Thursday, April 10, 2014

Due to extremely wet track conditions and unfinished projects that are essential to on track activities, we will be canceling practice for Saturday, April 12.

We will be holding a work day, however, to finish up as much if these projects as possible.

Thank You,
Southern Illinois Raceway

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Practice Night is Coming!
Just a few more days until we can hopefully see some track time, that is, if we don't see any more rain!

We'll also be working on the remaining projects left around the track before practice starts. come on out and help us make this place look awesome!

Practice will begin at 6 pm and will run until 9 pm on 4/12/14.  We will post on Facebook first and then on this website as soon as possible if the event is rained out.

Cost will be $10 to enter the pits for both driver and crew, grandstands will be free.


Southern Illinois Raceway will now be guaranteeing $500 to win on all OFF POWRi nights in the Wing Outlaw class!!! We hope to see this class grow on these nights!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Check out the new flag stand we have this year to help our fans see better! Big thanks to the Maiers for building it!!! Also, look in the background....we are adding some banking back into the track!!! Hopefully it will be even faster in 2014!!!

Southern Illinois Raceway is pleased to announce the Micro Sprint Nation hard charger award for the Sawyer Chassis Highbanks Hustle presented by Lightning Wings! Jimmy Miller with Micro Sprint Nation has stepped up and sponsored the hard charger award this year. The driver that advances the most positions in the A-Main on Saturday night of the Hustle will receive $100 in cold hard cash!

As announced a couple of days ago, Jimmy and Micro Sprint Nation will be in full force filming on demand content at both of our POWRi National Micro Sprint races on July 26th and October 4th. Jimmy has done a lot for micro sprint racing in the last year and we are proud to have him on board with the Sawyer Chassis Highbanks Hustle presented by Lightning Wings!

As a reminder the dates for the Hustle are practice June 19th, Prelim Night June 20th, and final night June 21st. The rain date is slated for June 22nd. We hope to see everyone come out and see some of the best racing all summer

Southern Illinois Raceway is proud to announce some added excitement to our 2 POWRi Speedway Motors Nationals Micro Sprint races in 2014. Not only will the best Wing Outlaw racers in the midwest be in the house to duke it out on the Highbanks July 26th and October 4th, but Jimmy Miller with Micro Sprint Nation will be at SIR those nights taping the action and other content for on demand viewing!

Jimmy has done a great job helping to promote micro sprint racing in the last year! We could not be more excited and proud to have him down to SIR to help get our track and micro sprint racing even more exposure. Head on over to Jimmy's Facebook page "Micro Sprint Nation" and give it a like to keep up with all of the work he will be doing this summer.

The POWRi races at SIR will be normal general admission prices (6 years old and under FREE, 7-12 $3, Over 12 $7), however pit passes will be $30 for those 2 nights. We hope to see everyone come out to see some great POWRi racing this year. Who's ready for race season?!

Monday, March 10, 2014

SIR is proud to release the 2014 Highbanks Hustle logo done by Rich Forman of Rich Forman Photos / 1 Vision Graphics.

We would like to thank Sawyer Chassis and Lightning Wings for their support of the 2014 Hustle!

Here are the dates for the 2014 Sawyer Chassis Highbanks Hustle Presented by Lightning Wings:

Thursday June 19th - Open Practice from 6-9pm
Friday June 20th - Night One
Saturday June 21st - Final Night

Entry forms will be released in the next couple of days and can be found on

For more information, please visit the above website or contact Jake Palmisano at or by phone at 618-713-3987

The Car Show at Illinois Star Centre Mall will be held next Saturday and Sunday 3/15-16.

Drivers/owners: move in will be Friday at mall closing (9pm) at the large overhead door near Dillards. Move out will be Sunday at mall closing (6pm). Please disconnect your batteries and drain your fuel.  Whether or not your car is ready to participate in the show, we invite everyone out to speak with mall goers about the track and invite them to come out.  Some cars will be available for children to pose for pictures in as well.

Fans: Come see the new paint schemes for 2014 and look for your chance to win free passes!!  
Some cars will be available for children to pose for pictures in as well. 

Southern Illinois Raceway is excited to announce a partnership with Doe Run Raceway in Doe Run, MO for two weekends in the 2014 racing season! The “SIR/Doe Run Double Down Challenge” will offer a $200 bonus to one driver on both of the weekends. Drivers will race at Doe Run Raceway on Friday night for $300 to win and $40 to start in the Winged Micro class. The drivers will then be given points based on their finishes on Friday night. Then, on Saturday night drivers will head to the Highbanks of Southern Illinois Raceway to run for $300-$500 to win (10-15 cars = $300, 16+ cars = $500) in the winged outlaw class. The drivers will again be given points based on where they finish. The driver with THE MOST POINTS from the 2 nights of racing will then receive a $200 bonus in addition to the normal payout they received both nights!

The points system used will start at 200 points for 1st place and decrease by 10 points per position, with everyone that starts the feature receiving at least 10 points.

The “SIR/Doe Run Double Down Challenge” will take place on the weekends of June 13th/14th and August 22nd/23rd. These weekends will be two great weekends of racing in Missouri and Illinois for micro sprint racers. The weekend of June 13th/14th is the weekend before the 2nd edition of the Sawyer Chassis Highbanks Hustle presented by Lightning Wings at Southern Illinois Raceway that pays $5,000 to win/ $250 to start in the wing outlaw class. This will be a great chance for wing outlaw micro racers to tune up for the big race and run for a little extra cash. The weekend of August 22nd/23rd is the opening weekend of the 5 race SIR “Boss Chassis Chase for the Chassis” for the wing outlaw class. So, the environment should be great for racers wanting to run for a little extra cash that weekend as well!

Southern Illinois Raceway would like to thank Bobby and LD Johnson for working with us these weekends in 2014! We hope to see tons of racers and fans come out and support both race tracks those weekends. We feel that it is going to take tracks working together like this to help grass roots racing continue to grow and thrive.

For more information about Doe Run Raceway you can head to their website: or visit with them on Facebook. For more information about SIR you can head to our website at or continue to check our Facebook page. Who do think will win the Double Down Challenges???

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Southern Illinois Raceway would like to extend a warm welcome to its season long Jr. Sprint Sponsor, Stricklin Farms Hunting Club!

Stricklin Farms Hunting Club is located in Stonefort, Illinois. It is one of the premiere duck and goose hunting clubs in Southern Illinois. Anyone wanting to do some duck and goose hunting can give them a call at 618-777-2877. Stricklin Farms Hunting Club will also be providing a trophy to the winner of the Jr. Sprint class every night in 2014!

In 2013 the Jr. Sprint class had anywhere from 2-3 cars on a given night. However, in 2014 we expect that number to be 3-4 at the start of season and we hope it can grow from there. Jr. Sprints are the class that introduces the future of our sport to racing. Anyone interested in getting a young one involved in Jr. Sprint racing can contact the SIR Facebook page.

Chance Duty won the 2013 season championship in the Jr. Sprint class and will return in 2014 to try to repeat after representing SIR very well at the Tulsa Shootout recently by almost making the feature! We also have a special race for the Jr. Sprints planned in 2014 but the date has to be moved due to a scheduling conflict with the MOKAN series. The new date and payout information will be announced later this offseason!


Southern Illinois Raceway is proud to announce yet another year of partnership with the great folks at Prairie Farms Carbondale in 2014. Prairie Farms has been a long time supporter of SIR, giving away things almost on a nightly basis during intermissions to our race fans. This year the folks at Carbondale Prairie Farms have stepped up even more by sponsoring our Non Wing Outlaw class for the 2014 season!

Farmer-owned Prairie Farms Dairy has provided the freshest, highest quality dairy products for over 70 years. Their brand following is substantial as a leader in the dairy market.

Over 700 farms strong, the knowledge and dedication of Prairie Farms’ farm families is represented in their full line of retail and foodservice dairy products. Prairie Farms network of local manufacturing plants and branch offices enables highly efficient, dairy fresh distribution throughout Mid-America and the South. From farm to family... Prairie Farms’ foundation is built upon products of uncompromising quality. The Carbondale location is located at 742 N Illinois Ave and their phone number is (618) 457-4167. SIR would like to extend a big thank you to the fine folks at Carbondale Prairie Farms for helping make our 2014 season to be a special one!

In 2013 the Non Wing class always had over 10 entries and was very competitive. Tony Lawrence of Cambria, IL took home the track championship in a tight battle with Royalton, IL's Chris Cobin. Tony will be back in 2014 as well as Chris to duke it out. However, with guys like Chris Hunter and Matt "The Fox" Veatch lurking will they be able to finish at the top of the points standings again? The highlight of the year for the non wing class in 2013 was the 6th Annual Terry Sprague Memorial that paid $2,500 to win, with Jake Neuman topping the 51 car field!

This year the Prairie Farms Non Wing Outlaw class will be featured once again in the 7th Annual IKE Honda Terry Sprague Memorial on August 1st & 2nd. However, this year the top prize will be $5,000 to win in the expanded 2 day format, which is the highest paying non wing race in the country! SIR is also exploring other specials for the Prairie Farms Non Wing class during the 2014 season!