Tom Botos

Indianapolis,IN     By Tom Botos  7-5-09
Happy Fourth of July Racefans if I did not mention it in last week's article! Eddie VanMeter won the IOFS International Outlaw Figure Eight Series 50 Lap Feature at Anderson (IN) Speedway Friday Night July 3rd. Jeff Shackelford started on the tail after he suffered mechanical issues with his #2 Outlaw Late Model.Jeff Shackelford drove his team #1 car that was driven in the heat race by Ben Tunny. Eddie VanMeter dominated the race as Jeff Shackelford came from the tail to finish 2nd! Coming this Saturday Night July 11th the IOFS Series will be at Plymouth (IN) Speedway for another round of Michiana figure eight action! For detailed information on this race please go to .
As far as I know almost all of the midwestern area tracks were rained out Saturday Night July 4th as most of the Indiana tracks all canceled there races early on so that fans and drivers could make other July 4th plans. I was miserable Saturday night as it rained all day and all night. I ended up going to the last Drive-IN Movie Theater here in Indianapolis. It was nice to go to the Drive-IN but I wanted to be at the races and I realized just how many drivers,fans,and crewman didnt get to race Saturday Night. I guess were all in the same boat when mother nature decides to dump on us!
Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway postponed there 39th Annual Raintree 100 for Late Models until Saturday July 11th. Thundercars and Hornets will be the support classes. Since I am an IOFS Series official I may have to miss the Raintree 100 now. I hope everyone else enjoys that race it should be a real dogfight as intense as the Mt. Lawn Late Models have been running as of late! For detailed information go to
Rob Allman won the Thundercar Feature Friday Night at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Rob has two cars including a CRA  Street Stock.Rob Allman has competed all season long in both of these cars. I would like to interview him I will see what I can do about that next time I see Rob in the pit area at Anderson. Randy Hoppes also had two cars as he has a Thundercar and also a FWD car that he had a For Sale sign on at Mt. Lawn Speedway. I believe he may have sold that car as well I will have to investigate this a bit further. It has to be very time consuming trying to keep two cars up each week!
Plymouth (IN) Speedway has the CRA Super Series 200 on Sunday July 12th. The CRA Street Stocks are also competing for $750 to win and a 50 Lap Feature. David Stremme is coming home to Plymouth Speedway to compete for 200 grueling laps on the semi banked and very fast 3/8 mile asphalt oval. The CRA FWD Compacts will  round out the program. For more information go to
Today Sunday July 5th is the Firecracker 200 for Street Stocks at Salem (IN) Speedway. I wanted to get this written before I left. I will recap this race in next weeks article! If you are a driver or crewman and would to be interviewed please email me at Gotta go see ya at the races!!!

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