Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup
Indianapolis,Indiana     By Tom Botos     3-25-09
Hello again racefans I have great news, Mount Lawn (IN) Speedway has released there 2009 racing schedule. Mt. Lawn Speedway begins racing on Saturday May 2nd which is my younger brother Mike Botos's Birthday. Mike has gone to many great races with me over the years like the World 3 Hour Figure 8 Championship at Indianapolis Speedrome,The UMP Fall Nationals at Eldora (OH) Speedway, several Outlaw Figure 8 races at Anderson (IN) Speedway,Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway,and the old Louisville (KY) Speedway.
      Mt. Lawn Speedway is an egged shaped tri-oval and they are running Late Models,Thundercars,and Hornets on Saturday May 2nd. Mt. Lawn will run every Saturday Night until Saturday Sept. 12th where they take a night off. In my opinion Mt. Lawn had some great racing and great crowds last season and I hope that car counts and fan counts comtinue to grow there even in our tough economic times.Mt. Lawn is a historic track and I wish someone would write a book about it or create a website to celebrate its great racing history. I would buy a book written about Mt. Lawn Speedway and Winchester (IN) two of the oldest tracks in Indiana..
      As you can tell over the winter I have become quite the racing history buff. I bought "The Ghosts Of Jungle Park", "The Rim Riders" by Buzz Rose which talks about the history of the CSRA Big Car touring series that went to tracks like Winchester (IN),Ft Wayne Speedway,and Jungle Park (IN) Speedway. I went to the "Bench Racers Weekend" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis and the "Old Timers Reunion" for Columbus (IN) Speedway. Seeing the old vintage cars on display at these reunions and as I walked around the old track at Jungle Park I relive the history of our great sport and appreciate the people that built our racetracks that we enjoy today and I wonder what it would have been like to be alive after World War 2 when racing enjoyed immense popularity. It seems that most county fairboards jumped on the bandwagon and converted there horse tracks into auto racing tracks. I wish I could go back in  time and go to some CSRA Big Car events at Dayton (OH) Speedway a track I never got to see as well as Ft. Wayne (IN) Speedway.
     I wonder what it would be like to see guys like Ted Horn,Everett Saylor,Duke Dinsmore,JImmy Wilburn, Mauri Rose,and Joie Ray race? I bought several pictures from Ted Knorr of some of these racing legends and now they hang on my bedroom wall. i wouldnt mind having some Dirt Late Model pictures to hang up as well.
     I am very concerned about the Future of Anderson (IN) Speedway. A track that I consider to be my home track along with Mt. Lawn. The 2009 Schedule has some great CRA races scheduled and I look foward to them very much. The regular weekly show at Anderson has suffered greatly car count wise the past few years with so many contributing factors. I realize Anderson's economy probably is not much better than that of Kokomo,Indiana both being car producing towns. I hope that the economy turns around and the racecars that are parked will be able to race again in the future! The more cars you have the better the program in my opinion. I hope all racefans can afford to go to the races every week this season.It would be nice if all we had to worry about is the weather on Friday and Saturday Nights ruining our racing plans.
     On Tuesday Night June 16th Anderson Speedway is having a 300 Lap CRA Super Series Late Model race. A race that Kyle Busch is expected to race in. I could be wrong but i think they scheduled this race on a Tuesday so that NASCAR and some of the old famous A.S.A. Drivers will be able to compete or be on hand as maybe Grand Marshalls? I don't know maybe I am dreaming here but I would love to pay tribute to stars like Bob Senneker,Dick Trickle,Mark Martin,Butch Miller,and Mike Eddy! I do know this race is to pay tribute and celebrate the memory of Rex Robbin's American Speed Association!
      On Saturday June 13th according to the schedule the CRA Street Stocks will run Mt. Lawn Speedway! I am very excited to see these great drivers on that tricky egg shaped track. Acccording to Mt.Lawn's schedule the CRA Street Stocks are not listed but maybe it is an error? Don't forget on Saturday June 27th the 300 lap CRA Street Stock race at Anderson (IN) Speedway!There are alot of great races coming up this year in the midwest if you are willing to travel including the ARCA 200 at Salem (IN) Speedway on Sunday April 5th and the Anderson 125 for CRA Super Series Late Models at Anderson (IN) Speedway on Saturday April 11th.Gas City I 69 Speedway and Bloomington (IN) Speedway both have season openers on friday April 10th. The CRA Sportsman are very competitive and they put on a whale of a show last year at Anderson. The CRA Sportsman will return to Anderson on Saturday April 18th. Sunday April 19th Winchester Speedway will have the Rich Vogler Classic with CRA Super Series Late Models,CRA Street Stocks,and CRA Compacts. and the main event will be a 40 lap USAC Sprint Feature. If you have any news,notes or comments send them to Gotta Go See you at the Races!

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