On the front page, we’ve got a tribute to Donnie Ray Crawford and his
Kevin Swindell topped the field with his third win at the Chili Bowl! Seems
like the cream always rises to the top. Sammy was second. Amy was overheard
in the pits after the race saying “well, my kid can drive a race car!” The
first time I saw Kevin s drive a racecar he was 15 yrs old at Florence Motor
Speedway, Timmonsville South Carolina. (Cale Yarbrough’s hometown). He was
racing with Pete Walton’s USCS Sprint crew on an asphalt track. He lapped
everybody twice in a forty-lap feature except the second place car – his
uncle Terry Gray. In 40 laps I saw him turn his hands to the right twice.
It’s the best asphalt run I’ve ever seen. And it was by a 15 year old kid.
261 Midget drivers from across the country. Tony Stewart NASCAR Champ, Levi
Jones USAC Champ. So many champs you couldn’t name them all. On Tues they
have a race of champions. Check out VA Dirt’s coverage and Goose’s coverage
on the sprint car photo page.
Well the next big crank up is the Winter Nationals in Florida. Are you
going? If not, why not? East Bay runs three or four days for each different
class…five tracks running 40+ nights of racing. You can see a complete
schedule on the Fla page, including track phone numbers and links to the
track website. I missed two years since 1993…that’s always a great trip!
East bay is a bull ring track quarter. If I had to choose one race to go to
each year I could pick opening night of the Lucas Oil Late Models at East
Volucia Speedway Park it’s a long fast ½ mile track … it’s 45 miles from
Daytona. The World of Outlaws struts their stuff there…along with the UMP
and All star sprints. The Asphalt World Series is at New Smyrna
Florida.….seven classes run in 9 nights. Florida Speedway starts it all off
early with Winter Nationals …. O’Bubbas raceway, formerly Ocala Speedway,
has a full slate of dates.
Our home base for the last 9 years has been the Days Inn North in Tampa…one
exit away from Busch Gardens. They have a $45 two person racer rate for the
winter nationals. Give Dan Samborn a call at 813-977-1550. Jan and Feb in
Florida at 45 a night is a steal. There’s no excuse for you not packing it
up and getting the heck outta this cold to go to the races.
We’ll have several reporters covering the tracks in Florida. If you have any
ideas, or you just want to say hi, stop in and talk to them. If you’d like
to see better coverage in your area of local racers, or know somebody that
would like to help us, talk to the guys if you see them in Florida…or
contact me at email@example.com and put team 2012 in the subject line.
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