Mid-Week Promotion Sets Stage For $20,000-To-Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Spectacular On March 30-31
By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director
FARMER CITY, IL – March 24, 2012 – The fourth running of the ‘Illini 100’ will rock Farmer City Raceway on March 30-31, but the build-up to the $20,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series spectacular will begin on Tues., March 27, about a half-hour’s drive southeast of the quarter-mile clay oval.
Farmer City promoter Jeff Hammer has organized the inaugural Illini 100 Kickoff Party & Car Show for 4-8 p.m. on March 27 at the Bob Evans restaurant on 1813 N. Neil Road in Champaign, Ill., providing both diehard and casual fans an opportunity to see some of the cars and drivers that will compete in the track’s blockbuster event.
“The Illini 100 is the biggest race of the year at Farmer City Raceway and we’re trying to get the word out in a real good market for us,” said Hammer, who is beginning his second year at the helm of the fairgrounds facility’s weekly action. “The Champaign Bob Evans has joined us as a partner at the speedway this year and they’re giving us a new avenue to expose the track and the Illini 100 weekend in a very busy area just off Interstate 74 near the Market Place Mall.”
Dozens of race cars will be on display in the Bob Evans parking lot on March 27, including dirt Late Models driven by former DIRTcar UMP national champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., teenage sensation Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., Donny Walden of Towanda, Ill., and Jim (‘MoonMan’) Moon of Mt. Auburn, Ill. Hammer said WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., also might bring his machine to the Kickoff Party.
The drivers will be with their cars to meet fans and sign autographs throughout the affair, which will also feature a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, special giveaways, driver apparel sales and awards for participants (Best Appearing Car, Bob Evans Guest Pick and Longest Tow).
This year’s Illini 100 weekend will also include a $5,000-to-win DIRTcar UMP Modified event (heats on Fri., March 30, and B-Mains and 50-lap feature on Sat., March 31) and racing for Farmer City’s weekly support classes. The DIRTcar UMP Pro Late Models, Street Stocks and Hornets will run complete programs on Friday evening, and the Pro Late Models and Street Stocks will return on Saturday night to battle in regular racing cards.
Pit gates are scheduled to be unlocked at 4 p.m. for Thursday’s practice and 12 noon on Friday and Saturday, with hot laps set to start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday and qualifying to immediately follow.
The ‘Will Call’ window for ticket pickup will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and 11:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the front gates will open at 12 noon on both Friday and Saturday.
Illini 100 ticket prices (reserved and general admission) are $15 (Friday) and $30 (Saturday), with children’s tickets (ages 12-and-under) priced at $5 (Friday) and $15 (Saturday). Two-day tickets cost $40 (adults) and $20 (children) if purchased in advance, while pit passes are $25 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and $40 on Saturday with a two-day band available for $65 and a three-day band (including Thursday’s practice) offered for $85. DIRTcar members receive a $5 discount on pit-admission packages.
Seats can be reserved in advance for both nights on-line at www.worldofoutlaws.com/tickets or by calling the event hotline at 877-395-8606. Pre-race reserved-seat ticket sales will conclude at 5 p.m. on Wed., March 28, and then all tickets will be general admission.
Reserved trackside parking spots are sold out, event officials said.
More information on Farmer City Raceway is available by logging on to www.farmercityracing.com or calling 217-552-0432 (main line) or 217-552-0434 (promoter Jeff Hammer).
Points standings as of Feb. 25, 2012 (6 A-Mains completed)
|Pos.||Car||Driver||Residence||Entered||Races||A-Mns||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||F/T||Ht Wins||B Wins||Earnings||Points||Trail By|
|1||29||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||6||6||6||2||5||6||3||4||0||$43,700||864||0|
|2||1||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||6||6||6||1||4||5||1||3||0||$29,600||836||28|
|3||25||Shane Clanton||Fayetteville, GA||6||6||6||0||4||5||1||4||0||$17,050||822||42|
|4||24||Rick Eckert||York, PA||6||6||6||1||2||4||0||1||0||$25,100||814||50|
|5||1*||Chub Frank||Bear Lake, PA||6||6||6||0||1||4||0||1||0||$11,790||778||86|
|6||57J||Bub McCool||Vicksburg, MS||6||6||6||0||1||2||0||1||2||$10,000||752||112|
|7||32c||Vic Coffey||Caledonia, NY||6||6||6||0||0||2||0||0||0||$6,410||738||126|
|8||44||Clint Smith||Senoia, GA||6||6||6||0||0||1||0||0||1||$7,770||732||132|
|9||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||6||6||6||0||0||3||0||0||1||$9,890||730||134|
|10||11d||Pat Doar||New Richmond, WI||6||6||6||0||1||1||0||0||0||$7,200||688||176|