The Pepsi Season Opener scheduled for tonight, Friday May 13, at Madison International Speedway has been rained out. Strong, long lasting storms have been moving across the region and are scheduled to arrive at ‘Wisconsin’s Fastest Half Mile’ around 4pm, when practice was scheduled to begin. “While it has not rained yet, I have been studying this system since last night and throughout the morning. It appears that the timing of the rain will not allow us to race tonight.” Stated Speedway owner Gregg McKarns. “I should have known better than to schedule something on Friday the 13th. We were all looking forward to a great start to the season, which we will still have, just one week later.”
Next week plays host to two new events at Madison International Speedway. On Thursday Night, May 19 the track will hold its first Thursday Night Street Drags. Fast machines of all makes and varieties are invited to participate on the 300’ Street Drag Strip at MIS as well as the Shine ‘N Show Contest. Pit gates open at 6, with spectator gates opening and grudge races at 6:30. Main brackets will get underway at 7:30pm Thursday night. Just $10 gets you through the gate, those ages 5 and under are admitted FREE.
Then on Friday Night, the MADtown Meltdown Open Competition Speed Trials take center stage along with the NASCAR Late Models, Sportsman, Bandits and Vintage Racing of Illinois. A $1,000 bonus awaits the driver setting the new all-time track record. Spectator gates open at 6, with the first race and Speed Trials beginning at 7:30pm. As a special bonus, Friday Night May 20 is our first of two Buck Nights, all concessions are just $1 and beer is $2. Adult general admission tickets are $14, Whelen Hero and Senior pricing $12, Students (ages 12-17) $8, Children (6-11) $5 with kids 5 and under admitted FREE. Family pricing remains at $30 for two adults and up to four admissions for those under the age of 18.