- 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.
- Trackside: Tight point races bring out best, worst of times for drivers With the 2008 racing season rapidly drawing to a close, newly-crowned track champions are starting to reap the rewards of a long summer of intense competition.
- Trackside: Nasty weather can’t slow down Valley drag racer A soggy three-day stretch may have dampened the spirits of fans and racers over the weekend, but not even the inclement conditions could sidetrack one of the top individual performances of the 2008 Wabash Valley racing campaign.
- TRACKSIDE: Competitive racing on tap with UMP modifieds Veteran short track racer Kenny Carmichael will be among the first to acknowledge that the UMP modifieds suffer from a lack of identity at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Valley racers chasing Wallys The stage is set for drag racing’s premier event, the Mac Tools NHRA U.S. National at Indianapolis’ O’Reilly Raceway Park. Often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of drag racing, the six-day event is slated to get under way today and run through the Labor Day weekend.
- Trackside: USAC Silver Crown trying to make its way back When the 2008 U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown season got underway at Phoenix back in February, it did so under the watchful eye of champ car purist.
- Trackside: Meet Kenny James, Valley’s best-kept racing secret An impressive list of credentials has earned him the title as the winningest driver in Wabash Valley Fairgrounds racing history, yet he probably remains one of the best-kept secrets on the area motorsports scene.
- Trackside: Racers turn out in big numbers to pay respect to memory of Dallas Montgomery Drag racers from across the Wabash Valley gathered at Action City Dragway USA on Saturday to pay honor to the man who helped keep their sport alive at the local NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip.
- Trackside: Racing, it’s a young man’s sport It has often been said that racing is a young man’s sport. A quick glance at the latest U.S. Auto Club race results and point rankings tends to offer a measure of credibility to such thinking.
Trackside: Sprint car heroes fade away when driving days are over
Nowhere in motorsports can fame and fortune be as fleeing as that for short track racers. While stock cars will always have their Richard Petty, champ cars their A.J. Foyt, and drag racing their Don Garlits, those who compete on the nation’s short tracks just seem to fade away once their days behind the wheel come to an end.
- Trackside: Terre Haute’s Paul May blazes his own path in winged sprints Soon after strapping himself in a race car for the first time, Terre Haute’s Paul May garnered the reputation of doing things his way.
Trackside: A fitting tribute to Valley legend Bernie Mann
People gathered to pay tribute to a Wabash Valley drag racing legend at Action City Dragway USA this past weekend.
In a two-day stretch that ran the gamut of emotions for drag racing fans and racers alike, the 10th annual Bernie Mann Memorial went on as scheduled despite a bout with the weather.
Trackside: Novotney keeps the earth moving at THAT
Over the years the term rookie in motorsports has been as loosely defined as the role it represents.
World driving champions have on more than one occasion been classified in the lowly rookie status at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Most recently past Indianapolis 500 winners and Champ Car champions have been tagged with the label in NASCAR’s lower tier divisions.
- Trackside: Local race teams feeling pinch of rising fuel costs When the 2008 racing season unfolded, one of the major question marks surrounding the campaign was what if any adverse effects the sagging economy would have on the sport.
- Trackside: Cream rises to top in weekend racing A hectic weekend of racing generated results that displayed the present day dominance of the “Super Teams” of racing.
- Trackside: Get ready for spills and chills at Tony Hulman Classic Since its inception some 38 years ago, the Tony Hulman Classic has generated its share of thrills and spills for drivers and fans alike.
- Trackside: Action Track is back and it couldn’t be better 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.
- Trackside: Pull those belts tight, it’s time for ’08 local racing With a break in the always unpredictable Midwest weather, the 2008 area motorsports season is slated to shift into high gear as early as this weekend.
- Idling Action Track will shift gears to new promoter By all measures the 2007 motorsports season at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds will go down as one the facility’s most troubling and least productive in recent years. But things are looking better as Dave Allison recently agreed to relinquish all promotional rights to the oval.
- Trackside: Sun is setting on Terre Haute Action Track’s season As the racing season rapidly draws to a close, any chance that fans will get one final opportunity to see racing at the Terre Haute Action Track this summer appears to be slipping away with each passing day.
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