RACING SEASON PREVUE NOTES FROM DAYTON DARF PROMOTERS NIGHT - The annual Dayton Auto Racing Fans Promoters Night was held Tuesday, March 23rd, at the Christopher Club in Dayton. As usual The event was well attended and schedules from all...
RACING SEASON PREVUE NOTES FROM DAYTON
DARF PROMOTERS NIGHT - The annual Dayton Auto Racing Fans Promoters Night was held Tuesday, March 23rd, at the Christopher Club in Dayton. As usual The event was well attended and schedules from all the area tracks and sanctioning Organizations were gobbled up quickly by the race hungry fan club members.
"CHOPPED A CORD OF WOOD TODAY" - The club honored longtime USAC Race official and General Motors engineer Russ Clendenin of Dayton. Russ is 91 years young and has been active in motorsports from the beginning of this century. Russ said he chopped wood today but no one believed him!
EL DORA OPENS FIRST - Eldora Speedway, just north of Rossburg, OH sent Starr and Joe Schmittmeyer plus right hand man Larry Boos to announce their schedule and tump the drum for Eldora's opener this coming Saturday night with USAC Sprints plus modifieds and stock cars. That's right folks, it's a night race so bring your snow suits and down jackets. Get your Eldora schedule by calling 937/338-3815. You might even get to talk to Earl.
NAMARS SCHEDULE IS IMPRESSIVE - Joe Mershon and Linda Holdeman gave their season plans for NAMARS - "Another Road to Indy". The regional sanctioning body has a full schedule of midgets and a Super Truck Series schedule as well. Accompanying the NAMARS group was former Winchester 'super' Randy Christ. Get your NAMARS schedule by calling their Speedway, IN office 317/248-1240.
DON'T BURY THEM YET! - Open Wheel Magazine writer Bill Holder got up and proclaimed that rumors regarding the demise of Open Wheel and Stock Car racing are NOT TRUE. The magazines were sold by Bob Guchione to Peterson Publishing and there will be no interruption in issues. Peterson is said to be offering bargain subscription rates to introduce their acquisitions so keep eyes open for that deal.
WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY - New promoter and general manager Homer Milligan presented his 'specials only' schedule of approximately 23 dates. Homer has added former USAC and Indy 500 veteran Tom Bigelow to his management staff. Winchester has dropped its affiliation with NASCAR in returning to a specials format. All the 'name, brands will be seen there - NAMARS, USAC, ARCA,KILM (Kendall Indiana Late Model Series), SOD, ARCA, and American Race Trucks. Call Homer at the same old track number 765/584- 9701 for your copy of the schedule.
NOW THERE'S A BULL RING! - Tony Boetcher runs the neatest little 1/5 mile dirt track in all the midwest down on US Rte 35 at Frankfort. You have to think small down there 'cause he specializes in micro-sprints, mini-sprints, dwarfs, and 4-Cyl Stock Cars. Tony owns everything but the land at 35 Raceway Park. Wish he'd pick it all up and move it to Clermont. Schedules at 614/276-4122.
ARCA - Ron Drager's Toledo sanctioning body is covering racing like dew on Dixie with Super Stocks (that's short for ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Super Car Series/(say that fast and your teeth rattle), midgets, trucks, figure 8's, plus this group owns and runs both Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways . Call them at 734/847-6726 for schedules and to see what else they're doing. No threat to NASCAR though, says spokesman Jim Clarke.
WILLOWDELL - Another little track that sits over in western Ohio not far from Eldora is Willowdell. They run weekly on Saturday nights and are growing
Nicely every year. Call 937/773-5729 and ask for Doc.
NORTH VERNON SPEEDWAY - This little ¼ miler between a bend in the river at Vernon, IN runs a full schedule on Saturdays. They have added the Dick Gaines Classic for Sprint Cars on Tuesday, June 15th so that everybody can come. The United Midget TQ's are there on July 2nd and, for those of you who never got to See one, there's a stock car enduro on August 7th. Their office phone is 812/342-6461.
LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY - Downtown Putnamville, IN comes to life again Every Saturday night April 24th with a test day set for one week prior to that. Schedules From 812/466-2234. A highlight for this longtime non- wing sprint track is an all Wing special on September 25th with Mini- Sprints on the undercard.
16TH STREET - Come to 16th Street July 6 - 10 for their Summer Sizzle midget spectacular or you might miss it all. They only have 10 other races so you'll need their schedule from 317/955-5000. The sizzle has a practice on July 6, followed by four straight nights of racing, the last of which is all features.
WINCHESTER 400 - The longest and most prestigious stock car race in Indiana outside the Brickyard has been the annual September marathon on the hills of Winchester Speedway. This great race, initiated in 1970 by Roger Holdeman, Ed Friddle, and Rex Robbins, has run every year since. Run under ASA supervision, the race went to NASCAR All-Pro several years ago but never approached the status it had under ASA. This year, the Winchester 400 returns to its grassroots when the Kendall Indiana Late Model Series takes over the reins. According to Winchester general manager Homer Milligan, any 'left hander' chassis will be able to compete and this will open the event to drivers from All Pro Slim Jim, Iceman, Remax and others. The cars are very similar to Winston Cup but weigh in 800 lb lighter.
ASA & WINCHESTER - ASA may return to Winchester but not this year, according to Homer Milligan in a conversation at DARF. Milligan gave no indication that ASA might return to the Winchester 400, in fact it appears that ASA may be looking to a return to the historic Randolph County track with a completely new race in 2000.