Look for dates for the 2015 season to be posted soon.
UMP Modified tire rule - No D's.
After careful consideration and thought, Highland Speedway has decided to make some changes to the nightly classes that we run at the speedway for the 2013 racing season. The goal of Highland Speedway is to provide the fans and competitors exciting racing action. We all know that a low car count does not help contribute to exciting racing action. We greatly appreciate all the drivers, teams, and fans that have supported the Highland Speedway for the last 51 years. It is because of people like you we have had great racing and we are looking forward more great racing for the next 50+ years! We are excited about these changes and we are looking forward to a great 2013 racing season.
Crate Class: With the limited number of crates that have ran at Highland Speedway consistently the past 2 years we have decided to enter a partnership with TriCity Speedway to create a Crate Series and points fund to benefit our crate drivers and increase the number of competitors for this class. This Crate Series will run once a month over the same weekend at these tracks. The goal of this decision is to increase the car count in the Crate class and make for exciting competitive racing action.
This decision was not entered into lightly. We think that this is a great solution to keep the crate class running at Highland. We will also be running the Crate Class at Highland Speedway on a rotating schedule, due to the amount of local cars that have chosen to follow other traveling crate series and not run at Highland on a weekly basis, when their class was offered on a weekly basis. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a great racing season.
Hornet Class: The Hornet class has not stayed in line with the vision that we had for this class when it was initially started. Therefore Highland Speedway will not be running a hornet class for the 2013 racing season. There are many reasons behind this decision; including that the economics of this class have gotten out of hand and the car count on this class have decreased as the costs to be competitive in this class have risen. We also pay attention to when drivers and teams make comments to track personal and on public forums that state that they will not be returning to the Highland Speedway and are taking them into consideration as well.
This class was intended to be an entry level class for people to gain experience and confidence and then move on to another class, it was never intended to be a career class. This class was intended to be an economical class, however now there are teams out there spending more and more on wraps, motors, upgrades, after market products, etc. The only thing any team should go above and beyond spending in this class is on safety equipment!
Our intentions are to bring this class back in a few years, as a stock class. The goal of this decision is to get this class back to what it was originally intended to be. Stock meaning working radio, rear tail lights, no fancy wraps, no upgrades, no after market products of any kind, etc. There will be a limit on length of time you are allowed to stay in this class. It will not be a career class. It will be what it was originally intended to be, a place for new racers to learn, gain confidence, and it will be economical.
Micros: We are excited to announce that we will be adding an Outlaw Winged Micro class to Highland Speedway for the 2013 season. This new addition will be running on a rotating schedule due to a number of teams that follow traveling series. We are excited to make this announcement and look forward to the new fans it will bring to the Highland Speedway. This class looks like it will be a good fit for Highland Speedway as it will provide exciting open wheel racing action and there are a good number of Micros already established in this area. We have met with several of the teams and they are also excited about this addition to out 2013 racing season.
Other Announcements: We have been hard at work, trying to find ways to bring everyone a better show. With that in mind we have made the following changes for the 2013 racing season. We are reducing the number of classes we run a night. As many of you know we are up against a curfew with the city of Highland. We have decided to run 5 classes a night. This will help allow us to get done racing at a reasonable hour and will allow everyone to either get home earlier or visit with drivers and teams after the races. KidzMods will be racing during intermission; this will allow us to stay on a reasonable time schedule. Race receivers are mandatory for the following classes: Late Models, Modifieds, Crates, Micros, and KidzMods. It is strongly suggested that the SportMods and Street Stocks also have race receivers. This will make for quicker, more efficient lineups and restarts. The classes and points funds that will be running at Highland Speedway are as follows: Late Models, Modifieds, SportMods, Street Stocks, Crates, Micros, and KidzMods.
The 2012 Highland Speedway Banquet was held on Saturday, November 10, at the Expo Building. We honored the top 10 in each division. A meal was shared first and then the awards were given out.
September 22, 2012 was the second championship night of the season. The Highland Bulldog, Chad Zobrist, earned his fifth UMP Becker Jewelers Late Model championship title. This ties him with Bill Faust and Dennis Sellers for taking top honors five times in the Late Model division. This is the 4th year in a row that the Highland Bulldog was Top Dog in his division. The 78 car of Zobrist took the first heat leading Mike Schulte, Frankie Martin and Dave Thornton. Second heat top dog was Matt Weidner and following him were Michael Kloos, Rick Salter, and Shannon Kuhn. Third heat winner was Adam Tischhauser, then Matt Bailey, Jason Zobrist, and Bruce Unterbrink. The dash belonged to Michael Kloos over Bailey, Weidner, and Chad Zobrist. Taking the last checkered flag in 2012 for the Late Model division was the Trenton Tornado, Michael Kloos. Order of finish after him was Chad Zobrist, Salter, Weidner, Tischhauser, Schulte, Bailey, Jason Zobrist, Kuhn, Thornton, Steve Leach, Brent Helmkamp, Kerry Gaultney, Unterbrink, Martin, Vince Grondzki, Dan Jacober, and Tim Koch DNS.
Champions Crowned In Four Highland Divisions
HIGHLAND IL (Sept 15, 2012) – It was Photo Billy night presented by Casey’s General Stores and night one of crowning the 2012 divisional Champions at the Highland Speedway. Champions were crowned in four of the seven divisions competing at the Speedway.
Becker Jewelers Late Models
2011 Track Champion Chad Zobrist led all 25 laps of the main event this past Saturday night. Most of the race he had Matt Weidner in the 6X hanging on to the rear spoiler of Zobrist number 78. Both drivers were running the high side around the Speedway. What they didn’t notice was Rick Salter in the 1S working the bottom. Salter started mid pack and stayed consistent on the bottom of the track. The laps ran out on Salter as he made his way around Weidner but ran short of catching Zobrist at the stripe, settling for second place, Weidner was third, Ryan Little was fourth and Mike Schulte rounded out the top five. Season Championships for the Becker Jewelers Late Models takes place next week.
HIGHLAND IL (August 18, 2012) - The tops came off and the racing action was hot as Daum Crop Insurance of Greenville presents Topless night at the Highland Speedway. Drivers at the Speedway had the option to remove their roofs so the fans could get a better view of what’s it like to drive a around the Speedway. It definitely gives a different look to the cars.
Becker Jewelers Super Late Models
Mike Schulte by winning the dash, choose the high side for the start of the 25 lap main event. Michael Kloos in the Gerstner and Son’s number 6K, by being runner up in the dash was place on the proverbial pole, inside front row. The advantage Schulte hoped for by starting outside was short lived as by the time the pair rounded out of turn two Kloos was clearly in the lead.
Kloos quickly set the pace and by lap nine the leaders were in lapped traffic. At lap ten the first five were Kloos, Schulte in the 27S, Rick “The Salty Dog” Salter in his 1S, current points leader Chad Zobrist in the 78, and Matt Weidner driving the other Gerstner and Son’s Car, the 6X.
- Kloos, Eilers, Sellers, Martintoni, Smith Jr, & Lee Wins While Harrison Sweeps
- Racing for Sat. Aug 25th, and to the end of the season
- Madison County Fair’s Challenge of Champions Scott Wernle Memorial
- Sprint Cars Return To Highland
- Leaps of Love Children Take Center Stage at the Highland Speedway
- The Street Stock and Hornet Features from July 14th will be made up on Saturday, August 25th!