Brad Doty Classic Delayed by Rain Lima, OH--July 12, 2006 -- The 18th Annual Brad Doty Classic originally scheduled to run on Wednesday night at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, was delayed until Thursday after heavy rains on Tuesday ...
Brad Doty Classic Delayed by Rain
Lima, OH--July 12, 2006 -- The 18th Annual Brad Doty Classic originally scheduled to run on Wednesday night at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, was delayed until Thursday after heavy rains on Tuesday continued into Wednesday, making it difficult to have the grounds and track in race-ready condition for fans and competitors.
Doty is promoting the event for the second year in a row. It will pit the World of Outlaws against the All Star Circuit of Champions. A large number of cars and a record crowd is expected at the track owned and operated by the University of Northwestern Ohio.
"Everybody will tell you this, don't worry about what you cannot control," Doty said. "They say don't worry about the weather because there is nothing you can do about it. I am the opposite. I don't worry about the things I can control, or have something to do with."
Doty along with the staff from Limaland Motorsports Park and the University of Northwestern Ohio, as well as World of Outlaws officials, have put in countless hours leading up to the tracks biggest event of the season.
"We worked very hard and did a lot of promotions for this race," said Doty. "With the rain, our hands are tied, and that is a helpless feeling."
Always one to be optimistic, Doty knows that tomorrow is a new day, and it will bring a new weather pattern with it. With all the hard working folks at the track, every effort will be made to make sure the race bearing his name rolls off on Thursday night.
"I just have my fingers crossed that tomorrow the weather forecast looks as good as they say it is going to be," said Doty. "Then we can get it in tomorrow night."
Many fans visited the track for the first time on Wednesday afternoon and were amazed at the immaculate grounds and the state-of-the-art amenities that grace the track and its surroundings. They also are excited to see the World of Outlaws along with the All Star Circuit of Champions do battle on the tight track that usually produces three and sometimes four grooves of racing.
"The facility here is second to none," said Doty. "It is a beautiful little race track. A lot of the traveling fans are already here, and they are here for the weekend, so it (rain) doesn't seem to affect them too much. Who knows, tomorrow night, people that could not have been here tonight maybe can make it tomorrow and stop by."
The event will mark the World of Outlaws first appearance at the racy quarter-mile in over 25 years. It also will wrap up the four-race Bullring Swing which started at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. on July 3rd with Terry McCarl winning. It then moved to Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on July 7th, with Jac Haudenschild picking up a thrilling win. Last Saturday night, the third race of the swing was contested at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., with Brooke Tatnell finding his way to RacinSoles Victory Lane for the third time this season.
Donny Schatz driving the ParkerStore J & J is the current championship point leader for the World of Outlaws heading into the 18th Annual Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park. The series had produced 14 different winners in 30 A-Feature events.