Tom Botos

Indianapolis,IN  By Tom Botos  10-18-09
Hey Racefans I would like to congratulate Ryan Amonett on his winning of the 2009 Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway Thundercar Track Championship. I have seen Ryan struggle a bit  last season in 2008 but he came back in strong fashion and won more Thundercar Features than anyone else in the division and his battles with the # 20 of Tony Stewart from Straughn (IN) were classics. I hope that Ryan and Tony Return to do battle again at Mt. Lawn in 2010!
Congratulations are also in order for Doug Greig from Indianapolis who won the 2009 Innaugural IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Points Championship and also won the Season Championship Figure 8 at Anderson (IN) Speedway. The IOFS Series promises to have a few new tracks added to the 2010 Schedule with longer races and more double weekend shows back to back!
I had the pleasure of talking to Mike Gibson the promoter of the Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville,Indiana awhile back and he is a very nice guy to chat with and I could tell he is devoted to racing and his car counts being high for a weekly racetrack on Saturday Nights proves he is doing something right! I hope to get back to the Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway in 2010!
I also plan to hit Gas City (IN) Speedway  in 2010 as well they run a fast efficient program there and they are nice and cordial to me everytime I am there and that goes a long way! The UMP Modifieds and the Sprints put on a whale of a show at Gas City on Friday Nights. My work has my shift changed to 7am to 345 pm so I am not sure how many shows I can attend on Fridays but I do my best.
Congratulations to Steve Stacy on his 1st CRA Sportsman Victory at Anderson Speedway a few weeks back! The CRA Sportsman is a very competitive division with many talented drivers from tracks all over the midwest and the races I have seen just keep getting better and better!
Winchester (IN) Speedway hosted the Motion Motors Late Models the premiere division from Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway a few weeks back and Fred Hopkins in his #99 Late Model won the event. The Motion Motors Late Models put on a very good show at Winchester with veteran drivers Terry Cater and L.J.  running very well and I hope to see Jason Atkinson do very well in 2010 in CRA Sportsman as it looks like he has a brand new template sportsman car. I look for Jason Atkinson to do great things in 2010!
Derrick Griffin from Plymouth,Indiana won the CRA Sportsman race at Winchester Speedway on Saturday Oct. 17th. I have seen Derrick win several Sportsman Features at Plymouth (IN) Speedway in 2009. Derrick is a good driver and I have a feeling he will be a force to contend with in the 2010 CRA Sportsman Division. Bobby Blount is Derrick Griffin's car owner and with his guidance there may be no stopping Derrick in the future!
There are still a few races left if you are dreading winter as much as I am! Coming Saturday Oct. 24th will be UMP Super Stocks and UMP Pure Stocks at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon,Indiana. Twin Cities Raceway Park is a very family friendly track with good racing and decent affordable prices on food at the concession stand. Coolers are allowed at TCRP which to me is a very nice thing for racefans who cannot afford high prices on food items.
On Sunday Oct. 25th is the Halloween 200 for Street Stocks where up to 100 cars can start this race three wide! Salem has great food prices and great racing and I cannot think of a better way to close out the 2009 racing season than with a 200 lap enduro! Oh by the way the Halloween 200 is at the famous Salem (IN) Speedway!
Last but not least is the Monster Mash Races at Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway in Montpelier,Indiana. UMP Modifieds,Super Stocks,Modified Lites,and Thundercars will all compete during the Monster Mash at Montpelier Motor Speedway on Saturday Night October 31st! For more information on this event go to . If you have any news,notes,or comments please email me at Gotta go see ya at the races!!!



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