Indianapolis,IN By Tom Botos 6-7-09
Wow! is the only way I can describe another awesome
racing weekend has just passed as I went to Kilkare (OH)
Speedway Friday Night for the Main Event Series Late Models and
it is an awesome racetrack with nice and cordial people running
the place and I might add is a very well run racetrack as well!
If you ever get a chance to go to Kilkare Speedway I highly
reccomend it!!! I think they said they had 26 late models in
attendance. The track is a 1/3 mile and very fast and with its
weird 5 turn configuration it reminded me of the old Louisville
(KY) Speedway and Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. On the Backstretch in
the pits area grandstand they sit very very close to the track I
was in awe of the speeds those Late Models go down that
I met fellow columnist and writer Jerry Wahl and it was
an absolute pleasure meeting him! Everyone in the tower was very
friendly too and gave me printed race results and time trial
results for the late models which is very important and always
nice to have to send results to our midwest area websites and
MAARN News!Jerry Wahl I must say that Adam Mackey is an awesome
racing announcer and enjoyed the "coverage" I almost felt like I
was at a Nascar race but this was much much better. I have
wanted to go to Kilkare for years just never could find the time
and I am so very glad I did..
Saturday Night at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway the racing was
absolutely off the hook!! From the Dashes all the way to the
features it was door to door fender to fender sheet metal
banging racing!!! I knew from that 1st dash it was gonna be "one
of those nights" at the Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. The grandstands
were not standing room only but they were packed pretty dog gone
full! I had to walk much farther to get to my car. My best
friend was like "man are we gonna get a decent seat". It is nice
to worry about seats for a change in this dismal economy with
gas at $2.89 everywhere here in Indiana!
Scott Knepley won the Late model feature Saturday Night
at Mt. Lawn Speedway.Ryan Amonett won the Thundercar
Feature.Scott Knepley has won 3 late model features now and is
the points leader as is Ryan Amonett in Thundercars as Ryan has
at least two Thundercar feature wins.
Both Claborn brothers are back and racing at Mt. Lawn
which is good to see. I am not sure if they raced at all while
they were gone. Eddie Claborn was in his #00 Thundercar while
Kevin Claborn was in his familiar yellow #17 Late Model.Eric
evans suffered a flat tire in the heat race and was wrecked out
in the late model feature near the famous Mt. Lawn short turn.
Eric Evans is the 2008 Mt Lawn Speedway Late Model track
champion. Terry Cater who was 2nd in late model points last year
has not yet won a late model feature but his car is fast and
very strong and I am sure he will have a hot streak of luck real
Coming up this weekend June 13th at Mt. Lawn (IN)
Speedway will be the CRA Street Stocks in a wild and woolly 75
lapper! The UMRA MIdgets will also be appearing along with the
Hornet Division. Both the late models and the thundercars have
the night off.
The IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series has there
2nd outing at the Plymouth (IN) Speedway with a 50 lap feature
along with heat races. I may be riding up to Plymouth Speedway
with Charlie Hargraves one of the series founders and
competitors.It should be an interesting race on that 3/8 mile
semi banked bullring at Plymouth!
I met Todd Ridgeway Briefly at Kilkare (OH) Speedway
which was very nice shaking his hand while he was taking pics of
Super Lates in the infield at Kilkare.I did not meet Adam Mackey
officially but I am sure I chatted with him briefly in the
Kilkare Speedway tower.
Anderson (IN) Speedway has a Thundercar Enduro 200
Saturday June 13th. The enduro race will draw a whose who field
of area Thundercar drivers especially with Mt. Lawn not running
Thundercars on saturday!!! Rod Phipps has won thundercar
features at both Anderson and Mt. Lawn this season I bet he will
return fot the enduro Saturday at Anderson. Ryan amonett sat
below me in the bleachers at Anderson a few weeks ago I am not
sure if he will race in the Thundercar 200 at Anderson?
Thursday July 11th Brownstown (IN) Speedway is hosting
the UMP Summernationals! I have both Thursday and Friday off
from work to cover this race and rest and relax and I expect a
big field of cars as I believe Brownstown is kicking off the UMP
Summernational Tour this season. My hero Mike Jewell is leading
the Late Model points standings at Brownstown and I wish him the
best of luck if he races Thursday night.
Wherever you go to the races this weekend take a few
friends that never go to races of any kind.If the track sells
MAARN News please buy one and take home a copy of written racing
history home with you and keep it. I think our racing history
that is in print is very important! By doing this you are
supporting racing in the midwest which is what I am all about
and that is promoting our weekly short track racers on both dirt
and pavement each and every weekend. Email any news,notes or
firstname.lastname@example.org Gotta go see you at the Races!!!