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July 24, 2013

JOE BUCKLES: Sprint Week was big success at Action Track

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana Sprint Week 2013 is safely in the record books and once again the annual mid-season sprint car classic is basking in well earned success.

From record attendance figures at all six venues that were able to stage their shows, the series once again lived up to its hype and high expectations both from a competitive and popularity standpoint.

We all now know that Bryan Clauson is the newly crowned ISW champ. And deservingly so. 

What we don’t know is how that tight points battle for the title — slated for Tri-State Speedway in the series schedule finale — would have played out if mother nature once again hadn’t once spoiled the day for the fans and racers this summer.

The rain and eventual cancellation at Haubstadt dampened what had played out as a relative dry but typical a nine-day run of heat and humidity. Those who have followed the series over the years expect nothing less.

The annoying five-event stretch of postponement or cancellations at the Action Track this season came to a much-welcomed halt with the running of the Don Smith ISW Classic last Wednesday evening.

Promoters Reece O Connor and Bob Sargent were in need and deserving of a break in the weather and the pair were rewarded with what appeared one of largest turnout of fans in recent years.

Showing the obvious signs of three days of around the clock track prep, O’Connor was able to muster a well-deserved smile as the lights were being darkened at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds late into the night.

The veteran promoter noted that well over 100,000 gallons of water had been pumped into the high mile dirt surface by races end. 

“Tonight was a big plus for everyone involved. The fans the racers and management. You have to give the fans credit. They turned out in a big way even though it was in the 90s and the humidity being the way it was,” said the elated O’Connor.

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