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  • Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Points Update!

    Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Points Update!

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

    (Bill W) July 27, 2021, Monroe, IA – A busy weekend saw a lot of movement.  Riley Goodno picked up his first career 410 sprint car win.  The senior to be from Knoxville, Iowa bested the field Friday in Jacksonville, Illinois.  Cap Henry and Christopher Bell won with the All Stars more »

  • Justin Henderson on a Roll with Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Justin Henderson on a Roll with Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    (Bill W) July 21, 2021, Monroe, IA – Justin Henderson is on a roll, having won the last four features contested between Knoxville Raceway in Iowa and Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota.  The schedule gets busy this week with the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by www.OpenWheel101.com!  The All Stars start more »

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  • Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Update!

    Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Update!

    Friday, June 18, 2021

    (Bill W) June 16, 2021, Monroe, IA – A busy fortnight ahead looms for the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com point race.  Fourteen year old Ryan Timms, Austin McCarl and Carson Macedo were the big winners last weekend with the series.  Timms (Jacksonville Speedway) and Macedo (Knoxville Raceway x2) became more »

  • A Few Thoughts on the Weekend!

    A Few Thoughts on the Weekend!

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    (Bill W) May 20, 2021, Monroe, IA – Congratulations to Josh Schneiderman for picking up his first career 410 win Friday at Jacksonville!  A caution late negated a pass by Joe B. Miller for the lead, so it was nail-biting time for Josh and his family the last several laps.  A more »

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  • Huset

    Huset's Opens!

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    (Bill W) May 12, 2021, Monroe, IA – Mother Nature hasn’t been the biggest sprint car fan in the Upper Midwest this spring, but Huset’s Speedway near Brandon, South Dakota got underway with their Mother’s Day opener.  Austin McCarl prevailed in that one, after leader Justin Henderson got tangled in lapped more »

  • Weekend Notes!

    Weekend Notes!

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    (Bill W) April 28, 2021, Monroe, IA – The weekend in sprint cars was an eventful one!  At Knoxville, the 360 class ballooned to 37 with several ASCS National visitors.  Scott Bogucki vied for the win, but bowed out with mechanical problems.  Josh Higday had it going, however, and drove the more »

  • Knoxville Thoughts!

    Knoxville Thoughts!

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    (Bill W) April 21, 2021, Monroe, IA – With cool temperatures forecast for last weekend, Knoxville’s opener was a bit of a mystery.  In the end, the fans were ready and showed up in force, temperatures weren’t as chilly as expected, and the pits were chockful of racecars. more »

  • 410 Iowa/Illinois Tripleheader This Weekend for Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    410 Iowa/Illinois Tripleheader This Weekend for Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    (Bill W) April 7, 2021, Monroe, IA – An exciting 410 tripleheader headlines this weekend’s activities for the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com.  On Friday, Lee County Speedway near Donnellson, Iowa will host an open 410 show, before the IRA and MOWA combine to invade 34 Raceway in West Burlington, more »

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  • Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Hits Pevely This Weekend!

    Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com Hits Pevely This Weekend!

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    (Bill W) March 31, 2021, Monroe, IA – The Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com season took off last weekend.  Though the World of Outlaws visit to US36 Raceway near Osborn, Missouri was a wash, the green flag flew at Lake Ozark Speedway near Eldon, Missouri for the Jason Johnson Classic more »

  • Supporters Sought for 2021 Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Point Fund; Over 100 410 Sprint Car Events on Schedule!

    Supporters Sought for 2021 Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Point Fund; Over 100 410 Sprint Car Events on Schedule!

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

    (Bill W) March 11, 2021, Monroe, IA – The fifth year of the Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com sprint car series is getting near!  Over 100 410 sprint car events in the Midwest are part of the schedule in 2021.  With the return of competition at Huset’s Speedway in South more »

  • Billy Brickley - Illinois Lightning Sprint Star

    Billy Brickley - Illinois Lightning Sprint Star

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    Billy Brickley – Illinois Lightning Sprint Star Originally printed June 2020 – Dirt Monthly www.dirtmonthly.com By; Ashley Zimmerman   The town of Wataga, Illinois, is one of those blink- and-you-will-miss-it kind of places. Wataga has a population of 793 people, and besides a Casey’s General Store more »

  • A Purple Heart Promoting Hope - Nick Guernsey

    A Purple Heart Promoting Hope - Nick Guernsey

    Monday, October 19, 2020

    By Ashley Zimmerman Photo By Dennis Krieger Previously published by Dirt Monthly, May 2020. www.dirtmonthly.com Often, in this business, the best stories are the stories that go untold or get lost in the busy hustle of weekly car prep, scheduling, and what went wrong the week before. The story of more »

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  • Down to Five Races with Midwest Sprint Car Series Presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Down to Five Races with Midwest Sprint Car Series Presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    (Bill W) October 2, 2020, Monroe, IA – Bill Balog won an unprecedented tenth career Interstate Racing Association (IRA) title this year.  Balog capped his season off with a pair of wins last weekend.  Friday, the win came on the half-mile Dodge County Fairgrounds, while Saturday’s victory came at the quarter-mile more »

  • Paul Nienhiser/Jake Blackhurst Win with Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Paul Nienhiser/Jake Blackhurst Win with Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com!

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

    (Bill W) September 23, 2020, Monroe, IA – Paul Nienhiser took the win at Jacksonville Speedway in Illinois Friday, and Jake Blackhurst was victorious at Beaver Dam Raceway with the IRA Saturday in Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com action last weekend.   This week, point shows include Wisconsin more »

  • What

    What's Bugging You?

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    (Bill W) September 16, 2020, Monroe, IA – This week, a guest columnist who chooses to be anonymous chimes in on several things that we all may be passionate about (I agree strongly on the PPV speed cameras).   What’s Bugging Me?   Listen, can we be more »

  • Kerry Madsen Returns to the Top of Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Standings!

    Kerry Madsen Returns to the Top of Midwest Thunder Sprints Presented by OpenWheel101.com Standings!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

    (Bill W) September 2, 2020, Monroe, IA – Kerry Madsen’s good weekend with the World of Outlaws (and Kyle Larson’s absence) set him back atop the Midwest Thunder Sprints presented by OpenWheel101.com point standings.  The three-time and defending champion currently leads Larson, Brian Brown, Rico Abreu and Bill Balog in the more »

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  • Secret Society of Sprint Invaders!

    Secret Society of Sprint Invaders!

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020

    (Bill W) August 26, 2020, Monroe, IA – The Sprint Invaders, a brainchild of Bart Schneiderman and Rusty Rogerson back before the 2002 season is still alive and well.  A 360 regional series was hatched at the time.  A number of local drivers were looking for 360 venues closer to home.  more »

  • Weighing in On Larson!

    Weighing in On Larson!

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    (Bill W) August 19, 2020, Monroe, IA – I’ve avoided it as best I can.  The comparisons of Kyle Larson’s season to some of our legends in the past started about as soon as he left NASCAR and started annihilating the open wheel competition.    I normally avoid more »

  • Huset

    Huset's Returns!

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    (Bill W) August 5, 2020, Monroe, IA – In 1954, Til Huset carved out a racetrack in the Split Rock Creek Valley south of Brandon, South Dakota.  Nearby Soo Speedway was booming at the time, and Til tried everything to keep it going.  He tried afternoons, put lights in, tried different more »

  • MOWA

    MOWA's Tenth Year/All Stars Invade!

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    (Bill W) July 29, 2020, Monroe, IA – Among the strange occurrences in 2020 has been the racing schedule.  This marks the tenth year of the existence of the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) 410 sprint car series.  In Illinois, racing has been scarce compared to the states it borders, but more »

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