NOTE: RACECEIVERS... Again in 2017, Kankakee County Speedway will be utilizing the default channel on the RaceCeiver. We no longer need our own dedicated channel (Ch. 110, 451.3625) for racing as in the past.
We hope this will accomodate more drivers with the use of the default channel like so many other tracks.
Kankakee County Speedway News & Notes
Kankakee Ends Season Abruptly
To all the sponsors, fans and drivers that have supported Kankakee County Speedway in 2017, thank you. Although we have considered 2017 a success, due to relentless controversy throughout social media against Kankakee County Speedway, we have decided to make the difficult decision to shut down for the remainder of the 2017 season. Tom and Dave have decided that it is not in our families best interest to continue with this season. A group of people have put us in a position to make a decision that we did not want to make. Social media IS killing the sport that we love as it causes negative impacts towards the moral of all involved. Sometimes we need to remember the old adage "if you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all".
We have put our heart and soul into making Kankakee County Speedway a family friendly, fun place to go on Friday nights but it is painfully obvious no matter how hard we work it just doesn't matter to some. We have put forth an extreme amount of effort to provide the best racing possible but apparently we have not succeeded. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please before you say anything about this post or any other track ask yourself if it's going to do any good or is it going to harm our sport even more. We hope that everyone involved will take this time over the off season to stop and think about their part in what makes racing great or not so great and how to come together again as a family instead of more ways to pick our track apart.
Honestly we are tired. We are tired of the constant complaining, the constant bickering, the constant lack of respect and the constant picking apart of everything we try to do to keep this track open with little to no support of the community. We are just exhausted by all of these things.
Thank you for your support.
We would like to thank all of our great sponsors, Browns Towing, Kankakee A&J Disposal, Court Street Ford, Riverside Medical Center, Miller Hydraulic, Country Chevrolet, QTD, Indulgent Creations, Interstate Batteries, Osterhoff Fence, CED Electric Supply, 121 Graphixs, Smitty's Landscaping & Tree Service, Mater Oil, Poor Boy Resturant, Brammmer Farms and the entire Dick Potts family.
and the entire Kankakee County Speedway staff.
Loyal Drivers To Benefit From $100,000 Bonus Program
Kankakee County Speedway officials are proud to be one of only 50+ tracks/series in the nation to have the prestigious Contingency Connection national grassroots RACER REWARDS program for their racers in 2017! Over 100 tracks and series applied to participate in the program and Kankakee, as well as Lincoln and Macon, were chosen because of the importance they place on their weekly racing programs.
We are pleased to announce that we will offer in upwards of $100,000 in NATIONAL Contingency Connection RACER REWARDS in 2017. Beginning in May, the top 15 drivers in each regular division’s standings will be eligible to take home the bonus rewards. Details of how the awards will be given will be announced near the end of April
National manufacturers such as Renegade Oil, ELGIN, Holley, SCAT, Richmond Gear, JE Pistons, Edelbrock, Clevite, Stage 8, K&N Filters, Auto Meter, MSD, Mr. Gasket, Accel, Mahle, Lincoln Electric, Taylor, Melling, Hedman Hedders, Canton Oil Pans, SCE Gaskets, Jet-Hot and many, many others will be posting awards at Kankakee.
The RACER REWARDS coupon book will be presented to our loyal drivers. Racer Rewards coupon books include manufacturer discount coupons averaging over $2000 in Racer Rewards WEEKLY for every winner!
Kankakee weekly racers can win more money more often at our track than most tracks in this region!
RUN the decals and BUY the products of the posting sponsors to be eligible to win thousands of dollars in contingency awards all season long!
RACER REWARDS by Contingency Connection is YOUR DIRECT CONNECTION to performance manufacturers and we’ve got it at our tracks in Central Illinois.
KANKAKEE'S RENT-A-RIDE DIRT RACING EXPERIENCE
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to circle the high banks in a real fire breathing, ground pounding dirt late model? Or perhaps you're already an experienced racer who's thrown in the towel at the costs associated with running your own race program and just want to relight the fire that burns within you. Well, if either of these scenarios sounds like it's for you, Kankakee County Speedway has a program geared just for a memorable night you won't soon forget.
Once again this year,Kankakee County Speedway presents the Rent-A-Ride Dirt Racing Experience
, the only track in the Midwest that offers fans and racers alike, the opportunity to climb in behind the wheel of a real dirt late model ranging from brand new equipment to equipment with some laps on them but gently used.
For more information call Tom Smith at (708) 417-6018
The Osterhoff Fence Dash For Cash
Each week one class will be chosen.
The top 6 from the most entertaining feature from the previous week will run a 6-lap Dash For Cash that will start inverted.
Each lap pays $10.
The race winner will also receive a trophy presented by 121 Graphix.
Kankakee Championship Awards Banquet Caps 2016 Season
Saturday night, January 21st, Kankakee County Speedway honored its 2016 Track Champions during the Annual Championship Awards Banquet. With temperatures in the 60's throughout the day, a surprisingly sizeable crowd gathered to celebrate their five division track champions and a successful racing campaign despite being riddled with unfortunate weather circumstances throughout the season.
Among the honorees were Kory Kohler (UMP Sport Compacts), Jon Robbins (I-Mods), Joe Hillman (UMP Stock Cars), Mike McKinney (UMP Modifieds) and Chad Osterhoff (UMP Pro Late Models). Both McKinney and Osterhoff earned their second titles while the others were crowned for the first time.
Rookies of the Year awards were given to Zane Miller (UMP Sport Compacts), Brandon Wirtz (I-Mods), Joey Iliff (UMP Modifieds), and Cody Fultz (UMP Pro Late Models). There was no rookie contender in the UMP Stock Car division.
The night climaxed when the Sportsmanship Award winner was announced. This year, by a unanimous decision, Joe Brown Jr, of Wilmington, IL was honored as this year's recipient. Besides being a fierce on track competitor, Brown unselfishly does as much for others as for himself. He also volunteered the use of his flatbed wrecker to the speedway for our use as needed without ever asking what's in it for him. This was a tremendous asset to us all here at the Kankakee County Speedway and we could not express our appreciation anymore. Thanks again to Joe Brown Jr.
KCS To Utilize Double File Restarts During Features
Again in 2017, in an ongoing effort to provide great racing for our fans, will be the use of "Kankakee Double File Restarts". A modified version of the more popularly known Delaware Double File Restarts, where under caution the leader will be placed at the front of the pack by himself, while the second place car will move to the inside lane and the third place car will take the outside lane and so on back throughout the field.
The reason the second place car takes the inside lane rather than have a choice is to make it easier and simplify things more for the drivers, but also for the scorers and track officials. There's bound to be a driver or two whose radio has quit working or they simply can't hear the tower. Thus, making this system fool proof should eliminate any unnecessary delays with the lineups.
The Kankakee Double File Restarts will only be used during feature competition but not less than 5 laps to go. This rule does not apply to the UMP Sport Compact class, who will lineup single file as instructed by the tower officials.
NOTICE TO SPORT COMPACT DRIVERS
UMP Sport Compacts must weigh a minimum of #2400 with driver at all times. UMP does not have a weight rule in this class, however this is a local track rule that will be enforced each week. So drivers need to be aware of what their cars weigh before arriving at the track.
2017 SEASON NOTICE: 2017 MEDIA REQUESTS
Media requests should be made in writing at least one week prior to the scheduled event you are wishing to cover. This includes all reporters, photographers, and videographers. Proper ID is required when signing into the pits at the track. All requests may be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please put KCS Media Request in the subject line of your email.
While we welcome diversity, we can not guarantee all requests will be approved. Media publications may be limited as to the number of requests approved. You will be asked to provide links to any articles and/or photos from your covered event. You will receive confirmation by return email as to whether your request has been approved or disapproved. If your name and/or credential does not appear on the comp list, you will be expected to pay appropriate admission. This applies to all photographers, media members, vendors, and promotion staff from other tracks.