Tom Botos


Midwest Racing Roundup by Tom Botos  9-13-08

    Hello Racefans as I sit here I am trying to decide where to go to a race tonight! I wonder if dirt drivers have as many choices as fans do and can pick and choose where to go.I assume if you have a UMP dirt car you can really pick and choose between a number of tracks to go to and know you will get UMP points.It is amazing to me how Bob Memmer organized and unified so many dirt tracks with his UMP rules.I  wonder how he did it and if he traveled to each track and wonder how many hours he spent talking  to track owners and promoters.

    I would love to see someone with this kind of vision and organizing ability to contact all the asphalt tracks in the midwest there owners and promoters and unify the car rules similar to UMP dirt tracks.I believe this would improve the asphalt tracks popularity with fans and give drivers more choices of where to race and maybe this would entice national sponsors to get involved with auto racing even more.If asphalt tracks had national rules  and points they could have season championship races in each state at a designated track with regional points awarded to all  drivers. I am always looking for ways to promote local  short track racing but maybe I am dreaming too  big for asphalt tracks?

    The Jackson 100  at Brownstown Speedway is Sept 19th and 20th with qualifying for Late Models on Friday Sept 19th with a full program of UMP Super Stocks and Bombers.Saturday Sept 20th is the 29th annual Jackson 100 for Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models.UMP Modifieds are the support division on Sat Sept 20th at Brownstown.For more infomation go to

     The Battle Of The Bluegrass Dirt Car series has a doubleheader weekend planned with series races at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City Kentucky on Friday Sept. 19th and at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown Kentucky on Sat. Sept. 20th.Each race  pays 5,000  to win and both are final points races for the 2008 season.

     New Paris (IN) Speedway rained out Sept 12th and Sept 13th and rescheduled there Season Ending Blowout races for September 27th and 28th with 100 lap features for open competition Late Models and Open competition Street Stocks and MIni Stocks for more infomation go to

      Plymouth (IN) Speedway has there Stock Car Festival Sept 19-21st with heats on Friday and a Super Pro Series 50 lap feature on Saturday and 100  Lap Super Pro Feature on Sunday along with a 75 lap Late Model Feature plus features for the Shady Hill Speedway IMODS,mini stocks,and FWD divisions.For more information go to

      Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville,Indiana has there Midwestern Figure 8 Champonship on Saturday September 20th along with a 40 lap Outlaw Figure 8 feature.The Extreme Figure 8 cars will be racing along with the Oval Extreme division and Dromer  Oval and Figure 8 Division.For more information go to

       In 2009 The International Outlaw Figure 8 Series will kickoff with rumored races to be held at Anderson (IN) Speedway,Sportsdrome (IN) Speedway,and maybe a race at Kilkare (OH) Speedway.I am very excited about this series  as i grew up going to General Tire Figure 8  races at Anderson and a few other tracks.In my opinion Anderson has the fastest figure 8 course in the Midwest and the drivers of these cars should get national exposure as having Late Model type cars on a Figure 8 track is rare and more racefans should see this type race at least once!

       The CRA Super Series Late Models have a 100 Lap Feature at O'Reilly Raceway park on Saturday Sept 20th along with CRA Sportsman,CRA Street Stocks,and Short Track  Trucks.For more information go to Thats all I have for this week! email news and notes to indybear37


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