Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — A big weekend of racing is set for Friday & Saturday at Coles County Dragway USA with the racers from all over the Midwest converging on the famed 8th-mile Dragway between Charleston and Mattoon competing in the Terry Luechtefeld Memorial Race along with the Motion Raceway Reunion.
Motion Raceway was a race track in Assumption, IL (1970-83) where many Eastern IL residents cut their Drag Racing teeth. Many of the old stars are coming out to race like: Jesse Nickel with the Paul Nickel’s 70 Ford Torino, Don O’Malley wheel standing Super Stock 64 Vetter, Gale Jenkins Super Charged Front Engine Dragster, Gene Shaffers Blown Altered, Mike Donnell Corn Feed E85 Nitrous Big Block Chevy 70 Camaro, Larry Bullock in his 67 Camaro and Larry Lyons in his “Penny Arcade” 64 Falcon (known at Motion as “406 pak”), just to name a few.
Currently in Super Pro Troy Salazar of Shelbyville, IL has a 1 point lead over Tommy Harlin of Mattoon while Walt Edwards of Charleston, IL is 2 points out of the lead and Bob Paul of Westfield, IL just two more points behind putting the top four racers within 4 points of each other.
In the Pro category Max Lang of Charleston in his 41 Willy’s has either had or shared the points lead this year and Jesse Brant (2012 Sportsmen Track Champion) of Mattoon, IL is just 2 points behind while Brad Talbert of Mattoon, IL and Kim Niemeyer of Humboldt, IL are tied for 4th just 3 points back.
In the Sportsmen Category Kassie Edwards-Wilson has dominated the field while on running in 5 of the 6 races winning 3 of those and leading by 14 points over Tony Lyons of Ashkum, IL with Andy Ruff of Mattoon, IL in 3rd and Scott Pickens of Marshall, IL in 4th.
On Friday, there will be the Paap Printing Friday Family Fun Night and Diesel Speed Repair Inc Diesel Drags. Gates open at 5 p.m. and time runs at 6 pm. The Friday Fun Night is designed to let anyone clock their car down the famed 1/8 mile where it’s always just $10 to race or watch.
On Saturday gates will open at 11 am and time runs start at 1 pm. Racing is the Summit Racing Series Race #7 featuring JT Muffler Quick 8, Super Pro, Pro, Sportsmen, Novice Street, Motion Top Eliminator, Motion Street Eliminator and Jr Dragsters. For more information on this weekend’s activity, you can check out the track web page www.ccdragway.com or call the track hotline at 217-345-7777.
Super Pro: 1. #Q352 Troy Salazar 35 pts; 2. #H324 Tom Harlin 34 pts; 3. #1011 Walt Edwards 33 pts; T4. #X302 Bob Paul 31 pts; T4 #E393 Chad Lantz 31 pts
Pro: 1. #M386 Max Lang 48 pts; 2. #11X Jesse Brant 46; T3. #333 Brad Talbert 45 pts; T3. #304W Kim Niemeyer 45; 5. #3377 Harold Wright 40 pts
Sportsmen: 1. #K85 Kassie Wilson 55 pts; 2. #31 Tony Lyons 41 pts; 3. #1165 Andy Ruff 39 pts; 4. #P367 Scott Pickens 37 pts; 5. #3906 Ron Veach 35 pts
Jr Dragsters: 1. #3255 Abby Svoboda 30 pts; 2. #3792 Blake Lee 29 pts; 3. #3261 Eric Willenborg 28 pts; 4. #3338 Carson Donnel 26 pts; 5. #3773 Kinzer Lee 25 pts