Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup   By Tom Botos    7-5-10
Happy belated Independence Day my friends! It was a wild and wooly weekend of racing all over the midwest as we are really in the thick of the 2010 racing season with many tracks hosting there midseason chamopinship races with many drivers scrambling to add to there point totals at there special event races. Me and my buddy trackchaser Dave Egan were racing our brains trying to find any racing going on Monday July 5th. The only track running to my knowledge is Mottville (MI) Speedway with a regular show of street stocks,Mini stocks and mini thundercars.
Are any of you feeling the thinning of your bank account yet this season? I will be honest I use most of my tax check to go to as many races possible at the beginning of the racing season! I  try to go to as many races as possible before it gets so miserably hot that you cannot enjoy the racing. The UMP Summer National Tour has today (Monday) off for a much needed break! I have had to slow down my Friday Night racing trips in order to go "racin" on Saturdays and some select Sunday racing events. I really hate to pick and choose which races to go to and "give up" to go to another event. I feel that true race fans have the ability to follow both dirt and asphalt racing with equal enthusiasm. I hope the feeling of butterflies in my stomach before going to the races never goes away. I cannot think of a better way to spend the weekend than hearing,smelling and feeling the rumble of the cars racing passed you on the frontstretch at the track!
One thing  I like is sitting as close to the track as possible . I wanna feel the power and rumble of the engines flying by me that is just part of the experience. Tracks like Kankakee Speedway in Illinois you sit real close to the track. South Bend Motor Speedway in Indiana has a narrow path between fans and the track allowing fans to sit almost on top on the track.  Gas City (IN) Speedway is another up close in your face kind of track! Gascity continues this season to have good car counts in Sprints and UMP Modifieds  and they have great side by side racing on the black tacky dirt track. The two occasions I have been at Gas City this season there has been very little dust and great racing.
My Midwest Racing Fan of the Week is Joey Case from Three Rivers,Michigan. Joey is 17 years old and is crewman on the #88 Pure Stock driven by Stephen Lafluer. Joey's home track is M-40 Speedway in Michigan. Joey says his favorite drivers are #83 pure stock Cody Dale and #3 Todd Taylor from M-40 Speedway. Joey enjoys watching the CRA touring series and his fabrite division to watch is street stocks and pure stocks. favorite tracks JOey wishes he could go to more are Hartford,Butler and Berlin (MI) Speedways. Joey believes all tracks should allow small coolers for race fans. If Joey owned a track he would eliminate racing curfews,replace old bleachers and lower food and drink prices. If  possible Joey would lower track general admission fees allowing more fans to come to the races. Joey has been to the Kalamazoo Clash,CRA Shows at Plymouth and M-40 Speedway Octoberfest racing events.Joey has only been a race fan for three years  he reall enjoys the races and helping out on Stephen Lafluers Pure Stock. He invites everyone out to the track and have as much fun as he is!
My second Midwest Racing Fan of the week is Mikel Knepley of Greensboro,Indiana. MIkel is a crewman and graphics guy on his brothers #30 Late Model driven by Scott Knepley. Scott Knepley has one late model feature win so far this season at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. Mikel worsk very hard on his brothers car to maintain and have it race ready week after week. Scott Knepley also has a UMP dirt modified racing it at Eldora (OH) Speedway and Gas city (IN) Speedway.Mikel stays home and is caretaker of his father and when not busy with that he is working on the Scott Knepley race cars! Mikel's favorite drivers are Scott Bloomquist and Tony stewart. Mt lawn Speedway is the home track for Mikel and Scott Knepley.Mikel says his favorite touring series is the ALMS American Late Model Series which races at north eastern Indiana and Ohio dirt tracks. Mikel has traveled as far as Daytona,Florida to catch a race and Cleveland Speedway in Tennesee. If Mikel owned a track he would have $5.00 general admission and make all track fees affordable for both fans,drivers and race teams. Mikel has been to the World 100,Dream 100,4Crown Nationals,UMP Fall Nationals,Raintree 100,Anderson 400,Winchester 400,the DTWC the Dirt Track World Championship,Big Dawg 100,,North South 100, and the Jackson 100 in Indiana. Mikel is a fan of both dirt and aspahlt racing and is well deserving of being Midwest Racing Fan of the Week!
Saturday I went to Mt. Lawn Speedway for the Raintree 100 for Late Models. 15 cars started the race which Scott Knepley led until he was spun out accidentally and sent to the tail. Kevin Claborn finished 2nd with very weak breaks. Jeff  Marcum won his 1st Raintree Saturday Night. Neil Marcum won yet another Thundercar Feature. In the victory lane interview with Neil Marcum track owner Rick Sweigart said "you have one evry thunder car feature this season maybe we should put a bounty on you" Neil replied "its probably already been done".  Brian Slavey won the awesome Hornet feature coming down to the last lap of the feature  it was almost three wide wher #76 Brian Reynolds got hit by another car sending him off the track in the grass and over the timing light! Brian finished in 3rd coming all the way from the rear followed by Chase lane in 2nd with Brian Slavey getting across the stripe 1st to win.
Sunday night I went to Anderson Speedway for the IOFS Figure 8 Madness show with R.J.Norton winning the wild 50 lap feature.  The school bus race was alot of fun as well as the trailer figure 8 race. Nick Warner won the FWD Figure 8 feature and Josh Tharp won the Anderson Figure 8 division feature. For any news,notes or comnents email me at . Gotta go see ya at the races!


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