Aug 30th - Pit Stop - No racing
Sept 6th - Championship Night
UMP Modified tire rule - No D's.
Faust Starts Mid Season Charge With Second Win In A Row
(July 10 2010) HIGHLAND IL – This past Saturday The Highland Speedway provided today’s generation of fans a chance to see the tradition that the Highland Speedway was built upon; it was 70’s night presented by Agri Pride FS Inc. Racecars provided by The Gateway Vintage Race Cars raced the Speedway allowing the Highland fans, young and old, a taste of yesteryear. This event was coupled with a 70’s dress contest which was won by Highlands first “Streaker”.
The night featured a winner in the UMP Late Models, whose family has had a long tradition of racing at the Speedway. Mark Faust of Breese IL, whose dad, brothers, uncle and cousin have all raced at the Highland Speedway, claimed his second feature win of the 2010 season.
Current point’s leader, the “Highland Bulldog”, Chad Zobrist, fell victim to a bad pill draw to start his heat race and that led him to a 10th starting spot on the grid in feature. All of which made it a very tough night on the driver of the 78. His worst encounter happened on the second restart of the feature when the Bull Dogs Super Late Model received the worst end of a multi car pile up in between turns one and two. With help from the Speedway’s safety crew the blue and white 78 of Zobrist was able to continue on, and continue on he did. By lap fifteen Zobrist managed to make it to the fourth spot. With the 30 of Alhambra IL’s Mark Voigt ahead of him in third and the 27 of the “Summerfield Gear Jammer” Mike Schulte sitting in second.
Faust driving his familiar number 51, jumped out to an early race lead, while several race cautions bunched the field, the 51 was never seriously challenged for the lead. The race ended with Faust wining his second feature of the season, Schulte ran a good second, Voigt was third, Zobrist gave it all he could but unfortunately ran out of laps finishing fourth, and John Beck from Springfield IL, rounded out the top 5.
The win by Faust cuts ever so slowly into the points lead currently held by last years Champion Zobrist. Things are definitely are getting interesting in the Late Model Points standings.
Things are really starting to heat up in the Steve Schmitt Modifieds, less than one hundred points are currently separating the top four cars. Adding to the mix, that last years Class Champion Jim Werner might have found his mojo, there still is a lot of racing left in the 2010 for him to make the charge to the front and the Championship is anybody’s to claim.
Werner won his first regular race of the 2010 season this past Saturday night and his second of the year, (his first came during the UMP summer Nationals). Starting from the front row the driver of the 44 from Butler IL held off a hard charging Mike Harrison, Steve Ellison in the 00, Brian Bielong, who has quietly snuck into the top five in points, and the E55 of the Racing Realtor, Chad Sellers who sits second in the point’s standings.
Russell Eilers continues his dominance in the Sportsmen category. While the numbers have dwindled the racers that do come to do battle against the 8E are giving an excellent example of how interesting this class is. The battle between the 23 of Dennis Werner, the 1 driven by Robbie Eilers and the 88 driven by Rob Lee allowed the 8E to race to his 7th checker of the season. Russell’s younger brother Ryan finished 5th.
TJ Eilers from Troy IL captured his first win in the Street stock Division and Bob Zbinden also grabbed his first checker of the 2010 season in the Factory Stock Class.
Tuesday July 13th is a test and tune at the Speedway, $15.00 is the charge for a pit pass while admission to the Grandstands is free.
Saturday July 17th is Lee's Loan and Jewelry Diamond Dig, besides all the great racing action one lady will have come away with being a "Gold Digger'. A pile of sand will be placed on the front stretch of the raceway, buried in the middle will be a sizable diamond provided by Lee's Loan and Jewelry of Highland. Ladies, sign up at Lee's Loan on the square in Highland for a chance to dig for a diamond at intermission.