June 26, 2012
Dirt, dirt, dirt at The Dirt
They donít roll in the race
tracks in here in Illinois like they do in Texas. So you go home
with dirt on your face, dirt in your pockets, and dirt in your hair.
Really, thereís just a lot more dirt in Illinois. A pair of jeans
lasts a week in Texas, but you canít wear one here for two
daysÖbecause theyíre dirty!
Went to Lincoln Speedway in
Illinois, and it was a delight! The first time I ever raced was in
Lincoln, IL on a Tuesday night. It was a little racetrack back
behind the Dairy Queen, thatís no longer there. They now have a
track at the Fairgrounds. Iíve never been to this new track before,
and itís a really nice track. They had the POWRi Iron Midgets
which are full sized midgets with no wings and 600 mini sprints with
wings. The midget B main had 19 cars in it. Iíll tell you whatÖ
thereís lots of young drivers. They put on an absolutely great show
in the AÖslide jobs everywhere front to back. So afterward, I went
home thoroughly impressed with the race track, its operations, and
with the POWRi Midget Series. When the series came to Dallas they
had 62 cars at Cowtown! Dave Darland won.
The next night I went to
Charleston. The track surfaceis completely redone! Itís real racey.
It used to be a one-groove track. Now they have three grooves and
the guys race in all of them. This week they have the Mike Heddins
Memorial. $1000 to wind for street stocks. It will be smoking. JR
Wildermood told me he was taking the money.
The POWRi midgets on
Saturday night went to Macon. 90 cars from the POWRi and 140 all
together. Which, really, I think is pretty good considering
they were running against on the UMP Hell Tour at Fairbury Speedway.
Less then 75 miles away! There were huge crowds for the UMP Hell
Tour. Everyplace theyíve been stopping has been full.
Clint Boyer won at Sonoma in
the NASCAR race!! But I sure donít know whatís going on with Jeff
Gordonís crew. He has the faster car and heís a great driver and
they have ended up snake-bit every week. Iíd like to see him get on
a streak. The only dirt track driver I ever saw that was better
than Jeff Gordon was A.J. Foyt.
Wayne has some neat pictures
at Grayson County Speedway, and heís getting better with his
camera. Wayne has the front page photo this week. We have some
coverage by Chase from a new track 5 Mile Point Speedway. Gooseís
sprint car shot that is on the front page this week drew a lot of
comments. (Especially from the place that didnít want him taking
Itís supposed to be 101 here
on Friday. I plan to go to Farmer City Speedway. Everybody who is
saying how hot it is says itís supposed to be 74 at night. Well, we
went 42 days in a row where it stayed above 90s degrees in Texas.
You do sweat a lot more here in Illinois, though, I have to give it
that. But you better take a jacket because when the sun goes down it
Got the Hell Tour going on. I
hope to catch some of it next week. And the week after that they
have Indiana sprint week: 9 nights of sprint car racing in a row in
Indiana. Thereís lots of racing in the Midwest. The crowds arenít
as big and the car counts arenít as good up here, like in Texas. But
you canít fault the racetracks or the programs they run here in
Illinois. When they run 6 classes of cars and a 50 lap feature and
you get out at 10 minutes after 10pmÖ. You canít complain! Somebody
knows how to run a race track.