Trackside: Sprint car heroes fade away when driving days are over
Nowhere in motorsports can fame and fortune be as fleeing as that for short track racers. While stock cars will always have their Richard Petty, champ cars their A.J. Foyt, and drag racing their Don Garlits, those who compete on the nation’s short tracks just seem to fade away once their days behind the wheel come to an end.
- Trackside: Terre Haute’s Paul May blazes his own path in winged sprints Soon after strapping himself in a race car for the first time, Terre Haute’s Paul May garnered the reputation of doing things his way.
Trackside: A fitting tribute to Valley legend Bernie Mann
People gathered to pay tribute to a Wabash Valley drag racing legend at Action City Dragway USA this past weekend.
In a two-day stretch that ran the gamut of emotions for drag racing fans and racers alike, the 10th annual Bernie Mann Memorial went on as scheduled despite a bout with the weather.
Trackside: Novotney keeps the earth moving at THAT
Over the years the term rookie in motorsports has been as loosely defined as the role it represents.
World driving champions have on more than one occasion been classified in the lowly rookie status at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Most recently past Indianapolis 500 winners and Champ Car champions have been tagged with the label in NASCAR’s lower tier divisions.
- Trackside: Local race teams feeling pinch of rising fuel costs When the 2008 racing season unfolded, one of the major question marks surrounding the campaign was what if any adverse effects the sagging economy would have on the sport.
- Trackside: Cream rises to top in weekend racing A hectic weekend of racing generated results that displayed the present day dominance of the “Super Teams” of racing.
- Trackside: Get ready for spills and chills at Tony Hulman Classic Since its inception some 38 years ago, the Tony Hulman Classic has generated its share of thrills and spills for drivers and fans alike.
- Trackside: Action Track is back and it couldn’t be better If there were any lingering questions among Wabash Valley motorsports fans regarding the future of racing at the Terre Haute Action Track following an unsettling season a year ago, those doubts were laid to rest in impressive fashion over the weekend.
- Trackside: Pull those belts tight, it’s time for ’08 local racing With a break in the always unpredictable Midwest weather, the 2008 area motorsports season is slated to shift into high gear as early as this weekend.
- Idling Action Track will shift gears to new promoter By all measures the 2007 motorsports season at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds will go down as one the facility’s most troubling and least productive in recent years. But things are looking better as Dave Allison recently agreed to relinquish all promotional rights to the oval.
- Trackside: Sun is setting on Terre Haute Action Track’s season As the racing season rapidly draws to a close, any chance that fans will get one final opportunity to see racing at the Terre Haute Action Track this summer appears to be slipping away with each passing day.
- Trackside: Interest in Indiana Sprint Week remains high for Wabash Valley fans It’s time to sit back and reflect on a weekend of top notch open wheel racing at the state, national and international levels while preparing for the NASCAR invasion of Indy this week.
- Trackside: Wabash Valley racing scene mourns loss of Bill Biddle What’s started as one of the most difficult seasons in a number of years for Wabash Valley fans and racers became even tougher in recent days with news of the passing of local U.S. Auto Club car owner Bill Biddle.
- Trackside: Racing couldn’t have a better ambassador than Franchitti Random thoughts, observations and questions surround what is racing’s biggest weekend of the year.
- Trackside: Tony Hulman Classic brought out best, worst in sprint car racing Dirt tracks have been notorious over the years for bringing out the best and worst in the highly competitive world of sprint-car racing. Depending on one’s perspective, the 37th annual version of the Tony Hulman Classic delivered on both counts Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Action Track’s new operations man has plan to restore its image in community With a rich 55-year history of playing host to some of the finest in dirt track racing, the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds has generated more than its share of memorable and interesting season openers.
- Trackside: Dragstrip at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds is headed in right direction With the future of drag racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds floundering at the end of last season, fairgrounds officials knew they had to act quickly to upright what was a certain sinking ship.
- Trackside: Regional race tracks set their schedules With Jeff Gordon, Steve Kinser and Lloyd Walls having already visited victory lane this season, and with the annual Thunder at North Motorsports Show on tap today, can there be any question that the 2007 racing campaign is in full swing?
- Trackside: Race teams ready for busy season With the area racing season ready to shift into high gear, teams are making their plans known for what appears to have the makings of a very busy and highly competitive season for area fans and racers.
- Trackside: Looking back at a big year of racing in the Wabash Valley A review of the 2006 Wabash Valley auto-racing season reflected much the same story as that recorded on the national motorsports scene.
Trackside: Serious injuries derail rise of young open-wheel racer
When a young Brian Clauson emerged on the open-wheel racing scene, he quickly earned the reputation of being fast, fearless and first on race day.
Using a driving style that rapidly won over the fans, he often drew the ire of his fellow competitors and the eye of talent-seeking NASCAR car owners.
- Trackside: Action Track lived up to its name this weekend Over its storied 36-year history, the Tony Hulman Sprint Car Classic has produced its share of stellar individual performances. Possibly none better than the one that unfolded over the weekend at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Dedicated open-wheel fans keep tradition alive Occasional rain showers and a persistent rainy mist greeted a small but loyal group of fans and racers for last week’s Circle City 100 at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Rumors about Action Track make the rounds
The racing rumor mill, normally reserved for the offseason, has kicked into high gear in recent weeks.
Rumors regarding the impending demise of racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds and imminent departure of current Terre Haute Action Track promoter Dave Allison have been making the rounds on the Valley racing scene.
- Trackside: Die-hard road racing fans got a treat Sunday Reflecting on a soggy weekend at local dirt ovals and far too much time spent in front of the television: Die-hard road racing fans couldn’t have asked for more Sunday, with no less than four major road races being aired throughout the day.
- Trackside: Big racing leagues not the only ones chasing points Chasing points can draw out the best and worst of times in racing. Love them or hate them remain as much as an intergal part of racing these days as the green and checkered flag.
Trackside: Change doesn’t come easy in auto racing
By nature, racers are noted for their reluctance to accept change. It’s a trait that U.S. Auto Club officials know all that well these days.
Joe Buckles: Action Track fans prove their loyalty
Over the years, race fans have deservingly earned the reputation of being among the most loyal and forgiving in all of sports. Especially when it comes to dirt track racing.
A pair of admirable traits that were tested to the limits with last weekend’s running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Joe Buckles: Veteran racer wins title at Action Track
- Trackside: Wabash Valley racing back on the air Following a brief hiatus, Wabash Valley race fans once again have a spot on the radio dial where they can now not only get the latest news and results, but a platform they can express views on a variety of subjects surrounding the everyday happenings of their favorite tracks.
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