Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup   By Tom Botos   5-17-10
Well since I didnt not write a column last week. I want to talk about what happened during the CRA Street Stock 75 lapm event on May 8th at Anderson (IN) Speedway. it was an abosolute whale of a show with # 17 Scott Neal billed ar "Mr. Excitement "when he is racing on the speedway is an absolute understatement! Scott reminds me of "Flyin" Brian Ross with there no holds barred driving styles. I have seen both drivers sacrifice there neat and pretty looking paint jobs to put on a show for the fans and also do what they can to improve positions on the track! Rich Boyer ended up winning the 75 lap feature but he had tons of pressure from #28 Jason Thompson and also #27 Josh Poore and of course #17 Scott Neal. #91 Rich Segvich was running in second place for many laps until his car broke. this 75 lap feature was full of side by side paint swapping,sparks flying racing action that I simply can never get enough of!
On Sunday May 16th Winchester Speedway had there season opener CRA Street Stock 50 lap Feature with #32 Bret Miles Sr. winning the race over #33 Rich Boyer. This race was darn good race with #73 puttting on a good show passing cars left and right. In that #73 car was Jeff Lane from Knightstown,Indiana. #28 Jason Thompson also ran very weel in this race. From what I have seen Jason is a hard charging no hards barred type of driver as well. I have seen Jason push his cars to the limit. I do not blame him as I would do the same to move to the front as quick as possible. I really think if Jason is patient some wins will come his way. His car definitely has the power to do some damage in the CRA Street Stock wars stay tuned!....
Friday Night I went to Bloomington (IN) Speedway for there UMRA TQ Midget show along with Bombers,UMP Modifieds, and Super Stocks as Ronnie Combs won the UMRA TQ Midget Feature ahead of #1 Terry Goff. Bubba Woods won the Bomber Feature while Clint Demoss won the UMP Modified Feature.The racing was pretty good with very few caution periods. I must admit that Bloomington Speedway has the most variety and best stock in the concession stand. the Gates opened at 5:30 and immediately the concession was stcoked and ready to go! The concession stand prices are reasonable the food very enjoyable.
Saturday Night I went to Anderson Speedway for there CRA Sportman 75 Lapper. Al Cook Jr. held off a very fast and hard charging #68 Charlie Hanna,Mark Lambert,Howard Kelly and Steve Stacy. Howard Kelly and Steve Stacy got tangled earlier in the race which sent Steve Stacy spinning out of control both recovered and finished the race in 5th and 6th position.
Again on Sunday during the Winchester Speedway Season Opener Ross Kenseth won the Manning Service 100 for the CRA Super Series Late Models.Ross Kenseth recovered from a tangle up with the leader at that point #14 Tommy St. John. This collision sent Tommy St john spinning into the inside retaining wall and he pounded the wall fairly hard. I wish Tommy St. John better luck in future racing events.
Mt Lawn (IN) Speedway and Bare Field (IN) Speedway both cancelled due to rain Saturday Night. Mt Lawn Speedway has Spring Fan Night Saturday May 22nd with $5.00 per person general admission.
Anderson (IN) Speedway hosts there Season Championships for all divisions including Street Stocks,Thundercars,FWD Oval ,FWD Figure 8s and the regular Figure 8 Division. this event is on Saturday May 22nd.
one thing I have noticed that I think we kind of take for granted is the expected car count each week at the tracks. We must remember that most of these drivers are not making enough money to live on or let alone the amount hat they are paid. these drivers scarifice there time,money and sometimes lives to entertain us!!
The next time you see a driver sitting or helping in the pits say hello because sometimes these drivers can be very cordial and will ask questions. Thank these drivers and let them know you appreciate what they spend in the racecar to entertain us! For information,News,notes or comments please email me at . Gotta Go See You At the Races!



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