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Unzicker Invades The Land Of Lincoln

Ryan Unzicker on his way to victory in the Sunoco ALMS "The Land of Lincoln 40" at Illinois' Kankakee County Speedway Friday night. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

With the season winding down, the full-bore super late models invaded the Kankakee County Speedway for the first time in a while Friday night with Ryan Unzicker winning the $2,000-to-win Sunoco American Late Model Series The Land of Lincoln 40 event.

Baker Wins Bettenhausen 100 At Grundy

Ricky Baker keeps his No. 52 in the lead and on his way to victory in the annual Tony Bettenhausen 100 Classic at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Ricky Baker was up to the challenge and challenges there were as Baker won the Tony Bettenhausen 100 Classic late model stock car special at Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.

Schüler Memorial To Anthony Danta

Anthony Danta won the Schuler Memorial at Grundy County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

It was a night that Anthony Danta will long remember. The 30-year-old Orland Park resident was in a tight points battle for the late model track championship at the Grundy County Speedway and the final points race of the season — the Lee Schuler Memorial race was to be his final chance to either win or lose the title

Critchett Ends Winless Drought

Ending a four-year winless drought, Lamont Critchett won the 30-lap Illinois Sate Midget Championship at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Getting over a four-year winless drought, Lamont Critchett won the Illini Racing Series-sanctioned 30-lap Illinois State Midget Championship for D2-type midgets at the Grundy County Speedway Saturday night.

Knippenberg & Hoffman Share Grundy Cash

Billy Knippenberg won the first of two late model features Friday at Grundy County Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

A lot of racing took place at the Grundy County Speedway Friday night with Billy Knippenberg and Eddie Hoffman sharing victory honors in twin 30-lap feature races for late model stock cars at the third-mile paved raceway.

Iliff Shows His Stuff At Shadyhill

Joey Iliff on his way to winning the 25-lap Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified special at Indiana’s Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Beginning to make his presence known in area modified stock car racing, Joey Iliff captured the 25-lap $1000-to-win DIRTcar UMP Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals special at Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.

Mazon & Grundy HoF Inductions Set

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The 13th annual Mazon Speed Bowl and Grundy County Speedway Racers Reunion and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on Sept. 3 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.

Wallace Storms Through Kanakee County

Kenny Wallace on his way to victory in DIRTcar UMP Modified action at Illinois’ Kankakee County Speedway Friday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Kenny Wallace just loves to race and race he did Friday night as he captured the 30-lap, $1,000-to-win Summit Racing Equipment special for DIRTcar UMP Modifieds at Kankakee County Speedway.

Schuler Captures Frank Welch Memorial

Larry Schuler on his way to victory in the Frank Welch Memorial 94 late model special at Illinois’ Grundy County Speedway Friday night.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

Back in 1976, Larry Schuler was the hottest thing on the Midwestern paved track late model stock car scene, winning 43 feature races and three track championships in three states.

KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips

Stan Kalwasinski

Laverne Spencer, Mike Motherway and Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., are all trying to keep open-wheel midget racing alive in the area.

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