Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup Weekly Column
Indianapolis,IN     By Tom Botos    6-28-09
Hey Racefans, it was another awesome night of racing Saturday Night June 27th as Scott Neal won the CRA Street Stock 300 at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Forty CRA Street Stock gladiators started the grueling 300 lap brawl.Beau Mitchell from Owensboro,KY whom I interviewed in the pit area as well as Joe Beaver did everything they could to pass Scott Neal but could not get around him. I think if I remember correctly around 19 of the 40 starters finished the race. I promise you that you will not see a nicer field of Street Stock type cars anywhere as beautiful as what was seen Saturday Night at Anderson Speedway! The next CRA Street Stock Brawl at Anderson will be Saturday Night August 8th joining the CRA Sportsman for another wild and woolly slugfest on the high banked quarter mile.
A guy stopped me in the Anderson (IN) Speedway pit area Saturday Night and I did not think to get his name! He informed me that Katie Jackson whom competed weekly last season in CRA Street Stocks and is Joe Beaver's Daughter is pregnant with a child and that is why she is sidelined this season for now anyway. I wish her the best of luck with her new baby and I hope to see her in a racecar soon as she has at least one feature win under her belt from 2008!
It was great to see Dick Dunlevy Jr. compete at Anderson Speedway. He was involved in a few entanglements on the track during the Street Stock 300. I hope to see him return here and race again august 8th. Dick Dunlevy Jr. is a many time feature winner at Kilkare,Shady Bowl,and maybe Columbus (OH) Speedways.
Hannah Lundy is a Thundercar Driver each week at Anderson Speedway. She really impressed me Saturday Night holding off at bay until the last lap of her heat race the Thundercar Points leader Rod Phipps. Both Rod Phipps and Hannah Lundy put on a side by side battle that Rod Phipps won on the very last lap in a Thundercar Heat race.
Kim Mitchell is Beau Mitchell's Mother. I met Kim at the Kentucky Motor Speedway as she is a scorer there on Sunday Nights. Kim introduced me to her son Beau Mitchell and I really enjoyed interviewing him! Beau Mitchell has won races at Salem and Winchester (IN) Speedways and has a few CRA Street Stock wins at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Beau Mitchell plans on running the Firecracker 200 race and the Halloween 200 race at Salem (IN) Speedway. I wish Beau the best of luck during the rest of the 2009 racing season!
I had a few ideas last night while brainstorming with Dad about setting up a small booth at the races where I could sell MAARN News,interview and take pictures of drivers,and I have a few ideas for a Midwestern Racing Fan Club. I am not sure if promoters and track owners would permit me to have this booth but it is something I am workingon and thinking about. I definitely want to be more visable to drivers and would like for drivers and fans to ask me for an interview. I would like to have a fan of the week profile and driver of the week profile! So many ideas pop into my head and the hard part is figuring out how to implement them and also if these are good ideas or not. If anyone out there reading this column right now has some ideas on how to improve racing coverage please do not hesitate to email me! I want my column to be cutting edge,informative and as acccurate as I possibly can. Please bare in mind that I am human and that I make mistakes along the way.
If anyone out there has any ideas on how to start a MIdwestern Racing Fan Club please email me. I would like to see this being a Yahoo Group based fan club that is free to join on the internet. If I start this fan club and you would like to be a member please email me at I am trying to see if there is any interest out there for a fan club like this where we pass the time chatting over the winter months and also could have club meetings and cookouts at various tracks during racing season. I am a HARF club member here in Indiana but would like to see this club be more internet and Midwestern based having fans in Illinois,Ohio,Kentucky,and Michigan.
Coming this weekend is a HUGE weekend of racing as we celebrate our nation's independance. On Friday July 3rd is the IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series running at Anderson (IN) Speedway. On Saturday July 4th is the Raintree 100 Late Model race paying 2,000 to win at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. July 4th also plays host to the Figure 8 Madness Event at Anderson (IN) Speedway with School Bus fIgure 8s, the Immediadent Figure 8 Division,trailer races,FWD Division, plus Fireworks. On Sunday July 5th is the Firecracker 200 for Street Stocks at Salem (IN) Speedway.
Vermilion County (IL) Speedway has there UMP Summernationals race on Sunday July 5th with UMP Late Models,Modifieds,and Street Stocks. For more information go to . Don't Forget the IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series race on Friday July 3rd at Anderson will be a 50 lap slugfest of the best Figure 8 Drivers in the midwest! Thundercars and FWD Oval division will join the Outlaw Late Model Figure 8s in action at Anderson! Wherever you go racing this weekend be safe and drive carefully. For any news,notes,or comments email me at Gotta go see ya at the Races!

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