Tom Botos

By Tom Botos   3-29-10
  Hello Racefans I am now two races into our new 2010 racing season and I am itching for more and am very excited about the big events coming up in the MIdwestern racing area! Congratulations to Rusty Schlenk winning the season opener at Brownstown Speedway and Jimmy Owens winning the Indiana Icebreaker for Lucas Oil Late Models on Saturday March 27th.
Rob Allman won the Thundercar 200 Lap Enduro at Anderson Speedway Saturday Night March 27th. I am very proud to see a smiling driver win that gruesome race. Rob Allman won the race after a turn one mishap with a few other cars which peeled off the whole right side of his body work on the car.  The crew worked very hard in the pits to get the car repaired well enough to win a hard fought race with Rod Phipps and NIck Warner.
I am very sad to announce that Mid American Auto Racing News is no longer in publication and is now out of business. I will miss contributing to that paper with my race results and column. I grew up buying and reading that paper cover to cover at Brownstown (IN) Speedway. Before the internet blossomed the MAARN was my main source for results and columns to read. I really enjoy Jerry Wahl and Todd Ridgeways column in there and Eldon Butchers On The Write Track column which covered southern Indiana racing.  Well, it is a new season and we must think positively and move forward and try to cover our local weekly racers as best we can and that is what my intention is for 2010!
I just talked briefly with Rick Sweigart the owner and promoter at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. Mt. Lawn is opening Saturday Night May 1st with Late Models,Thundercars, and Hornets. Mt. Lawn Fan Appreciation Night is Saturday May 8th. Please mark your calendar as Sunday June 13th as the CRA Champion Racing Association comes to Mt. Lawn with CRA Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks to wage war on the egg shaped tri oval! I cannot wait for thsi race as the CRA always put on a whale of  a show at Mt. Lawn. The famous short turn at Mt. Lawn sure is a test for the traveling CRA Series and is always an interesting stumbling block as far as winning or losing a race. If drivers can master the short turn then they have the advantage over everyone else on the tricky track!
If you join HARF the Hoosier Auto Racing Fan club you get two for one admission all season long on Saturday Nights!  If you wanna join HARF go to . Mt. Lawn Speedway is the only track I am aware of that is offering this great discount to devoted racefans. So you might as well Join HARF and get the great discounts all season long at Mt. Lawn and other great Indiana tracks.
Saturday Night at Anderson Speedway during hot laps I was approached by Dave Egan from South Bend,Indiana. Dave is anvid racefan and follows both dirt and pavement stock car racing. Dave has been to Eldora,Knoxville,Iowa and Williams grove Speedway in Pennsylvania. His favorite drivers are Rich Vogler and Sammy Swindell. Dave was at Salem (IN) Speedway where Rich Vogler lost his life and to this day,Dave remembers that event like it was yesterday. Dave says he likes variety and enjoys Thundercars and enduros as much as sprints and late models on dirt and asphalt. Dave has been to about 485 tracks that in itself is awesome!
Dave says his hometracks are Shadyhill,Eldora,Oakshade Speedway in Ohio,and Kokomo (IN) Speedway. Dave has been a racefan for 36 of his 40 years of life. Dave has been to the Kings Royal Sprint Car Race,Knoxville Nationals in Iowa,Williams Grove Open,World 100 at Eldora and the Copper World Classic in Phoenix,Arizona.
Dave enjoys the World Of Outlaws  as his favorite touring series.
I told Dave he has definitely met all requirements and has qualified well to be named MIdwest Racing Fan Of The Week!!!
Coming Saturday Night April 3rd will be Street Stocks,Figure 8s,FWD Figure 8s and the new Pure Stock Division at Anderson (IN) Speedway.  Gates open at At 4pm with Racing at 7pm. For detailed information go to .
Do not forget the IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 Series will debut in 2010 at Anderson Speedway on Saturday April 10th. the IOFS FWD Division will also be in action as well that evening. This is the 1st race for the IOFS this year and it should happen and will on the greatest figure 8 track in the world and thats Anderson Speedway with its dauting high banks. There is nothing like seeing those wild outlaw figure 8 cars diving down off those banks and climbing up in the turns! If you have never seen an outlaw figure 8?  Come out to Anderson for a wild and woolly time as the IOFS always steals the show at Anderson Speedway!
Salem (IN) Speedway is building a new 5/16ths mile banked asphalt oval and figure 8 track inside the famous half mile track which is .666 mile actually? I have tickets for the ARCA 200 at Salem plus the Frank Kimmell Street Stocks will do battle in a 50 lap feature. i cannot wait to see how the new tracks are progressing! I am so excited about the season schedule at Salem this year! Anyway the ARCA 200 and Kimmel 50 are on Sunday April 11th at Salem Speedway. Come on out and check out the progress on the new tracks and bring your cooler and party while you watch the races! For more information on Salem Speedway go to .
Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon,Indiana hosts the No Way Out 40 for Sprints Saturday April 3rd along with UMP Superstocks and UMP Pure Stocks. This should be a good race especially if you craving dirt in your beer! I love the family atmosphere at Twin Cities and you can take in a small cooler for drinks and buy hot food at the concession stand at very reasonable prices! For any news,notes,or comments email me at . Gotta go see  ya at the Races!!!

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