Pre-Race Predictions for the Terry Sprague Memorial at Southern Illinois Raceway
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This Friday and Saturday night is the 13th Annual Terry Sprague Memorial at Southern Illinois Raceway (IL) for $7,500. Frank Flud has won the event for the last two years and he returns to defend his title this year. Fast Four Media will be live for the races. Terry Sprague was a local race fan and lost the battle to cancer in 2007. Starting in 2008 SIR has put on the TSM and donates every year with Mr. Sprague's family to the charity of their choice. The race has grown every year in to one of the premiere non-wing micros races in the country. The Terry Sprague Memorial brings some of the best non-wing drivers in the country, here are our predictions on who will get the win this year.
Frank Flud is a threat anywhere he goes with over 500 career wins. He is looking to go three in a row for the Sprague and won another high profile race at SIR earlier this year, the Highbanks Hustle. The Hustle is not the only high profile win he has this year, Flud also won the Big Dance at U.S. 24 Speedway (IN), which was an $8,000 to win Non-Wing event. With this much talent and speed, I will be surprised if Frank Flud does not win this weekend for his third Terry Sprague Memorial in a row.
Aiden Purdue was leading the PureMax RacingOil HART Non-Wing Micro Series feature earlier this year at SIR when he made contact with another car and flipped. Purdue seemed well on his way to the win when the situation occurred. Last year at Wayne County Speedway he won the Fall Non-Wing Brawl. He has shown he can be fast in a non-wing car and is fast in general. He has a good shot at winning this weekend.
Ryan Timms is coming off a complete sweep of the Pete Frazier Memorial at Port City in the A-Class. Timms is known to be competitive wherever he visits. Port City races similar to SIR and I think that will transfer over well to the Highbanks for Southern Illinois Raceway.
My sleeper for the weekend is Ryan Criswell. Criswell is back racing after not the last couple of years. He has run solid at SIR and Wayne County Speedway this year. Last weekend at Wayne County. He locked into the Show on night one. He won the dash and was running for second when Andrew Peters through a slider. The two made enough contact to end Criswell's night. If he shows speed like he did last weekend the guitar player could rock his way to a Terry Sprague Memorial win this weekend