TRACKSIDE: Auto racing in May in Indiana runs on history and tradition
Possibly nowhere in the sports world does history and tradition play such a key role in an event’s success and future as that found in auto racing.
TRACKSIDE: Wabash Valley racing ready to take green flag — even Action Track
Despite having already lost several bouts to the elements, the 2011 Wabash Valley motorsports season has taken the green flag and will soon be shifting into high gear on several fronts.
TRACKSIDE: Fitzpatrick on track to continue impressive start to racing career
One of the top stories on the Wabash Valley motorsports stage last season was the emergence of Blake Fitzpatrick as a legitimate front-runner on the national sprint-car scene.
Frightening finish to season at Terre Haute Action Track
The 2010 Terre Haute Action Track season came to a climactic close over the weekend. Unfortunately, the campaign closed on a near-tragic note for the second consecutive year.
Trackside: Attractive USAC sprint car card this weekend
With the area circle track season rapidly drawing to a close, fans will have a pair of attractive USAC sprint car cards to attend this weekend. Back-to-back shows at Lincoln Park Speedway and Terre Haute Action Track not only offer fans a final opportunity to see the sprints in action one final time, but they also serve as pivotal stops in the chase for the USAC sprint car drivers championship.
Trackside: Sadler’s wreck brings up memories for Terre Haute racer Sizemore
One of the many fans that viewed Elliott Sadler’s wild crash at Pocono over the weekend with more than casual interest was former Terre Haute racer Paul Sizemore.
Trackside: Talented young racer Blake Fitzpatrick savoring USAC success
The dust has long settled. The congratulatory phone calls and handshakes are becoming less frequent but that first taste of victory remains as fresh and sweet as ever for the U.S. Auto Club’s newest first-time sprint car feature winner.
Trackside: Positive story lines in USAC
Reflections on events surrounding a highly successful USAC Indiana Sprint Weeks while looking forward to a crowded schedule of events leading up to this weekend’s Brickyard 400.
Trackside: Round four of USAC Spring Week ready to roar tonight at Action Track
The stage is set for what annually has become the biggest event of the year at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Round four of the U.S. Auto Club-sanctioned Indiana Sprint Week is slated to roar off this evening amid a host of track managerial changes and highly competitive field of cars and drivers.
Trackside: Ryan Newman hasn’t forgotten his Indiana roots
He may call the tar hills of North Carolina home and stock car his brand of racing, but NASCAR star Ryan Newman has not forgotten his Indiana or open-wheel racing roots. The popular Sprint Cup driver returned to the Hoosier state last week to meet with employees and officials at the Dixie Chopper Lawn Mower Manufacting center located just east of Greencastle.
TRACKSIDE: Putnam County has two of Indiana’s racing gems
With two of Indiana’s higher profile race tracks nestled within its boundaries, Putnam County is best known for its open-cockpit brand of racing.
After strong showing, Lincoln Park Speedway could become USAC fixture
Two of the more pressing issues for Wabash Valley racing fans in recent months have been the uncertain future of USAC midget racing at Hoosier ovals and whether Lincoln Park Speedway could remain a viable fixture on the Midwestern motorsports scene.
Trackside: Random 500, Hulman Classic thoughts
Some random thoughts, notes and quotes surrounding the recent running of the Tony Hulman Classic and Indianapolis 500: Despite the troubling times in IndyCar racing, the 500 still carries a strong measure of mystique even to the most casual race fan.
- Trackside: ‘Super teams’ have become all too familiar, even in dirt-track racing
Trackside: Rolling with Jon Stanbrough in Action Track’s season opener
If you’re looking to pick a winner for Saturday night’s season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track, look no farther than the familiar No. 53 Foxco Sprinter driven by Jon Stanbrough.
Trackside: Rev up those engines, it’s time for Valley racing season
With the sounds of race engines roaring to life at Wabash Valley racing facilities, it’s a sure sign the 2010 racing season is about to shift into high gear.
- 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.
- TRACKSIDE: Action Track finalé sends fans home buzzing It may not have been the Hut Hundred with its traditional 33-car field of midgets, but the final USAC program of the season at the Action Track didn’t disappoint those in attendance Saturday night.
- Trackside: IMS considering adding endurance racing
- Trackside: Rain wreaks havoc on best laid racing plans Back-to-back postponements on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit over the past couple weekends reveals how vulnerable the sport is to the elements. Unfortunately, the havoc of a rainout is not limited to the higher profile race series. Short tracks across the country face a constant battle with mother nature.
- JOE BUCKLES: New era starts at Lincoln Park A new era was ushered in at Lincoln Park on Saturday night as the Spiker family of Greencastle took over promotional rights at the popular Putnam County dirt track oval.
- Trackside: Could ISW improve upon recent success? Questions and random thoughts surround the much-anticipated return of Indiana Sprint Weeks to the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Greencastle businessman Spiker takes over Lincoln Park Speedway The third race postponement of the season at the Terre Haute Action Track may have made for a slow news day over the weekend but thats not to say the same period was not without a noteworthy announcement.
- Trackside: May hopes for good showing in Action Track’s feature 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.
- Trackside: Third time’s the charm for Don Smith Classic It may have been six weeks in the making, culminating in a long drawn out afternoon-evening of racing, but the Don Smith Classic for cars and drivers of the Midwest Sprint Car Series is finally in the record books. The third time was indeed the charm for the event promoters and feature winners Jon Stanbrough, Steve Barnett and Robbie Shuttleworth.
- Trackside: SCORA is new, economical option for sprints With over four decades of involvement in racing, Terre Haute’s Sam Stockon figures he’s pretty much seen and done it all in the sport. And just when it appeared that the 73-year-old racer had grudgingly retired to the rocking chair two years ago, he has suddenly resurfaced as founder and director of a new sprint car series.
- Trackside: Weather, quick race make for great 38th Hulman Classic Over its storied 38-year history, the Tony Hulman Classic has had its share of losing bouts with the weatherman. Not so with the event’s latest running which played before a large crowd last week.
- Trackside: Novotney has Action Track ready for opener When he volunteered to take over the chores of serving as track superintendent at the Action Track last season, Chris Novotney knew he was in for an eye-opening experience.
- Trackside: Mixed bag for local racing in face of economic concerns With the cars and drivers of the Midwest Sprint Car Series prepared to tackle the Terre Haute Action Track this weekend, it’s a sure sign the 2009 Wabash Valley racing season is about to shift into high gear.
- Trackside: Reluctently, veteran engine builder Keith Kunz basks in the limelight Moments following the U.S. Auto Club Hut Hundred at the Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday night, veteran car-engine builder Keith Kunz appeared almost lost for words when asked to detail the reasons for his immense success at the local half-mile dirt oval.
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