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PROMOTERS POINT-SEPT 7!
Lets start right off this week with the two latest things I have heard!
First of all, it is being reported by several people that the Galesburg Speedway will not reopen in 2012 no matter who owns it as the township will not grant a zoning variance!
And the second report ties right into the first one as it appears the Kalamazoo Speedway will drop the Modifieds and add the Mini Stocks as a regular class in 2012.
Springport Speedway has picked up most of the cars and fans from Galesburg since it closed.
Kalamazoo has had good turn outs for its Mini Stock Specials and we at Mottville have added a few Mini Stocks since Galesburg closed but due to location Springport and Kalamazoo are the big winners!
Friday night the wife, the dog and myself headed to the Plymouth Speedway for the Season Championships!
Good field of cars on hand with 12 Outlaw Late Models, 15 Sportsmen Late Models, 16 Street Stocks and 8 Front wheel drives on hand for a total of 51 cars!
Not a bad crowd considering high school football and the Blue Berry Festival!
Some good racing as well!
Meanwhile I heard M40 only had 6 FWD cars despite paying $200 to win ( and a possible $300 with enough cars!) and $75 to start!
The car count for FWD's at M40 has truly amazed me as I really expected 40 or more with the pay-out and certainly no less than 30!
But when I saw South Bend's Mini Stock pay-out I was sure they will would be running B features this season but it never happened!
Strange season this 2011 season has been for certain!
Mottville is on exception!
Past history has been that when we run a two day show the first day is always better.
Not so this past week end as we ran on Sunday and Monday.
We had one more car on Monday then we had on Sunday and a slightly bigger crowd on Monday then we had on Sunday!
So who knows?
Anyway April Raymond was added to our staff and that did help speed things up and we ran both programs off in pretty good fashion!
Monday we actually ran 9 events before intermission as we ran consi heats for all classes as I wanted to really give the fans their monies worth!
Sunday we had very stiff competition with Kalamazoo running a 4 cylinder enduro and Angola running Mini Stocks in additon to Sprints and Mods.
Sunday we had light rain in places on the way to the track but it cleared very nicely.
Monday was cool but sunny and we had a lot of campers stay in the pits overnight between Sunday and Monday.
We had our biggest Labor Day crowd since 2005 and highest Labor Day car count since 2004!
Several crashes both days and Tuesday I had 4 different places on the walls I had to paint over scuff marks!
Certainly David Terry winning his first MTC feature of the season was a highlight on Monday along with the spectualar crash on the front stretch with 3 cars going all out for the win!
Tremendous MTC points battle between Dave Logan and Jack Hurford looks like it will continue right up to the season final on October 30!
Logan now leads by 4 points!
Plus the amazing rookie Josh Dunnuck winning both Mini Stock features, Sunday and Monday!
Dave Logan just flat out dominated the Street Stock feature Monday after Randy Hoffman won his first feature of the season on Monday.
14 year old Jacob Maynard came to Mottville for the first time and by Monday seemed quite comfortable in his SS!
I know the crowd Monday was buzzing when they left and that is always a great thing!
With the cooler weather this week I knew we had to get some long delayed projects done!
So 4 of us spent all of Tuesday afternoon and part of the evening working at the track!
The two rest rooms for women in the pits were both painted!
The one we use regularly was repainted a bright yellow with grey floor and looks terrific!
The reserve rest room is bright white with a grey floor and has never looked better!
The men's pit rest room was painted last week and Tuesday the floor was painted grey!
But the bigger projects were painting the exterior of the pit rest room building and adding a window to the pit tower.
The pit rest room building is now red!
The west window to the pit tower had to be covered with plywood sometime ago when vandals knocked it out and it has bugged me everytime I looked at it!
So Tuesday we got a new window installed!
Someone is scrapping the pit tower today to get it ready for painting and it will be red as well!
An update on the lighting update: Turns out I spoke too soon when I said the tower next to the women's rest room in the pits was operational with 3 fixtures again!
The electrician told me someone cut 12 feet of wire off and we were short!
Turns out the wiring was number 12 and we really need number 10 for the 3 fixtures!
So I am picking up the wiring and 3 bulbs Thursday and we should be operational by Saturday.
The electrician told me that he wanted to see how the lights worked so he went back to the track Friday night and turned the lights on the track and pits on and he said they were great!
So if we need the lights again we are ready!
Several people have asked about running some Outlaw Late Model shows at Mottville.
Now I like OLM racing as well as anyone but its a matter of economics.
So I have told one and all I am willing to give it a shot but I am not willing to guarantee any kind of pay-off unless we get a really good sponsor to step foward!
The date we have in mind is October 15 as part of the Indiana-Michigan Challenge Cup.
By then the end of season specials at the other area tracks are over.
I do have a sponsor who has come foward for trophies for the OLM on that date.
Rod Roberts may have a sponsor for part of the IMCC.
So we will see how that goes!
Have another OLM driver who is also working on a sponsor and on getting cars!
Need to give another big thanks to Tony Eldridge for his help Monday in lining up the cars and cleaning up the track after the front stretch accident!
Still have 2 more projects left on the 2011 list and we will see if we can get them in yet this season!
Sunday should have a good car count with New Paris not running regular races Saturday night.
Forecast looks good so come on out to Mottville Sunday where gates open at 4 with racing at 5!