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The Collins family has played a major role in Twin Cities Raceway Park for most of its history.
Ted and his wife, Sue, were early owners of the track. Ted prepared the track and ran the races, while Sue ran the concessions. Their sons, Trent and Tory, helped in other ways, including picking up trash, making up the race lineups and scoring. Later, Tory raced a late model prepared and wrenched by Trent.
Ted’s failing health eventually prevented him from operating the track, and they sold it. The track went through several owners, including Terry Eaglin, Dill Whittymore and Scott Woolls.
The Collinses again took over the management of the track a few years ago. The track changed hands at least once more, and most of the Collinses went to help with the operation of Lawrenceburg Speedway. After a couple of years, some of the family left Lawrenceburg due to family and professional demands on their time. However, when Tom Wetherald purchased the track, his general manager, Troy Tabata, persuaded Sue to run his concession operation.
Through all of this, Trent has continued to maintain a late model that has been raced by Tory. And Tory was on the track Sunday when he raced to a sixth-place finish.
Gary Christian won the Ted Collins Memorial, followed by Zak Blackwood of Columbus, Steve Barnett of Franklin, Tim Prince and Bob Starkey.
Other feature winners were Greg Amick (modifieds), Roy Bruce Jr. (super stocks), Mark Bruce (pure stocks), Bill Grant (Hornets) and Tim Goodson (mini stocks).
During the special weekend, there were a number of fan-appreciation activities including music by the Blue Hearts band, autograph sessions, bounce houses and games for the kids. These activities benefited Hunter Darlage, who was born prematurely, weighing only 1.5 pounds at birth. He was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and he continues to require numerous medical-related trips.
More than $6,000 was raised to help purchase a wheelchair van to transport him.
Hitting wine country
While Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby normally restrict their competition on the West Coast to USAC National Series races, they decided to travel to the Napa Valley of California to compete at the historic Calistoga Speedway in the Louie Vermeil Classic.
Their drivers, Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson, are from Rutherford and Elk Grove, Calif., respectively, and it’s a great opportunity for them to race in front of their friends and relatives.
Their third driver, Tanner Thorson, is from Minden, Nev. The fact that each feature paid $10,000 to win provided an added incentive for them to make the trip.
Their normal primary driver, Christopher Bell, leads the USAC National Midget points chase.
However, he stayed home to drive the 6 R Racing Silver Crown car in the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.
Abreu won the Western Midget feature, while Larson won the Sunday championship feature.
Clutch problems at Nationals
Ernie Neal of Columbus had a disappointing U.S. Nationals when he ran into clutch problems and failed to qualify. It was his 15th appearance, but it won’t be his last. He’ll go back next year to try again.
Eric Wilkerson was the most successful of the local competitors. He and his dragster made it through the first three rounds.
Some of these same local racers plan to be in Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the Northern Sports Nationals. This race features the cars fielded by most of the area competitors.
Larson set to replace Montoya
At Atlanta last weekend, Chip Ganassi announced that he had signed Kyle Larson to replace Juan Pablo Montoya in Chip Ganassi’s Target sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup car. Montoya, who won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 and has competed in Formula One, has been less than stellar in his Sprint Cup performances. Montoya has won just two races in 241 starts over eight seasons. He made the Chase only once.
Montoyawill finish the season in the Target car.
Willoughby and Kunz hired Larson to drive their midget, and his spectacular season has led to the meteoric rise in his career.
Angell Park Speedway
At Sun Prairie, Wis.
33rd annual Pepsi Nationals POWRi Midget Preliminary Feature: 1. Zach Daum 2. Andrew Felker 3. Brad Kuhn 4. Parker Price-Miller 5. Brandon Waelti 6. Jake Blackhurst 7. Davey Ray 8. Daniel Robinson 9. Billy Balog 10. Dalton Armstrong
33rd annual Pepsi Nationals POWRi Midget Championship Feature: 1. Zach Daum 2. Brad Kuhn 3. Billy Balog 4. Jake Blackhurst 5. Andrew Felker 6. Danny Stratton 7. Parker Price-Miller 8. Davey Ray 9. Seth Motsinger 10. Brandon Waelti
Sprint Car Feature: 1. Brady Short 2. Nick Bilbee 3. Jordan Kinser 4. Jon Stanbrough 5. Chris Babcock 6. Kevin Chamber 7. Casey Shuman 8. Eric Edwards 9. Jeff Bland 10. Bub Cummings
Modified Feature: 1. Kent Robinson 2. Greg Amick 3. Chad Combs 4. Kenny Carmichael Sr. 5. Kenny Carmichael Jr. 6. Blake Davis 7. Josh Eads 8. Jake Humphrey 9. Jeff Deckard 10. Eric Franzman
Super Stock Feature: 1. Winston Howe 2. Steve Hollars 3. Steve Peeden 4. Roy Bruce Jr. 5. Jake Leitzman 6. Chris Hillman 7. Paul Ortman 8. Steve Hawkins 9. Travis Todd 10. Travis Howe
Hornet Feature: 1. Matt Hamilton 2. Greg Garrison 3. Luke Bland 4. Dan Morgan 5. Jordan Wever 6. Felisha DeWeese 7. Mickey Hayes 8. Danny Smith 9. Frank Robertson 10. Whitney Baldwin
At Calistoga, Calif.
Louie Vermeil Classic USAC/CRA Sprint Car Feature: 1. Bud Kaeding 2. Damion Gardner 3. Mike Spencer 4. Ryan Bernal 5. Nic Faas 6. Geoff Ensign 7. Austin Williams 8. Cody Williams 9. Ronnie Gardner 10. Colby Copeland
USAC Western Midget Feature: 1. Rico Abreu in a Keith Kunz Motorsports midget 2. Ryan Bernal 3. Ronnie Gardner 4. Shane Golobic 5. Cody Swanson 6. Scott Buckley 7. Randi Pankratz 8. Jake Swanson 9. Scott Pierovich 10. Alex Schutte
Louie Vermeil Classic USAC/CRA Sprint Car Feature: 1. Kyle Larson 2. Bud Kaeding 3. Austin Williams 4. Mike Spencer 5. Bradley Terrell 6. Geoff Ensign 7. Bryan Clauson 8. Nic Faas 9. Matt Mitchell 10. Brody Roa
USAC Western Midget Feature: 1. Kyle Larson in a Keith Kunz Motorsports midget 2. Rico Abreu in a Keith Kunz Motorsports midget 3. Bryan Clauson 4. Shane Golobic 5. Ronnie Gardner 6. Scott Pierovich 7. Tanner Thorson in a Keith Kunz Motorsports midget 8. Alex Schutte 9. Cody Swanson 10. Taylor Simas
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
At DuQuoin, Ill.
Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown Feature: 1. Chris Urish 2. Bobby East 3. A.J. Fike 4. Shane Cockrun 5. Taylor Ferns 6. Chris Windom 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. 8. Christopher Bell 9. Russ Gamester 10. Miranda Throckmorton
Gas City I-69 Speedway
Sprint Car Feature: 1. Jerry Coons Jr. 2. Todd Keen 3. A.J. Hopkins 4. Chad Boespflug 5. Matt Goodnight 6. Josh Spencer 7.Wes McIntyre 8. Travis Welpott 9. Critter Malone 10.Parker Price-Miller
Modified Feature: 1. Derek Losh 2. Tony Anderson 3. David Daughtery 4. Zeke McKenzie 5. Bruce Hogue 6. Bill Lewis 7. Ryan Cripe 8. Todd Sherman 9. Randy Lines 10. Josh Stewart
Thunder Car Feature: 1. Josh Owens 2. Ron Flaugh 3. Jerald Owens 4. Kaleb Nutter 5. Tony Anderson
Midwest TQ Racing League TQ Midget Feature: 1. Nick Speidel 2. Tate Martz 3. Brett Hankins 4. Cody Kiewitt 5. Matt Hedrick 6. Kevin Blue 7. Chad Hankins 8. Robbie Roland 9. Bobby Walton 10. Kyle May
Vince Osman Memorial Sprint Car Feature: 1. Justin Grant 2. Gary Taylor 3. Todd Keen 4. Wes McIntyre 5. C.J. Leary 6. Kyle Robbins 7. Josh Spencer 8. Adam Cruea 9. Max McGhee 10. Brandon Whited
Modified Feature: 1. Jamie lomax 2. Devin Wright 3. Nick Allen 4. Todd Sherman 5. Jason Thomas 6. Ryan Cripe 7. J.D. Francis 8. Jimmy Hayden 9. Adam Williams 10. Randy Lines
Super Stock Feature: 1. Landon Miller 2. Lee Hobbs 3. David Hurst 4. Dean Baker 5. David Short 6. Aaron Shidler 7. Brandon Roundtree 8. Tim Wright 9. Damon Harrell 10. Dave Fritz
Thunder Car Feature: 1. Ervin Turner 2. Kory Glassburn 3. Nick Boyd 4. Jeremy VanNess 5. Paul Minter 6. Nick Glassburn 7. Tony Bowman 8. Cam Bales 9. T.J. Larson 10. Dennis Freeland
Terre Haute Action Track
Tony Hulman/Tony Hurtubise USAC Sprint Car Feature: 1. Jerry Coons Jr. 2. Brady Bacon 3. Tracy Hines 4. Bryan Clauson 5. Dave Darland 6. Robert Ballou 7. Jon Stanbrough 8. Chris Windom 9. Chas Stockon 10. Daron Clayton
Twin Cities Raceway Park
Ted Collins Memorial Late Model Feature: 1. Gary Christian 2. Zak Blackwood of Columbus 3. Steve Barnett of Franklin 4. Tim Prince 5. Rob Starkey 6. Tory Collins of North Vernon 7. Adam Bowman 8. Bill Sheets 9. Barry Doss 10. Dakota Lanham
Modified Feature: 1. Greg Amick 2. Scotty Kincaid 3. Trent Green 4. Jason Cox 5. Rick Hudson 6. Shawn Negangard 7. Rob Manley 8. Clayton Perry 9. Corey Housfeld 10. Bryson Clark
Super Stock Feature: 1. Roy Bruce Jr. 2. Will McRoberts 3. Aaron Fields of Taylorsville 4. Josh Phelps 5. Tim Clark of North Vernon 6. Toby Perry 7. Marty Cooper 8. Greg Owens 9. Trent Niflis 10.Rick Gumm
Pure Stock Feature: 1. Mark Bruce 2. Troy Clark of North Vernon 3. Ross Smith 4. Jared Burton 5. Mickey Hines 6. Willie Sallee of Columbus 7. Will McRoberts 8. Greg Sims 9. Tony Harvey of Vernon 10. Josh Walters
Hornet Feature: 1. Bill Grant 2. Todd Cain 3. John Mayer, J. 4. Luke Bland 5. Matt Hamilton 6. Cody Perry 7. Austyin Burton 8. Felisha DeWeese of Columbus 9. Greg Garrison 10. Dustin Foster
Mini Stock Feature: 1. Tim Goodson 2. Jim Walter 3. Doug Gasham 4. Patrick Sullivan 5. Warrant Lucas 6. J.T. Huffman 7. Kris Lucas 8. Brad Lucas 9. Danny Lannan
Tim McKinney writes a weekly racing column for The Republic. He can be reached at 379-5632.
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