May
01
2017
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Springfield Speedway Reunion III scheduled for August 13, 2017

Springfield Speedway Reunion Front Design
MIDWEST SPEED, Inc., promoters of the Midwest Speed Expo held annually in Springfield, Illinois are pleased to announce the SPRINGFIELD SPEEDWAY REUNION III to be held August 13, 2017 at the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, IL. on the LOGAN COUNTY Fairgrounds.

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From the young age of 10 years old until the day the place closed, Shaheen’s was always a major part of my life and led me to the career I have today stated Terry Young of MIDWEST SPEED. Young is also the General Manager of HOOSIER Tire Midwest, which provided tires for a number of years to the now legendary Midwest speedplant which was the Springfield Speedway.

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In observance of the 30th anniversary of the closing of the track, Young at the urging of a number of his friends decided to put together the event for the third time which will feature many of the drivers that raced the speedway, along with some of the actual restored cars that turned laps at the track. Additionally, Young is encouraging all former competitors as well as their families to feel free to attend the event and bring along any old racing memorabilia you would like to display for others to see. You will keep possession of anything you bring to the event and when you leave you take it with you. Young also organized similar reunion events in 2012 and 2015.

The first two reunions received overwhelming support with many of the former competitors getting back together and reminiscing about the “good old days”. There will also be racing suits on display, vintage cars that competed at the track will be on display. There will be a ton of pictures, video slideshows and other memorabilia to browse as well. The memorabilia portion of the activities will begin at Noon. Terry Young owns the negative archives of Marvin Scattergood who was the longtime track photographer.

There will also be awards given to several selected recipients for Lifetime Contribution and Achievment at the Springfield Speedway. The first reunion in 2012 honored The Standridge family, Indy 500 Veterans Chuck Weyant and Donnie Beechler, Jim Moughan, Sr. and Herschel O’dell. At the second reunion in 2015 Dean Shirley, Jim Leka, “Jungle Jim” Davison and Dick Taylor were honored with special recognition awards.

After the reunion a full card of racing will be on tap promoted by Track Enterprises, including Non-Wing Sprints, Vintage Sprints, Division II Midgets, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hornets.

Presenting sponsors of the event include: Joe’s Garage Towanda, IL., Midwest Speed Expo, Route 66 Model Raceway Elkhart, IL., Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL., Donley Trucking Williamsville, IL., Sheppard Auto Crushing New Berlin, IL., Canham Graphics Pawnee, IL., Moughan Builders Springfield, IL., O’Reilly Auto Parts and Barrick Enterprises.

Trophy Sponsors include: Dick Taylor Collision Springfield, IL., Law Automotive Springfield, IL., O’Reilly Auto Parts, Modern Paving & Landscaping Springfield, IL., McQuinn Bros. Racing #14 Springfield, IL., Jim Heather Auto Body Ashland, IL., Cleeton Construction Springfield, IL., BOONES Saloon Springfield, IL. and Dick Taylor Glass Repair Springfield, IL..

For information or further details please contact TERRY YOUNG at (217) 553-1963.

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Jan
16
2017
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2016 Driver of the Year and Special Memorial Awards presented to:

The 2016 Driver of the Year honors went to 2 drivers who both achieved outstanding accomplishment during the season. Each will receive $500.00 and a beautiful trophy.

Bobby Pierce
19 wins in UMP
World 100 Winner
North/South 100 Winner
UMP Summer National Champ
UMP National Champion
2016 MSE Driver of the Year

Mike Harrison
21 wins in UMP
UMP National Champion for the 5TH TIME!
2016 MSE Driver of the Year

The Memorial Awards were given to:
Don Hughes Memorial IRONMAN Award- A. J. May 15 wins in UMP and National Champion in Pro Late Model division.

Jim Farley, Sr. And John Sidener Memorial Award – Jeremy Reed 22 wins in UMP and National Champion in UMP

John Ciccone Memorial Award- Tim Hancock 19 wins in UMP. WON EVERY HEAT AND A-MAIN during the season at Macon Speedway. Also National UMP Champion in Pro Modified division.


Jan
16
2017
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14th Annual MIDWEST SPEED EXPO is in the books!

Midwest Speed Expo 2017 14th Annual

So, another Midwest Speed Expo is in the books and behind us. Not one of our best, but in 14 years we have had some good ones. The weather and the news scared many from making the trek out to see us. But I must say, from the reports of my vendors, those who came, came with a purpose and that was to buy items.

It takes so many people behind the scenes to make it all work, a great group of loyal dedicated vendors, many who have been with me for 14 consecutive shows, and a great group of people who walk through the doors to do business with those vendors.

We do not take any of these people for granted, we appreciate you all.

If anyone has comments or suggestions concerning the show, don’t hesitate to message me, give me a call or e-mail me at midwestspeedinc@aol.com

Thank you to Rich and Zach Higdon, Mike Wood, Gary Moser, Devin and Hannah Gilman, Jane and Sarah Young, John Hankins, Jungle Jim Davison, Billy Hughes, Paulie Oberreiter, Eric Riess, Bruce Dulgar, Sr., Bruce Dulgar Jr., Laura Griffeth and Marisue Kueper, Sam Driggers, Eric Grigsby, Jim Magill, The Hoosier Tire Midwest Crew, and our sponsors, World Racing Group, U.M.P., Arizona Sport Shirts, 4m.net, Hoosier Racing Tire, Dave Poske Performance Parts, Allgaier Racing Shocks, Radical Race Gear, Fire & Ale, Dyers Top Rods, Rockauto.com, GOTTA RACE, Wick Oil and STLracing.com and to the Non-Fair Events Staff at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and All About Cleaning, Deanna and her Crew!


Dec
19
2016
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14th Annual Midwest Speed Expo just around the corner!

Midwest Speed Expo 2017 14th Annual

The 14th Annual MIDWEST SPEED EXPO is just a few weeks away!

The venue is the beautiful ORR BUILDING at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, just inside Gate 9!

The show is just around the corner and promises to be the best Expo yet to hit the Midwest area. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to look over both new and used parts for all types of racing as well as catching the show specials from many of the vendors.

Show hours for the 14th Annual MIDWEST SPEED EXPO are 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on both Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 2017.

What better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday just before the start of the new season? The MIDWEST SPEED EXPO is your opportunity to look over and purchase both new and used parts for your racing program as well as to talk with representatives from area tracks to catch up on any rule changes.

2017 vendors who have reserved their booths include: Arizona Sport Shirt and GOTTA RACE, Allstar Performance, ALLGAIER Motorsports JRi Racing Shocks, Allen Automotive, Alliance T-Shirts, BSB Manufacturing, B-HAM Signs and Designs, Bad Dog Tools, Larry Bantz, Bland Bros. Enterprises, Rodney Bowman Racing, Roger Brickler Racing, Larry Bunning Motorsports, Blaze and Jimmy Burwell Motorsports, Marvin Burton, C&S Carburetor, Central Illinois Dragway, Central Illinois Sign Company, Jeremy Conaway Motorsports, Cerro Gordo Speedway, Checkered Flag Graphics, CILTRAK, Broan Crebo Performance Parts, Davenport Performance, Lance Dehm Motorsports, DIRT OVAL at 66, Downunder & Dirty Driving Experience, DYER’S Top Rod, E&E Motorsports, Chad Evans Motorsports, Fairbury Speedway, Farmer City Raceway, FAST MEMORIES, Springfield Speedway 1947 – 1987, Five Star Racing Engines, Terry Gallaher Motorsports, GATEWAY Motorsports Park, Jake Griffin Racing, Griffin Performance, Doug Haack Vintage Racing Photos, Hammond Motorsports, Tim Hancock Racing, Keith Harre Motorsports, Hoerr Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame, J.C. Race Parts, Jacksonville Speedway, KBC Graphix, KRJ Race Products, Kevin Kimmons Racing, Steve Lance, Jr. Motorsports, Tim Lance Motorsports, Jeff Leka Motorsports, Landrum Performance Springs, Eric Little Motorsports, Mackay Engines, Macon Speedway, Midwest Open Wheel Association, Andy Minett Racing, Chuck Mitchell Motorsports, Roy Mitchell Racing, Mittler Bros. Machine and Tool, Muscle Car Performance, OUT-PACE Products, Performance Engineering & Manufacturing, Phenom Apparel & Wraps, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Pistoncoating.com, Quincy Raceways, Racemarc, Radical Race Gear, Rhoads Racing Promotions, Rural Route Repair, S&R Creations, Brandon and Stevie Sheppard Motorsports, Sherman Enterprises, S&R Creations, Rod Smith, Speed Custom & Performance, Steinjager Co., Turpin Racing, TRACK ENTERPRISES, Steve Thomas Motorsports BELL Safety Equipment, Speedway Illustrated Magazine, Toolin’ Around, UB Machine, Greg Wagoner – Pines Automotive, WEHRS Machine and WICK Racing Fuels and Incredible T’s and Z-Girl Racewear.

2011 Driver of the Year trophy2On Sunday the Annual Midwest Speed “DRIVER of the YEAR” will be named and awarded in memory of my mother Cindy Young. The award, sponsored by Dave Poske Performance Parts , Fire & Ale, Sherman, Illinois, Radical Racegear and WICK Oil will include $500.00 cash for the winning driver! The winner will join last years award winner Jose Parga, 2015 recipient Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, IL. 2014 winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, 2013 co-winners Devin Gilpin and Brian Shirley, for 2012 Mike Harrison 2011, Jeff Herzog 2010, Jason Feger 2009 and 2008 co-winners Jeff Leka of Buffalo, Illinois and Justin Allgaier of Riverton, Illinois and Dennis Erb of Carpentersville, IL., winner of the inaugural award for 2007.

There will also be Memorial Awards presented in honor of John Ciccone, longtime local car owner, Don Hughes, a longtime Springfield motor builder and raceing supporter and Jim Farley, Sr and John Sidener who were longtime Central Illinois race car drivers and racing supporters.

This show sells out EACH year and is jam-packed full of vendors ready to fulfill all of your needs, DON’T MISS OUT!

Make this a family event and bring the kids out for a day of action packed fun! Make your plans now and mark your calendar and don’t miss this event! BY POPULAR DEMAND, Admission is just $10.00 for adults on Saturday and is good for both days of the show. So you can get in on Saturday and Sunday both for the low price of $10.00. Sunday admission is $7.00 for Sunday only. Children under 10 are admitted free both days!

Food and beverage will be available for purchase from FIRE & ALE of Sherman, Illinois, who is a great supporter of motorsports in Central Illinois!

Additional sponsors of the MIDWEST SPEED EXPO are Hoosier Racing Tire and www.rockauto.com.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting www.midwestspeed.net or by calling (217) 553-1963


Jan
11
2016
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Another Expo is now completed! THANK YOU!

003A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!

150Congratulations to our DRIVER of the YEAR Jose Parga! Thanks to our Award Sponsors, Dave Poske Performance Parts, WICK Oil and Radical Race Gear.

142145John Osman and George Goodall Memorial Award Winner for Outstanding Sportsmanship and Achievement Nick Bauman and IRONMAN Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement Bobby Pierce!

012Look forward to seeing you all next year for the 14th Annual! If I didn’t see you and you were at the show, sorry I missed you.


Jan
11
2016
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Driver of the Year for 2015 – 18 year old Jose Parga

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Each year since 2008 a “Midwest Speed Driver of the Year” Award has been presented in memory of Cindy L. Young. Cindy was the Mother of Midwest Speed Expo organizer Terry Young. She passed away in 2007 after a battle with lung cancer. Since the first award was handed out we have handed out $5,000.00 in cash to these recipients!

This is with the cooperation of good friend Dave Poske at Poske Performance Parts, Ron Wick and Pam Sheppard at Wick Racing Fuel and Radical Race Gear. With their sponsorship this award is possible!

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The previous winners of the award are as follows:
2008 Dennis Erb
2009 Justin Allgaier and Jeff Leka (Dual Awards Presented)
2010 Jason Feger
2011 Jeff Herzog
2012 Mike Harrison
2013 Brian Shirley and Devin Gilpin (Dual Awards Presented)
2014 Brandon Sheppard
2015 Bobby Pierce, Jr.
2016 Jose Parga

Additionally, a new tradition was established in 2014 whereby from time to time special awards are presented in memory of fallen friends of the Midwest Speed Expo in honor of the recipients outstanding achievement. These are not annual awards.
2014 Dean Garland Memorial Award presented to Aaron Heck
2014 Rusty Allen Memorial Award presented to Bobby Pierce
2015 Gary Walters Memorial Award presented to Shannon Babb
2016 John Osman and Ray Goodall Memorial Award presented to Nick Bauman

2016 IRONMAN Award for Outstanding Achievement presented to Bobby Pierce