Speed ​​Week Gender Doesn’t Matter, Megan Erwin Is One Of The Best

Capturing the attention of racing fans across the country after her victory at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on March 30, many racing fans called Megan Erwin the best female driver of recent years. Although flattered by the comments, Erwin takes a different view of the remarks.

“I don’t want to be considered the best female driver,” Erwin said. “I want to show the girls that we can do it, but also show the fans that we’re all the same as the guys in the race car. I got used to it, but calling us female race drivers isn’t going to help. .

get into her 20e year in racing, Erwin, along with his brother Kyle, started with karting. Their parents wanted a way to get Kyle out of trouble and offered to buy a go-kart. Megan felt she was being neglected and her mum decided they should give the then 6-year-old a chance.

“I raced karts for 12 years,” the Attica, Indiana native said. “I was only the second person to win three straight track championships at Lake Village (Ind.) Speedway. I had a bunch of wins and finished third in the Indiana State Championship race at Ben Hur Speedway.

Erwin moved into the factory stock class, racing for 2½ years. Erwin competed at Boswell, Shady Hill, Plymouth – all in Indiana – and Charleston Speedway in Illinois. Erwin had several race victories and many felt she had it”.

Megan Erwin after a Heat Race win at Fairbury earlier this season.

Now in his fifth season in the DIRTcar Stock Car Division, Erwin won the track championship last year at Farmer City Raceway. Currently leading in points at Farmer City, Erwin is second in DIRTcar National Points, fourth at Fairbury Speedway and has seven wins.

“This year, we took a different approach,” the forensic psychology major said. “Our team went to different tracks that we don’t normally race on. We wanted to bring some fun back into racing. We raced in Tennessee and Kentucky this year and plan to go to Mississippi.

The win at the half-mile hillside Bristol Speedway is the biggest win of his career. Reaching speeds of 150mph and getting out of his car after the win, Erwin waved to the crowd casually with little emotion.

“It really didn’t seem that big until a few weeks passed,” Erwin said. “A winner’s circle is a winner’s circle, but ‘it’s Bristol, baby!’ It took me a while to let it sink in.”

Erwin has racing goals to move to another division. As a rider of a modified Bullet chassis, Erwin could head in that direction.

“The Bullet chassis is making huge strides in the production car class and Cody Roberts has done a terrific job with the modified chassis,” Erwin said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Erwin receives support from Mike Alsop Chevrolet-Buick, Alsop Racing, Beetles Auto Salvage, SRI, MPI

“I have to thank my parents (Tom and Anita Erwin), my grandparents and Kim and Jayden Hoskins. My dad does all the work every week. Kim is my mechanic and makes sure everything is ready to go.

“I can’t forget all the racing fans,” added Erwin. “I feel like I have a big fan base, especially with the young kids. They are the ones who motivate me and keep the team alive. The fans are the best part of racing.

Erwin has shown that she has the talent to go far in races. The trust, the team, the fan base and the support of his family and marketing partners. August will see plenty of tracks in the area with high paying races and Erwin and his #14 are planning to be there.

Friday race

Farmer City Circuit

The winner of the “What Up Dog 40” for the professional late model category at the Dewitt County Fairground dirt track will pocket $2,222. A full show and the hornet class will return. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., timed practice starts at 7 p.m. and the race will follow.

Grundy County Circuit

Fans will be treated to twin-25 features for late models, the “Candyman 33” for street stock, sportsman and pure stock. It will be “back to school night” as children will receive a backpack full of school supplies for the rest of their lives. The gates to the ⅓ mile cobblestone oval open at 5 a.m. and racing begins at 8 a.m. The track is located on Rt. 47 in Morris.

Kankakee County Speedway

The track is on hiatus but racing will resume on August 19.

Saturday race

Fairbury Motor Speedway

Jacob Perry won the FALS fan raffle held before the Prairie Dirt Classic took place.  Clinton's Perry received a check for $50,000.

Drivers only have four weeks left to lock themselves into the top 10 in track points. A FALS Cup/Alkota Keep it Clean race program, presented by Tool’s Auto Sales and Hot Rod Septic Treatment, is on the schedule. Races will take place in all weekly classes. Gates open at 2 p.m., hot laps and time trials will start at 5:50 a.m. and the first race will start at 7:15 a.m.

Macon Speedway

The ⅕ mile land oval will feature the “Diane Bennett Memorial”. The first place purse for late pro models is over $2,000. Over $850 will go to the modified winner. As more sponsors get involved, each class’s purse will increase. Doors open at 4 p.m., quick laps are at 6 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday race

Bohmer Racecourse Rt.66

The Go Kart races from Rookies to Juniors and Seniors will start at noon. The races will start between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. The track is located on Old Rt. 66 between Chenoa and Pontiac. Spectator entry is free, so come support the future stars of the race.

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