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September 30, 2009

Trackside: Action Track season ends on scary note

The checkered flag has fallen on what appears to be another successful year at the Terre Haute Action Track. Unfortunately, it came to an abrupt and near tragic end.

The wild, multi-car accident in the All-Star Sprints feature Sunday evening cast gloom over the season finale activities at the Wabash Fairgrounds.

Track officials were visibly upset at the chain of events that sent two drivers to the hospital and damaged the front straightaway catch fence to the point the race was halted eight laps shy of its scheduled distance.

The event appeared to have been snake-bitten from the moment it was postponed back in July.

Three previous race dates were wiped out by inclement weather.

To the credit of local and All Star officials, they elected to go one final try after the show fell victim to the elements Saturday. Knowing they would be competing with NFL football and NASCAR on the same afternoon they raced Sunday.

. What was to transpire in the main event was not.

“We’re thankful we had a heckuva of season. But you never want to have a season end this way with such a bad accident,” offered Action Promotions official Brian Dorsett.

“It’s one of those days you walk away sad because someone is hurt and families are affected by it. Racing takes a back seat right now,” Dorsett added. “This is our first time as promoters to see this bad of an accident. Fortunately the safety crew and fence did what it was suppose to do. That no fans were injured. It was just a freak accident.”

Not everyone saw it quite that way. Those critical of the present day “buy a ride” trend by an increasing number of young drivers say the turn of events only fueled the need for tighter controls on driver eligibility.

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