Mother Nature continues to play havoc with several area dirt tracks, and Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville was the only dirt track to complete a racing program last weekend.
A stout field of 39 non-wing sprint cars took to the track on Sunday, with Shane Cockrum scoring the feature win in the Amati Racing No. 66. Jake Swanson finished second to Cockrum, with Kyle Shipley, Brian Hayden and Cole Bodine rounding out the top five drivers. The rest of the top 10 finishers were Brayden Fox, Emerson Axsom, Jake Scott, Geoff Ensign and Isaac Chapple.
Derek Losh won the open wheel modified feature race over Jordan Wever, Dillon Nussbaum, Randy Shuman and Cody Wright. The rest of the top 10 were Tyler Loughmiller, Jimmy Hayden, Rob Brickert, Nick Richards and Garrett Rona.
Josh Boller took the super stock main event over Josh Litton, Austin Perry, Cullen Goodman and Larry Raines. Justin Massie led the next five over Austin Phelps, Zach Sasser, Bryce Shidler and Jeff Allen.
Megan Cavaness won the bomber feature event over David Bumgardner, Jordan Almanza, Josh Foxworthy and Corey Anstead.
Tonight, Lincoln Park will host the 410 non-wing sprints plus modifieds, super stocks, bombers and hornets. For more information, visit lincolnparkspeedway.com.
Brownstown racing tonight
Brownstown Speedway will try to get its second race of the season in tonight with a full racing program of pro late models, pure stocks, hornets, crown vics and MMSA mini sprints. For more information, visit brownstownspeedway.com.
Lawrenceburg opener tonight
For the third time this season, Lawrenceburg Speedway will try to open its 2022 racing season. On the schedule will be 410 non-wing sprints, modifieds, pure stocks and hornets. For the latest information, visit lawrenceburgspeedway.com.
USAC in Ohio tonight
The USAC National Sprint Car Series will be back in action tonight at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio. The series has not run since February in Florida. For more info, visit usacracing.com.
Paragon running tonight
Paragon Speedway will have a full racing program tonight with 410 non-wing sprints, super stocks, modifieds, bombers and hornets.
Florence Spring 50 tonight
Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, will try for the fourth time to open its racing season. On the card tonight is the March 26-postponed Spring 50 for late models paying $10,000 to win. Also racing will be modifieds, sport mods and hornets. For further info, visit florencespeedway.com.
Bloomington opener delayed
The opening race for the 2022 season at Bloomington Speedway scheduled for Friday night was canceled. The season opener is now slated to begin on Friday with 410 non-wing sprints, modifieds, super stocks and modlites.
Columbus Go-Karts April 29
The next scheduled event for the Columbus Speedway Go-Kart Racing, which holds events at Tony Stewart Speedway located at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, will be on April 29.
Eldora opener moved
Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, was scheduled to start its 2022 racing season on Tuesday, but due to heavy rain, the event was moved to April 26. The Castrol FloRacing Night in America has been rescheduled for April 26. It will be held the night before the $20,022-t-win event at Brownstown Speedway.
Rayburn race moved to May
The C.J. Rayburn Stronger than Dirt Classic for late models scheduled for Sunday at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis has been moved to Memorial Day, May 30, due to the consistent wet spring conditions. The next scheduled regular racing event will be on May 1 with 410 non-wing sprints, pro legends and hornets. For the complete 2022 race schedule, go to circlecityraceway.com.
Former racer passes away
Norm Swift of Franklin passed away on April 4. He was 71 years old.
Swift began his racing career in 1969 at Brownstown Speedway in the late model division. Besides Brownstown, he was also a regular competitor at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville. He also raced at 25th Street Fairgrounds Raceway in Columbus, Martin County Speedway in Loogootee, Bloomington Speedway and Whitewater Valley Speedway in Liberty.
This week in racing history
From 40 years ago in 1982, Ray Godsey won the season opener at Brownstown Speedway, taking the late model feature over Pat Patrick, Gerald Dixon, Russ Petro and Paul Crockett. Troy Burton won the street stock feature over Bob Johnson, Dan Londeree, Jack Turner and John Mull.
From 20 years ago in 2002 at Brownstown, Don O’Neal won the Hoosier Dirt Classic for late models over Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, Scott James and Kevin Claycomb. Matt Boknecht took the modified feature over Brent Londeree, Ryan Thomas, Darin George and Adam Sasser.
From 10 years ago in 2012 at Brownstown, Chad Stapleton won the late model feature over Kent Robinson, Greg Kendall, Mark Barber and Chris Streeval. Nick Allen won the first of two modified
features held over Bradley Sterrett, Richie Lex, Jared Bailey and Clint DeMoss. Devin Gilpin won the makeup modified feature over Greg Amick, Allen, Boknecht and Sterrett. Mickey Hines took the pure stock main event over Jim Ruddick, Mark Hines, Johnny Smith and Donnie Wilson. Bryson Clark won the hornet feature over Chip Colglazier, Quintin Strope, Todd Cain and Alex Terrell. C.J. Leary won the King of the TQ Midgets feature over Derek Fisher, Jason Goff, Ron Combs and Brett Hankins.
James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to [email protected]