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August 8, 2006

Joe Buckles: Action Track fans prove their loyalty

Over the years, race fans have deservingly earned the reputation of being among the most loyal and forgiving in all of sports. Especially when it comes to dirt track racing.

A pair of admirable traits that were tested to the limits with last weekend’s running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track.

Depending on one’s perspective the event either offered the best or worst in dirt track racing.

About the only thing those in attendance probably could agreed on was that the 100-lap main event was the longest they’ve have had to endure in many years at the local oval.

Not since the early morning fiasco served up in the THAT Classic midget event back in 1996 have fans been forced to bear as much as they did Saturday night.

When a night goes as bad as it did Saturday, fans want and deserve answers why it takes two-and-half hours to run a 100-lap feature. If hadn’t been for the yeoman efforts on the part of John Berg, the only wrecker operator on the scene, the marathon affair would have been red flagged for the night.

When forced to sit through 19 caution periods for everything from spinning cars, several which were the same culprits on more than one occasions, broken track equipment and blinding dust, one tends to forget 12 lead changes.

No matter how gullible race fans can be, they deserved better than what they got Saturday night. Track and USAC officials had better hope fans have a short memory by the time the Hut Hundred rolls around next month.

The long faces among USAC officials late Saturday night came on the heels of a very difficult 72-hour stretch for the Speedway-based sanctioning body.

Their “new generation” Silver Crown cars drew an embarrassing short 14 car field at O’Reilly Raceway Park two nights earlier. Only six cars were on the track at the end of the 100-lap race.

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Just the right amount of touch: Megan Ramer chips the ball with just the right amount of swing to put the ball close to the cup on the seventh hole of Hulman Links on Wednesday during the city junior golf tournament.

  • Kuppler, Ramer hike leads in city junior golf tourney

    Champions for the 2014 city junior golf tournament will be decided today in the final round of competition at Rea Park.

    July 9, 2014 4 Photos

  • wallace.jpg Wallace wins UMP feature

    NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier led the UMP Modifieds 20-lap feature race through eight laps Wednesday night at the Terra Haute Action Track. But former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace found an opening on the bottom of the back straightaway and went on to win the race.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • odum.jpg Odum has 5 points for Pacers in summer play

    Former Indiana State standout Jake Odum contributed five points, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes on the court Wednesday for the Indiana Pacers summer league team.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patton stays hot at Martinsville Fair

    Freddie Patton Jr. was the leader for the second day in a row in harness racing action at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.
    The ace driver and trainer was in the bike for two winners and was nipped at the finish in a third race with 2-year-old trotters and pacers in the seven races on the card run in sunny, pleasant conditions.

    July 9, 2014

  • Terre Haute North Little League wins pair, advances to title games

    Terre Haute North’s Little League All-Stars won in two different age divisions Wednesday evening at West Terre Haute’s park, propeling both teams into District Four tournament championship games.
    In 11-and 12-year-old action, North defeated the host team 11-4 as Taneer Pittman went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and Kaleb Hannahs also went 3 for 4 with a double. For West Terre Haute, Trenton Broderick went 2 for 3.

    July 9, 2014

  • Riley All-Stars ready for Cal Ripken tournament play

    The Riley Recreation League for Cal Ripken youth baseball has announced its all-star teams and schedules.

    July 9, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Shouse team places 5th in AAU nationals

    The Indianapolis-based George Hill Rising Stars youth basketball team — which includes Dexter Shouse Jr. of Terre Haute — placed fifth in the boys seventh-grade division of the AAU national tournament that took place last week and concluded Sunday.
    According to Shouse’s father, Dexter Shouse Sr., young Dexter had games with 30 points (vs. Houston), 24 (vs. Memphis) and 20 points (vs. CP3 North Carolina). Standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall, he played point guard and forward.

    July 9, 2014

  • MVC Tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018

    Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018.

    July 9, 2014

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  • MET070814 allstar rosselli.jpg Prospect League All-Star Game: East makes early lead stick in 9-2 victory

    The West Division will have to overcome the East Division having home-field advantage for the second straight year in the Prospect League's championship series. The East jumped out to an early lead on its way to a 9-2 victory in the Prospect League all-star baseball game Tuesday night.
    Like the Butler Blue Sox and West Virginia Miners in the East, Terre Haute can turn its focus to battling for a second-half title to earn a playoff berth.

    July 8, 2014 4 Photos

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Indiana Pacers' Jake Odum (23) takes a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Odum has 5 points for Pacers in summer play

    Former Indiana State standout Jake Odum contributed five points, three assists and a steal in 15 minutes on the court Wednesday for the Indiana Pacers summer league team.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • MVC Tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018

    Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament staying in St. Louis until 2018.

    July 9, 2014

  • mundy.jpg College report: Former Patriot runner Mundy is ‘proud to be a Hoosier’

    After redshirting the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons this year, Chanli Mundy was eager to do one thing recently as she prepared to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Eugene, Oregon. “The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is being able to wear an IU uniform,” she said last week prior to making her cross-country trip.

    July 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Odum scores 2 points off bench for Pacers

    Three of the top picks in last month’s draft are adjusting to NBA at different speeds at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

    July 7, 2014

  • Terre Haute's A.J. Reed joins Manziel as an SEC Athlete of Year

    University of Kentucky baseball star A.J. Reed of Terre Haute and Florida softball standout Hannah Rogers have been named 2013-14 Roy F. Kramer Southeastern Conference Male and Female Athletes of the Year, according to a voting by the league’s athletics directors.
    “A.J. and Hannah are true examples of outstanding student-athletes,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday. “They have competed at the highest level of collegiate athletics, and through their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence, have been successful in their endeavors. They are fine representatives of their universities and this conference.”

    July 1, 2014

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Indiana Pacers' Jake Odum (23) takes a shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Outta here: Terre Haute Rex Tony Rosselli came in second in the home-run derby prior to the Prospect League All-star game Tuesday evening.

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