By: Rich Murray
Morris, Ill. (September 9, 2014)—Coming up on Saturday night, September 27th, the season finale for the D’Arcy GMC STARS National Midgets will take place with the 7th annual running of the Alex Pruett Memorial “Til the Wheels Fall Off” presented by 3 Wide Life. The event honors the life and racing career of versatile midget, sprint car, and PRA Big Car Series competitor, Alex Pruett, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 20.
Pruett, who was born in Evanston, Illinois and was a native of Carefree, Arizona, raced in series such as USAC, SCRA, and UMARA, an organization with which he won the “Bob Lockard Memorial” at Grundy County Speedway in July of 2006. Off the track, Alex was known for his outgoing personality and his fun-loving attitude that made him popular among fellow competitors, fans, and race officials. Alex was even one of the creators of the popular independent motorsports show “3 Wide Life” that is still going strong on TV sets nationwide.
Two former winners of the “Alex Pruett Memorial” are expected to compete in this year’s event. Franklin, Indiana’s Travis Young, whose car carries sponsorship from 3 Wide Life, took the checkered flag in the Inaugural race in 2008 at Anderson, (IN) Speedway. Current STARS Midget point leader, Austin Prock, won the most recent edition in 2013 at Grundy County Speedway.
The “Alex Pruett Memorial” will be the fifth 50-lap feature run at Grundy County Speedway in 2014. Kyle Hamilton has collected every 50-lap STARS Midget feature that he has competed in this season. Plainfield, Illinois’ Nick Baran was able to win the duel between himself and Prock to take the “Illinois State Championship” in August.
On the STARS season, four different drivers have pulled into victory lane: Hamilton (4 wins), Prock (4 wins), Baran (1 win) and Young (1 win). Hamilton, Prock, and Joliet, Illinois’ Jim Anderson are involved in a three-way tie at the top of the all-time STARS Midget wins list with eight.
Other series that will compete at Grundy County Speedway on September 27 include the STARS Classic Modifieds, INEX Legends, CSR Super Cups, and the Legacy Midwest Series. Adult tickets are just $12. Kids age 5-12 get in for $2. Children age 4 and under are free! Pit gates open at 2 p.m. Grandstands open up at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
CURRENT 2014 STARS NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. 41-Austin Prock (1227), 2. 25-Tyler Trainor (1034), 3. 99p-Ryan Probst (1015), 4. 87-Nick Baran (912), 5. 88-Billy Hulbert (910), 6. 33h-Kyle Hamilton (764), 7. 11-Tyler Baran (737), 8. 99-Kyle O'Gara (606), 9. 32w-Nick Wagner (555), 10. 32-Nick Hamilton (526)
ALEX PRUETT MEMORIAL FORMER WINNERS
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