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Indianapolis,IN By Tom Botos  10-27-09
 
Well racefans there are three races left to my knowledge in the midwest that will wrap up the 2009 racing season! Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier,Indiana is Hosting there Monster Mash Races with Modifieds,Modfied Lites,Super Stocks and Thundercars this Saturday Oct. 31st. Racing begins at 4PM so that racefans wont get so cold with these cooler fall temperatures we have been struggling with. For more information on this event and the track please go to www.montpeliermotorspeedway.com . Lincoln Park (IN) Speedway is hosting there Open Wheel Racin- Fest this Saturday Oct. 31st with racing at 6PM. They are running Sprints,Modifieds,Super Stocks,and Bombers with open rules for outside bombers from tracks like Brownstown,Lawrenceburg and Paragon Speedways. For detailed information on this event please go to http://lincolnparkspeedway.homestead.com/ .
 
Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon,Indiana is hosting there Hornet Nationals paying $300 to win for Hornets plus UMP Super Stocks and UMP Pure Stocks and Cruisers. Racing begins at TCRP at 6PM as well. For information please go to http://www.twincitiesracing.net/ .  I wish these races were not all on teh same day but rain canceled out Lincoln Park and Twin Cities both last weekend so it could not be helped but I think all three tracks will have very big car counts with the vast majority of area tracks not running!
 
The IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series Banquet/Racers Party is Saturday Night Nov. 14th with Karaoke,door prizes, awards and trophies will be presented to drivers as well. If you would like to purchase a $10.00 Ticket and attend this event call Lou Anne Hargraves at (317) 357-2227. Check out the IOFS on the web at http://www.iofsracing.com/ . 
 
www.racesontheweb.com is a neat website that offers pay per view short track auto racing from tracks in Michigan and also Arena Racing events that will be shown on www.racesontheweb.com as well. Racesontheweb has a 24/7 free channel with short track racing from tracks like Crystal Motors Speedway in Michigan amd Thunderbird Motor Speedway in Muskegon,Michigan. On Monday Nights is The Racing Show hosted by George Keen which is currently a live monthly racing show but during racing season is on every Monday Night on racesontheweb.com. On Wednesday Nights is Race Talk LIve with Ed Inloes and Larry Loynes both are track announcers from tracks like Spartan (MI) Speedway and Auto City (MI) Speedway. I have called in this show and talked to both of these guys as this show is from 7PM to 9PM on Wednesday Evenings.
 
www.stockcarextreme.com is a messageboard that i visit often and there are tons and tons of pictures of cars and tracks in the photo section as well as racing columns from great columnists like Larry Guise and Ron Verash. Larry goes to Super Late Model events all over the midwest and gives his perspective on many great racing events that I cannot attend myself. Ron Verash is a great columnist and he sells old racing pictures and memorabilia at many Michiana tracks in the Michigan,Indiana,Ohio racing area.
 
I am hearing rumors that Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell,Indiana may not reopen 2010? I do know that they canceled a few racing events at the end of there 2009 racing schedule. I hope this is one big false rumor as I hate to see any of our tracks close! Shady Hill (IN) Speedway is dropping there Super Street class in favor of the UMP Street Stocks which now run at tracks like Gas City (IN) Speedway and Kokomo (IN) Speedway. The UMP Street Stocks were dropped at Montpelier Motor Speedway earlier in 2009 due to low car counts so we will see what happens at Shady Hill in 2010.
 
The CRA Super Series,Street Stocks and Sportsman will be in action this weekend at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville,TN. This very could be the last CRA event at the track as there are rumors that it may shut down during the summer of 2010. I have never been to this track and I really hope we dont lose this historic track that has hosted so many legendary ASA All American 400 races in the past.
 
Congrats to Chuck Barnes for winning the Halloween 200 at Salem (IN) Speedway last Sunday Afternoon. A three car melee took out #00 Brett Hudson, #9 Todd Kempf and the #06 of Beau Mitchell all running in the top ten when the melee occurred. It was cool seeing CRA drivers Johnny Magee and Rich Boyer both famous Anderson Speedway track champions finish in the top ten of the grueling Halloween 200! #95 Brian Hopkins was running very well until he was caught in a huge wreck on the back stretch which ended his night. Brian is a very talented up and coming driver and I wish him better luck in 2010!
 
To keep up with all midwestern area figure 8 racing go to www.race8.com and http://www.iofsracing.com/ . Both have great messageboards as well as galleries of pictures and youtube figure 8 races from tracks like Anderson (IN) Speedway.
 
If you are interested in Racing Books and DVDs of races and want to expand your racing knowledge then go to http://www.coastal181.com/ . There are tons and tons of Auto Racing books and DVDs there showcasing and highlighting some of the biggest stars and tracks in American Short Track Racing. It is truly amazing how you can literally go broke with all the books you can buy on this website covering all types of tracks and racing divisions.
 
With temperatures being very cold at the last few races I have attended I decided to skip my Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week and Driver Of The Week features probably until the 2010 racing season. Any news,notes or comments please email me at indybear37@yahoo.com Gotta Go See Ya at The Races!

 


  

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