Category: Professional

Traveled over to U.S. Cellular Coliseum to photograph the Ice Racing event in Bloomington, IL. Jammin’ Jared Mees dominated the professional motorcycle racing program winning easily. Kevin Anderson placed second and Jake Mataya finished third. Current tour points leader and defending ICE champion “Wild Child” Mandy Brodil won both of her heat races, but was DQ’ed after she was wrecked and was unable to get her ATV up and running in time and finished 8th in the main event for Unlimited Outlaw Quads. Ryan Jensen of Neola, IA won the event with Drew Bergquist finishing second and Justin Ebbing placing third.

-Bob

The Central Illinois Drive (3-0 in PBL) demonstrated the simple beauty of fundamental basketball Saturday while downing the Chicago Muscle, 113-79, in front of 1,558 fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Rodney Edgerson led the Drive with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting including 4-of-7 accuracy from 3-point range. Illinois State University grad Tony Lewis was in the paint wrecking havoc for the Drive with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Chicago, which had lost an exhibition game here 96-90 on New Year’s Eve, broke on top, 12-8, but a 10-0 run sparked by a Todd Peterson 3-pointer put the Drive in front to stay. Click here for complete stats.

-Bob

Thirteen time Peoria Motorcycle TT Champion Chris Carr held a press conference that his racing career will come to an end this season. The 44 year-old from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania has called this his Farewell to Flat Track Tour. Chris earned the title as the Prince of Peoria when he dominated the PMC 5/8 mile track on the 1990′s. On September 5, 2006, Carr broke the motorcycle land speed world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats (Utah), with a two-pass 350.8 mph average. He was the first motorcyclist to break the 350 mph barrier. Chris was inducted into the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2004.

-Bob

After losing the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 200 yards from the finish line at Gateway International Raceway in July, it was fitting that Brad Keselowski drove his No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge to Victory Lane on Saturday in the 5-Hour ENERGY 250. He swapped the race lead with teammate and event polesitter Justin Allgaier late in the race, but was able to pull ahead in the final six-lap stretch after a late-race caution. Allgaier, a native of Riverton, IL and a area fan favorite, finished third, while former Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Bliss took runner-up honors. Jason Leffler and three-time GIR NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. Despite the final straightaway bump from Edwards during the race here in July, Keselowski said in Victory Lane that he had moved on. “I try not to hold grudges. I try not to think of that and just focus on our next race. That was key about winning today. You can’t panic about what happened in the last race. You have to move forward and move on with your life. Our team did that today.”

Allgaier won the pole with a speed of 135.131 mph, circling the 1.25-mile in 33.301 seconds earlier in the day and appeared to be the class of the field during the 200-lap race. A call on pit road for four tires after the sixth and final caution, however, doomed the No. 12 Dodge team’s chances for a victory in the final NASCAR event at Gateway.

-Bob

Kenny is the driving force and charismatic leader in getting people to experience the sport of drag racing. Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. Now in its sixth year, the ADRL plays host to the country’s top professional drag racers as they compete for one of auto racing’s most prized rewards the Minuteman which is handed out to each event’s class winner.

-Bob

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