Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup    By  Tom Botos 6-6-10
Hello racefans it was a weird racing weekend but a somewhat full one across the midwest. Kalamazoo,Shadyhill,Illiana,Mt. Lawn and Baer Field Speedways canceled due to rain on Saturday. Spartan (Mi) Speedway canceled on Friday due to rain. As I write this my friend Dave Egan is enjoying the OReilly USA Modifieds Series racing at Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway. Dave was my fan of the Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week back in April at Anderson Speedway. I am amazed at how many races Dave goes to at many different tracks both asphalt and on dirt. Dave calls me almost every weekend and tells me where he is going racing almost every Friday,Saturday,and Sunday Nights. Dave is more of a sprint car fan but he teases me that I have been to more sprint car races and tracks this season including Gas City,Bloomington,and Paragon (IN) Speedways. I am really torn because I am still really impressed with Paragon Speedways weekly Saturday Night show of four divisions and running two sprint features as long as they have 26 sprints. Paragon Speedway allows coolers which is really nice to racefans on these long hot summer nights were beginning to have at the tracks. I might just have to venture back out to Paragon Speedway again before the season is over! Sometimes I go to a track or race then I think "man I should have gone to this track or that race instead". I know when you have a really good time at a race or track you wanna go back again and again to relive the experiences you had and also make new memories with your racing family and friends.
I wish some of these trackchaser fans that I meet would write a short racing column talking about there experiences at each track following some touring series races versus regular weekly shows. I think I have just as much fun at a regular show at Mt. Lawn Speedway on a regular Saturday night than some of the bigger money paying shows for dirt late models. I have been to the World 100,Dream 100,The Jasckson 100 and yes these shows are memorable to me but some weekly regular shows have been memorable too. Your weekly Saturday Night racer deserves just as much press and media attention as the touring series drivers. Your weekly racers feed like a farm team the touring series in our racing areas. I am trying to get Dave to meet me on Saturday August 7th and go to the Super Late Model race at Shady Bowl (OH) Speedway. I have not been to Shady Bowl Speedway and it has been on my track chaser list for several years. Shady Bowl opens late and closes early so its hard to get over there between me going to all my CRA races that I cover and enjoy. I want to go to Midway,Skyline,Moler,Rocky Top,Hilltop in Ohio and Lincoln,Tri-City and Spoon River Speedways in Illinois.
I have a wishlist of tracks I would love to go to but I always end up going to an event closer to home it seems. In order to make it to these tracks that open late and close early I would have to give up some of the bigger races that I always attend each year here in my racing area. it is really nice having choices where to go racing and never get bored covering thsi great sport of auto racing.
I also wish some fans out there at these weekly shows would send or email me race results and tell me about there experiences at the track each night. The next thing you know you can be a full fledgesd racing columnist and not even realize what you are doing is helping promote your weekly track and drivers. In this column you would talk about if you met any drivers and how they performed in there races as well as tell us the car count and what happened during the races which is what I call the racing summary. I would like to get Dave and Chris "Miciana Racin"  to write and tell me there experiences at the track. My vacation days have all been set up around racing events and now I look at my racing calendar seeing shows I would like to attend but would need Friday off from work as well as Monday for some late Sunday Night shows that would involve some traveling.
The IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series travels to Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway  thsi Saturday June 12th for its first ever IOFS figure 8 racing event.Colmbus has run only schoolbus figure 8s on the track up until now!Jeff Shackelford leads the points standings for the Outlaw Figure 8s after wiinning the seasoner opener for the IOFS at Anderson Speedway. This should be a very interesting race for any track chaser being that these figure 8 drivers have never competed at this brand new figure 8 course!
Mt Lawn Speedway hosts a regular show of Late Models,Thundercars and Hornets  plus Mini Cups and FasKarts. on Saturday July 12th.
Anderson Speedway has the HOSS Outlaw Winged Sprints,Figure 8s,UMRA Midgets and FWD Oval Division on Sat. July 12th.
Mt. Lawn Speedway hosts a "CRA Spectacular" On Sunday June 13th featuring CRA Sportsman,CRA Street Stocks and CRA FWD Compacts rounding out the program.
Gas City I 69 Speedway has a regular show of Sprints,UMP Street Stocks,UMP Modifieds and Thundercars on Friday July 11th. Kokomo Speedway rained out Sunday Night June 6th because I thought about going there for the firts time in years! Go figure! I have a Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week I will add to next weeks article. Any news,notes or comments email to Gotta go see ya at the races!


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