This Saturday LifeSafer Promotes (Sober) Speeding in Illinois

earl j hubert winning race
Earl J. Hubert in 1969

There’s a time and a place for speeding: this Saturday night at a DIRT racing track, for instance.

A half-century ago Earl J. Hubert was the man to beat on the stock car circuit. Racing in Illinois and Indiana in the 1950s through the 1970s, Earl lived the life of a typical journeyman racer, driving his heart out on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, sometimes on three different tracks. The purse for crossing the finish line was maybe $100, maybe a little more. The reward was living the racing life.

The Earl J. Hubert Stock Car Championship at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois honors Hubert’s contributions to Midwest racing. The race takes place on Saturday, May 6. LifeSafer Ignition Interlock is a sponsor of the race.

earl j hubert memorial stock car race posterAttracting Top Drivers

The winner of the 43-lap race will take home a bit more than Earl did: a checkered flag for this event garners a hefty $2,000. “The large prize brings the best Street Stock drivers in the Midwest,” says Tony. Top-flight drivers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kentucky will be battling it out. “The fans know they’ll be watching drivers they don’t normally get to see – the best of the best. They’ll give a show the fans won’t forget anytime soon.”

To memorialize his grandfather, Tony chose the Street Stock class. There are many vehicle varieties in dirt track racing, but street stock cars, with bodies that must be pretty much off the showroom floor and more strictly regulated engine requirements, most resembles racing as it was 40 years ago in Earl J’s heyday.

To intensify the competition, Tony plans to have the purse at $10,000 by the tenth annual race, two years from now.

Lifesafer: Promoting Sober Driving On and Off the Track

LifeSafer Ignition Interlock was a logical match for dirt track racing, which like all driving, depends on clear, sober heads from start to finish. With Tony’s background first in the military and now in security, work which ties in closely with law enforcement, he found the emphasis on preventing drunk driving something he can relate to. Working in hospitals, he’s seen the victims of alcohol-related crashes and knows first-hand what damage they can do to lives. He also notes the work of an organization called Responsible Racers, which raises awareness of the need for 100% sobriety while racing.

Are you looking for some excitement in the Midwest on Saturday? Drivers from 7 states know where to be. Maybe you should be there too. Join the fans and LifeSafer for a night of spectacular racing.

Event: Dirtcar Spring Nationals Street Stock Special in Memory of Earl J. Hubert
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Time: Gates open 3:00, Hot Laps 6:00, Qualifying 6:30, racing to follow

Place: Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Fairbury, IL