Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup   By Tom Botos   5-7-10
Yes racefans I have been very lazy this week as far as sitting down and writing this column. I have been working very hard interviewing drivers in the chatroom on and have done a few driver interviews over the telephone. A few weeks ago I interviewed #27 Curtis Chapman in the Figure 8 Division at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Curtis was alot of fun talking with! Curtis is a very entertaining talker and racer! Curtis told me that he prefers not to "dirty drive or driver dirty" Curtis said "if I cannot race clean then what is the point of being out there?" Curtis bought Mike Riddle's fas #85 red and white car from last year and has ran very strong thus far this season. I think Curtis will have his hands full with the likes of Dale Phillips,Jeff Swinford,and Johnny Magee who has been racing the hot pink #3 figure 8 car because Jeff broke his arm during a race at Anderson (IN) Speedway. Get well soon Jeff Swinford so we can continue to watch you slug it out each week in the rough and tumbly Anderson Speedway Figure 8 Division!
Oh by the way I hear through the grapevine that #21 Doug Riddle possibly could have a car ready for The National Crown Figure 8 Race at Anderson Speedway on Saturday July 17th! It appears Ronnie Rose will compete in both the Street Stock and Figure 8 Divisions this season. #7 Rob Allman continues to do double duty in his #7 Street Stock and #7 Thundercar slash Figure 8 car. I enjoy watching these drivers show there versatility driving both the figure 8 and the oval!
Mikel Knepley, # 30K Scott Knepley's brother has informed me that Scott will probably be at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway in his Late Model by Saturday May 22nd. Scott Knepley has been racing his UMP Larry Shaw Chassis Modified only at Eldora (OH) Speedway this season. Mikel says they have three races including a midweek Wednesday Night UMP Modified race in the next two weeks at Eldora (OH) Speedway. Mikel Knepley is the graphics and body guy for his brothers race team. Mikel says there Mt. Lawn Late Model is eleven years old and is one of the very first Late Models built for Mt Lawn in 2000 or 2001? Good luck to the Knepley Racing Team in 2010 at both Eldora and at Mt. Lawn Speedway this year!
The #76 Late Model of L.J. Lines has been sold and rumors are flying around about L.J. borrowing cars this season at Mt Lawn! I hope someone gives this driver a ride because he is a proven winner and is a former Raintree 100 winner and deserves a decent late model ride.
Jon Conklin are you out there? I would really like to intereview Jon as I miss his street stock cars at Anderson Speedway.Jon showed me in his few short years of racing at Anderson that he could muscle and and mix it up with the best of them! I know that jon sold his car but I still think he is deserving of a driver interview.
I would also like to interview late model driver Fred Hopkins who ran very well last season at the Motion Motor Late Model races at Winchester (IN) Speedway. Fred has a very nice #99 white late model. I wonder is #95 Brian Hopkins the son of Fred Hopkins? I am assuming they are "kin" remember I did not grow up at Mt. Lawn where the Hopkins drivers race more often than at Anderson Speedway. I have seen Brian Hopkins run very well at both Anderson and Salem Speedway in his #95 CRA street stock. I am hoping these drivers see there name in this column and will email me for an interview at hint hint?
Tony Stewart #20 Thundercar from Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway are you racing in 2010? Tony is from Straughn,Indiana and had some spirited battles with Ryan Amonett last season in Mt. Lawn Thundercars. Congrats to #76 Brian Reynolds on his Hornet feature win last week at Mt. Lawn Speedway. I really think Brian could win the Hornets points championship if he continues to run consistent week after week at Mt. Lawn. Good luck in 2010 Brian!!
This Saturday night May 8th is Spring Fan Nite at Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway. Fans will be admitted for $5.00 each and will see Late Models,Thundercars,and Hornets in action along with spectator drags! Races always begin at Mt Lawn at 7:30 PM.For detailed information on Mt. Lawn Speedway please go to .
The CRA Street Stocks invade Anderson (IN) Speedway on Saturday May 8th with Figure 8s and the FWD division as support classes with racing beginning at 8PM. I Have a feeling this will be a great race as the street stocks slug it out in a 75 lap feature event! For more information go to .
The #76 of Adam Bolyard from Mt. Lawn Speedway has moved up from Thundercars to the CRA Street Stock Division. Adam is very excited about this racing season and I wish him the best of luck in 2010 and I hope to run into him in the pit area sometime this season! I have not met Adam yet in person and I am sure he would be another great driver interview..
Congratulations on Pam McConnell on her marriage with Raintree Late Model winner Scott Neal! Pam has a thundercar this season at Mt. Lawn as scott continues to campaign with his #17 CRA Street Stock. I would like to interview both these drivers on what there intentions are this season in there racing careers.
Have I rambled on too much this week? I hope to do some Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week interviews this weekend providing I do not forget my trapper keeper and notebook again! I am really trying to get more interactive with fans and drivers as you are the meat and potatoes of this great spectator sport and I would not have it any other way! If you have any news,notes or comments please email me at . Gotta go see ya at the Races!!!


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