Tom Botos

Indianapolis,Indiana By Tom Botos   9-15-09
Hello Racefans it was awesome weekend of racing with no rainouts in this area that I know of. Congratulations to Bart Hartman as he won the World 100 for UMP Dirt Late Models at Eldora (OH) Speedway Saturday Night. It does not look like I am going to make it to Eldora Speedway in 2009 because there is always races closer to Indianapolis at tracks like Winchester (IN) Speedway and Salem (IN) Speedway here in my home state of Indiana. Sometimes it is really tough picking and choosing where to go see a race when there are two or three premier races going on each weekend. Sometimes the very next weekend there are no premier/special races going on but regular show type programs. You can look it like this its either feast or famine in the racing world!
Friday and Saturday NIght I went to the Indianapolis (IN) Speedrome for the World 3 Hour Figure 8 Championship. Friday Night hosted 6 qualifying feature figure 8 races to determine the starting lineup for the World 3 Hour Figure 8 Championship. I was able to take photos Friday Night then turn around and forgot my camera on Saturday Night so there are no photos from Saturday Nights racing.
A capacity crowd witnessed Ben Tunny win his first ever World 3 Hour Figure 8 Championship as frontrunners and former World Figure 8 Champions Leonard Basham and Jack Dossey Jr. both were eliminated in a crossover incident at the Indianapolis (IN) Speedrome. Almost every driver that lead the World Figure 8 Championship Race eventually got tangled up in crashes or had skirmishes with lapped cars. Rodney Sizemore was in second place and led the race for many laps until he had mechanical issues on his car. The World Figure 8 Championship is a very intense endurance race where timing is of the essence and knowing  when and how to weave your way through traffic without destroying your car in the process! One error in crossover judgement could mean disaster for your racecar! I think you have to be daring and also have a little bit of luck on your side when u thread a crossover with your car being untouched! Some cars at the Indianapolis (IN) Speedrome go four and five wide through the crossover and please do not ask me how they do it! If you ever get the chance go to the World Figure 8 Championship at the Indianapolis Speedrome!


My Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week is Jeff  Albright from Saint Paris,Ohio.
Jeff's  hometracks are Shadybowl (OH) Speedway and Kilkare (OH) Speedway. Jeff's favorite driver is Jeff Gordon. Jeff likes to watch the CRA Racing Series events when time will allow that! Jeff has traveled as  far as Charlotte North Carolina to watch racing! Jeff believes  that if you have lower ticket prices  an concession fees thst more fans would come out to the races each week. Jeff has been an auto racing fan for 35 years. Jeff subscribes to National Speed Sport News and Circle Track Magazine.


Rick Stafford is my Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week from Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway.Rick is 44 years of age and lives in Indianapolis,IN. Ricks' hometracks are Mt Lawn  (IN) Speedway and Anderson (IN) Speedway. Rick has traveled
to tracks as far away as Kilkare (OH) Speedway and Plymouth  (IN)  Speedway to catch  a race.
Rick would like to see better grandstands for the fans and affordable food and drink prices acroos the board! My Midwest Racing Driver of the week is Jeff Smith from Indianapolis,Indiana. Jeff Smith is 33 years old from Indianapolis,Indiana. Jeff started racing in a late model figure 8 car in 1995. Jeff's first win came in 1995 in the street stock class at the Indianpolis Speedrome. jeff was Street  Stock Rookie Of The Year  and has 5 Roadrunner fature wins. Jeff has 2 street stock wins and 2 hornet wins. jeff  has three top 5 finshes in the 1/2 hour figure 8 race.
Mt Lawn (IN) Speedway has there season ending Stock Car Extravaganza this weekend featuring 2,500 to win for Late Models and 900 dollars to win for Thundercars. Hornet/FWD cars will compete for $300 dollars to win in there feature event. Please support your local tracks in there season ending races. I am dreading winter already! Any news,notes,or comments email me at Gotta Go See You At The Races!!!                                                          
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