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2-6-10    By  Tom Botos 

 

Hello Racefans! Before we know it, it will be time to go racing for our 2010 racing season. I have high hopes that this will be an exciting season with new track schedules coming out and new cars being built and old ones being updated and refurbished to do battle again to entertain us diehard racing fans. I wish I could go to the Florida Speedweeks as I have never had the opportunity to go to Florida for races anyway....

It is my understanding that Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell,Indiana is not opening for the 2010 racing season. I really hope a racefan will by or lease the track and keep it a racetrack. We cannot afford to be losing racetracks in a climate here in Indiana where no new tracks are being built to replace the ones that close! The way I see  it is when a racetrack closes that is one less option for us as racefans as far as a track to attend. This season when you go to the races please invite friends and co-workers as this may help create new fans and revenue for the tracks to stay open and entertain us for years  to come.

I wonder if anyone has any information on the oval dirt track known as Bunker Hill Speedway in Bunker Hill,Indiana ? The drag strip is still there but from what I heard the oval track has been sold??? This is another track I wish someone with deep pockets could resserect. I realize that most track owners struggle to make a profit and alot of them do it purely for the love of racing. Most of our hardcore weekly drivers in Pure Stocks,Bombers,and Street Stocks never make enough money while racing to keep there team going financially all season long. Whenever I see these pit crews working hard in the pits on the cars very few are paid any money and are friends and relatives of the drivers. When I walk by all the cars I think about how much money it costs to maintain the cars week in and week out and I appreciate as a fan what the drivers and car owners spend to entertain us! Most of us do what we do strictly for the love of racing and are not in it for profit but If a paid position came along I sure would not turn it down!

I attended the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Awards Banquet at the Brickyard Crossing Banquet Hall here in Indianapolis,Indiana near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnny Parsons and Tony Elliott were both inducted into the HARF Auto Racing Hall Of Fame for there awesome contributions to this great sport of ours. Bryan Clausson was awarded the HARF Driver Of The Year Award for doing so well in 2009 and during the Indiana Sprint Week. 

The Hoosier Auto Racing Fans  club is a very worthwhile group and they do alot for  our area drivers contributing to point funds and awarding T- shirts to Feature Winners on race nights at most of our dirt tracks and a few pavement tracks as well. By joining HARF you get into a select group of tracks for half price on designated HARF racing nights designated and agreed upon by HARF and track promoters. So in essence you get your money back just by attending discounted races sponsored by HARF. If you would like to join HARF please go to www.harfonline.org where the HARF Night discount dates are listed for each track for the 2010 racing season.  

The Vogler Scholarship Daytona 500 Party is Sunday February 14th at the Brickyard Crossing Resort Pavillion near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We will watch the Daytona 500 on huge flat screen TVs and I am sure will have snacks and soda pop to munch on while watching the race. I have never been to this party so I am looking forward to it!

 

Most of our Indiana tracks have there 2010 racing schedules out with the exception of Union County (IN) Speedway and maybe a few others. The Union County Speedway website is down which is not a good sign at all.If anyone has any information on this track please email me at indybear37@yahoo.com .

 

Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway has there schedule out with a few CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stock events scheduled for 2010. I really enjoyed the CRA races at Mt. Lawn last year as well as at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Mt Lawn (IN) Speedway opens Saturday Night May 1st with Late Models,Thundercars and Hornets as there weekly program on Saturday Nights. 

Anderson (IN) Speedway opens Saturday March 13th with the rescheduled New Years Day Bash. The racing card will be Thundercars,FWD Oval,FWD Figure 8,Pure Stocks and Mini Cups. I am very excited about the new Pure Stock Division this year at Anderson Speedway. I hope that they keep the lid tightly capped on the rulebook for this division so that the costs do not get out of hand for the drivers as it seems all these economical entry level divisions seem to "evolve" year after year and before you know it that Pure Stock is really a Late Model with a stock body on it. In order for our tracks to have a good car count all the stars must be aligned and if we get a good car count at the weekly regular shows then that will draw more fans to come and visit the track more frequently. The way I see  it the more cars a track has means better racing programs where fans get there moneys worth and will want to come back. 

Salem (IN) Speedway is building a 1/4 mile track inside there 1/2 mile oval including a Figure 8  Track. I hope that the new track will be done in time for the IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series event scheduled there on Sunday May 23rd! Salem is also starting a new FWD Division and Pure Stock Division that will run only on the 1/4 mile track. The Salem Speedway 2010 schedule is out but I wish they had more races scheduled than they do have. I hope that on May 23rd if the track is ready that a standing room only crowd shows up to support Salem Speedway. I would like to see more races  at Salem since they are spending so much money on a new track. I wish Richard Deaton good luck on his new ventures this year at Salem Speedway! 

Winchester (IN) Speedway will again feature  the CRA Super Series,Sportsman,Street Stocks and FWD Compacts in several shows during the 2010 racing season. I am glad to see the SuperPro Late Model Series also coming to the Winchester Speedway in 2010 with at least one show for racefans. I wish that Winchester would have a 200 lap Enduro for Street Stocks like they had in the past. The Motion Motors Late Models from Mt. Lawn Speedway put on a whale of a show last year running with the CRA Sportsman drivers in there events at Winchester. I hope that Winchester will again have the Motion Motors Late Models on the schedule at the end of the season at least. Watching drivers like Scott Knepley,L.J. Lines,Terry Cater and Jason Atkinson mix it up with the best CRA Sportsman drivers in the midwest is definitely a treat! 

Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway in Jeffersonville,Indiana is opening Saturday April 3rd with Fan Appreciation Night. There running X-treme Oval, X-treme Figure 8s,Dromer Oval,Dromer Figure 8s,FWD Oval and FWD Figure 8s.. You will get your moneys worth at Sportsdrome. They have good car counts week in and week out with great racing. For more information go to www.sportsdromeonline.com .

 

Brownstown (IN) Speedway opens Saturday March 20th with Super Late Models,UMP Super Stocks,UMP Modifieds and Hornets as there first night of racing in 2010. Twin Cities Raceway Park Opens March 13th with UMP Modifieds UMP Superstocks,UMP Pure Stocks and Hornets.

 

I wish everyone in the racing world a successful 2010 racing season. I hope to see more fans in the stands and higher car counts in all classes at all tracks. We must make 2010 stand out from 2009 and not let the economy dictate whether or not we have a good time at the races with family and friends. Any news,notes or comments email me at indybear37@yahoo.com . Gotta go see  you at the Races!!!


 


  

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