- Trackside: Interest in Indiana Sprint Week remains high for Wabash Valley fans It’s time to sit back and reflect on a weekend of top notch open wheel racing at the state, national and international levels while preparing for the NASCAR invasion of Indy this week.
- Trackside: Wabash Valley racing scene mourns loss of Bill Biddle What’s started as one of the most difficult seasons in a number of years for Wabash Valley fans and racers became even tougher in recent days with news of the passing of local U.S. Auto Club car owner Bill Biddle.
- Trackside: Racing couldn’t have a better ambassador than Franchitti Random thoughts, observations and questions surround what is racing’s biggest weekend of the year.
- Trackside: Tony Hulman Classic brought out best, worst in sprint car racing Dirt tracks have been notorious over the years for bringing out the best and worst in the highly competitive world of sprint-car racing. Depending on one’s perspective, the 37th annual version of the Tony Hulman Classic delivered on both counts Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Action Track’s new operations man has plan to restore its image in community With a rich 55-year history of playing host to some of the finest in dirt track racing, the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds has generated more than its share of memorable and interesting season openers.
- Trackside: Dragstrip at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds is headed in right direction With the future of drag racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds floundering at the end of last season, fairgrounds officials knew they had to act quickly to upright what was a certain sinking ship.
- Trackside: Regional race tracks set their schedules With Jeff Gordon, Steve Kinser and Lloyd Walls having already visited victory lane this season, and with the annual Thunder at North Motorsports Show on tap today, can there be any question that the 2007 racing campaign is in full swing?
- Trackside: Race teams ready for busy season With the area racing season ready to shift into high gear, teams are making their plans known for what appears to have the makings of a very busy and highly competitive season for area fans and racers.
- Trackside: Looking back at a big year of racing in the Wabash Valley A review of the 2006 Wabash Valley auto-racing season reflected much the same story as that recorded on the national motorsports scene.
Trackside: Serious injuries derail rise of young open-wheel racer
When a young Brian Clauson emerged on the open-wheel racing scene, he quickly earned the reputation of being fast, fearless and first on race day.
Using a driving style that rapidly won over the fans, he often drew the ire of his fellow competitors and the eye of talent-seeking NASCAR car owners.
- Trackside: Action Track lived up to its name this weekend Over its storied 36-year history, the Tony Hulman Sprint Car Classic has produced its share of stellar individual performances. Possibly none better than the one that unfolded over the weekend at the Terre Haute Action Track.
- Trackside: Dedicated open-wheel fans keep tradition alive Occasional rain showers and a persistent rainy mist greeted a small but loyal group of fans and racers for last week’s Circle City 100 at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Rumors about Action Track make the rounds
The racing rumor mill, normally reserved for the offseason, has kicked into high gear in recent weeks.
Rumors regarding the impending demise of racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds and imminent departure of current Terre Haute Action Track promoter Dave Allison have been making the rounds on the Valley racing scene.
- Trackside: Die-hard road racing fans got a treat Sunday Reflecting on a soggy weekend at local dirt ovals and far too much time spent in front of the television: Die-hard road racing fans couldn’t have asked for more Sunday, with no less than four major road races being aired throughout the day.
- Trackside: Big racing leagues not the only ones chasing points Chasing points can draw out the best and worst of times in racing. Love them or hate them remain as much as an intergal part of racing these days as the green and checkered flag.
Trackside: Change doesn’t come easy in auto racing
By nature, racers are noted for their reluctance to accept change. It’s a trait that U.S. Auto Club officials know all that well these days.
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.
- Joe Buckles: Veteran racer wins title at Action Track
- Trackside: Wabash Valley racing back on the air Following a brief hiatus, Wabash Valley race fans once again have a spot on the radio dial where they can now not only get the latest news and results, but a platform they can express views on a variety of subjects surrounding the everyday happenings of their favorite tracks.
- Trackside: Thoughts on a weekend of racing Reflecting on a crowded Independence Day weekend of racing where stellar and record breaking drives took center stage at different fronts all across the nation…
Trackside: Motorsports world sees frequent changes
Reflecting on a week that generated its share of surprises in the always unpredictable world of motorsports:
The announcement regarding the changes in promotional leadership at the Terre Haute Action Track caught many off guard. A hint of pending changes could be seen as early as two weeks ago during the running of the World of Outlaws show.
Trackside: Rift may take a while to heal
Those looking for a quick reconciliation to the latest split in open-wheel racing, that of the World of Outlaws and newly formed National Sprint League, may have to wait awhile.
Any signs that the two sides will patch up their differences and compete under the same banner appear nowhere on the horizon.
Trackside: Life in racing world goes full circle
One of the many rewards in covering the careers of many talented and dedicated youngsters over the years is reporting on their success stories.
That task becomes extra special when they fall in the category that some like to refer to as “second generation” participants.
Trackside: New National Sprint Tour, Outlaws go head-to-head in Wabash Valley
One of the most intriguing and talked-about stories of the 2006 open-wheel racing season is the emergence of the National Sprint Tour series.
Surfacing over the winter, the upstart series offers an alternative way to go racing for winged sprint-car drivers, car owners and track operators to the more established and recognized World of Outlaws circuit.
Trackside: A pilgrimage to one of sprint racing’s hot spots
The welcoming signs to this tiny northern Indiana community proudly boast as the birthplace of James Dean and Garfield, an obvious reference to the legendary actor and Jim Davis, creator of the popular comic strip Garfield.
For those within sprint car circles, Fairmount is better known as the location of one their sports most highly respected and winning operations, Benic Racing Enterprises.
- Trackside: ‘Thunder’ great again even without Valley tracks One sure sign that the local racing season has shifted into high gear is the annual gathering of the Wabash Valley racing contingent at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.
- Action Track, Dragway begin seasons this weekend
Trackside: Individual effort stands out in look back at ’05
A look back on the 2005 area motorsports season reveals one of sterling individual efforts.
At a time when weekly short track racing faces mounting economical challenges, individual accomplishments outshined off-track concerns.