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Tom Botos

       
Indianapolis,IN      By Tom botos     5-26-09
 
Hi racefans I hope you all had a pleasant and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! My weekend was totally awesome as Friday I went to the National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianpolis,IN.It was my first time attending this event which had tons and tons of racing pictures and souvenirs on display and on sale. I took some photos of the event that I will include with this article. I bought some photos of drivers that have raced at Jungle Park (IN) Speedway and Ft. Wayne (IN) Speedway.Many of these same drivers raced in the C.S.R.A Big Car Racing Series.These "big cars" are now called Sprints. I need to buy frames for them so I can add them to my collection on the walls!
 
Dick Wallen was there with his collection of very impressive racing books that covered USAC The United States Auto Club,Big Cars,Midgets and Touring Series for sprints and midgets through the years.Buzz Rose was not present....I was hoping to meet him as I own a few of his books.
 
Ted Knorr,former  promoter of Rennsalaer (IN) Speedway  and Warsaw (IN) Speedway was in attendance and I should request an interview with Ted has a huge photo library of racers from the past.
 
I met Dale Weis from www.stockcarextreme and Ron Verash the promoter of the Dick Beebe Memorial Race at South bend Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. I also met  Dennis Woods the webmaster for Plymouth (IN) Speedway.
 
Friday Night I went to the Siver Crown race known as the Hoosier Hundred. at the Indiana State Fair. Man! those big cars fly!Shane Hollingsworth won his 1st ever Hoosier hundred race ath the Indiana State fairgrounds Friday Night as a   packed House of fans looked on.
 
Saturday Night was the Jim Blount Memorial race at Plymouth (IN) Speedway. Seventeen Late models started the race that was won by Tyler Roarig. I believe this may have been his first win in a Late Model.The racing at Plymouth is fast  and furious just as I have remembered it!
 
Sunday Night was the Dick Beebe Memorial Race being held in May this year.Shane Sanders won a hot battle with Rich Boal and Bobby Stremme to win the Late Model Feature at SouthBend Motor Speedway.91 cars jammed the pits and all cars qualified and all race winners received trophies and photos taken in front of there car. Racefans in Michiana are very luck to   have Super Late model tracks like Plymouth (IN) Speedway and South Bend Motor Speedway. I am going to try to catch a race at New Paris (IN) Speedway before racing season ends! Gotta go see you at the Races!

  
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