MORRIS – Labor Day Weekend will be full throttle and wide open at the Grundy County Speedway. The weekend starts tonight, with Fan Appreciation Night, a salute to the speedway’s loyal fans, featuring $2 off admission from 5:30 to 7 p.m., free popcorn for kids 12 and under, $2 pizza slices from Sam’s Pizza plus an HD television and 2015 season pass giveaways.
A full exciting four-division stock car program is on tap for the final Friday night of the year plus spectator drags. Saturday’s festivities start at noon with the annual Racers Reunion featuring thousands of old pictures and memorabilia plus inductions in to the Hall of Fame, and a full program of Stars Promotion open wheel Midgets that evening, with race time at 6:30 p.m.
The 38th annual Night of Features takes place Sunday with a special start time of 6:30 p.m., featuring six division features – Illini Midgets, INEX Legends, Illiinois Truck & Equipment Late Models, McMahon Transport Group MidAm Sportsman, Street Stocks and STARS Promotion Four Cylinders. The night will be highlighted by a 61-lap Lee Schuler Memorial Late Model feature, and fireworks by the Mad Bomber.
The gates open at 5:30 p.m. today, with time trials set for 6:45 and the first race getting the green flag at 8 p.m. Four division feature races will highlight the program, including Super Late Model, MidAm Sportsman, Street Stocks, and 4 Cylinders. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and children 11 and younger are free. There is also free parking.
For the Sunday Night of Features plus fireworks, the gates open at 3:30 p.m. with time trials set for 5 p.m. and the first race getting the green flag at 6:30 pm. The rain date is Monday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and children 11 and under are free. There is also free parking. For information, call the speedway at 815-942-5043 or go towww.grundycountyspeedway.com. The track is at 8890 N. Route 47, one mile north of Interstate 80 at the Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris.
Morris Early Bird Invitational: In the boys race Wednesday, LaSalle-Peru finished first with 44 points, followed by Morris (50), Pontiac (58), Streator (103), Plano (118) and Seneca. Jacob Wantland finished fourth to lead Morris. Other Redskin placers were Jake Hesslau (12th), Al Alvarez (13th), Tristan DeGrush (15th) and Austin Stacy (24th). In the girls race, Seneca won the title with 68 points, followed by LaSalle-Peru (80), Chicago Christian (106), Ottawa Marquette (118), Morris (140), Aurora Christian (142), Fieldcrest (145), Plano (183), Streator (199), Pontiac (210) and Sandwich (215). Mya Shannon was Morris’ top runner, taking third place. The next Redskin finishers were Meghan Smith (20th), Maria Blanco (25th), Katherine Gallick (47th), Emily Burling (52nd) and Alexis Holcomb (53rd). For Seneca, Eva Bruno took third, with Carina Collet finishing fourth. Sarah Virgo was 14th, with Sarah Cameron taking 15th and Lexi Bogren 35th
Morris soccer: In Wednesday’s Morris Daily Herald story about the Morris boys soccer game against Leland, Luke Rodriguez was misidentified as Nick Rodriguez and Brian Haldorson was misidentified as Brad Haldorson. The Morris Daily Herald regrets the errors.