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Hello race fans were right in the middle of a HUGE racing weekend with the Brickyard 100, Kroger 200 at O Reilly Raceway Park and the upcoming Redbud 300 at Anderson (IN) Speedway for the CRA Super Series Late Models. Kyle Busch is the defending champion of this race and is expected to attend and defend that crown Monday Night at Anderson (IN) Speedway at 7:30 pm. Chase Eliott, Bill Eliott and Ken Schrader are also scheduled to appear at Anderson Speedway.
 
I have talked about forgotten race tracks and "ghost tracks "before in my column but these websites deserve mentioning again. I wish when in retire to one day have a motor home and be able to "trackchase" and go to some closed tracks and see some new ones as well. Imagine being able to go to Florida during the winter time and maybe California and see races at there tracks while the midwest is still covered in cold and snow of the dull wintery season. it would be a dream to see every track I have ever seen a picture of or read race results about in a paper.
 
I have never been to a canadian track but if you like racing about Canadian race tracks go to http://www.motorsportscentral.com/old-tracks.asp . I wish we had a historical website like this that covered the midwestern area race tracks. this site is loaded with pics and historical information on Canadian "ghost tracks".
 
The next website overs tracks out futher west that are "dust in the wind" and when you hear the song playing on this website link it makes you think about all the past racers  dead and gone that raced every weekend at these ghost tracks . These drivers and tracks will live on with the pictures on the website capturing that racing moment "freezing" that moment in time forever. The Forgotten Tracks website is at http://www.forgottentracks.com/ .
 
I often look at the old photos on my wall from Jungle Park (IN) Speedway,Dayton (OH) Speedway and drivers like Everett Saylor,Red Campbell,Ted Horn and Tony Bettenhausen and wish I could back in time in atime machine and see some of these historic tracks and drivers!
 
Saturday Night I went to Mt. Lawn Speedway for a special show of Late Models,Thundercars and Hornets along with UMRA TQ Midgets,Mini Cups and Faskarts. Eight feature were ran with Terrry Goff winning the UMRA TQ Feature. Kevin Claborn won the Late Model Feature. Neil Marcum won another Thundercar Feature after battling long and hard tooth and nail with Kevin Claborn in his thundercar. Any driver can now run in all three divisions now at Mt. Lawn Speedway.
 
# 76 Brian Reynolds was charging hard to the front in the Hornet make up feature at Mt Lawn when Brian Slavey collided with him heading into the famous Mt Lawn short turn. Slaveys car was slightly damaged while Reynolds car suffered what looked like a broken tie rod. Brian was retired to the pit area for the evening. I hope Brian can get the car repaired and return to racing. Brian is a really good driver with very little sponsorship and I hope he can return as he has won 2 features thus far this season. Joyce Dyer won the Hornet make up feature while Ryan Claborn won the 2nd Hornet feature.
 
Coming Saturday July 31st will be the Founders Day 100 for Thundercars plus Late Models and Hornets at Mt Lawn Speedway. This should be a good race as the tire rules have been opened up a bit for more information go to www.mtlawn.com .
 
CRA Late Model Sportsman invade Anderson Speedway Saturday July 31st along with  Street Stocks,Thundercars and the FWD Figure 8s. These talented drivers always put on a great show at Anderson Speedway if you attend you will not be dissapointed.
 
Below this paragraph is infornation on the upcoming races at Montpelier Motor Speedway in Montpelier,Indiana. If you have any news,notes or comments please email me at indybear37@yahoo.com  Gotta go I hope to see ya at the Races!!!
 
 

  
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