Biggest racing news this
weekend is Jr. winning in Michigan! He was a happy-looking guy and
he got he monkey off his back. It’s been four years since he won.
I’m going to tell everybody that doesn’t know about racing and isn’t
a racer: It’s hard to win a race!!! Jr. is one of the nicest,
down-to-earth people in NASCAR, and I was really glad to see him
win. He raced at Myrtle Beach Speedway when he was learning how,
and his dad made him run on old tires so he never did any good.
(New tires is the deal in Asphalt) So when he had new tires on it,
he went straight to the front. When he was in the old Busch series
his dad’s nickname was “The Intimidator” and his was “The
Dominator”. This win wasn’t a fluke! He just flat put it on them,
and he had a fast race car that he drove fast. Wasn’t a mileage win
or a pit stop win. So thumbs up to Dale Jr. and the whole crew at
the 88 car.
The UMP Summer Nationals Hell
Tour is underway. 29 nights of racing packed into 31 nights for
Late Models and Modifieds. You can catch the coverage on our new
Late Model Page and our new Modified Page. Click the Like button if
you like it!
I covered a new race track
this week. I’ve been to 18 racetracks and 19 shows, and this is the
first new track that I’ve been to this whole year. The track is the
Fairbury American legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois. You’d
think out of all the tracks that I’ve been to in Illinois I would
have been to Fairbury, but I hadn’t …and I missed out!! The race
was the Bob and Pappy Allen Memorial for Late Models. And Kevin
Weavers the Flat Land Flash. Flat put it on them. The speedway is
run by the American Legion and the Board of Directors. They’ve been
racing at the fairgrounds since 1946. (Fairbury is 135 years old and
the second longest running in the state of Illinois).
They’ve got back-stretch
grandstands in Illinois. I don’t remember seeing a back stretch in
Texas at all, or Louisiana or Oklahoma. They had more people in the
back stretch at Fairbury than a lot of tracks have in their main
grandstands. They had an old time wooden grandstand with a top on
it on the main stretch.
The racing was 4 and 5 wide.
They had full fields in every class for the feature: front car semi,
modified semi, and a Late Model semi. There were 6 classes in a 40
lap late model feature, and the race was over at a quarter after
10. Everybody there was friendly, and the food was absolutely
great. And everybody, from the track officials to the competitors,
was promoting Fairbury Speedway. Everybody I asked “do you come all
the time?” they’d say “oh yeah! Every week!” After the races the
crowds flooded the pit -- nobody seemed in a hurry to leave. And it
was easy to see why this place is a success. They’ve been running
for 66 years.
Wild Wayne has coverage from
Grayson County Speedway with a thumbs up from the drivers.
That’s all for now.