Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville Speedway is located in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Racing at this location contains: 1/4 mile high-banked dirt oval.


 

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Head over to DirtonDirt for today's #TBT video from the 2012 DirtCar Summer Nationals at Jacksonville Speedway. — www.dirtondirt.com/catchall.php

(📸 Jim DenHamer)
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The plan has been to release a full 2nd half schedule on July 1st. Not knowing how restrictions are going to play out months in advance that's just not possible.

What we do know is that we will begin racing on Sunday July 19th. I do expect to announce classes for all July events on the 1st. We will race the 19th, 24th and 31st in July unless things shuffle in the next few days.

We are gaining clarity on what our crowd restrictions will look like in mid to late July. That will have a big bearing on what we can and can't do. At Stage 4 20% capacity we can make enough work to open the doors on those nights. It might result in us having to make a few more changes as to what is racing when.

Obviously unless something changes, the deeper into the season we can push events that require a big crowd to be viable the better. We aren't going to cancel or move anything just because it might not be wildly profitable. We are more than willing to have events that are relatively revenue neutral or even a little upside down. We just can't have events where we know going in that there's no possible way to come close with the crowd size we are allowed at a given time. Those are the bad decisions that will quickly kill a race track.

We continue to be in close contact with those giving us guidance and we don't plan to step far out of their comfort zone after having come this far. Understand that things will just have to be a little different in the heart of Jacksonville vs a rural track not surrounded by population.

Hopefully things continue to progress to where everything we had planned is viable at some point this season. We just can't make those calculations more than 3-4 weeks in advance because nobody really knows how much better or worse things will be that far out.

With that in mind, we think that within days we can tell you exactly what we can pull off in July and hopefully by mid-month have a good read on August. That's just the way it has to be in 2020. The alternative is to do nothing - and we don't like that alternative. Stay tuned and with your patience it'll all work out. Trust me that every single day we have conversations intended to do the most in the few months we have left as is possible and responsible.
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We indicated that we would have a full schedule out at the first of July. Unfortunately we are going to have to take things a month at a time right now.

For July our original schedule remains in tact as it was scheduled back in January. We will begin our season on Friday July 17th at Lincoln Speedway, then Saturday July 18th at Tri-State Speedway- "The Class Track". On Friday July 31 we will be at Jacksonville Speedway and Saturday August 1st at Macon Speedway.

We expect the remainder of our schedule to remain in place as originally scheduled. We are only hoping to add a couple of events in August/Sept if possible, but it's still to early to make firm plans with tracks that far in advance. We will be communicating with teams within the next week about how we plan to handle points/points fund etc.

Questions? Text Kenny at 217-371-3653.
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#HellTour🔥 News: Revised 2020 Summer Nationals / #SummitMods schedule released; kickoff July 8 at Brownstown Speedway!

Read more 👇https://dirtcarsummernationals.com/news/dirtcar-summer-nationals-to-launch-july-8-with-26-races/
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Update on our plans at Jacksonville Speedway.

We plan to have our first racing event with fans on Sunday July 19th and thereafter have a fairly full 2nd half of the 2020 season. We expect to still have our All Star Circuit of Champions event on Friday July 24th. We are working at rescheduling our other big events that were cancelled the first half of the season. We will also be reworking the classes and dates we will race - so ignore our original schedule. It will all be re-worked and released around July 1. Our lease for "crowd" events begins July 15th this year and can extend a little later than normal if needed.

Truthfully, much of what we do will depend on how financially viable different options are given restrictions, sponsorships and fan desire to attend. We will be reaching out to sponsors in the coming week to get a feel for how things are looking on their end. If your business has any desire to see how race track advertising/sponsorships can work for you, this shortened season might be a great way to give it a try with a lower investment than normal.

We will continue working with our local health officials to put plans together for different events in a way that makes them work for everyone. There's no doubt that this will be a year that challenges everyone in spectator sports. We will do our best to put a season together that is both entertaining and safe for everyone. Stay tuned, but circle July 19th as our return date at Jacksonville Speedway.
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June 9, 2000 Jacksonville, IL (0.215d) 1 Danny Smith (Baker 4) $2000, 2 Paul May 71m, 3 Tim Montgomery (Poole 79), 4 Jim Moughan (Long 1m), 5 Tony Weyant 38. DNQ Kraig Kinser 11k. 410w ...

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From the looks of the number of text messages on my phone I suppose it's easier just to make a post about our plans. By now I assume you've seen that most tracks surrounding us have made the decision to open this weekend with fans in the stands. Good for them and good for Central Illinois racers and fans that will have an opportunity to watch racing nearby.

We will not be racing this weekend at Jacksonville Speedway and most likely not next weekend either unless something significant changes. Every race track and community has different circumstances. For some the time is right to open. For us I could spend paragraphs and paragraphs explaining why the time isn't right for us under the circumstances peculiar to our track and community.

I like to feel like we have played a small role being a sounding board and advocate for the tracks that now find themselves in a position to race. So it's not like we are in any way against those that are now "going for it". We fully support what they are doing. I would hate to count the number of hours we've spent over the past few months with other promoters talking to tracks, sending emails, texting, being on phone conferences, making calls, proposing rules etc. The work the tracks have collectively put in working together is paying off by some being in a position where they feel comfortable with the potential outcomes and the circumstances of their community.

This is no longer really a Pritzker thing or State thing that people want to gripe about - so save it. This is about consultations with health officials on a local level and assisting them in fulfilling their mission and obligations. It's about when other businesses in town are being asked/required to "play by the rules" that the race track doesn't do what others, including friends and sponsors aren't allowed to do by stepping outside of the lines. It's about some of our older fans that stay quiet because it's not cool to act afraid - but do remain a little afraid but deserve to be sitting here comfortably the day we open. It's about having fun and normalcy when we return to racing, not face masks, thermometers, and arms-length socializing. It's about making sure we are here in the coming years, not just in the coming weeks. It's about a lot of things that are truly unique to where we live, the reason we do this in the first place, and the people we share a town with. It's not about being first, or gutsiest or proving who has the biggest [insert whatever word comes to mind]. It's about doing what's right for "us" - which very well might be different than what's right for "them".

A month ago we said we won't be the first to open. That's still true today. We do think that in the very near future we will be able to again enjoy our Friday nights in comfort at our local speedway. Until then, if you can't wait to get your fix of racing or watching - please visit one of our nearby tracks that are in a position to open the doors to fans and racers.

What we are confident about is that we can finally see that we will be racing this year and for a substantial portion of our remaining season. That's a good thing and much better than where we thought we were a few weeks ago. Hang tight. Racing will return soon to Jacksonville Speedway.
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Reminder that we are having practice this Friday night starting at 6. We still have spots available. Text Kenny at 217-371-3653 to reserve yours. ...

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We will not be having a practice Tuesday. We have a few equipment issues to get fixed this week. We do plan to practice this Friday night starting around 6:00. More details to follow. ...

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Practice day for everyone today - including us. It's amazing the amount of stuff that quits working from fall til spring. Thanks to those of you that came out today for us to work out the kinks.

Tentative plan is to practice again Tuesday night. Let me know if you'd like a spot at 217-371-3553.
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