Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup weekly column

Indianapolis,IN   By Tom Botos   7-19-09
Hello racefans it has been another fun weekend of racing! Friday night I was at Twin Cities (IN) Raceway Park for the O'Reilly All Star Late Model Series with almost 25 late models on hand to do battle for $5,000 to win. Duane Chamberlain won the 50 lap feature over Chub Frank. Greg Roberts won the UMP Super Stock feature,and Matt Bex won his first ever UMP Modified feature at TCRP.
Saturday Night I went to Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway  for the 39th Annual Raintree 100 for Late Models. Kevin Clayborn won his first ever raintree 100 in front of a good crowd of devoted fans who withstood a brief rain shower to start the evening. The racing at Mt. Lawn was awesome all night long as there were plenty of spins and crashes that kept the track cleanup crew very busy from a long hard night of racing.Several brand new cars were brought out with fresh paint jobs and new bodies with no dents and "scrapes". Tony Stewart from Straughn,Indiana won his first ever Thundercar feature Saturday night. Tony told me before qualifying that he and his family were going to Walt Disney World for a family vacation very soon. I somehow doubt the way his car was running that he will skip racing the next few weeks to go to the amusement park. We will just have to wait and see if this rejuvinates his racing team. Tony Stewart said he has been racing on an off for about 10 years at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway.Kyle Evans won the Hornet feature that was a major crashfest to say the least. One thing is for sure there is always plenty of action at Mt. Lawn Speedway with there doublefile restarts in every race!
Check out an awesome website that I frequent quite a bit. To watch races at home that are streaming live from several Michigan tracks log on to . Verwayne Greenhoe and Lee Wonnacott are looking for sponsors to offset the cost  of this awesome website where you can watch races 24/7 anytime day or night! Racefans can see races from tracks like Crystal (MI) Speedway,Thunderbird (MI) Speedway,Merritt (MI) Speedway,and Kokomo (IN) Speedway! There is a racing archive where you can watch past races and catch "The Racing Show with George Keen which airs live on Monday Nites at 7pm. The Racing Show is a live TV show with special guests and racing news each and every week! I hope that races on the web can find sponsorship to stay on the air instead of having to become pay per view. The website is very cutting edge offering our weekly short track racing for racefans overseas and for fans that cannot get to the racetrack each week. If you would like to sponsor there is a link on that website to email Verwayne Greenhoe and Lee Wonnacott.
Coming this week is a regular show of Late Models,Thundercars,and Hornets at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway.Anderson (IN) Speedway has a 200 Lap Midget race for USAC National Midgets along with Kenyon Midgets. The Founders Day 100 for Thundercars has been postponed until Saturday August 1st at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway.I cannot wait for the Redbud 300 for CRA Super Series Late Models on Monday July 27th at Anderson! Harold Fair and Kyle Busch are scheduled to race in the 300 lapper! The Redbud 300 celebrates all the history the fame that the old ASA series brought to Anderson Speedway. I wish Bob Senneker,MIke Eddy,Mark Martin,Dick Trickle,and Butch Miller could all come back for one more slugfest race off the high banks at Anderson Speedway! One can only "dream" I guess right??
I have worked very hard this season to get more tracks in the midwest to send in there results to MAARN News and the websites that support my racing column here. Shadyhill (IN) Speedway in Medaryville,Indiana are now send me there results each week. Shadyhill is a 1/4 mile dirt bullring with a weekly show of UMP Modifieds,Pure Streets,Super Streets,Barefoots,and I-Mods which are similar to UMP Modifieds. I hope that MAARN can print the results each week from Shadyhill (IN) Speedway. I am here to support weekly local short track racing and I  think all tracks and local drivers deserve more recognition than they are getting!
If you are a driver and you would like to be interviewed or would like a free driver page on please email me at Gotta go see ya at the Races!

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