Driver Suspended from Competition

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Andrew Behlke Suspended

Driver Suspended from Competition

On June 22, 2019 driver of the #6 Late Model Sportsman, Andrew Behlke, made the choice to hit another car under caution multiple times.  Per the rules (6:17) this driver was immediately disqualified from the race and forfeited both his pay and points for that event.  After being disqualified the driver then made the choice to stop his car on the front stretch and exit his car, putting himself and other drivers in a very dangerous situation.  As security and track officials, who had just finished with an earlier accident involving a head on collision with the wall, were making their way to remove Behlke from the track.  Behlke chose to reenter his car where he made another bad choice.  Andrew used his car to intentionally wreck not only his car but the car of another competitor.  Track officials were quick to break up any conflict and commend the other driver for not engaging with Behlke.  However, a crew member of the other driver put himself and others in danger by entering the track.  Per rules the crew member has been suspended for 2 weeks from Galesburg Speedway and will be placed on probation for the remainder of the 2019 race season.  After review of the incident, Andrew Behlke has been suspended from Galesburg Speedway for a minimum of 4 weeks and will be placed on permanent probation.  As part of this suspension a letter is being sent to all area tracks with details of the incident, preventing him from participating in any event at any track during his suspension.  There is ABSOLUTELY NO ROOM for these type of actions not only on a race track, where people can be seriously injured, but in life.  Eddie Santora Jr and the staff at Galesburg Speedway are committed to putting an end to these types of actions and promise to continue making the track something everyone can be proud of.

With crowds and car counts continuing to increase the vision Eddie and the Santora family have for the track is beginning to take shape; with the continued support of the drivers and fans, Galesburg Speedway will continue to be a place people love visiting.  We will not allow actions like this to define a place so many people have spent countless hours to bring back.  We hope that you can look at the actions of the individual and not condemn all the great people who participate and enjoy spending their Saturday Nights at The Burg.

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