Maquoketa Speedway to host inaugural Gil Short Memorial 

By Jerry Mackey 

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (Sept. 19, 2022) – Maquoketa Speedway will bring the 2022 racing season to a close this weekend with the first annual running of the Gil Short Memorial. Two full nights of racing will be held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds quarter-mile dirt track.

Short was the chief and founder of the Speedway Fire Rescue group that serves many Eastern Iowa race tracks by providing safety equipment and personnel. 

The Friday, Sept. 23 program sees Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds headlining the action with a $1,200 first place prize on the line. Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods battle it out for a $750 top prize, also racing will be the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Friday night will also be the Maquoketa Speedway 2022 Hall Of Fame Induction night. Honorees will include Phil Roberts, Larry Goldbeck, Dan Garland and Duke Jackson. Action will get underway with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. 

Saturday, Sept. 24 will see IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars racing for a $750 top prize. Saturday will also be Back To School Night with lots of prizes for the youngsters in attendance. Hot laps get underway at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow.