If you’re looking for some dirt bike action from Illinois this summer, then Galesburg Speedway might just be the place for you. The Midwestern racing venue just outside of town is holding its annual Midget Nationals this weekend, and the whole town is abuzz with activity.
The History Of Galesburg Speedway
The Midget Nationals is the top-tier motorcycle race of the season for short-track drivers, and this year’s installment is taking place on the weekend of June 10-12. The track opened in 1946, and it has been held every year since then. The name ‘Midget’ was originally used to describe the smaller vehicles that would zoom around the track, but it has since taken on a life of its own as the name for these small racers. Just this year, the series had its 25th anniversary celebration, and it is widely considered the ‘granddaddy’ of all short-track motorcycle races.
Galesburg’s Raceway Park is located in the northern suburb of the city, and it is a challenging course that tends to favor experienced riders. Much like the Chicago Speedway and several other venues around the country, the entire quarter-mile dirt track is banked, meaning that there is a sharp left turn followed by a sharp right turn. Although the corners are banked, the straightaways are not. This creates a unique challenge for anyone trying to go full-throttle up the entire track. In addition to the banking, there are also steep walls that rise up on both sides of the track. These walls are covered in decorative brickwork, making them look like a castle’s battlements. The speedway is definitely a venue you need to visit at least once in your life.
There are 17 other motorcycles racing at the Midget Nationals this year, and international competitors from Canada, Europe, and South America will be attending. Last year’s winner was Canada’s Parker Jacobs, followed by Ireland’s Pat Beasley and New Zealand’s Neil Macnicol. The top five were as follows: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Race organizers have said that, this year, the competition is particularly tough because there are so many good riders, and it should be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Besides the main event on Saturday night, there are also side events and exhibition races on Saturday and Sunday. Some of these are specifically for young riders, while others are for expert amateurs. The side events and exhibition races begin in the morning and run throughout the day, with the exception of the main event on Saturday night. In the main event on Saturday, the first race starts at 5 p.m., and the final one finishes at 9 p.m. The entire three days of racing are split into heats, with the final being a best-of-three format for the top two finishers. The whole community seems excited about the Midget National this year, and it will be fun to be there on Saturday night.
If you’re looking for some excitement this summer, then Galesburg Speedway might just be the place for you. The Midwestern racing venue just outside of town is holding its annual Midget Nationals this weekend, and the whole town is abuzz with activity. The top-tier motorcycle race of the season for short-track drivers is on Saturday night. You can’t miss it. So put on your boots, saddle up, and get ready to race.