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Local racing schedules taking shape in 2016

The 2016 St. Louis area racing season is starting to take shape with many of the tracks schedules being released.

Practice days are coming up in March for all the local tracks with races starting as early as March 12. In 2016, the area tracks are hoping for better weather than they had last season.

Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville is starting early with a $1,500 to win race for the UMP Late Models on Friday March 18. This race will have a companion race at Highland the following night also for the UMP Late Models for $1,500 to win.

This is the fifth year these two race tracks have worked together for the fans and drivers to have back to back events like this. Belle Clair Speedway is running on Friday nights again with UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Pure Stocks and Mini Sprints for the season . Some of the events will be the UMP Summer Nationals for the eighth time, POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints will have six shows again this year. The Wingless Sprint cars will race on April 15 and July 8 for the first time. Also on the Big Ten Late Models come to Belle Clair for a show April.

Visit the Belle Clair website at www.belleclairspeedway.com for more information.

Highland Speedway in Highland will be running UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and SportMods on Saturday nights. They will be part of the UMP Summer Nationals on July 9 for a $10,000 to win show for the Late Models.

Go to Highland’s website at www.highlandspeedway.com for all the information.Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway will race UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Sportsmen, UMP Pro4s and B-Mods on its weekly program on Saturday nights.

Special events are World of Outlaw Sprint cars for two shows, April 30 and August 5-6. UMP Summer Nationals on July 2 and the World of Outlaws Late Models with also run with the UMP Late Models, and UMP/MARS Challenge on August 27.

Visit www.federatedautopartsraceway.com for more information.

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 Pro4 racing on Friday nights. Tri-City will have several special events in 2016 - May 1 will be Lucas Oil Late Models, April 29 will see the Bud 50 Late Models for $10,000 to win, April 15 will have the Midwest Open Wheel Sprints, June 24 will be the UMP Summer Nationals with $10,000 to win for the Late Models, Lucas Oil Late Models returns July 10, USAC non-wing Sprint have a two day show in late July, Modified Mania returns in September, the Annual Gold Crown for Midgets is a three day show in September with $15,000 to the winner. Visit their website for more information at

More information about area racing can be found at www.tricityspeedway.net.

Midget information can be obtained at www.powriracing.com.

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