2018 Kankakee County Speedway 
Awards Banquet

​Jan. 19, 2019
​Fairgrounds Expo Bldg. 

​Fairgrounds Expo Bldg. 
Hall of Industry 5pm-12am

$30 Adults, $15 Children 10 & Under

$35 at the door day of banquet 
with no reservation

​Doors will open at 530PM
Cocktails at 600PM
Dinner at 700PM
Awards at 800PM
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I-Mod Track Champion Chris Tippit of DeMotte, IN was honored as recipient of the Annual Sportsmanship Award at the Championship Awards Banquet, Saturday, January 20th, 2018.

The award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates exemplary conduct on and off the track, and an unselfish attitude towards helping his fellow competitors and keeping racing alive at Kankakee.  
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NOTE: RACECEIVERS... Again in 2018, 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. And yes, RaceCeivers are mandated by the UMP sanctioning body. We hope this will accomodate more drivers with the use of the default channel like so many other tracks.

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Kankakee Chaos Crash & Bash this Friday night September 28th

It's the event everyone will be talking about for years to come. Come on out and watch the destruction, the mayhem, the thrills of victory, and the agony of defeat this Friday night, September 28th at the speedway. Scarecrow returns to thrill the audience with his wild stunts plus much, much more. Please see ad above for more details ad be sure to get there early for the pre-race festivities with all the characters and combatants. If you'd like to participate, just call Tom Smith at 708-417-6018 for more details.

Speedway Crowns Five Champions in Season Finale

Kankakee County Speedway crowned all five of it's divisions this past Friday night but for one champion it didn't become official until late Monday afternoon. Torin Mettile of Cullom, IL was clearly the car to beat all year in the UMP Pro Late Model division, having secured (8) eight feature wins along the way to win second consecutive track championship, this one in memory of his late grandfather Dick Turner, who passed away this past off-season but not before seeing his grandson garner top honors at this past season's awards banquet. Finishing second was Mike Marden 160 points back while Phil Line was outdistanced by 176 points.

In the UMP Modified division, newcomer Mike Learman of Woodstock, IL claimed his first title despite only one feature win throughout the whole season. Learman was simply a model of consistency finishing in the top five nearly every night out and even impressed when the top modified drivers in the region would come to visit. Heading into the final night, Learman held a 28 point lead of runner-up Jason Hastings and took care of business on the season's final night while Hastings struggled to make a charge. In the end, Hastings fell 34 points short of triumph while part-time competitor Jamie Lomax leaped to third 150 points back with a pair of September victories.

The UMP Stock Car division wasn't decisively know until late Monday afternoon. And much like a Florida election, the points had to counted and recounted several times over by several track officials to determine the final outcome. In the end it was Wilmington, IL driver Joe Brown Jr. laying claim to his second consecutive title by a mere point over runner-up Matt Hammond of Bourbonnais, IL, who held the top spot nearly all year and headed into the final night one point up over Brown. During the 46-lap Dick Potts Tribute race however, Brown, despite getting a flat tire with about 20 laps remaining, charged up through the field and passed a slipping Hammond for sixth place with several laps to go then held on as the checkered flags flew. Both drivers were called to a meeting on Monday afternoon, where the scenario was explained to each of them and the matter put to rest. Both drivers offered each other congratulations on what was nothing short of an incredible year. Third place honors went to four-time track champion Don Hilleary, who won the Dick Potts Tribute race, finishing 71 points back.

The I-Mod division championship was over shortly after this past season's banquet, and maybe before that. No one and I mean no one except for Don Stone wrestled a checkered flag out of the hands of Chris Tippit of DeMotte, IN all year. Tippit collected an incredible 12 victories in thirteen nights along with one runner-up spot to finish only five points shy of a perfect season. And for the second consecutive year Tippit has held the top spot in the division since the Jon Robbins left the division several years ago. However, don't be fooled into thinking this division doesn't have some up and oming talented drivers waiting to pounce when Tippit does falter. The division has proven to be a solid building ground for the driver's of the future. Andrew Short finished 170 points back of Tippit followed by Lane Jackson at 239 points in arrears.

Finally, the UMP Sport Compact division was a good battle all year long as Matthew Balthazor claimed his second consecutive title while collecting three feature wins along the way. Cody Burson had his best season ever finishing 82 points back while Matt Minor grabbed the third spot 141 points behind.

Thinking of One of our Own

The entire staff at the Kankakee County Speedway would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to a member of our racing family here at the speedway. Mark Stefanich, pit steward for the past five years or so, lost his mother last Friday, August 10th after a lengthy illness. Her suffering is over and she has no doubt moved on to a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his immediate family in this difficult time. May God watch over you all and keep you close.

Shannon Babb conquers all to take Kankakee UMP Summernationals Win

For full story courtesy of DirtOnDirt.com... follow this link... http://www.dirtondirt.com/racewire3658.html


Kankakee opens 68th season in stellar fashion

Congratulations to our opening night feature winners that included...

UMP Pro Late Models - A9 AJ May, Creve Coeur, IL

UMP Modifieds - 36L Jamie Lomax, Lake Village, IN

UMP Stock Cars - 99K Jerrad Krick, Earl Park, IN

I-Mods - 14T Chris Tippit, Demotte, IN

UMP Sport Compacts - B12 Matthew Balthazor, Chebanse, IL

Kankakee moves Season Championship Night to September 29th

For immediate release,

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 2018! 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 2018. 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.


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

KCS To Utilize Double File Restarts During Features

Again in 2018, 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.


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.


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 kankakeecountyspeedway@gmail.com. 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.

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The 2018 season has sadly come to a close.  We'd like to thank all those who have supported us throughout the 2018 season including our race fans, race teams and our incredibly dedicated staff.

Hats off to all of you for making this season such an incredibly fun season and immensely entertaining season of competition.  

Special thanks to our track prep team for their tireless efforts to provide the drivers with an exceptionally smooth racing surface each and every week.

Congratulations once again to our track champions Torin Mettile, Mike Learman, Joe Brown Jr., Chris Tippit, and Matthew Balthazor. Four of them repeat champions with only newcomer Mike Learman claiming he first title.