By Tyson Graves (RPM Writer)
(April 4, 2019) - Tomorrow night the 2019 race season kicks off at the famed 1/4 mile high banked oval named Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. After a rain out twice last spring the season will get kicked off with the tracks highest paying event of the season, the Illini 100. The special event put on by the World of Outlaw Dirt Late Model Series is one of the biggest events in the Midwest for dirt late model racing. Over the years this event has put on some the best races that will live on in fans lives forever. We look back to the unbelievable 2010 finish won by Billy Moyer, the Sunday afternoon thriller won by Brian Shirley in 2017 and we can only imagine what this year's race might have in store for us.
Farmer City is on the upswing from years past, Lance Spieker the tracks promoter who took over the duties in 2013 has had a dream to return the track to its former glory it once was. Lance has set a vision and established a great crew of workers at the track to see his vision become a reality. His hard work has not gone unnoticed as in January he was awarded the highest award any track promoter in the Midwest would like to get, the UMP Dirtcar National Promoter of the Year honor. Lance said, "I was not expecting this at all, I was hoping to hear Farmer City called as the track of year or something like that but never promoter of the year." "I would not be getting this award if it was not for the hard work off the entire staff at the track. It is everyone doing what they do from track prep to those who are selling food and taking tickets." Lance understands it takes a team to make Farmer City successful and he has done just that.
Lance looks to grow on the track successes of 2018. Some of those successes showed up on the track as 2 of the seasons biggest races came down to last lap passes and ended up on the DirtonDirt.com best finishes of the year. The track seen legend Billy Moyer win another Summer National race and we also seen the Midwest Stock Car Tour "Race of the Year" dubbed the "What Up Dog 40" go 40 laps caution free.
Farmer City is one the few remaining Illinois tracks that run the Super Late Model on a weekly basis. In today's sport with increasing costs it is difficult to accomplish this. But with a decent field of cars supporting the track weekly and the support of all the tracks sponsors Farmer City is able to make this happen. The track will also run UMP Modified's weekly along with the Late Model Crate division and Street Stocks. Once again the Hornets and B-Mods will rotate on and off each week as the 5th class in the racing programs.
The 2019 track schedule is a full one with many of the best series around making stops at the 1/4 mile oval. After the World of Outlaw Late Model Series the next big event will be the Farmer City 74 in May that will bring the Mars & ALMS Late Model series to town for a $10,000 to win show. Also in the month of May the American Modified Series will come for a Memorial Day weekend special. Some of the funnest Friday nights at the track come in the month of June with Vintage night and Fan appreciation night with Fireworks the weekend before 4th of July. Things heat up in July with the return of the Summer Nationals tour on July 5th chasing a $10,000 payday. Also in July the 9th Annual Jr Kimler Memorial and Go-Kart racing during the fair week. And in August the season will close out with the What Dog 40 Street Stock special that went 40 laps no cautions last year and the season finale on August 30 with the American Ethanol Late Model Tour and American Modified Series in a labor day special.
Be sure to check out farmercityracing.com for all the details, news and results throughout the 2019 season. Also give them a follow on their Facebook page, Twitter page @FarmerCityRacin and Instagram @farmercityracing74.