Trackside: Round four of USAC Spring Week ready to roar tonight at Action Track
The stage is set for what annually has become the biggest event of the year at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Round four of the U.S. Auto Club-sanctioned Indiana Sprint Week is slated to roar off this evening amid a host of track managerial changes and highly competitive field of cars and drivers.
Trackside: Ryan Newman hasn’t forgotten his Indiana roots
He may call the tar hills of North Carolina home and stock car his brand of racing, but NASCAR star Ryan Newman has not forgotten his Indiana or open-wheel racing roots. The popular Sprint Cup driver returned to the Hoosier state last week to meet with employees and officials at the Dixie Chopper Lawn Mower Manufacting center located just east of Greencastle.
TRACKSIDE: Putnam County has two of Indiana’s racing gems
With two of Indiana’s higher profile race tracks nestled within its boundaries, Putnam County is best known for its open-cockpit brand of racing.
After strong showing, Lincoln Park Speedway could become USAC fixture
Two of the more pressing issues for Wabash Valley racing fans in recent months have been the uncertain future of USAC midget racing at Hoosier ovals and whether Lincoln Park Speedway could remain a viable fixture on the Midwestern motorsports scene.
Trackside: Random 500, Hulman Classic thoughts
Some random thoughts, notes and quotes surrounding the recent running of the Tony Hulman Classic and Indianapolis 500: Despite the troubling times in IndyCar racing, the 500 still carries a strong measure of mystique even to the most casual race fan.
- Trackside: ‘Super teams’ have become all too familiar, even in dirt-track racing
Trackside: Rolling with Jon Stanbrough in Action Track’s season opener
If you’re looking to pick a winner for Saturday night’s season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track, look no farther than the familiar No. 53 Foxco Sprinter driven by Jon Stanbrough.
Trackside: Rev up those engines, it’s time for Valley racing season
With the sounds of race engines roaring to life at Wabash Valley racing facilities, it’s a sure sign the 2010 racing season is about to shift into high gear.
- Trackside: Action Track season ends on scary note The checkered flag has fallen on what appears to be another successful year at the Terre Haute Action Track. Unfortunately, it came to an abrupt and near tragic end.
- TRACKSIDE: Action Track finalé sends fans home buzzing It may not have been the Hut Hundred with its traditional 33-car field of midgets, but the final USAC program of the season at the Action Track didn’t disappoint those in attendance Saturday night.
- Trackside: IMS considering adding endurance racing
- Trackside: Rain wreaks havoc on best laid racing plans Back-to-back postponements on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit over the past couple weekends reveals how vulnerable the sport is to the elements. Unfortunately, the havoc of a rainout is not limited to the higher profile race series. Short tracks across the country face a constant battle with mother nature.
- JOE BUCKLES: New era starts at Lincoln Park A new era was ushered in at Lincoln Park on Saturday night as the Spiker family of Greencastle took over promotional rights at the popular Putnam County dirt track oval.
- Trackside: Could ISW improve upon recent success? Questions and random thoughts surround the much-anticipated return of Indiana Sprint Weeks to the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Greencastle businessman Spiker takes over Lincoln Park Speedway The third race postponement of the season at the Terre Haute Action Track may have made for a slow news day over the weekend but thats not to say the same period was not without a noteworthy announcement.
- Trackside: May hopes for good showing in Action Track’s feature In a relative brief racing career, Terre Haute racer Paul May has done his share of traveling and competing with the best winged sprint racers the country has to offer.
- Trackside: Third time’s the charm for Don Smith Classic It may have been six weeks in the making, culminating in a long drawn out afternoon-evening of racing, but the Don Smith Classic for cars and drivers of the Midwest Sprint Car Series is finally in the record books. The third time was indeed the charm for the event promoters and feature winners Jon Stanbrough, Steve Barnett and Robbie Shuttleworth.
- Trackside: SCORA is new, economical option for sprints With over four decades of involvement in racing, Terre Haute’s Sam Stockon figures he’s pretty much seen and done it all in the sport. And just when it appeared that the 73-year-old racer had grudgingly retired to the rocking chair two years ago, he has suddenly resurfaced as founder and director of a new sprint car series.
- Trackside: Weather, quick race make for great 38th Hulman Classic Over its storied 38-year history, the Tony Hulman Classic has had its share of losing bouts with the weatherman. Not so with the event’s latest running which played before a large crowd last week.
- Trackside: Novotney has Action Track ready for opener When he volunteered to take over the chores of serving as track superintendent at the Action Track last season, Chris Novotney knew he was in for an eye-opening experience.
- Trackside: Mixed bag for local racing in face of economic concerns With the cars and drivers of the Midwest Sprint Car Series prepared to tackle the Terre Haute Action Track this weekend, it’s a sure sign the 2009 Wabash Valley racing season is about to shift into high gear.
- Trackside: Reluctently, veteran engine builder Keith Kunz basks in the limelight Moments following the U.S. Auto Club Hut Hundred at the Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday night, veteran car-engine builder Keith Kunz appeared almost lost for words when asked to detail the reasons for his immense success at the local half-mile dirt oval.
- Trackside: Tight point races bring out best, worst of times for drivers With the 2008 racing season rapidly drawing to a close, newly-crowned track champions are starting to reap the rewards of a long summer of intense competition.
- Trackside: Nasty weather can’t slow down Valley drag racer A soggy three-day stretch may have dampened the spirits of fans and racers over the weekend, but not even the inclement conditions could sidetrack one of the top individual performances of the 2008 Wabash Valley racing campaign.
- TRACKSIDE: Competitive racing on tap with UMP modifieds Veteran short track racer Kenny Carmichael will be among the first to acknowledge that the UMP modifieds suffer from a lack of identity at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Valley racers chasing Wallys The stage is set for drag racing’s premier event, the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. National at Indianapolis’ O’Reilly Raceway Park. Often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of drag racing, the six-day event is slated to get under way today and run through the Labor Day weekend.
- Trackside: USAC Silver Crown trying to make its way back When the 2008 U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown season got underway at Phoenix back in February, it did so under the watchful eye of champ car purist.
- Trackside: Meet Kenny James, Valley’s best-kept racing secret An impressive list of credentials has earned him the title as the winningest driver in Wabash Valley Fairgrounds racing history, yet he probably remains one of the best-kept secrets on the area motorsports scene.
- Trackside: Racers turn out in big numbers to pay respect to memory of Dallas Montgomery Drag racers from across the Wabash Valley gathered at Action City Dragway USA on Saturday to pay honor to the man who helped keep their sport alive at the local NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip.
- Trackside: Racing, it’s a young man’s sport It has often been said that racing is a young man’s sport. A quick glance at the latest U.S. Auto Club race results and point rankings tends to offer a measure of credibility to such thinking.
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