Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup    By Tom Botos  4-26-10
My racing plans were almost washed out completely last weekend as Gas City (IN) Speedway and Anderson (IN) Speedway were rained out as well as New Paris (IN) Speedway. I did get to see some great heat racing Saturday Night at New Paris Speedway. New Paris has a great street stock class that allows many variations on car body type. The Sportsman template body cars from South Bend and Plymouth Speedways are allowed to run with the full bodied Street stocks at  New Paris. This makes for some very interesting racing! I am not sure when I will make it back to New Paris Speedway as it seems like there is always a decent race here in my area closer to home on the very same Saturday Nights. I really wish New Paris Speedway was closer to Indianapolis! New Paris is one of the best weekly shows in the Midwest! The Pure Stocks at New Paris are very nicely painted and would pass for street stocks at tracks like Anderson and Mt. Lawn Speedways.
I goofed this past weekend and didnt bring my clipboard that has my Midwest Racing Roundup Fan Of The Week survery sheets. I had three fans of the week last week so I guess I can give that a rest this week right? If you are a driver and you would like a free racing webpage then please email me at . This webpage would go on under your state of racing on the map. I did interview several drivers this past weekend like Bobby Stremme,Bobby Schisler,Leonard Davis,Michael Tutino, and Josh Sommers. It is always a great time when you can chat with the drivers to gain there perspective on racing that an ordinary racefan does not see.
This weekend coming up is a huge one for area racing as Anderson (IN) Speedway hosts the rescheduled Night Of Thrills on Friday April 30th featuring Schoolbus figure 8 races,Trailer Figure 8 Race,Corkscrew Race,Rollover contest and the FWD Oval Division in action on the oval. Then come back to Anderson (IN) Speedway on Saturday May 1st for a regular show of Street Stocks,Figure 8s,& FWD Oval And FWD Figure 8 Divisions.
Gas City (IN) Speedway hosts The Kokomo & Gas City Speedway Modified Challenge event on Friday April 30th. The Non Wing Sprints,Street Stocks and Thundercars will round out this Friday program. Bloomington (IN) Speedway hosts a regular program of Non wing Sprints,UMP Modifieds and UMP Super Stocks as well on Friday April 30th.
Mt Lawn (IN) Speedway has there season opener this Saturday May 1st with Late Models,Thundercars,and Hornets. I have waited so long for Mt. Lawn to open that i cannot believe the time is NOW! I hear that Scott Knepley a Late Model Driver at Mt. Lawn Speedway has built a UMP Modified to race at Eldora (OH) Speedway a few times this racing season. I am nor sure if L. J. Lines will have a late model this year as i hear he may not have a ride put together as of yet. Mt Lawn Speedway 2009 Thundercar Champion Ryan Amonett is rumored to have bought a Late Model to compete in 2010. I really hope that Tony Stewart in the #20 Thundercar from Straughn,Indiana returns to race this season, Tony's battles with Ryan Amonett last season in thundercars were awesome and those memories will linger for a long time to come. Brian Reynolds  a Hornet driver last season really showed alot of promise and talent and I hope he returns to Mt. Lawn Speedway to do battle this year!
I have found and interviewed many drivers on facebook. If you would like a driver interview done in chat on facebook emil me at . You can add me as a friend on facebook as Tom Botos. Facebook has been invaluable tool to communicate with drivers,crews,and fans. If you get a chance try facebook you will find lots of race track pages and fans of racing.
Winchester (IN) Speedway has there season opener Sunday May 2nd with Bill Elliott  and his son Chase Elliott will have an autograph session at the Infamous Winchester Speedway! The CRA Super Series Late Models wage war in the Manning Service 100. The CRA Street Stocks will have a 40 lap feature and the FWD Compacts will round out the program with a 20 lap feature! If you have any news,notes or comments email me at Gotta go see ya at the races!!


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