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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Jesse Bitterling wins big at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Jesse Bitterling wins big at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | Jesse Bitterling enjoyed a successful night of stock car racing at Shadyhill Speedway on Saturday night, winning pretty much everything in sight at the quarter-mile dirt track, which ended its racing season.

September 28, 2014 6:30 pm
Star City's Jesse Bitterling

Star City's Jesse Bitterling

Star City's Jesse Bitterling holds the checkered flag in victory lane after he won the 20-lap Modified stock car feature race on Saturday at Shadyhill Speedway. Bitterling also won the $1,000-to-win Race of Champions.

September 28, 2014 6:19 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Shadyhill ready to close out season

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Shadyhill ready to close out season

Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville hosts its final stock car racing program of the year on Saturday.

September 18, 2014 6:30 pm
Brad DeYoung

Brad DeYoung

Brad DeYoung, shown practicing earlier this summer, leads the current Modified division standings at Medaryville�s Shadyhill Speedway and is after his first Modified crown at the quarter-mile dirt track. Shadyhill closes out its season Saturday.

September 18, 2014 6:13 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Campbell claims Illiana’s Bettenhausen 100 again

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Campbell claims Illiana’s Bettenhausen 100 again

SCHERERVILLE | Saturday night saw Brian Campbell win for the second straight year the annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 presented by Schepel GMC Commercial Truck Division Late Model stock car special at Illiana Motor Speedway.

September 14, 2014 7:15 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: Tradition of Bettenhausen Memorial 100 continues Saturday

RACING NOTEBOOK: Tradition of Bettenhausen Memorial 100 continues Saturday

Illiana Motor Speedway hosts its 53rd annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 Saturday.

September 11, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta claims season championship race at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta claims season championship race at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Anthony Danta has been fast all season long at Illiana Motor Speedway.

September 07, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Jeff Cannon

Jeff Cannon

Jeff Cannon, 2014 Illiana Late Model Champion

September 07, 2014 5:54 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: Dyer's Hennig busy on the track and in the classroom

RACING NOTEBOOK: Dyer's Hennig busy on the track and in the classroom

Dyer’s Andrew Hennig has had a busy summer, racing his open-wheel midget race car as he pursues a motorsports engineering degree.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax, local racer

August 31, 2014 5:14 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Rain halts track action at local raceways

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Rain halts track action at local raceways

Heavy rains hit Schererville’s Illiana Motor Speedway on Saturday evening just before time trials, forcing officials to cancel the track’s weekly stock car racing program.

August 31, 2014 5:15 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax drives his way inside of Jesse Bitterling during last Sunday’s Season Championship race at Plymouth Speedway.

August 28, 2014 6:59 pm
RACING NOTEBOOOK: Lomax looking for more success this season

RACING NOTEBOOOK: Lomax looking for more success this season

It has been a long, but successful, racing season for Lake Village’s Jamie Lomax.

August 28, 2014 7:00 pm
Derek Losh

Derek Losh

Derek Losh drives his way to winning the Season Championship race for UMP Modified stock cars at the Plymouth Speedway Sunday afternoon.

August 24, 2014 8:55 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Derek Losh wins at Plymouth

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Derek Losh wins at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH | Rain washed out Saturday’s scheduled Season Championship stock car racing program at the Plymouth Speedway.

August 24, 2014 8:30 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Michigan’s Ryan Ruhl wins Newton Classic at Plymouth

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Michigan’s Ryan Ruhl wins Newton Classic at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH | The powerful winged open-wheel sprint cars of the Sprint on Dirt series visited the Plymouth Speedway on Saturday night with Ryan Ruhl grabbing top honors in the 25-lap Bob Newton Classic main event.

August 17, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Ryan Ruhl

Ryan Ruhl

Racer Ryan Ruhl

August 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Ryan Ruhl

Ryan Ruhl

Turning in some practice laps, Michigan�s Ryan Ruhl prepares for a night of racing at the Plymouth Speedway. Ruhl would go on to win the Bob Newton Classic 25-lap main event for Sprints on Dirt winged sprint cars.

August 17, 2014 4:29 pm
Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart

Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart

Veteran racer Bob McLean of Hobart broad slides his Super Streets division stock car during practice at the Plymouth Speedway earlier this year. McLean is aiming for his seventh career stock car title.

August 14, 2014 7:10 pm
RACING NOTEBOOOK: Hobart’s Bob McLean trying for another championship

RACING NOTEBOOOK: Hobart’s Bob McLean trying for another championship

Bob McLean finds himself in a situation he is use to: battling for a stock car track championship.

August 14, 2014 7:00 pm
Mike White grabs first feature win at Illiana

Mike White grabs first feature win at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | The feature wins haven’t come as frequent and as many at Illiana Motor Speedway as Mike White would like.

August 10, 2014 5:00 pm
Illiana Motor Speedway

Illiana Motor Speedway

Big cars compete at Illiana Motor Speedway's half-mile dirt oval in the early 1950s.

August 07, 2014 7:17 pm
REGION RACING NOTES: Illiana Motor Speedway — a history lesson

REGION RACING NOTES: Illiana Motor Speedway — a history lesson

It is hard to believe, but Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville has been the scene of some type of motor sports activity for almost 70 years.

August 07, 2014 5:00 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Hoffman back in winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Eddie Hoffman hadn’t been in the victory picture at Illiana Motor Speedway recently, but was still in the battle for the Late Model driving championship at the local raceway.

August 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis and starter Raleigh Hinkle pose for a photo after Davis won a Late Model stock car feature race at the old Broadway Speedway in Crown Point back in 1974.

July 31, 2014 7:10 pm
Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis competes in DIRTcar UMP Modified stock car race earlier this year at Medaryville’s Shadyhill Speedway. At age 74, Davis still races part time.

July 31, 2014 7:05 pm
REGION RACING NOTES: At 74, Chesterton's Bill Davis still turns the wheel

REGION RACING NOTES: At 74, Chesterton's Bill Davis still turns the wheel

Will he ever give it up?

July 31, 2014 6:55 pm Photos

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Cannon back in the winner’s circle at Illiana

Cannon back in the winner’s circle at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Although leading the current division point standings, Jeff Cannon had not tasted victory at Illiana Motor Speedway in the Schepel Buick GMC Late Model stock car feature competition since early June.

July 27, 2014 2:00 pm
D.J. Weltmeyer carrying on the family racing tradition

D.J. Weltmeyer carrying on the family racing tradition

David James “D.J.” Weltmeyer was itching to get behind the wheel of his new Chevy Late Model stock car this season.

July 24, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer checks out a few things under his new Late Model stock car before Saturday night’s feature race at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

July 24, 2014 2:00 am
D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer

D.J. Weltmeyer 

July 24, 2014 2:01 am
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins again at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins again at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Anthony Danta is becoming a familiar figure in victory circle at Illiana Motor Speedway.

July 20, 2014 8:30 pm
REGION MOTOR SPORTS: Hammond tracks part of racing's past

REGION MOTOR SPORTS: Hammond tracks part of racing's past

Part of a fading history, racing in Hammond is part of automobile racing’s past.

July 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Nick Allen wins feature race at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Nick Allen wins feature race at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | It has been a familiar site at Shadyhill Speedway over the years: Nick Allen winning the feature race at the quarter-mile dirt track.

July 13, 2014 6:15 pm
Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen

Wheatfield’s Nick Allen in victory circle at Shadyhill Speedway. Allen won Saturday’s DIRTcar UMP Modified stock car feature race at the Medaryville dirt track.

July 13, 2014 4:28 pm
Illiana motor speedway

Illiana motor speedway

This has been the scene at Illiana Motor Speedway quite often this season: Eddie Hoffman (8) battling Jeff Cannon for the lead during Late Model feature race action at the Schererville track. The two racers are among the points leaders there.

July 10, 2014 8:07 pm
REGION MOTOR SPORTS: These track points leaders are halfway home

REGION MOTOR SPORTS: These track points leaders are halfway home

Here it is halfway or so through the local auto racing season and there are a number of close battles for track championship honors at area speedways.

July 10, 2014 7:48 pm
LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lomax wins Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Lomax wins Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | Jamie Lomax picked the right tire compound and the choice paid off in big dividends as the Lake Village racer scored the victory in the 14th annual Firecracker 50 for DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters Modified stock cars on Friday at Shadyhill Speedway.

July 06, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins Molenaar Memorial at Illiana

LOCAL AUTO RACING: Danta wins Molenaar Memorial at Illiana

SCHERERVILLE | Anthony Danta has driven fast all year long at Illiana Motor Speedway, but for one reason or another had not scored a feature win in Schepel Buick GMC Late Model stock car competition.

July 06, 2014 5:15 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax poses in victory circle after capturing the $3000-to-win Firecracker 50 at Medaryville's Shadyhill Speedway Friday night.

July 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax

Jamie Lomax keeps his Modified stock car out front and on its way to victory in Friday night's Firecracker 50 at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville.

July 06, 2014 1:21 pm
Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Michael Clark works his car at Plymouth Speedway's 3/8-mile dirt track, where the Gary diesel mechanic owns an impressive 80-point lead in the Super Streets Division.

July 03, 2014 6:44 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: Clark off to a great start at Plymouth

RACING NOTEBOOK: Clark off to a great start at Plymouth

Gary’s Michael Clark is riding high this season at Plymouth Speedway, where the 22-year-old driver leads the Super Streets division point standings at the Plymouth Speedway. Going into Saturday night’s competition, Clark holds an 80-point advantage over his nearest rival, Nathan Jordan of LaGrange.

July 03, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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LOCAL AUTO RACING: Jesse Bitterling claims first win of the year at Shadyhill

MEDARYVILLE | A new face was among the winners at the Shadyhill Speedway Saturday night.

June 29, 2014 4:30 pm
Chad Boespflug

Chad Boespflug

Chad Boespflug of Plainfield took his fourth feature win of the season at Plymouth Speedway on Wednesday night.

June 26, 2014 7:18 pm
Boespflug passes late to take sprint win at Plymouth

Boespflug passes late to take sprint win at Plymouth

PLYMOUTH |Wednesday night was Open Wheel Wednesday at Plymouth Speedway and California native Chad Boespflug captured the 30-lap main event for non-winged sprint cars.

June 26, 2014 7:06 pm
Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall

Chris Woodall enjoys victory lane after winning the opening night Turbo Stox division feature race at Illiana on May 3, one of five feature races he's checkered at the Schererville track this season. 

June 26, 2014 7:01 pm
RACING NOTEBOOK: A few bucks has gone a long way for Woodall

RACING NOTEBOOK: A few bucks has gone a long way for Woodall

Calumet City native Chris Woodall is enjoying the best season in about 15 years of stock car racing, winning five of eight feature races he has entered and leading the current Turbo Stox division point standings at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville.

June 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Rain eliminates track schedules

Persistent rain storms in the area put a damper on local stock car racing Saturday night.

June 22, 2014 2:15 pm
Stan Zolodz IV

Stan Zolodz IV

Hebron’s Stan Zolodz IV poses with his parents, Michelle and Stan, after winning his first career Legends feature race on opening night at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville. He's had three more feature wins since.

June 19, 2014 7:14 pm
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