News From Terre Haute, Indiana


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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
World's Tallest Water Slide: See It for Yourself Kim Kardashian Hits Up Valentino Show in Paris Four Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead Near Houston Connecticut Boy Dies Inside Parked Car Police: Prostitute Accused in Overdose Death Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Israeli Offensive Escalates in Gaza Attack Service Held for 200 Whose Bodies Went Unclaimed Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup' APNewsBreak: Different Attackers in Benghazi? Argentina to Face Germany in World Cup Final Raw: Obama Shoots Pool in Denver "Hotwives" Spoofs Reality TV Raw: 10-year Sentence for Ex-New Orleans Mayor Dodgers Found Partly Responsible in Fan Beating Raw: Rocket Explodes Over Israeli Wedding Obama Talks Economy, Slams Republicans Dozens Gain Citizenship As Debate Continues Weaver Reprises Ripley Role for 'Alien' Game Today in History for July 10th
NDN Video
Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel Pilot buys pizzas for travelers delayed by storm Klose nets record, Germany rout Brazil 7-1 'Purrmanently Sad Cat' Looks Adorably Sad All the Time Pharrell 'humbled' by success of mega-hit 'Happy' Day After: Brazil Reeling in WC Loss Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson Athletes Bare All for ESPN Magazine's Body Issue

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010