The 2015 metro-east auto racing season kicks off April 3 with a $1,500 to win “Shamrock 40” race for UMP Late Models at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow. The race was to be held this weekend, but was postponned due to the weather.
General admission is $15, with children 12-under admitted free.
There also are two local racing promoters at area tracks this year as Belle Clair Speedway will have Kenny Brown, from POWRi Midgets taking over from Belle Clair Promotions and Rick Frey is the new promoter at Highland Speedway.
The Belle-Clair Speedway race Friday will have a companion race at Highland Speedway on Saturday, also for UMP Late Models for $1,500 to win. This is the fourth year these two race tracks have worked together in a co-sponsored event benefiting local fans and drivers,
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Belle-Clair Speedway is running on Friday nights again this year with UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Pure Stocks and Mini Sprints for the first half of the season, which switch to Sundays after Memorial Day. Some of the Belle-Clair events include the UMP Summer Nationals for the seventh time and the third running of the UMP Late Models with the POWRi Midgets on May 17.
The POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints will have seven shows again this year. The Midwest Open Wheel Assoc (MOWA) Winged Sprint cars will race June 14 for the first time. The Big Ten Late Models come to Belle-Clair for two shows May 15 and July 26.
For more information visit www.belleclairspeedway.com.
Highland Speedway will be running UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and SportMods on Saturday nights again this year, with several specials planned along with the weekly racing programs.
Highland will be part of the July 4 UMP Summer Nationals for a $10,000 to win show for the Late Models. For more information visit www.highlandspeedway.com.
Tri-City Speedway in Granite City will run the same classes as last year: UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Street Stocks and Pro 4 racing on Friday nights. Tri-City will have several special events in 2015, including the Lucas Oil Late Models May 1, May 24 will see the Bud 50Late Models for $10,000 to win, July 24 is the Midwest Open Wheel Sprints and June 19 is the UMP Summer Nationals with $10,000 to win for the Late Models.
The Lucas Oil Late Models returns July 10, Modified Mania returns in September and the annual Gold Crown is a three-day show in September with $15,000 to the winner. For more information visit www.tricityspeedway.net.
Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., will race UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Pro4s and B-Mods on its weekly programs on Saturday nights.
Special events are World of Outlaw Sprint cars for two shows May 2 and August 7-8, UMP Summer Nationals on June 27, UMP/MARS Challenge on Aug. 29 and the St. Louis Showdown Late Models on September 19. For more information visit www.I55raceway.com.