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May 7, 2008

Trackside: Action Track is back and it couldn’t be better

TERRE HAUTE — If there were any lingering questions among Wabash Valley motorsports fans regarding the future of racing at the Terre Haute Action Track following an unsettling season a year ago, those doubts were laid to rest in impressive fashion over the weekend.

Thanks to the yeoman efforts of DHK Promotions, the famed oval not only sported a vibrant new look but served up racing that sent a sizable fan turnout home buzzing.

Yes, racing has returned to the Action Track and it couldn’t have been better. The closing laps of the Don Smith Classic provided a brand of racing that the five remaining events on the track schedule will be hard pressed to match. Just bring it on.

A big tip of the hat to Chris Novotney and Tim Wolfe for their countless hours of track prep. The pair were brought in on an advisory bases to get the track back in shape. They went far beyond that and the old place never looked better in or out.

Wolfe noted that they dumped close to 100,00 gallons of water on the half-mile oval between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Ripped the surface Saturday morning, added more water, then sheepfooted the track before closing it up. Then ripped it a second time raceday morning.

Among those in attendance Sunday was Tri-State Speedway track owner-operator Tom Helfrich, who also owns the Midwest Sprint Car Series that sanctioned the event.

Few people in racing can claim to have as much experience (51 years and counting) and expertise of preparing a dirt surface as Tom. Local officials didn’t pass on the opportunity to seek his input in the prepping of the track Sunday.

Helfrich was not only impressed with the way the facility looked but the eagerness on the part of the DHK group to make the track raceable under less-than-ideal circumstances.

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