Tom Botos

Midwest Racing Roundup   by Tom Botos   9-30-10
Hello Race fans I have been very bsuy with work so I have finally made time to write this article before my bed time. A few weekends ago I went to Oreilly Raceway park here in Indianapolis,IN for the CRA Welch & Wilson Rock N Race 100. Congratulations goes out to Ross Kenseth for winning the 100 lap Super Series event. As I was watching the races I kept seeing a guy walking past me in and out of the grandstands. I noticed he had an M-40 Speedway Big Gun Shootout T-shirt on. I went to this race awhile back as it was my very first ever Michigan track ever visited. The racing was totally awesome that evening. I was surprised to see the same T-shirt I had on again that night. I followed the guy back to the concession stand to meet him. Little did I know that it was none other than Larry Giese from Cleveland,Ohio. It was very nice meeting Larry and chatting about racing for a few minutes. Larry writes the "Around The Asphalt" column featured on .
This past weekend I went to the Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway in Jeffersonville,Indiana for the very first time this racing season and witnessed some great racing and decent car counts. Sportsdrome Speedway still puts out one of the best and informative racing programs in the midwestern area. I make sure and buy one each time I go to that track. Jesse Tunny won the World Figure 8 Tour event which saw 14 cars wage battle which also brought Outlaw Figure 8 Style cars back to the famous "drome" speedway. Jerry isgrigg won the 75 lap Midwestern Figure 8 Event which also displayed a very bad crossover wreck involving the #10 car of Brian Wolfe and the #44 of Jerry ilari. Fortunately neither driver was hurt. Chris Workman won another Dromer Figure 8 Feature as well on this might. if you ever get a free weekend do yourself a favor and catch some great figure 8 racing southern style at the "drome".
Mt. Lawn (IN) Speedway is now closed until the 2011 racing season. I really hope that over the winter any disagreements over tire rules and car body rules are worked out so that some of the drivers that raced only part time at Mt. Lawn will make there return to the famous egg shaped speedway. I have seen some of the very best racing in the midwest at Mt. Lawn Speedway despite the tracks weird configuration! My opinion is that if you can master the famous short turn at "The Lawn" then you can drive or race at any short track in america and be competitive.
The CRA Champion Racing Association presents The All American 400 this coming weekend at the famous Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. This could be one of the very last events ever at this famous ASA short track as they have dodged a few bullets to stay open but I fear it may all come to an end very soon for this facility. I have never been to the track and I would not mind seeing a race there. If you are in the Nashville,TN area this weekend go check out this track as it may be your last chance to do so!
Vermilion County Speedway in Danville,IL is running this weekend as well. This event is a "save the speedway" event trying to build up fan interest as far as keeping it a race track. If you type in Vermiion County Fairgrounds on Facebook you will find all the event details as well. I do know that they are running 410 Non Wing Sprints,Modifieds and Pure Stocks along with mini sprints on Saturday October 2nd. I hope this event is very successful. I have seen some great Late Model and Modified racing at V.C.S. and I would really hate to lose it as a race track. The fair board is ready to blade this track over if not proven successful. Good Luck this weekend V.C.S. !
Gas City (IN) Speedway is hosting there door closer event Friday October 1st. featuring Non Wing Sprints,Modifieds,Street Stocks and Thunder Cars. I have all but exhausted my vacation days from work to go to Friday Night races this season. I would like to get to Gas City Speedway more often but getting off work at 3:45 PM puts me in rush hour traffic trying to go there or even Bloomington Speedway for that matter. Bloomington Speedway is now closed for the remainder of the 2010 racing season.
This Friday October 1st. Sportsdrome Speedway hosts the Chuck Winders Memorial 100 for Extreme Oval division type cars. Chuck Winders was a famous oval racing track champion at louisville Motor Speedway and won features at the Sportsdrome Speedway as well. There will also be qualifying heat races for the Extreme Figure 8 cars competing in the Figure 8 World 300 race on Saturday Oct 2nd. at the Sportsdrome Speedway. For more information on ths two day event go to .
the IOFS International Outlaw Figure 8 series will crown there champion at their final points race of the 2010 racing season Saturday Oct. 2nd at Anderson Speedway. The Outlaw Figure 8 cars will wage war for 50 laps off the high banks of Anderson with a very healthy entry list so far of some of the best figure 8 drivers in the midwest. The Culvers trailer fugure 8 race and the school bus figure 8 events are also scheduled on this "Night Of Thrills" program. Famous figure 8 drivers Bob Fields,Joe Beaver,Johnny Keller and Gene Huston will sign autographs for fans at the meet and greet prior to the racing events at the Famous Anderson Speedway!
Twin Cities (IN) Raceway Park hosts there final event for 2010 featuring Super Stocks,Pure Stocks and Bombers at the 3/8 mile dirt track. I have not been to this track this season but if you go pack you a cooler because they do allow them.
Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway hosts the Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals,MSCS $10,000 to win Sprints, Budweiser UMP Modifieds, AMSA Mini Sprints also on Saturday Oct. 2nd. Wherever you decide to go racing this weekend take as many friends with you as possible. These tracks need as many butts in the stands as possible to stay afloat. If you have any news,notes or comments please email me at Gotta go I hope to see you at the races!!!



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