Monday, July 10, 2017

Gage Besing Memorial Set for this Weekend!

The future of micro sprint racing will be on showcase this weekend as the cars and stars of the SEMO Services JR Sprint class take to the track for the $750 to win Gage Besing Memorial.

Trevor Hertter has been on a tear lately with the wings on and looks to be the local favorite coming into the weekend, followed closely by Lane Warner and Cale Goodwin. They'll look to hold their ground as several of the nation's best JR drivers descend upon Southern Illinois Raceway.

Eric Gentry and Ryan Timms look to be a couple of stout competitors coming in to steal the show, as well as several from the Sweet Springs, MO area!

Our guest of the night will be Miss Makanda Williams of Ewing, IL. She is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, a rare brain tumor and the same that Gage battled, and is currently undergoing treatments. We're calling on all of our GREAT racers, friends and fans to help Makanda and her parents as they battle. We'll be doing our part as a track and Donating $1 for every front gate ticket sold as well as making an additioanl donation to Makanda and her parents when we pass helmets through the grandstand during intermission!

To make the night even more special, we're hosting our first ever KIDS KLUB Night! We'll have treat bags to give away to the kids, a candy drop, face painting available, t-shirts and beads to toss out for the kids, an AUTOGRAPH SESSION between hotlaps and heat races, four, 4!, bicycles to give away courtesy of Chris Beasley, Chris Cobin, Gary Pearson and SIR! and a cool trophy for some lucky kid to take home as well!

Come join us to celebrate a young man's life and to give back to another family in need!

Gates Open at 3
Pill Draw from 4-530
Driver's Meeting at 545
Hotlaps at 6
Racing at 7

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Craig Ronk Dominates at SIR for Preliminary Night Win as Andrews, Galusha, Howard, Hollan and Flud Lock-In for $10,000/Win High Banks Hustle!

By Brian Walker – Maximum Dirt
Marion, IL | June 17, 2017 – As the fifth annual High Banks Hustle raced to a start on Friday night, 130 of the nation’s best micro sprint competitors poured into the Southern Illinois Raceway. With six lock-in positions on the line, drivers would be forced to battle each other through a cutthroat round of 13 heat races, eight qualifiers, and the 30-lap preliminary feature. After an intense feature run that included hard chargers, heartbreakers, dominators and just simply phenomenal battles for position, it was none other than the 17-year old Indiana native, Craig Ronk, who parked it in victory lane on the Lightning Wings Preliminary Night presented by Maximum Dirt! Locking-In with Ronk was fellow top-six finishers Chris Andrews, Frank Galusha, Nick Howard, Harley Hollan and Frank Flud.

Opening the night with a staggering round of 13 heat races, drivers would be split up into 10-car fields based on pill draw. Taking the heat victories would be Dylan Kadous, Dustin Christie, Eric Wright, Harley Hollan, Zeb Wise, Nate Lauderbaugh, Craig Ronk, Brandon Anderson, Russ Disinger, Brandon Taylor, Cooper Smith, Matt Howard and Jason McDougal. Earning high point man honors with an incredible eighth-to-first run would be Cumming, Georgia’s Brandon Taylor.

In Qualifier action, Craig Ronk, Jason McDougal, Chris Andrews, Nick Howard, Dylan Kadous, Eric Wright, Harley Hollan and Jake Hagopian scored wins. Following those eight, 15-lappers, the field had been set and the High Banks Hustle had arguably created its most diverse feature yet. A whopping 12 states were represented in the 24-car field as Oklahoma led the way with six drivers, while Indiana and Kansas both brought three into the show and Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania all recorded two starts. Arkansas, California, Delaware, Maryland, Nebraska and Tennessee were all represented by one driver. 

Come feature time, it would be Indiana’s Craig Ronk and Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal leading the field to the green flag. After a caution for spun Eric Wright on the initial start, the second attempt went smooth and Craig Ronk stormed into the early lead. As Ronk pulled away to an early advantage and approached lap traffic, heated battles for positions lit up the racetrack as Jake Hagopian and Nick Howard engaged in an intense slider fest while Harley Hollan, Dylan Kadous and Matt Howard ran nearly three-wide for the sixth lock-in.

After a caution near the halfway point, second place running Jason McDougal appeared to have a challenge prepared for Craig Ronk, but the 19-year old Factor One Racing house driver would suffer apparent motor troubles, bringing his strong run to a heartbreaking end. 

Over the course of the final seven laps, Warsaw, Indiana’s Craig Ronk would find no trouble to stop him from leading all 30 laps and going onto secure the High Banks Hustle preliminary feature win! Driving a Brad Coleman owned Engler Machine & Tool, CS9 Chassis No. 5R, the 17-year old driver now has himself in prime position to contend for the biggest win of his career.

Finishing in the second spot was a man that is no stranger to big-time success at SIR, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Chris Andrews. Wheeling the Adri/Justin Blevins owned Sawyer Chassis No. 8, Andrews has himself lined up for a chance at the championship tomorrow, a victory that would give him and Blevins their second $10,000 triumph at SIR, and first since the 2012 “The 66.”

Closing out the podium was Lincoln, Nebraska’s Frank Galusha in the third spot. “Frankie G” charged his EMi, Stallard No. 12 from the 10th spot and was a strong challenger to Andrews for the second spot. Tonight, Galusha will be chasing a career-defining victory at the High Banks Hustle worth 10,000 big ones.

Scoring a fourth-place run, Nick Howard of Lawrence, Kansas has himself set up solidly entering tonight’s big dance. The 17-year old driver has recorded a career-best of sixth at the HBH and will look to topple that stat tonight in his Pace Chassis No. 37H.

Coming home in fifth was Oklahoma’s Harley Hollan in his Driven Midwest No. 14H. By locking-in, Hollan has secured his first-career High Banks Hustle championship feature start. Behind him in the sixth and final transfer was the defending Hustle champion, Frank Flud. After starting 15th, Flud raced his Driven Midwest No. 81 through the pack and emerged inside the top six during the final five laps.

Tonight, the racing is sure to be even more heated as the $10,000 prize and the Engler Machine & Tool High Banks Hustle championship is on the line. Hotlaps will start at 6:00 with racing at 7:00 For those not in attendance, you can watch the entire night of action at www.fastfourmedia.com for only $25!

Heat Winners: Dylan Kadous, Dustin Christie, Eric Wright, Harley Hollan, Zeb Wise, Nate Lauderbaugh, Craig Ronk, Brandon Anderson, Russ Disinger, Brandon Taylor, Cooper Smith, Matt Howard, Jason McDougal.

Qualifier Winners: Craig Ronk, Jason McDougal, Chris Andrews, Nick Howard, Dylan Kadous, Eric Wright, Harley Hollan, Jake Hagopian.

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Craig Ronk (1), 2. Chris Andrews (3), 3. Frank Galusha (10), 4. Nick Howard (4), 5. Harley Hollan (7), 6. Frank Flud (15), 7. Dylan Kadous (5), 8. Nate Lauderbaugh (11), 9. Delaney Jost (20), 10. Kyle Spence (18), 11. Jeremy Camp (23), 12. Eric Wright (6), 13. Joey Wirth (24), 14. Tyler Walton (16), 15. Kameron Morral (14), 16. Matt Howard (9), 17. Jesse Maurer (19), 18. BJ Gatewood (17), 19. Zeb Wise (13), 20. Jordan Herrman (21), 21. Jason McDougal (2), 22. Jake Hagopian (8), 23. Travis Senter (12), 24. Nathan Benson (22).
Lap Leader(s): Craig Ronk 1-30.
Hard Charger(s): Jeremy Camp +12, Delaney Jost & Joey Wirth +11.

We have 18 more spots up for grabs in tonight's $10k to win Engler Machine and Tool Highbanks Hustle Feature!


Craig Ronk, Chris Andrews, Frank Galusha, Nicholas Howard, Harley Hollan and Frank Flud all secured their birth into the finale tonight with top 6 runs in Friday night's feature.


Well redraw for the other 124+ cars and start all over tonight. 


We expect another 13 heats and 8 qualifiers with an LCQ thrown in for good measure. 


The top 2 from each qualifier will lock directly into tonight's A with positions 3 & 4 transferring to an LCQ. 


From the LCQ, we will round out our 24 car starting field with positions 1 & 2.


130+ fast race cars makes for some excellent racing and side by side action!!!


Hotlaps start at 6 and racing at 7!


Pitpass: $35/$20

Front Gate: $10/$5

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

DWARF DRIVERS AND CAR OWNERS!!!

Here is the checklist for Dwarf Car Tech. Please be up to speed on these as well as all your rules and know where you stand! You are now part of the random tech program on a weekly basis and are subject to being checked at any time!

ENGLER MACHINE AND TOOL HIGHBANKS HUSTLE REACHES 125 DRIVERS!!

125 of the nation's best have put their name down to contend for the 2017 running of the Highbanks Hustle. This year's grand prize is a nation-leading $10,000 to win and $500 to start. If you're planning to come, but just didn't get around to pre-registering or didn't want to pay until you got there, go ahead and fill out the entry form at the link below! It'll help speed things up for us during the sign in process. There's no need to pay, just keep hitting the continue/submit button until there are no more and we'll have everything we need up to next weekend where you can complete your entry by paying your drivers fee! Looking forward to seeing how packed we can make SIR! (Oh, and we've got a few good men working on extra parking!) http://www.southernillinoisraceway.org/p/2017-highbanks-hustle-entry.html