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September 15, 2010

USAC sprints conclude Action Track schedule with positive night

TERRE HAUTE — In a season that has generated its share of memorable and not so memorable moments, the sprint car portion of the 2010 Terre Haute Action Track schedule ended on a high note Saturday night.

Near perfect weather and track conditions, along with some close racing throughout the night viewed by a soild fan turnout, made for an evening that laid a positive foundation for promoters to build on in 2011.

Subbing for promoter Bob Sargent, who was busy running his weekly show at Macon, Ill., partner Reece O’Conner of Kanakee, Ill., and Kokomo Speedway had nothing but smiles for a show that took the checkered flag at about the 10 p.m. mark.

The well-prepared track surface avoided lengthy down time for track prep resulting in a well-run and timely show that once again displayed the immense driving talents of Jon Stanbrough and dominance of his FoxCo Motorsports team.

Two great nights of USAC sprint car action got underway at Putnamville on Friday night and drew to a close less than 24 hours later at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

Despite some omnious weather forecasts earlier in the week, the two dirt track oval shows went on as scheduled rain-free.

Thats not to say that Joe Spiker at Lincoln Park and O’Conner and their hard working crews didn’t have to deal with some difficult and delicate watering decisions prior to their shows.

“Its always a gamble when you’re dealing with the weather. Guess you could say we got lucky tonight,” said Spiker. “It’s just something you learn to adjust to in this business.”

O’Conner says in his many years of staging shows at his home track at Kankaee Speedway and now Kokomo Speedway, one doesn’t make track prep decisions based on weather forecasts.

“Even if there is a 99.9 percent chance of rain we still water. Because when you don’t, it doesn’t rain,” offered O’Connor. “The weatherman isn’t always your best friend.”

He said they eleced to open up the track around 2 p.m. after early morning rain.

“We opened it [track] up so it could breath and dry up a little. The sun really saved us. By 4, we were putting water on it. It’s rolling the dice. You hope to guess right. Sometimes you guess wrong,” confided O’Connor.

O’Connor says a decision could come soon regarding their plans at the Action Track for next season.

“We’ll proably partnership with Bob [Sargent] if we do a contract. We haven’t done a contract with the [Wabah Valley] Fairgound. That’s in the middle of negoations right now.”

He will be back to prep the Action Track for the Oct. 9 SUMAR Classic for USAC then host a two-day special at Kokomo on Oct. 15-16.

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