Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup    By Tom Botos  7-13-10
Hello race fans its going to be an awesome weekend of racing no matter where you decide to go catch a racing program. Before we get into this coming weeks racing action,lets talk about what happened this past weekend. Friday night I visited Montpelier Motor Speedway here in Indiana for my second ever visit to that track. The track itself reminds me of Gas City Speedway with its layout. The onlty difference I see is that Gas City is mostly black dirt while Montpellier looks more like brown clay to me. I had  a great time at Montpeliere Motor Speedway. Thanks to Lori and Harold Hunter for allowing me come in with  media credentials with such short notice.Aagain thanks to Harold and Lori Hunter for there hospitality as co-promoters of the track. All the track officials and employees were very nice and friendly. The food at the concessiion stand was reasonably priced and the entire facillity was neat and clean just like Gas City Speedway.
The racing itself was very fast and furious as soon as one race is over the next one is rolling out of the pit area. Montpelier Motor Speedway setting right in the middle of the town has a 11pm curfew and they waste no time getting there show done as quick as possible. The car counts were not too bad with the UMP Modifieds having a stellar field of almost 30 machines. Congratulations to Todd Sherman for winning yet another UMP Modified Feature Friday Night at Montpelier. Tony Anderson won the Super Stock Feature and James Headley won the Thundercar feature to cap off the evening. If you get a chance I hightly recommend that you catch a race program this season at Montpelier Motor Speedway!
This past Saturday was a regular program at Mt. Lawn Speedway with Jeff Marcum winning the Late Model 30 lap feature while Neil Marcum won again in the Thundercar division feature. Ryan Amonett parked his Late Model and ran a pink and silver Hornet to an impressive Hornet feature win. The Hornet feature was by far the best race of the night two weeks in a row as Joyce Dyer,Brian Lewis,Brian reynolds and Brian Slavey last weeks Hornet Feature winner all jocleying for position and points trying to get up to the front of the inverted pack.
Mt. Lawn Speedway was done early at about 9:21 pm so me and my racing buddy Rick decided to buzz on over to Anderson Speedway hoping to catch all there features! We missed the street stock feature won by Rich Boyer in his familiar #33 car. We also missed the thundercar feature won by #9 Nick Warner. we witnessed two mini cup features and the wild and wooly FWD Figure 8 won by #3 Ricky Tharp. There were alot of near misses as thsi was one of the best fogure 8 races I have seen thus far this season!
My Midwest Racing Driver of the week is Bryon Kiser from Warsaw,Indiana. Bryon is 38 years old and his home track is New Paris (IN) Speedway. Bryon competes in the New Paris Speedway pure stock division. Bryon would like to visit and race at Kalamazoo Speedway and M 40 Speedway if his budget would allow it. Bryon enjoys watching the HOSS Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series when they come to town at New Paris. Bryon has traveled as far as Joliet 66 Speedway in Joliet,IL for a race event. Bryon stated that if he owned a track he would do his best to treat all drivers fairly and with respect. He would try to keep all prices and fees affordable at the track for everyone involved in racing. Bryon has been a race fan for 30 years and believes all ttarcks should allow small coolers for the fans. Bryon loves to watch the street stocks and pure stocks  the most at New Paris. He has been to the Kalamazoo Clash,The Super Shoe,The Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway as well as the SUmmer Sizzlers at New Paris Speedway. The World 100,Dream 100, are dirt late model races he has been to.Bryon does not have any heat or feature wins yet as he is a new race driver. He hopes all race fans will continue to support there local track as much as possible while we still have them....
Coming up this Saturday July 17th at Anderson Speedway is the 61st Annual National Crown Figure 8 Race. This race is 75 laps with the best of the Anderson Figure 8 division dueling it out to the finish. The Motion Motor Late Models will make a special appearance with a 50 lap feature paying $1200 to win and $100 to start! The FWD Oval division and Pure Stocks will round out the program.
Coming up Saturday July 17th at Mt. Lawn Speedway will be the CRA Street Stocks for there 2nd appearance at the tricky tri-oval this season. The Thundercars and Hornets will be support classes Saturday Night at "The Lawn" I am really torn as I would like to see both these events as I support both tracks equally.
Below this Paragraph is the schedule for this Sunday July 18th Winchester Speedway is running USA  Modifieds,CRA Sportsman and CRA Compacts for another round of highbanked 1/2 mile action! If you have any news,notes or comments please email me at Gotta see ya at the races!

Schedule of Events

Sunday, July 18

Pit Gates Open 8:30 am

Chapel Service 9:30

CRA Drivers Meeting 10:00

Front Gates Open 10:00

CRA FWD Practice #1 10:30

USA Modifieds Practice #1 10:45

CRA L.M. Sportsman Practice #1 11:05

USA Modifieds Practice #2 11:20

CRA L.M. Sportsman Practice #2 11:40

Break 11:55

CRA FWD Practice/Qualifying #2 12:15

USA Modifieds Qualifying 12:30

CRA L.M. Sportsman Qualifying 1:00

Pre-Race Ceremonies (Compacts Line-Up) 1:50

Racing Begins 2:00

CRA FWD Compact Heats (8 Laps)

USA Modifieds Dash for Cash and Heats

CRA L.M. Sportsman Heats (10 Laps)

Bike Races

CRA FWD Compact Vore’s Welding & Steel 20

USA Modifieds Winchester 50

CRA L.M. Sportsman Howe 40


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