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Indianapolis,IN  By Tom Botos  7-12-09
 
Hey Racefans it was yet again another hot and steamy weekend of racing as I went to Plymouth (IN) Speedway for the IOFS Outlaw Figure 8 Series race on Saturday Night where Casey White from Indianapolis won his 1st ever IOFS Outlaw Figure 8 Event. Eddie Van Meter from Indianapolis,IN competed in both the IOFS Series event and the CRA Super Series 200 Sunday at Plymouth.
 
David Stremme won the CRA Super Series 200 on Sunday at Plymouth (IN) Speedway. Robbie Henderson won his 1st ever CRA Street Stock Feature on Sunday night. Robbie Henderson normally Competes at Angola (IN) Speedway.
 
It was almost a standing room only crowd Sunday Afternoon at Plymouth! I was told the parking lot was near capacity and eager fans cheered as local Michiana drivers like David Stremme,MIchael Thayer,Donny Klotz,J..R. Roahrig,and Tyler Roahrig all took qualifying times. This was a very racing oriented crowd full of eager racefans. Excitement was in the air all night long as new track records were being set in CRA Street Stocks.
 
I had the honor and privelage of meeting a great man in the world of stock car racing and his name is Ron Verash! Ron is a columnist and writer and he has promoted a few races to save South Bend Motor Speedway and he also has a huge racing booth full of pictures of big name drivers from almost any era you can imagine from all over the Michiana area. Ron Verash had his booth set up behind the scoring tower and tons of fans eagerly bought and looked through his massive library of "whos who" drivers from tracks in Indiana,Michigan,and Ohio.
 
I also met Ron Shultz a devoted racefan,columnist,and writer from New Paris (IN) Speedway. Ron has worked at New Paris Speedway under the legendary promoter Joe Hamsher who had his hand in the running of tracks like New Paris,Plymouth,South Bend,and Mottville Speedway in Michigan. I grew up reading Ron Verash and Ron Shultz' columns and it was awesome meeting these guys!
 
I found out that the #24 of Randy Hoppes from Anderson (IN) Speedway did sell his FWD car. By the way Randy Hoppes won the Street Stock Feature Saturday Night at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Congratulations on your win Randy! I hope to be able to interview more Anderson and Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway drivers here very soon!
 
The 39th Annual Raintree 100 at Mt. Lawn Speedway will be this Saturday July 18th. This race has been rained out the past two weeks! I cannot wait for this race! The Late Model drivers at Mt. Lawn Speedway have put an awesome show on all season long for the fans and they deserve to be covered and recognized! The Raintree 100 will have double file restarts until the last ten laps I think which is awesome for the fans.
 
The 60th National Crown Race will be this Saturday at Anderson (IN) Speedway.
The National Crown is one of the oldest continous stock car races in the country!
If I remember correctly at one time it was a 300 lap race. I think I read that on the legendary Bill Holloway's website a long time ago. The National Crown is now and has been the Premier Figure 8 race for the Immediadent Figure 8 Division at Anderson Speedway. I Hate to miss either of these legendary races!
 
I ran into the Legendary Late Model driver from Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway L.J. Lines and also Scott Knepley down at Salem (IN) Speedway last week!
Lines and Knepley were spectating the Firecracker 200 for the Street Stock division. Chuck Barnes won the Firecracker 200 by the way. I wish I could sit and talk to L.J. and Scott Knepley and chitchat about racing. Last season both of these drivers were very cordial with me as I took there pictures and greeted them. Scott has two or three wins and has been the points leader in Mt. Lawn Late Models this season. I wish both these drivers the best of luck this weekend in the Raintree 100!
 
I also interviewed Jeff Shackelford,Jeff Hizer,and Angie Dickens this weekend at Plymouth Speedway. Jeff Shackelford and Jeff Hizer are both veteran Outlaw Figure 8 Drivers from the Indianapolis area! Angie Dickens is the wife of street stock Figure 8 racer Richard Dickens. Richard and Angie have competed at every IOFS Outlaw Figure 8 event this season. Richard is leading the street stock car  points in our IOFS Racing Series. Both Richard and Angie Dickens want to help promote Figure 8 racing in the Kentuckiana area and help make the IOFS and Figure 8 racing grow in popularity with racefans all over the midwest.
 
Angie Dickens and myself would like to see more Figure 8 races held at tracks like Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville,KY and Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green,KY. There is one IOFS Figure 8 at Beech Bend in September which should be an awesome race as the infield is completely asphalt much like the Indianapolis Speedrome allowing Figure 8 Cars to race three and four wide sometimes through the crossover intersection! Just imagine a four way stop with NO stoplite and thats exactly what figure 8 racing is all about! The IOFS International Outlaw Figure Eight Series is a legitimate racing series and were looking for sponsors to support the IOFS in 2009 and beyond! To find out more about the IOFS go to http://www.iofsracing.com/.
 
If you are a figure 8 racing fan log onto www.race8.com or the IOFS website and join our messageboard there. Angie Dickens is on there as Mrs. Dickens and I am indyracefan as those are our screennames on www.race8.com.
 
My friend Harold Adams is Racinhawk on www.race8.com. Harold does an awesome job in helping to promote the Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway in Jeffersonville,Indiana. Harold takes pictures and interviews drivers every week there and he covers that track better than any columnist or writer that I know of!
Harold has a thread of posts on www.race8.com called the The Hawk's Nest where racefans and drivers have sent in pictures of famous drivers like Randy Sweet,R.J.Norton Jr.,and many legendary drivers like Larry and Rance Harmon from the Sportsdrome Speedway area.Mark Harmon is a very good driver and has won a few Figure Eight races at the Indianapolis Speedrome as well.
 
On www.race8.com there are also pictures of veteran drivers Mike and Doug Riddle from the Anderson (IN) Speedway. Doug Riddle has retuned to the Figure Eight Division at Anderson Speedway and won the Immediadent Figure Eight Division Feature Saturday July 4th at Anderson! If you just wanna chitchat about racing  or have news,notes or comments please email me at indybear37@yahoo.com .  Gotta go see ya at the Races!!!
 

  
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