racing author Joyce Standridge in producing a book of “Fast Memories: Remembering the Springfield Speedway 1947 – 1987″ that will be available for purchase at the event. The book contains stories written by Standridge and hundreds of photos from the Marv Scattergood Collection, Horcher Brothers Photos, Chuck Lynch, Jeff Moe and others who contributed photos from their personal collections. The book will also be available from the premier auto racing publisher Coastal 181.
Reprinted from the State Journal Register
Logan County Fairgrounds to host 2015 Springfield Speedway Reunion
By Marcia Martinez, Staff Writer
Terry Young was one of the estimated 1,200 race fans who filled Springfield Speedway on Sunday nights.
The final race was held in September 1987 at the quarter-mile dirt track on Springfield’s north side. The memories linger for people like Young who spent many summer nights at the racetrack located on the southeast corner of Clear Lake Avenue and Dirksen Parkway.
His fondness for the place prompted him to organize the “Springfield Speedway Reunion: Reliving the Good Times” event Aug. 16 from noon-5 p.m. at Lincoln Speedway on the Logan County Fairgrounds. The event is free and will take place rain or shine.
“We can relive when times were maybe a little simpler,” Young said. “So many people spent every Sunday night at Springfield Speedway. I started going there when I was 10. I didn’t play baseball or basketball. My whole life revolved around racing. If it was rained out my whole week was shot.”
In 2012, Young organized a reunion to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the closing of Springfield Speedway — also known as Shaheen’s, Little Springfield or Joe’s. It drew over 800 people at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Do it again
The reunion’s success led Young to do it again. “Normally, you want to do a reunion every five years,” he said. “With the people we are dealing with, most of them are becoming of an older age. We’ve lost a handful of people since the last reunion. We wanted to try to do it again before we lose more of the drivers and rekindle old friendships.”
Restored cars that raced at the speedway built by Joe Shaheen in 1947 are expected to be on display. Young wants people to bring memorabilia such as helmets, photographs, scrapbooks and firesuits. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented.
The move from the state fairgrounds to Lincoln Speedway allows the reunion to include actual racing. Cars in non-wing sprints, lightning sprints, pro crate late model, modified and hornet divisions will take to the track in the evening. A ticket must be purchased to attend the races.
The reunion will also serve as a book launch for “Fast Memories: Remembering the Springfield Speedway 1947-1987.” Its co-authors are Young and Joyce Standridge, who grew up attending races at the speedway.
“One of the best moments at the last reunion was seeing Dean Shirley and Ronnie Milton, who were arch-rivals, competitors and frontrunners, and seeing them standing there, shaking hands and talking about the good old days when they were racing,” Young said. “Ronnie has since passed away.
“The reunion is about getting people together. We’re trying to give them a chance to talk about the good old days before they’re gone.”
For more information contact Young at 553-1963 or email@example.com. The reunion also has a Facebook page at Springfield Speedway Reunion.
Contact Marcia Martinez: 788-1547, firstname.lastname@example.org. twitter.com/MMartinezSJR.