With moderate mid-week rains falling over the Kankakee County Speedway prior to Championship Night on September 22nd, track promoter Billy Knippenberg Jr. knew he was going to have a fast track on his hands come Friday evening. The track seemingly got faster as the night progressed and three new track standards were lowered as a result.
In 3 Sons Auto Salvage UMP Stock Car qualifying, Braiden Keller of West Lebanon, IN sizzler the 1/4-mile high banked dirt oval in 16.692 seconds, breaking the previous mark of Megan Erwin's 16.702 set on July 7th of this year.
In Express Powersports UMP Factory qualifying it was first Charleston's Randy Smyser who broke the track record with a lap of 17.715 but that lasted for about twenty seconds when Nathan Arterberry of Fowler, IN reclaimed what was once his with a lap of 17.700. The previous mark of 17.755 was held by Lee Joseph Hall of Oxford, IN.
Lastly, in First Place Oils UMP Sport Compact qualifying, Matthew Balthazor of Ashkum, IL lowered his own mark of 18.449 with a lap of 18.409
Congratulations to these three drivers on their accomplishments and to all the drivers who throughout the season who pushed their machines to the edge of immortality.