Tom Botos

By Tom Botos   Indianapolis,IN   7-26-09
What a racing weekend! With all the NASCAR Series racing all weekend long here In Indianapolis. The Brickyard 400 is on TV as I am listening to it in the background. If your a true racefan that supports most divisions of racing here in the midwest I guess Indianapolis is the racing capitol and mecca of the world? The Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 do get all the coverage in the world so I am not gonna recap it here! I am all about OUR weekly short track racers that feed NASCAR eventually. I will never be satisfied that our weekly short track drivers get enough coverage as it is. I do as much as I can as I have recorded interviews with veteran Figure 8 drivers Jeff Shackelford and Jeff Hizer. Shackelford and Hizer live in the Indianapolis area and I hope to see both of them compete at the next IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series event at Plymouth (IN) Speedway on Saturday night August 15th!
Saturday Night I went to Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway and witnessed an absolute war of a race in the Thundercar Feature between Ryan Amonett and last week's Feature winner Tony Stewart. The two drivers waged battle for 10 to 15 laps side by side with Ryan Amonett finally making the pass for the win.
Jason Atkinson won his 1st Late Model Feature of 2009 at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway Saturday night. Jason ran very well last week in the Raintree 100 for Late Models. Jason seems to be really dialing that car in good and he may eventually be a threat to the Late Model points lead currently being held by LJ lines.
This will be old news in MAARN but this Monday Night is the Redbud 300 CRA Super Series Late Model race at Anderson (IN) Speedway which is July 27th 2009. Harold Fair and Kyel Busch are scheduled to race in the 300 lap event. I am hoping some of the veteran ASA drivers will show up to meet the fans. Maybe David Stremme will show up as well? I am really looking forward to this race! I hope someone sells ASA vintage programs and souvenirs which would be nice for us devoted racefans.
Brian Reynolds really impressed me winning both the Hornet Trophy Dash and Heat race Saturday NIght at Mt. Lawn Speedway. Shaun Williams also a new impressive driver in the hornet division walked away with the Hornet Feature Satuday Night.
Coming Saturday August 1st at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway will be the Founders Day 100 Thundercar feature paying 1,000 to win. Late Models and Hornets will run as support classes this Saturday night at Mt. Lawn Speedway.The racing at Mt. Lawn has been awesome all season long with the double file restart format! The cheeseburgers,french fries and onion rings in the concession stand at Mt. Lawn are awesome! One nice thing about Mt. Lawn if you want to sit in bleachers you can or you can bring a blanket and lawn chairs and sit in the turns!
Also on Saturday night August 1st is a Thundercar 200 Lap Enduro paying $3,000 to win! The FWD Oval and Figure 8 Divisions,Thunder Roadsters and Legends will round out the program at Anderson.
Good news from Montpelier (IN) Speedway as they have been trying to get Super Late Models back on the weekly racing card at the 1/4 mile clay oval. There have been many message board posts on trying to drum up interest and support from fans,crewmen,and  drivers of Super Late Models in the Indiana area. I hope they are successful as we need a few more weekly late model shows in this area to attend. I have been to Montpelier (IN) Speedway a few times as they run a weekly show of UMP Modifieds,Modlites,Super Stocks,Late Models,and Thundercars. Please support this track as they are running these 5 divisions on Saturday August 1st! I would like to see Montpelier Speedway and Union County (IN) Speedway work together and have a twin track points deal with Union County already running every Friday Night! If you have any news,notes,or comments please email me at Gotta Go See You At The Races!!!
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