Fans of open wheel racing will see plenty of action this weekend with the 17th running of the Glen Niebel Classic and a strong field of NSTA Top Speed Modifieds.
The Glen Niebel Classic is a 100-lap feature for non-wing sprint cars leading up to the prestigious 69th running of the Pay Less Little 500 on May 27.
The NSTA (National Short Track Alliance) Top Speed Modifieds will be making their first appearance on the high banked quarter-mile oval after an absence of several years along with the Thunder Cars and FasKarts on Sports Clip Night at the Races presented by the Madison County Storm Water Partnership. Qualifying is set for 4:30 p.m.with racing starting at 6 p.m. with adult tickets priced at $15, children 4-to-12 at $4 and children under the age of five free.
The Top Speed Modifieds will be competing in the “Sun Valley 60” in which legendary Indiana driver L.J. Lines will serve as Grand Marshal.
Local driver Aaron Pierce has won the Glen Niebel Classic five times and has pulled into the winner’s circle four times in the past five years.
Other drivers expected to compete include Bobby Santos Jr., the 2011 winner, Chris Neuenschwander, Jimmy McCune, Tony Main and Travis Welpott.
Rowe won the opening race of the season last Sunday in the Cabin Fever 40 at Lucas Oil Raceway and assured himself a starting spot on May 21 when the NSTA Top Speed Modifieds take part at the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway for a 50-lap feature.
The winner of the “Sun Valley 60” also locks into the starting field for the Bristol race.
Among the drivers entered are former series champions Jeff Lane, Bob Sibila and Chad Poore. Travis Eddy, the son of seven-time American Speed Association champion Mike Eddy, will be competing along with Tim Burkett, R.J. Norton III and Harold Scott.