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July 1, 2009

Trackside: May hopes for good showing in Action Track’s feature

TERRE HAUTE — 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.

Whether it be at the treacherous half miles at Eldora, Ohio, or Knoxville, La., or the many small bull rings that dot the Ohio and Pennsylvania short track scene, May has made his presence felt.

At the same time, he’s developed a reputation of being as fiery off the track as on it. As his fans and competitors will attest there’s little place for the middle ground with Paul May.

He may be best described as the “maverick” of local sprint car racers because of the direction he has chosen to travel when it comes to the open-wheel cars.

Unlike most of his fellow Wabash Valley sprint competitors who spend their weekends running non-wing sprints, May is usually on the road running with the winged All-Star Sprints.

Mays says there’s a simple reason why non-wing sprints are so attractive to the local racing contingent.

“It’s all about the costs traveling to run the wings,” explained May. “You can run the non-wings sprints around here three nights a week without traveling a 100 miles a night doing so. It’s not like that with the wings. Your on the road a lot.”

May and the drivers of the highly regarded Club All-Star Sprint Series return to the Action Track on Saturday night giving area fans one the few opportunities all season to see winged sprint cars in the Hoosier state — a state best known in open wheel dirt track racing for non-wing sprint car racing.

The All-Stars made a visit to he Action Track a year ago and their appearance here wasn’t without its anxious moments. Several days of rain prior to their visit made for a muddy race track.

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