Day 3 of the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour took place today. The route from yesterday’s stop at Parkland College in Champaign, to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL was about 190 miles. The official route passed through Illinois towns such as Decatur, Taylorsville, Carlinville and Staunton.
Chevy Performance is sponsoring the tour, which features both manufacturer and car owner entries. Car owners, who have not already registered, can add their ride to the display lineup as the tour progresses. All tour exhibitions are free to the public and span seven cities that started in Madison, WI on Saturday and ending in Baton Rouge this weekend.
Welcome to Madison, IL
Today, the Hot Rod Power Tour visits Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The park regularly hosts drag, oval track and road course races featuring cars and motorcycles. NASCAR and NHRA are among the organizers who sponsor raceway events. Gateway Park, the third stop on the tour, is one of two locations featuring drag strip fun runs.
The Competitions Featured
Drivers who wish to participate in the fun runs need to arrive at the park to register the day before the event. The competition will feature several categories including Stock, Super Street, Super gas, Super stock, Competition Dragster and more. Event organizers will announce the winner at 10 p.m. after racers run the last heat.
A Running Tradition
Recapping the tour so far. It kicked off on Saturday, June 6, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, which is the site of the tour’s conclusion last year. Picking up where the tour left off the previous year is a Hot Rod Tour running tradition. Yesterday, the tour moved on to Champaign, IL Parkland College. In addition to seeing a great car show, students learned about automotive industry careers.
After the Gateway Motorsport Park tour leg; tomorrow, Memphis International Raceway will host a Guinness Book World record attempt where 130 participants will attempt to overturn the burnout world record. On Wednesday, the tour stops in Birmingham, AL, at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, taking over the stadium from Major League Baseball. Racing superstars will meet with fans and sign autographs on Thursday, in Gulfport, MS at Centennial Plaza. Friday, in Baton Rouge, is tour’s final day, followed the next day by a special, member-only salute to the long-haulers.
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