Last weekend, all the local dirt-track action was rained out. Again.
Bloomington and Route 44 Speedway in Liberty were rained out May 19, and on May 20 many could start their programs, but Mother Nature intervened soon thereafter and ended their nights before they could complete their programs.
Brownstown, Twin Cities, Lawrenceburg and Florence all got their race programs started before rains came washing out the remainder of the evening.
Bloomington gets show in
In the past two weekends, Bloomington Speedway is the only track that has gotten in a race program in its entirety. On May 12, the MOWA Sprints headline a race program that saw three divisions of racing. Carson Macedo of Lemoore, California, won the MOWA Sprint Car feature over Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo; Paul May of Terre Haute; Brad Loyet of Sunset Hills, Missouri, and Mike Terry Jr. of Plainfield.
Jamey Wilson of Seymour won the super stocks feature over Steve Peeden of Paragon, Chris Hillman of Camby, Jason Hehman of Brownstown and Colton Sullivan of Columbus.
Richie Lex of Morgantown was victorious in the modifieds feature at Bloomington. Jacoby Hines of Nineveh finished in second, followed by John Clippinger of Evansville, Bradley Sterrett of Bloomington and Zach Fair of Petersburg.
Bloomington will race Friday night, with the Indiana Late Model Series in action, along with the RaceSaver Sprints and 410 non-wing sprint cars. For more info, visit bloomingtonspeedway.com.
Twin Cities running sprints tonight
Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon will host its first sprint-car race of the season tonight at the 3/8-mile oval. The RaceSaver Sprints will be on hand, along with hornets, pure stocks, super stocks and modifieds. For more info, visit twincitiestrack.com.
Current points leaders at Twin Cities are Jeremy Hines of Seymour (crate late models), Jeremy Owens of North Vernon (modifieds), Randy Petro of Columbus (super stocks), Mark Bruce of Commiskey (pure stocks) and Cody Perry of North Vernon (hornets).
Brownstown hosts weekend racing
Brownstown Speedway will hold a special racing program tonight featuring the MARS Late Models.
Also running will be the Indiana Pro Late Models, modifieds, super stocks and pure stocks. For more info, visit brownstownspeedway.com.
Florence hosts grad night
Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, hosts grad night tonight. On the race program will be super late models, crate late models and modifieds. For more info, visit florencespeedway.com.
Eldora racing Sunday
Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, will be running Sunday night when the track hosts the Sunoco American Late Model Series annual running of the Johnny Appleseed Classic. Also racing will be modifieds and stocks. For more info, visit eldoraspeedway.com
Lawrenceburg hosts special Monday show
Lawrenceburg Speedway will be idle tonight in preparation for Monday’s visit by the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Modifieds will be on race schedule, as well. For more info, visit lawrenceburgspeedway.com.
Liberty running Friday Nights
The newly re-opened Route 44 Speedway in Liberty will be running on Friday with a race program of UMRA midgets, A-mods, bombers and hornets. For more info, visit route44speedway.com.
Paragon off tonight
Paragon Speedway will be off tonight, with no racing scheduled at the track. The next event will be June 3 with a Hornet special paying $2,500 to win. Also racing will be 410 non-wing sprints, bombers, super stocks and pure S=stocks. For more info, visit paragonspeedway.com.
The week in racing history
Forty years ago, in 1977, Twin Cities hosted two Memorial Day Weekend events. Phil Fultz of Clifford won the Sportsman main event over Dee Kramer and Columbus drivers Roger Sullivan, Chuck Gilpin and Herman Burton. Two days later, it was Russ Petro of Columbus claiming the feature race with Bill Franks of North Vernon placing second. Completing the top five were Charlie Sentman, Bud Seymour and Roger Sullivan.
Also from 1977, Mike Johnson won the sprint-car feature at Bloomington Speedway. Butch Wilkerson of Columbus was second, with Tony Solomito, Danny Smith and Dick Gaines completing the top five.
Dusty Chapman won the hobby stocks main event over Powell Ballard of Columbus, Herman Burton, Don Duncan and Larry Goodin of Columbus.
Brownstown Speedway hosted two Memorial Day weekend shows in 1977. Dennis Boknecht win the late models feature over Gerald Dixon and Don Hobbs. Two days later, Ray Godsey won the late models main event over Paul Crockett and John Davis.
Hobby stocks racing action that weekend at Brownstown saw Rick Haven take a Saturday Night feature race over Phil Fultz, Jim Lawson, Stan Wiggam and Butch Bland of Columbus. In a Monday Night special event, it was Dusty Chapman taking the checkers first over Darrell Smallwood of Columbus, with Rick Haven finishing in third.
From 30 years ago, in 1987, John Gill won the late models feature at Twin Cities. Dill Whittymore was second, with Charlie Sentman coming home third. Lee Fleetwood was fourth, and Paul Shafer placed fifth.
Mark Barber of North Vernon won the street stocks feature at Twin Cities over Randy Petro of Columbus, Mark Clark of North Vernon, Taulby Donnell of North Vernon and Jeff Daugherty.