“Raminator” Joined By Five Classes Of Action
Lincoln IL Speedway comes back to life this coming Friday, July 29 with the Raminator Monster Truck and five divisions of racing action. Joining the 10 foot tall, 12.5 foot wide car crusher, will be the UMP Pro Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Kidmodz, POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets, and UMP Hornets. It’s the final race before the Logan County Fair, which begins at the facility on Sunday, July 31.
Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is presenting the Raminator Monster Truck show at the track after having it on display at their dealership throughout the day. Fans are more than welcome to stop by between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Friday afternoon to check it out up close and in person before heading to the race track. The truck, itself, will be escorted by the Lincoln Police Department from the dealership to the racetrack between 4:30 and 5:00. The anticipated car crush will take place at intermission of the evening’s show.
When it comes to the racing portion of the show, the UMP Modifieds head back onto the track with Mason City, IL driver, Brian Flynn leading the standings by a huge margin. He has done so with great performances over the last few races. Lynn now has three of the seven wins this season. Curt Rhodes, of Taylorville, IL, is second in the points, while Allen Weisser has claimed a win and is third. Kewanee, IL driver, Ray Bollinger is fourth in points with three wins and Austin Lynn sits fourth.
In the UMP Pro Late Models, Springfield, IL driver Jake Little currently leads the standings at the track, followed by Clinton, IL’s Roben Huffman, Matt Taylor, and Brandon Eskew in the top four. Amazingly, none of those drivers have claimed a feature win this year. New Berlin, IL driver, Nick Bauman, last year’s track champion, is fifth in points and is the only driver to have claimed more than one win in the division this year. Bauman has two wins, while Brian Lynn, Guy Taylor, and Cory Daugherty each have one.
There will be a second Modified class on hand Friday night, as well. It will be the Kidmodz division, a class which features youngsters between the age of 11 and 14 running full size Modifieds with less powerful engines. While the class runs once a year at Lincoln’s sister track, Macon Speedway, it’s been a while since the class has made a trip to Lincoln.
The best average car counts come from the POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets Presented By Nutech Seed. Currently, Belleville, IL driver, Tyler Vantoll, leads the track points by just ten over Patrick Bruns, who leads the POWRi Lucas Oil DII national standings. Vantoll is winless at Lincoln, while Bruns has taken three Lincoln wins. Bruns, from Champaign, IL, has taken eight wins in 17 features on the national tour, while Vantoll follows him in the national standings by 280.
Rounding out Friday’s divisions are the UMP Hornets. The class, which has seen some resurgence in 2016, has Matthew Mackey atop the standings by 24 over Jerad Matherly. Mike Eskew has claimed a win and is third in points, while last year’s champion Cook Crawford is fourth and Bob Sanders is fifth. Adam Webb has claimed two wins and Oscar Tipsword has one to round out this year’s winners.
Pit gates open Friday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, competitor pill draw ends and the driver meeting begins at 6:00, hotlaps begin at 6:20, and racing will take the green at 7:00. Grandstand admission is just $12 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.
For more information on the track, follow Lincoln Speedway online at www.lincolnspeedwayil.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LincolnILSpeedway), and Twitter (@LincolnILSpdwy). Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.
Lincoln Speedway is located at the Logan County Fairgrounds, in Lincoln, IL. The physical address is 1408 Short 11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Lincoln Speedway races a number of UMP classes as well as specials on a near bi-weekly schedule of Friday and Sunday evenings.
CURRENT STANDINGS (TOP 10’s)
UMP Pro Late Models
POWRi/Illini D-II Midgets Presented By Nutech Seed