March 26th, 2014

March 26, 2014

LaSalle Speedway Starts Aggressive 2014 Schedule with Thaw Brawl on March

(LASALLE, ILLINOIS) With the weather finally showing signs of warming up
and Spring right around the corner, the staff at LaSalle Speedway is busy
preparing the grounds for the start of the 2014 racing season. The
highly-anticipated slate of events at the 1/4-mile bullring will kick off
with a bang on March 27-29 with the 3rd edition of the ‘Thaw Brawl.’
Racers from all over the Midwest will converge on LaSalle Speedway for the
three-day extravaganza, which is quickly gaining traction in becoming one
of the must-see, early-season specials for the Super Late Models.

“This is a race that I really get pumped up about because everyone told me
I was nuts to do it when I first talked about it several years ago,”
commented track promoter Tony Izzo, Jr. recently. “I think there was a
couple of reasons why people felt that way – the most obvious was the early
date of the race. Then adding $5,000 each year to the winning purse for
the Late Models until eventually paying $25,000 to the winner in our 25th
Anniversary season here at LaSalle in 2016.”

Things will fire up at LaSalle Speedway on Thursday, March 27 with an open
practice session from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for all divisions. On Friday, March
28, the dirt-slinging competition will start with a complete show featuring
Super Late Models ($2,000 to win / $200 to start), Open Wheel Modifieds
($1,500 to win / $125 to start), Street Stocks, and 4-Cylinders. After
Friday’s program, racers and fans on the speedway grounds can enjoy live
entertainment, a Chili Cook-Off, and a huge bonfire, while tons of cool
giveaways will be handed out throughout the weekend.

The same four divisions will return to the LaSalle, Illinois facility on
Saturday, March 29 for the big ‘Thaw Brawl’ finale. While the Open Wheel
Modifieds will race for another $1,500 paycheck on Saturday, the cars and
stars of the American Late Model Series (ALMS) and UMP DIRTcar Series will
do battle for a whopping $15,000 top prize. Both inaugural 2012 winner
Dennis Erb, Jr. and 2013 victor Brian Birkhofer are slated to be in
attendance to vie for another ‘Thaw Brawl’ title. A rain date of Sunday,
March 30 has been established just in case Mother Nature does not

“In a short three year span, this race has become very important to me,
along with the fans and racers that support LaSalle Speedway,” Izzo, Jr.
went on to say. “I just really hope that the event can get the respect it
deserves soon without having to try to figure out why some other track or
sanctioning body keeps making fans and drivers choose where to go. When I
picked this early season date, I was willing to deal with possible cold
weather, etc. to not step on any other track or sanctioning body’s feet.
There was nothing on this weekend for years, so I felt like the Thaw Brawl
could grow into a great race for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to
LaSalle Speedway hosting two terrific shows on March 27-29 and hopefully
that will help the Thaw Brawl gain some of that much needed respect.”

For those race fans wanting to camp and enjoy the scenery at LaSalle
Speedway – camping is free of charge, but there are no hook-ups available.
However, the track does offer 25 reserved camping spots for $20 apiece. If
you are interested in one of these premium spots, please call the speedway
office at (815) 223-6939.

Friday and Saturday (March 28-29) Start Times:
Pits Open at 1:00pm
Grandstands Open at 3:00pm
Hot Laps at 6:00pm
Racing at 7:30pm

Ticket Options:
Friday, March 28
General Admission – $20.00
Kids Ages 6-11 – $5.00
Skybox Seat – $30.00
Pit Pass – $35.00
Skybox Seat with a Pit Pass – $45.00
15 Person Skybox includes Soda, Water, and Snacks – $500.00

Saturday, March 29
General Admission – $30.00
Kids Ages 6-11 – $5.00
Skybox Seat – $40.00
Pit Pass – $40.00
Skybox Seat with a Pit Pass – $50.00
15 Person Skybox includes Soda, Water, and Snacks – $650.00

The LaSalle Speedway is conveniently located at 578 US-6 in LaSalle,
Illinois and is centrally located to many of the major cities in the area.
It is 60 miles west of Joliet, 80 miles east of the Quad Cities, 70 miles
south of Rockford, and 60 miles north of Bloomington. Additional
information on LaSalle Speedway can be found at its official Internet home,
which is located online at The racetrack is also
represented in a variety of social media outlets including Facebook
( and Twitter (@lasallespeedway).