MADISON, Ill. – State Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, is welcoming visitors from around the country to the Metro East as NASCAR runs its first ever Cup Series race at Madison’s World Wide Technology Raceway.
“To see this track have its potential realized is the result of years of hard work and dedication by Curtis Francois and others who understood that racing had a future here in the Metro East,” Hoffman said. “We have a lot of great racing fans in our area, and it’s exciting to see the best drivers in the world come here while the nation watches.”
Hoffman joined today’s ceremonies at the track to present stock car legend Richard Petty with a state proclamation marking June 3 as Richard Petty Day in Illinois. Friday marked the beginning of the race weekend at the 1.25 mile racing oval, which will culminate with the inaugural running of the Enjoy Illinois 300 on Sunday by NASCAR’s top flight. World Wide Technology Raceway has previously hosted NASCAR’s truck series, and secured a Cup Series race following renovations and upgrades in recent years.