Saturday, Sept. 22 is already going to be a huge night of racing at Hawthorne Race Course as 11 finals will be taking place for the Night of Champions card. These finals will crown the top Illinois-bred trotters and pacers in all age categories as part of a 13-race card that evening.
In addition to the 11 Championship finals, racing secretary Robin Schadt has added a pair of $25,000 invitational races to round out the card. One invitational will be offered for trotters and another for pacers. For details on these $25,000 events, please contact the racing office at Hawthorne at (708) 780-3690 or (800) 850-4188.
Joining the live action on the racetrack will be the return of some of Chicagoland's greatest drivers of the past for an autograph session and meet and great. Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee will be at Hawthorne along with: Nelson Willis, Connel Willis, Lavern Hostetler, Jerry Graham, Wayne Temple, Doug Hamilton, Joe Anderson, Carl Porcelli, Dwight Banks, Delvin "Ole" Insko, Dan Shetler, Ron Marsh, and Randy Jacobs.
These greats will be available on the first floor of the Hawthorne grandstand and will also be presenting in the winner's circle throughout the night. (Hawthorne)