The temps may be cold but the news is keeping the Midwest warm during the off-season. Here is some of the latest news from the Midwest.

 

New Promoter at Grundy County Speedway

The Grundy County Agricultural District Fair Board of Directors recently announced that Ron Snow has been named the Director of Race Operations for the Morris, Illinois track. Snow will be in charge of all race activities, promotions and scheduling for their Friday night shows. Snow recently told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he is very excited and is eager to meet with different staff members and get ready for the 2015 season. Snow already announced that Bernie Myers will be the Race Director and Don Marshall will be the Tech Director. The 45th season of racing is scheduled to start on Friday, April 24th. A full schedule will be announced soon. (www.grundycountyspeedway.com)

 

Mid-American Series Announces 2015 Schedule

The Mid-American Series recently announced an 11-race schedule for their 2015 season. The season will begin on Sunday, April 12th at Rockford (IL) Speedway’s Spring Classic with the season finale at the Oktoberfest Race Weekend on October 11th at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin. The series recently went through an ownership change after Dave Grueneberg and Dawn Bierman purchased the series from Doug & Julie Strasburg at the end of the 2014 season. The new owners recently met with the teams and said that things will remain the same for 2015 and have received a lot of positive feedback so far. (www.midamericanracing.com)

 

ARCA Midwest Tour Banquet Coming Up

The ARCA Midwest Tour 2014 Championship Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, January 31st at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Tim Olson will need to have all RSVP’s sent to him by January 15th. New ARCAMT owner Gregg McKarns recently told Speed51.com that the 2015 rules packages should be out this week along with finalizing which support divisions will be part of their events this year. (www.arcamidwestour.com)

 

IRA Sprints Release a Tentative 2015 Schedule

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series recently released their 2015 season schedule with 33 events. The series did clarify that they will not be scheduling anything the weekend of June 27 with the World of Outlaws at Beaver Dam Raceway, July 4th weekend, and Saturday, August 8 through the following weekend so teams can compete at the Knoxville Nationals. (www.irasprints.com)

 

WISSOTA Board Approves Track Contracts for 2015

At their recent monthly meeting, the WISSOTA Board of Directors approved track contracts for 2015. Those include Granite City Speedway (Sauk Rapids, MN) from Sunday to Friday with WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Fours and Hornets. Miller Central Speedway (Miller, SD) got approved to change from Friday to Sunday with Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, SD) will be adding the Midwest Modified WISSOTA-sanctioned class and Casino Speedway (Watertown, SD) will add a Super Stock WISSOTA-sanctioned division. North Central Speedway (Brainerd, MN) and Princeton Speedway (Princeton, MN) were approved for WISSOTA-sanctioned Super Stocks, Street Stocks and Mod Fours. WISSOTA sanctions tracks across six States and three Canadian provinces. (www.wissota.org)

 

Columbus Motor Speedway Revved Up for 2015 Season

Columbus Motor Speedway Promoter Jeff Nuckles cannot wait for the 2015 season to start to at the Columbus, Ohio facility. The track recently handed out nearly $42,000 in post-season prize money at their awards banquet. They are finalizing a busy schedule that will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. They also made improvements to the facility, which includes additional paving and spectator fencing. Nuckles said they left the preferred inside lane alone around the .333-mile oval. But, grounded out an 18-foot wide path around the outside lane and filled it with high polymer, high traction aggregate asphalt product. They feel this will increase the traction on the outside lane and create more passing then what fans have seen in recent years. (www.columbusspeedway.com)

 

– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor.  Twitter: @KevinRamsell

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