News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 3, 2013

TRACKSIDE: Racing season picking up speed

Joe Buckles
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — With several tracks already open and others scheduled to get underway this weekend it’s a sure sign the area motorsports campaign has taken the green flag for the 2013 season.

Despite concerns of a tight economy, racers, track operators and fans are ready to go racing on what appears to be a promising and competitive year of racing through out the Wabash Valley whether it be on the ovals or at the drag strip.

To help fans plan ahead for the upcoming season, the 43rd annual Trackside track scheduling of key events for popular facilities located throughout the state with their telephone contacts will follow:

• Terre Haute Action Track — April 28: USAC Silver Crown-UMP modifieds; May 15: Sunoco UMP Late Models/UMP modifieds; May 22: USAC sprints-UMP modifieds; July 2: KISS sprints-UMP modifieds; July 17: USAC sprints/Indiana Sprint Week; Aug. 31: USAC sprints/UMP modifieds. Call (812) 232-4040 for tickets.

• Crossroads Dragway — April 6: Test-Tune Gambler; May 18 Fast 33; May 25: Bernie Mann Memorial; June 14: Midwest Jr. Dragster Super Series; July 6: Fast 33; July 20: National Dragster Challenge; July 27: Slammin’ 16; Aug. 3: Fast 33; Aug. 23-25: Scheid Diesel Extravaganza; Sept. 7: Matt Agresta Memorial; Sept. 21: Fast 33; and Sept. 28: King of Track. Call (812) 299-2167 for more information.

• Bakersfield Raceway Park — Located east of Linton on SR 54. The 1/5-mile dirt oval will offer a weekly Friday night card of 600 winged(open), 600 non-wing (open), 1000 mini sprint(non-wing), 600 mini-sprint (non-wing), 4-cylinder stock, Hornets and Jr. Sprints. Go Karts are also a part of the 2013 schedule. Call (812) 847-7485 for more information.

• Bloomington Motor Speedway — April 19: season opener; May 3: KISS sprints; May 17: USAC sprints Larry Rice Classic; June 14: USAC midgets, Indiana Midget Week; July 5: Sheldon Kinser Memorial MSCS sprints; July 19: USAC sprints Indiana Sprint Week; and Sept. 6: Mitchell-Priest Family Fall Classic WCD sprints. Call (812) 824-7400 for more information.

• Coles County Dragway USA — April 21: Grand Opening; May 26: Hopper Family Memorial Day Classic; June 8: Walt Crabtree Memorial; June 22: Thunder on the Prairie-Dunn and Gone Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car; July 13: Terry Luechefeld Memorial; Aug. 17: Jegs Quick 32 series, NHRA National Dragster Challenge; and Oct 5: Index and Quick series. Call (217) 345-7777 for more information.

• Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Indy 500 weekend — May 11: Opening Day for Indy 500; May 18: Pole Day; May 19: Bump Day; May 24: Carb Day; May 26: 97th Indianapolis 500;

Brickyard 400 weekend — July 26: Inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge; July 27: NASCAR Nationwide Indiana 250; and July 28: Brickyard 400.

Aug. 17: Red Bull Moto GP, Indy GP Qualifications; and Aug. 18: World Championship Moto GP. Call (317) 492-8500 for tickets or more information.

• Kokomo Speedway — April 12-13 USAC-PowrI midgets; May 5: KISS sprints; May 26: Kokomo Classic; June 5: World of Outlaws; July 16: USAC midgets Indiana Midget Week; July 13: USAC sprints Indiana Sprint Week; Aug. 22-24: USAC sprints Sprint Car Smackdown; Sept. 1: Vince Osman Memorial; and Oct. 18-19: Kokomo Klash Vll. Cal (765) 459-3877 for more information.

• Lincoln Park Speedway — April 6: season opener; April 27: USAC sprints; June 13: USAC midgets Indiana Midget Week; July 18: USAC sprints Indiana Sprint Week; Aug. 10: MSCS sprints; Aug 31: King of Non-Wing Sprints; and Sept. 7: Tenth Annual Patroit 100 modifieds. Call (765) 653-3485 for more information.

• Lucas Oil Raceway — May 18: USAC Silver Crown; May 23: USAC midgets Night Before the 500; June 29: Winged sprint cars; July 26: CRA Jegs All-Stars Super Series stocks; July 27: USAC midget-Silver Crown; Sept. 22: CRA Fall Brawl; and Aug 28-Sept. 2: 59th Annual NHRA US Drag Nationals. Call (317) 291-4090 for more information.

• Lyons Raceway Park — April 12-13: Ohio Crankshaft No Box Nationals; May 3-4: Ohio Crankshaft No Box Nationals; May 10-11: Fastenal .com Fast 8; May 31-June 1: Jegs Super Quick series; June 14-16: Ohio Crankshaft Nostalgia Quick series: June 28-29: Quick 32; July 13: Slick Mist Showdown; Aug 10: Fastenal Fast 8; Sept. 7: Quick 32; Sept 14: Fastenal Fast 8; and Oct. 5: NHRA King of Track. Call (812) 659-2951 for more information.

• Paragon Speedway — April 20: Fill The Hill Night; June 1: 13th Annual Indiana Sprint series (KISS); July 6: 4th Annual Chuck Amati Classic; Aug. 17: Mike Johnson Memorial; and Sept. 14: Grand Finale. Call (765) 537-9326 for more information.

• Salem Speedway — April 27-28: ARCA stocks; May 18: Casey General Store Sprint Speed Fest; June 22: Touchstone Midwest 150 Jegs/CRA stocks; July 4: Firecracker 200 Lucas Oil Great America stocks; Aug. 10: Joey James/Pat O’Connor Memorial X treme sprints; and Sept. 14: ARCA stocks. For more information, call (812) 883-6504.

• Tri-State Speedway — April 20: World of Outlaws; May 11: USAC sprints, May 26: MSCS-KISS sprints; June 29: MSCS sprints-PowrI midgets; July 7: UMP Late Model SummerNationals; July 20: USAC sprints Indiana Sprint Week; and Sept. 14: USAC/MSCS sprints. Call (812) 768-5995 for more information.

• Winchester Speedway — May 18-19: XtremeSpeed Challenge/Triple Crown sprints-super modifieds and modifieds; June 29-30: ARCA stock cars; Aug 17-18: Old Timers Weekend (CRA stocks, Xtreme sprints and Vintage race cars); Oct. 11-12: Winchester 400 CRA Super series. Call (765) 584- 9701 for more information.


As always fans should remember all dates listed are subject to change and they are cautioned to call ahead when threatening weather conditions exist.


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