ILSS Additional Dates May be Added to Schedule

ILSS President Roger Sollenberger and Lincoln Speedway and Jacksonville Raceway Promoter Kenny Dobson talked on Wed. of some dates that could be added to the 2014 ILSS schedule. With a complete wash out of last week ends MOWA double header and the ILSS as a support class some dates may be added. Please take note of the dates that will be listed below and they will be discussed at the next race this Sat Night at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The dates discussed for additional races are Aug 29th a wing race at Jacksonville Raceway,Lincoln Speedway on Sept 5th,Sept 26th and on Oct 3rd. Our point season will end on Oct 4th with our last race of the season at the Peoria Speedway. These dates will be discussed at Fairbury this Sat night.


The ILSS cars and stars will make a 1st ever apperance this Sat Night Aug 2nd at the award winning Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury IL. This will be billed as the Willard Bess Memorial race and pay $600 to win the Feature event on the super fast 1/4 mi. dirt. The wings go back on the 1000cc power plants  to the look alike big brother the 410 sprint cars. You are probably asking who is Willard Bess . Roger Bess is Willard’s son and an avid race fan especially to open wheel racing and the ILSS in which he is former board member and was a racing member until he moved to FL.

Willard was first a devoted Christian man that loved the lord with all his heart. He was also a husband,father of five, self-made business man, and an avid race fan,particularly open wheel racing. He was born,lived, and was in business all his life in Fairbury IL.Willard lived just 2 blocks from FALS. Willard owned a sprint car that ran in the 60′s and 70′s mainly with IMCA but also many open shows and a little bit of racing with WOO in their early years. The 21 car was also a regular at Joe Shaheens Springfield Speedway and raced in Burlington Ia. The 21 cars also ran at places like Kokomo IN.,Columbus Jct. Ia.,and made several trips to Plant Field in Tampa FL. Willard was a thinker and became pretty good at setting up a sprint car chassis.Roger said he should have paid more attention but was busy building up small block Chevy motors. Some of the drivers who drove the 21 car included Frank Childress ,Tom Custer, Phil Howe who{was IMCA rookie of the year in the 21 car},Dave Feese, Bob Pierce, Manny Rockhold,Alan Barr and Karl Bussen. After racing sprint cars became way to expensive Willard became the flagman at Willowbowl Speedway to get his racing fix. Willard won a heat race from time to time and a few Feature events along the way but Willard won the most important race a man can ever win and today is sitting in Heaven with the best seat in the house at every race. Willard would also tell you that as exciting as wheel to wheel racing action is on the track. the prospect of spending eternity in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is even more exciting.

Roger Bess is Willard’s son and a self made business man himself and owns Roger Bess Trucking and SBG Logistics in Tampa FL. Roger in the memory of his father who loved the great FALS has put an extra $1000 in the purse for sat Night Aug 2nd. FALS will pay this purse 350-250-200-180-160-140-120-110-100-90-80-60-60-60-60-60-60-60-60-60. The extra sponsor money this race will pay an extra 250-50-50-50-50-50-50-50-50-35-35-40-40-40-40-40-40-40. This will boost the total payout to be: 600- 300-250-230-210-190-170-160-150-125-115-100-100-100-100-100-100-100-

This is an awesome purse and the ILSS would like to thank Roger Bess who was a member of the ILSS and a past board member with our great series. Any stock motor 1000cc chain drive lightning sprint car is welcome to come and race this great race and you could become the 1st ever winner of a lightning sprint car race at the Legendary Fairbury American Legion Speedway


Jacksonville Canceled for 7-25-14

Mother nature has caused the MOWA Sprint Week program tonight at Jacksonville Raceway to cancel tonights racing program . Persistent rain has made it impossible to get the nights program in. Keep checking back today or tomorrow for a reschedule date possibly this Sun but that is not for sure. Keep checking back.