Schedule for 2006 Racing Season Taking Shape at MIS
Oregon, WI (January 15, 2006) -- The 2006 racing schedule at Madison International Speedway will take on a very different look from previous years as many changes will be occurring at Wisconsin's Track of Champions.
Fans will be seeing double at MIS in 2006 as the legendary speedplant known throughout the midwest as "Wisconsin's Fastest Half-Mile," will now be home to two tracks. Ground was broken in the fall of 2005 to install a state of the art paved quarter mile track inside the half mile oval. With the addition of the quarter mile, the weekly divisions at MIS will take on a distinctive new look in 2006.
"The half-mile is an awesome track and will continue to feature some of the best racing in the midwest. However, the cost of racing on the big track has prevented many drivers from having the opportunity to race at MIS. The installation of the new quarter mile will allow us to add some new, affordable racing divisions in addition to our ASA Late Models and Limited Late Models," said general manager Dave Grueneberg.
As a result of the new track, five weekly divisions will be featured in the 2006 season. Headlining the weekly Friday night action will be the Madison ASA Late Models. "This division has really taken off," noted promoter Steve Einhaus. Weekly car counts topped twenty-five in 2005 and car counts over thirty are expected this year. "It's very competitive racing and the quality of drivers is as good as there is anywhere," added Einhaus.
Returning to MIS in 2006 after a two year absence will be the limited late models. "There are so many of these cars around the region that we felt it was important to bring them back. They are excited about running on the big track and we expect very solid car counts," commented Einhaus. The limited late model division has a long history at Madison going back to the early 1980's.
Three divisions will battle it out on the quarter mile in 2006. After racing on the half mile last season, the Area Sportsman division will be racing on the quarter mile this year. Grueneberg explained the move by saying, "We had a very loyal group of ten drivers who supported this division week in and week out last year. We want to see more cars in this division and are confident that the move to the new track will help us meet that goal."
Two new divisions will make their MIS debut in 2006 when the Hobby Stocks and Bandits joikn the weekly show. Although new to Madison, these divisions have been very popular throughout the midwest. "These divisions will be very competitive and we are expecting very good car counts. Their addition will allow many drivers who have always wanted to race at MIS along with those who want to get into the sport an opportunity to get started in racing at Madison," said Grueneberg. "Both of these divisions are affordable for most anyone as racers can get started in the four cylinder "Bandit" division for less than $1000.00.
Weekly Friday night racing action is slated to begin on May 12. Two pre-season open practice sessions are scheduled for Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6.
The season opener is set for Sunday, May 7 when the Wisconsin Challenge Series super late models come to MIS for their first-ever visit. "We have three major super late model shows scheduled for 2006 including two visits from the WCS. This series gets better and better every year and we're excited to have them coming to MIS," said Grueneberg. The series will also come to the track on Friday, September 8.
One of the major highlights of the 2006 season will be the return of Matt Kenseth in an event promoted by RK Race Promotions set for Tuesday, June 27. Joining Kenseth for this ASA Late Model event will be Tony Stewart. Also part of this exciting racing program will be the Big Eight Series for limited late models.
Following a very successful debut last year, the USAR Hooters Pro Cup will be at MIS on Saturday, August 19.
Two ASA Late Model events will be coming to Madison in 2006 with the Northern Series visiting on Friday, August 4 and the ASA Late Model Challenge Series on Saturday, May 27.
Fans of open wheel racing will enjoy the high flying Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series when they return on Friday, June 16. Last year Illinois' Tim Cox set the all-time speed record at MIS with a lap of xxxx. Joining the sprint cars will be the first ever visit by the Ford Focus midgets.
The Mid American Stock Series will return to MIS on Friday, June 23.
Many special events are also in the works including two of the midwest's best fireworks shows scheduled for June 30 and September 8. Two "Eve of Destruction" style events are scheduled for Sunday, May 14 and Sunday, July 23.
"It's going to be an awesome year at Madison International Speedway. We are looking forward to treating the fans to one of the finest weekly racing programs along with some tremendous special events. We are looking forward to welcoming back the drivers from 2005 as well as meeting all of the new drivers who will be racing with us. The fans are in for a real treat in 2006," added Einhaus.
Madison International Speedway will also feature a new starting time for their weekly Friday night racing events when action in 2006 is set to begin at 7:30. "Our goal is to be as fan-friendly as possible and we want to be able to provide the best entertainment for the dollar and still get people home at a reasonable time," added Grueneberg.
Fans of Madison International Speedway are encouraged to check out our website at madisoninternationalspeedway.com for more information including schedule updates and rules.
Madison International Speedway is located off Highway 138 on Sunrise Road just two miles east of Oregon.