U.M.P. DIRTcar Racing


St. Louis Area Race Tracks Ready for Big Weekend Featuring Midwest's Top Racers


...I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO & Highland (IL) Speedway Bookend Super Late Model Events During August 25th-27th 'Valvoline Tri-State Challenge'

St. Louis, MO  (Aug. 21)   High speed drama returns to St. Louis this weekend as the most talented short track aces from the Midwest go head to head in the annual 'Tri-State Challenge'. Two local tracks will bookend the three-race super late model weekend as drivers will take the green flag at Highland Speedway this Thursday night in the first of three nights offering $5,000 to win events which concludes Saturday at I-55 Raceway. The drivers of the MARS and UMP late model sanctions will travel to Paducah, Kentucky for the Friday evening portion of the 'Tri-State Challenge' before returning to St. Louis in the weekend's battle royal at I-55 Raceway in Pevely.

Last year Batesville, Arkansas ace Billy Moyer swept the tour events at Paducah International Raceway and I-55 Raceway. With big money on the line in the trio of races, expect all the big guns to unload for the week's action. Moyer also won earlier this summer at Highland Speedway. Drivers from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and other Midwest locations will roar to life in the special weekend. Last year's battle at I-55 Raceway saw Moyer go head to head with the likes of traveling hot shoes Shannon Babb, Terry Phillips, Dennis Erb, Jason Feger, Wendell Wallace, Randy Korte, Jack Sullivan and a host of other Missouri, Illinois and states in the region. Those veterans will likely face a tough field of young guns led by the likes of Brandon Sheppard, Mike Spatola, Chad Zobrist and Ryan Unzinker among others. Tickets for Saturday night's Valvoline Battle Royal of the 'Tri-State Challenge' are available online at www.i55raceway.com or by calling the I-55 Raceway office at (636) 479-3219. I-55 Raceway is located alongside Interstate 55, just south of St. Louis at Exit 180 in Pevely. Grandstand and Pit gates will open at 4:00 pm on Saturday with overnight camping available Free of Charge. Kids 12 and Under are admitted Free into the Grandstands. In addition to the Super Late Model events, fans will be treated to action in the UMP Modified, Sportsman, Pro-4 and Factory Stock divisions

Thursday night's weekend opener at Highland Speedway presented by Kettle River Furniture will kick off the three night blitz at the Madison County, IL Fairgrounds. UMP Modifieds will also be in action in the special Thursday night of racing. Gates open at 4:00 pm Thursday at Highland Speedway with General Admission Grandstand tickets sold at the gate, Kids 12 and Under admitted Free in the Grandstands. Additional event information is available at the track's web site, www.highlandspeedway.com

The Friday night portion of the triple-header weekend will see the drivers challenge the high banks of Paducah International Raceway in the annual USA World 50.  Racing gets underway at 7:30 Friday night the Paducah, Kentucky track. Tickets will be available at the gates on Friday with complete event details available at www.paducahracing.com

I-55 Raceway also reminds all fans that Reserved Seating tickets for the September 17th 'Pepsi Nationals' featuring a return of the World of Outlaws are now available by calling the track office or ordering online at www.i55raceway.com

Track Guidelines

Highland Speedway reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone.

Drivers must be 14 years of age to race at the Highland Speedway. Drivers 14 and under must have permission from the track to race in the DIRTcar UMP Late Model, DIRTcar UMP Modified,  DIRTcar UMP SportMod division and DIRTcar UMP Street Stock division.

Minor drivers must have BOTH parents or legal guardians sign a minor release form for the driver to enter the race track. Minor drivers will sign the minor form each week during sign in at the pit shack. 

Each driver must enter their car to race every night. Every car that races must have a pit pass for the driver.