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By Tom Botos   Indianapolis,Indiana    8-23-09
 
Hello racefans I am in the midst of a wild CRA racing weekend as Ronnie Rose went flag to flag winning the the CRA Street Stock 75 lap feature Saturday Night August 22nd at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Chad Poorman finished very strong in 2nd place with a hard charging Rich Boyer ,Josh Burton and Bubba Trinkle rounding out the top five! On lap 65 of the race Rick Erwin was sent airborn in turn three slamming into the turn three Safety barrels. Brian Hopkins and Bret Miles Jr. were also involved in this three car melee forcing  all three of there cars out of competition. Up until this racing accident it was shaping up to be a real barnburner of a race behind Ronnie Rose.
 
I have good news from Chandler (IN) Motor Speedway in Chandler,Indiana they have agreed to send me there racing results each week as they race on Friday Nights each week featuring UMP Modifieds,Street Stocks,Pure Stocks and UMP Mini Stocks. Chandler Motor Speedway is a 3/8 mile dirt oval located northeast of Evansville,Indiana. Harold and Phyllis Baker are the track owners with gates opening each week on Fridays at 5PM,hot laps 6:30 PM with racing beginning at 7:30 PM. Chandler Motor Speedway is located at 1099 Inderrieden Rd. in Chandler,Indiana. For more information on Chandler Motor Speedway log on to www.chandlermotorspeedway.com.
 
Friday Night August 22nd I went to Gas City (IN) Speedway for my 3rd visit there in my lifetime. Gas City Speedway was rained out Friday Night just as the non wing sprint car feature rolled onto the track. I love the view at Gas City from the grandstands as you sit very close to the track just like you do at tracks like Kankakee (IL) Speedway and South Bend (IN) Motor Speedway. I mean you sit so close at these tracks that you feel the wind and the dirt flying toward you! To me this is an awesome feeling of in your face dirt track action! The officials at Gas City Speedway are extremely efficient keeping the show moving very quickly having the next race rolling out the line up shoot as soon as the checkered flag waves!
 
Friday Night September 4th will be a full program at Gas City (IN) Speedway featuring Non Wing Sprints,UMP Modifieds,Street Stocks and Thundercars along with makeup features from the August 22nd rainout! I highly recommend you take in a race at Gas City before the 2009 racing season ends!
 
Josh Poore won the Thundercar feature Saturday Night at Anderson (IN) Speedway holding off Rod Phipps and Nick Warner at the finish line. These drivers fought very hard in the feature and were nose to tail at the line as Phipps and Warner did everything they could but could not get by Josh Poore.Nick Warner did return later Saturday Night to win his 5th FWD Figure 8 Feature in a row at Anderson (IN) Speedway.Jack Leisure won the FWD Oval Feature Saturday Night winning his 2nd feature in a row on the oval at Anderson Speedway.
 
Duane Chamberlain won the Late Model Feature Friday Night at Union County (IN) Speedway. Duane is a very talented driver as I have witnessed him winning the O'Reilly Allstar Late Model Series race at Twin Cities (IN) Raceway Park this season. I have only been to Union County Speedway once in 2009 because State Road 44 here in Indiana is under  construction and is completely closed making it very difficult to get to the track from Interstate 74. I hope to see more races at Union County in 2010 when the construction is completed.
 
My Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week is Kristi Wright of Muncie,Indiana. Kristi is 32 years of age and she is friends with several CRA Street Stock drivers at Anderson Speedway. Rod Phipps is her favorite driver in the Thundercars and Anderson Speedway is her hometrack.  Kristi would like to see more races at Winchester (IN) Speedway with her favorite series being the CRA Street Stocks touring division. Kristi has traveled as far as the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville Tennessee. Kristi believes that all tracks should watch the timing light better to ensure that drivers are not running over there qualifying times in the feature event. She has been a racefan all of her life. Kristi has attended the North vs. South Race in Nashville,TN at the Fairgrounds (TN) Speedway. Kristi was up and down out her seat all night Saturday hooping and hollering and waving her arms cheering on her favorite drivers which compelled me to ask her to be the Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week!!
 
Coming Friday August 28th is the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway along with the Budweiser UMP Modifieds being the support class Friday night for the Late Models. This will be my very 1st race ever at Lawrenceburg as I have driven by it several times in the past. I wish I could have seen the old track so I can compare it to the new 3/8 mile configuration. None the less I am very excited about this race and adding it to my trackchaser count list of tracks visited!
 
Saturday August 29th is a regular show at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway featuring Late Models,Thundercars,Hornets and UMRA Midgets. For more information please log on to www.mtlawn.com . Anderson (IN) Speedway has the Greg Dietzen Memorial Race for Legends along with Street Stocks,Figure Eights and Thunder Roadsters.
 
If you have any news,notes or comments email them to indybear37@yahoo.com Gotta Go See Ya At The Races!!!

 

  

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