MARS Super Late Model Racing Series rolls into Tri City on Friday, Aug 10th for the 7th Annual Russ Wallace Memorial

MARS Super Late Model Racing Series rolls into Tri City on Friday, Aug 10th for the 7th Annual Russ Wallace Memorial

SOMERSET, KENTUCKY – August 5, 2018 – The MARS Super Late Model Racing Series will make its second visit of the 2018 season to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL on Friday August 10 for the 7th Annual Russ Wallace Memorial, paying $5,000 to win to the winner.   

The Russ Wallace Memorial at Tri-City Speedway is the first event of a two-day weekend of action in the Land of Lincoln for the MARS Super Late Model Racing Series, as the series will visit Fairbury’s American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, IL on Saturday August 11 for the FALS Frenzy, paying $10,000 to win.

Tri-City Speedway will host an open practice at the track for all divisions in preparation for the Russ Wallace Memorial event. The open practice will be on Thursday August 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All divisions are welcome.  

Along with the MARS Late Models $5,000 to win hitting the high banks will showcase the UMP Modifieds, B-Modifieds, UMP Crate Late Models $700 to win, and Micro Sprints. Activities at Tri-City Speedway will kick off with the pit gates opening at 5:00 p.m., with the general admission area opening at 5:30 p.m. The driver’s meeting will be at 6:15 p.m., with practice laps set to begin at 6:30 p.m., with time trials and green flag racing immediately following practice laps. Ticket prices for the Russ Wallace Memorial event in the general admission area will be $20 for adults, while a pit pass will be $35. 

The tire rule for this event at Tri-City Speedway is as follows: Hoosier LM 20/LM40 on the left front, right front, and left rear, with Hoosier LM40 mandatory on the right rear. Grooving and siping is allowed. Random tire samples will be taken by the series. The entry fee will be $100 for this event and tow money for any driver not making the main event starting field will be $100.

The MARS Super Late Model Racing Series has competed once previously in the 2018 season at Tri-City Speedway and Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL would pick up the win on the first Friday of June. Shirley’s victory would come over Dennis Erb, Jr., Tony Jackson, Jr., Tanner English, and Jason Feger.

The host hotel for the Russ Wallace Memorial event at Tri-City Speedway is Best Western Plus and reservations can be made by phoning (618) 512-1314 and use the following booking code: Tri City Speedway.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Road in Granite City, IL 62042. For more information concerning Tri-City Speedway, call Promoter’s Tammy’s cell at

(636) 448-9111 or Kevin at (636) 795-0052 or visit the website at

Further information concerning the MARS Super Late Model Racing Series can be obtained by contacting Promoter/Race Director Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the series website at


Tri-City Speedway Russ Wallace Memorial Purse (50 laps): 1) $5,000, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,200, 4) $1,000, 5) $900, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $650, 9) $600, 10) $575, 11) $550, 12) $525, 13) $500, 14) $490, 15) $480, 16) $470, 17) $460, 18) $450, 19) $450, 20) $450, 21) $450, 22) $450


2018 Series Winners/Upcoming MARS Super Late Model Racing Series Events:

March 2-Clarksville Speedway-David Seibers (Chapel Hill, TN)

March 3-Clarksville Speedway-Dennis Erb Jr. (Carpentersville, IL)

May 4-Belle-Clair Speedway-Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL)

May 5-Fayette County Speedway-Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL)

May 11-Farmer City Raceway-Shannon Babb (Moweaqua, IL)

June 1-Tri-City Speedway-Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL)

June 2-Fayette County Speedway-Brian Shirley (Chatham, IL)

July 7-Brownstown Speedway-Kent Robinson (Bloomington, IN)

August 3-Bloomington Speedway-Kent Robinson (Bloomington, IN)

August 4-Brownstown Speedway-Billy Moyer Jr. (Batesville, AR)

August 10-Tri-City Speedway-Granite City, IL-$5,000 to win

August 11-Fairbury’s American Legion Speedway-Fairbury, IL-$10,000 to win

October 12-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$3,000 to win

October 13-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$10,000 to win


Current MARS Series Points (after August 4, 2018)

  1. Tanner English-1,783
  2. Tim Manville-1,729
  3. Dean Carpenter-1,675
  4. Caleb Ashby-1,319
  5. Michael Kloos-1,021
  6. Kent Robinson-964
  7. Dennis Erb Jr.-962
  8. Brian Shirley-869
  9. Brent McKinnon-820
  10. Gordy Gundaker-799