Midwest Racing Roundup By Tom Botos 8-26-10
Well race fans it was a great weekend of racing as I
went to Winchester (IN) Speedway Sunday for the Old Timers
Weekend which included the USAC National Sprint Car
Series,Superpro Series Late Models and CRA FWD Compacts.
Congratulations goes out to Justin Brown in the red #33 car for
winning two CRA FWD features in a row at Winchester Speedway!
Shane Hmiel won the extended 40 lap feature distance for the
USAC National Sprint Car Series. It was an awesome race as there
was alot of rough and tumble shuffling of positions behind Shane
Hmiel as you could have thrown a blanket over the cars behind
him as close and as tight as the sprints were running. It was
probably one of the best sprint car races I have seen in quite
Congratulations goes out to Al Cook Jr. for winning his
first ever Superpro Series Late Model feature at Winchester.
Derrick Griffin did everything he could looking high and low but
could not get around Cook to take the win. The Superpro Late
Model Series will return to the famed highbanks of Winchester on
Saturday October 16th as part of the Winchester 400 Weekend
Season Championship races all weekend long!Winchester Speedway
has become one of my home tracks the past few years and I really
enjoy the driving over there. I think of all the racing history
that has taken place at that track and all of the famous drivers
that have tested those treacherous highbanks there over the
years. I get this same exact feeling when I driver into the
Salem Speedway parking lot seeing the huge signs that these
storied two tracks display. Both Salem and Winchester Speedways
in my eyes are sister tracks and both demand respect as you walk
in the gates you know you have hit the "big time" as a fan and
driver to compete on those high banks is very brave and also
very entertaining for fans like us. Thanks to all the drivers
week in and week out that support the tracks and keep us fans
coming back for more!
I would like to see Salem Speedway hold more Sunday
races scheduling afternoon events in April and May with night
races in June,July and August. It is rough battling the heat and
the sun beating down on you during the hot summer months. It is
rough though the later that you start on Sunday means all of us
getting home late on a Sunday night to head to work Monday
morning. When Salem Schedules races on Saturday I feel they lose
alot of your track chasers that go to home tracks on Saturdays.
I feel Sunday is the supreme track chaser day where you get fans
traveling from other states and tracks to catch an extra race
each weekend.You can't please everyone with your race schedule
every year but I think if tracks held more special event races
on Sundays and midweek on Wednesday nights you attract alot of
track chasers and you will not affect the Saturday night regular
shows with drivers focused on running for points championships.
I took vacation days to go to the midweek shows at New
Paris (IN) Speedway and M40 (MI) Speedway and I absolutely love
having a reason to take off from work in the middle of the week!
Just give me an excuse anytime to go "racin".
Race fans I have finally done it! I made it to my very
first Michigan track Wednesday night at the M40 (MI) Speedway
for the very first ever BIg Gun Shootout paying $10,000 to win.
Mike Root from Berlin (MI) Raceway won the 150 lap feature which
was an all out hard fought war all night long. Only nine cars
finished the race which was very entertaining from start to
finish. The pure stocks ran a 50 lap race which was lots of fun
to watch as well. I had a great time at M40 Speedway as I met my
track chaser friends Dave Egan and Chris Ballentine there. I
told them they should be honored to be at my first Michigan
track and my first new track attended in 2010. They tease me all
the time about staying closer to home and going to the same
tracks all the time. I have done my fair share of "trackchasing"
over the years but in order to do this that means giving up some
races that I enjoy going to every year. There are only so many
weekends each month so picking and choosing can be very tough!
M40 Speedway is very very nice and is one of the nicest
facilities in the midwest! I just wish that it was right off of
the main highway closer to Indiana state road 15. M40 is a
great semi banked track and I wish I could move it closer to
Indianapolis for my benefit only!! The idea of watching outlaw
super late models each and every week I could get used to very
quickly! M40 does allow coolers and the tenderloins are the
finest and the biggest at any track in the midwest. The french
fries were crisp and had just enough salt to make them melt in
your mouth. If you get a chance stop by M40 and take in a race
on Friday night!
The CRA Champion Racing Assocation have scheduled an
innovative event on Saturday Sept 18th. The Welch & Wilson
Motorsports Rock n' Race 100 for the CRA Super Series Late
Models. The CRA Sportsman and Open Wheel Modifieds will also be
in action. There will be a live band at 3pm on Saturday with
racing at 7pm. Welch & Wilson Motorsports have Tommy St. John as
there CRA Super Series driver and they also sponsored the Red
Bud 300 race at Anderson Speedway this year. Advance tickets for
Welch & Wilson Rock n' Race 100 are only $15.00 and will be
available soon at 55 Gas America gas stations. I hope this event
is very successful so that Welch & Wilson will sponsor more
racing events in the near future! For more information on this
event go to
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