POWRi Gearing Up For Illinois Speedweek

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POWRi is set for a busy five-race stretch during Illinois Speedweek. (Brendon Bauman Photo)
POWRi is set for a busy five-race stretch during Illinois Speedweek. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The most electric week of the year for POWRi Racing is only a few days away.

Scheduled for five nights of racing at five different tracks, the sixth annual Illinois Speedweek runs from Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16 with appearances at Belle-Clair Speedway, Fayette County Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway, Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway.

Hosting the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Engler Machine & Tool Outlaw Micro League for all five nights, fans will be treated to a thrilling week of wheel-to-wheel action.

It all begins on Wednesday with a trip to Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Ill. A high-paced, high-intensity fifth-mile bullring, Belle-Clair has been the site of many memorable and iconic moments in POWRi history. Most recently, Austin Brown conquered a May visit to Belle-Clair. Tanner Thorson enters as the defending Speedweek Midget winner at Belle-Clair.

The show moves on to Fayette County Speedway on Thursday for the second round. A quarter-mile facility located in Brownstown, Ill., last year’s Speedweek Midget race at Fayette County offered a slidejob city affair with Thorson topping Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey.

On Friday night, June 14, the third round of Illinois Speedweek takes POWRi to the Jacksonville Speedway. Known for gnarly cushions against the fence, three-story sliders and action from front-to-back, the Jacksonville, Ill., quarter-mile has given fans plenty remarkable races over the years.

Macon Speedway is the scene for the Saturday showing as the fourth round of Speedweek goes to the shortest track on the schedule. A tiny, yet enticing fifth-mile in Macon, Ill., Macon always offers a unique challenge to the Midgets and Micros with a narrow, high-banked surface that creates nail-biting side-by-side battles.

A pair of championships will be on the line at Lincoln Speedway on Sunday as the fifth and final round of Speedweek will conclude a big week. A small quarter-mile in Lincoln, Ill., Lincoln Speedway has hosted several championship deciding races, including the 2017 race when Seavey won his first POWRi National Midget feature over Michael Pickens.