Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup     By Tom Botos   8-15-10
hello race fans I would like to start this weeks column with my Midwest Racing Fan Of The Week awarded to Mike Kelly from North Liberty,Indiana. Mike is 41 years old and is an avid fan of short track racing especially dirt late models. Mike's favorite drivers are Billy Moyer and Dennis Erb Jr. I sat next to Mike and his friend Dave egan at the New Paris Speedway Summer Sizzler late model race. I could tell by Mike's emotion that he is a very serious fan of racing and is very opinionated myself included. Mike mentioned Macon (IL) Speedway as his favorite track of all. Mike goes to races mostly on Saturday Nights since he works late on Friday nights.
Mike says he would lower gate prices and raise the drivers purse if he owned or leased a race track. Mike says " a full grandstand at $7.00 a person is more income than a 1/4 full grandstand charging $10.00 or $12.00."
Mike has been a race fan since birth. Mike enjoys special events more than your average weekly shows. Mike does not mind paying extra money for a bigger purse drawing quality drivers to do battle at the races. Mike has been to the World 100,Dream 100,Show Me 100,Cedar Lake USA Nationals,Florency Speedways' North South 100,DTWC Dirt Track World Championship,The Hillbilly 100, and the National 100.
The following paragraph is a quote and opinion from Mike Kelly on the issue of the current economy and the "state" of weekly short track racing.
The costs of racing weekly for race teams has gone through the roof in recent years. The drivers purse is the only thing that has not gone up!!! I feel there is absolutely no incentive to build or buy a race car even when you win a race you still have lost money. The motot rules,tire rules,body rules and weight rules all with uniform consistency at most race tracks would help keep expenses down. The payouts have got to be improved and starting money is very important. It is very unhealthy to the sport when you pay $20,000 to win and $2,000 for second,$1,000 for third and $500 for fourth,a cheeseburger for fifth,a hotdog for sixth and a pat on the back with a thanks for coming for the rest of the starting field! I feel this purse breakdown for a $10,000 to win show would allow BOTH drivers and promoters to "profit" by making real money.
Mike Kelly's purse breakdown for a 10,000 to win show.
1st 10,000
2nd 8,000
3rd 6,000
4th 5,000
5th 4,500
6th 4,00
7th 3,500
9th 2,500
10th 2,000
11th 1,900
12th 1,800
14th 1,600
15th 1,500
16th 1,400
17th 1,300
19th 1,100
20th 1,000
Congratulations goes out to Rob Allman winning his very first ever CRA Street Stock Feature Saturday Night at Anderson Speedway! Rob is a very nice person whom I have interviewed and chatted with after the races all season long. I cannot think of a driver more deserving of a win like this way to go Rob!! Rob was able to hold off Rick Erwin,Brian Hopkins,Calvin Parham and Jeff Lane rounding out the top five. Josh Poore a CRA Street Stock rookie was mounting a real good charge through the field until he was spun out by a lapped car. Josh has really impressed me this season with the stiff competition in the street stock division. Don't forget Josh used to do battle evry week with Joe Beaver in the days of the Supertruck division and he also competed last year in the weekly Anderson Figure 8 division. I see really big things happening with Josh Poore in the near future good luck Josh!
Another driver that has impressed me is Derrick Griffin how he dominated Plymouth Speedway in the Sportsman division and has ran very well at tracks like Baer Field Speedway and Winchester Speedway. Derrick has done verey well moving up in outlaw super late models this year. I feel this young man will be around the racing scene and a contender for many years to come.
BrIan Ross has won a Great Lakes Late Model Series event and a few regular shows at Plymouth Speedway this year. I really wish someone would offer him a CRA Super Series ride a fulltime ride. I miss Brian's driving style and his battles back in the day with the likes of drivers Junior Hanley and Scott Hantz in CRA competition.
Montpelier Motor Speedway has updated there website with racing history and also all time driver win listings going back into the late 1990's. Montpelier is probably the oldest active race track in Indiana other than imdianapolis Motor Speedway,Winchester Speedway and Mt.  Lawn Speedway. Bloomington Speedway is probably the oldest active dirt track opening in 1923. Mt Lawn Speedway opened in 1934.The track known as Montpelier Motor Speedway was originally built as a horse track in 1903 but auto racing was not started until 1952. For more information on Montpelier Motor Speedway go to .
The CRA Champion Racing Association has added a big race at the O'Reilly Raceway Park on Saturday Sept. 18th. This event wil feature Super Series Late Models,CRA Sportsman and Open Wheel Modifieds. There is also a concert scheduled that day as well. On this same day the CRA Street Stocks will run at Anderson Speedway for there final appearance at the high banked oval in 2010. I have seen ASA Gran Marque Series races at ORP back in the 80's and this track can display some great racing! Well I have rambled on long enough please support your local track while you can while the tracks are still here and let the world know that racing is an important part of our American history and culture and should NOT be excluded from our history books! Ok I am off my soap box now! If you have any news,notes or opinions email me at Gotta go I hope to see you at the races!


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