OAKWOOD — Tonight’s Rumble at the River at Vermilion County Speedway will not only test the speed of the MOWA winged sprint cars but the speed of how the event runs.
VCS promoters Brian Clendenen and Brad Key are focused on cutting down the time for this season’s races.
“We learned a lot from last season and out goal is to be more efficient and get our fans home in a quick manner,” Clendenen said. “We have a new scoring system that counts the cars as it goes along the track and we are also trying to find ways to do things quickly when it comes to watering the track.”
Tonight’s race will be the third time MOWA has visited VCS in the last two years and Clendenen believes that it will bring a good crowd and a good start to the season.
“This is a chance for people to see winged sprints in the area,” Clendenen said. “Most people are familiar with World of Outlaws, but they don’t come around this area, so it is a chance to not drive far to watch some action.”
With a World of Outlaws show in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday, some WOO veterans could make an appearance tonight. In last year’s rumble, eight Outlaw racers showed up, including winner Jac Haudenschild.
There are six races scheduled for the season, including two sprint car races and the UMP Summernationals show on July 13.
“That is definitely going to be one of the shows with a lot of hype,” Clendenen said about the Summernationals event. “We hope to have a local hero (Bobby Pierce) who is racing well right now and I hope that he is following that series or at least race here in July.”
Oakwood’s Pierce has been on a roll this season with nine wins, the latest on Friday at Kankakee, with 11 top five finishes and 16 top 10 finishes enterting Saturday’s race in Fairbury.