The 2014 Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS) will be getting underway Saturday night under the lights at Grundy County Speedway.
This season will feature a new National Midget Driver champion as three-time champion Jim Anderson scales back his schedule to devote time with his son, Jimmy, in the quarter midget ranks. Among the early favorites to replace Anderson is Austin Prock, a four-time feature winner in 2013. Local favorites include Billy Hulbert and Brad Greenup, of Channahon; Tyler Trainor, of Streator; Ryan Probst, of New Lenox; and 2013 Rookie of the Year Nick Baran, of Plainfield. Kyle O’Gara, of Indianapolis, will be piloting the Guess Racing entry formally piloted by Anderson.
Two-time Classic Modified champion Erica Ensor will move up to the Illini Racing Series (IRS) midgets and will appear on the Saturday night program this year on at least six occasions. The competition to replace Ensor as champion of the Classic Modified Division include Tom Schnabel, 2013 Rookie of the Year Logan Weigle and Greg and Tom Wills.
Brian Tedeschi will be back to defend his title as the Legend Division champion and hopes to make it as easy as he did in 2013 when he won the title by the largest margin of any of the division. Other hopefuls with the object of unseating Tedeschi include Matt O’Leary, Johnny Kringas, Drew Higginson and Cullen Camasta.
With the slimmest of margins by one point in 2013, Mike Harrold will be tested to repeat his title run in the Minicup Division by Jayden Cave, Jaden Fryer, Brody Hayes andDallas Frueh.
The Gates open at 5 p.m., with the first race scheduled to start at 6:30. Adult ticket prices are $12, children 6 through 12 are $2, and kids 5 and under are free.