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Tony Talks 10-18-11
What a week last week. To start off with I did not go to Winchester. Yes I know you think I am sick !!! I just got burnt out on all the big weekends and needed a break. Have no fear I did find my self at the Mottville Speedway for some good racing action.
Mottville had around 25 cars on hand with 10 street stocks. I will tell you this Jacob Maynard can drive. This kid has impressed me at 4 tracks in one year and did it again on Saturday. He won the dash and a heat holding off guys like Steve Woods and Dave Logan. Rodney Spencer won a heat and the feature but Maynard was there in second. Bobby Laughter was the class act in mini stocks winning his second feature in a row. He has been coming on strong the past month and I am sure he is upset as he just gets things figured out the season is over. Jack Hurrford won the fwd heat and feature as he is trying to make up points after being sick a week. Was really odd to not see Judy Holden as she was out sick.
This Saturday is the big one as for the first time in well over 10 years the outlaw late models will make the return to Mottville. From what I hear we could see 20 or more cars just in this class. This will be a big weekend for sure. I also know a lot of street stocks and mini stocks who are going and early reports will see a nice field of fwds as well. Could be a record car count and fan count for many years.
This is a must see event for sure. Sounds like the following guys will make the trip to do some racing:
Randy Day, Corey Pressler, Mark Vance, Josh Sommers, Mike Schewchuck, Dave Lober, Jeff Holden, Rich Boal, Rich Hensley, Al McGlothlen, Brandon Maynard, Ron Maynard JR, Jay Howard, Bryce Schaefer, Nick Pressler, Kevin Kosher, Ty Hayes, and more I am sure. This list is just guys who have said they would race.
Gates will open at 2:30 and racing at 4 pm. There will be a track crew and ambulance on hand for this race. I for one think its neat the drivers went to the owner and asked for this and everyone may have there doubts on the owner but he is truly trying harder this year than any I remember and I will be the first person there to help this race.
Winchester had nearly 200 cars!! I was shocked to hear 50 mods on the property. People say they are dyeing out but when you get 50 in one place I say your nuts. We did not have 50 outlaws at any big show this year. I think it is just same thing with all forms of racing the cost and rules have gotten out of hand and guys would rather leave the car on jack stands then spend the weeks pay check to get to the track only to be told they do not meet the rules. I was at a drivers meeting this summer where it was a huge debate on shocks and almost cost the track a lot of mods. The guys wanted to load and go home. This shows they can not afford high dollar shocks and liked the simple rules. Seems to me all classes are like this now.
Congrats to my good friend Derrick Griffin. What a talented young man. Yes he has a million dollar team and some of the best equipment behind him but I can list off drivers with the same who have yet to win a race or do any good. Derrick can drive a car from a mini stock to an outlaw and the Super Series. He is only the second driver to ever win the Championship as a rookie. He also had to work hard to take the points lead from Scott Hantz going into the 400. He set fast time and had control of the race almost all day. He came home second at the end but what a way to end the year. Money can buy the best equipment and tools and tires but money can not buy talent that is all in the drivers hands. Derrick you are an amazing driver with a ton of talent. Congrats to you and the entire crew.
Well I am far from an Indy car fan but when a driver dies it hurts every racers heart. As I watched the wreck Sunday and heard the news it brought a tear to my eye. We complain , moan, and groan about the little things at a track. I do too ! Then we watch the race and complain no passing this is boring. how many times do we sit there and think hope they are buckled in tight or hope they are safe. The drivers from a quarter midget to Nascar from a mini stock to a late model put their life in danger every time they get into the car. They do not do it to get rich as local drivers go hungry to race. They do it to hear you fans cheer and yell. They do it for the love of the sport and the thrill of the chase. Remember we will always see something at a track we do not like. But take a second and thank the drivers, stand up on the wave lap and make sure the drivers know how much you appreciate it.
Well racing is almost over for 2011 you have Mottville with two double header weekends then we are done in Michiana. It has been a great year for short track racing and I look forward to 2012. Take time to say what you mean to those who mean something to you as tomorrow they may be gone.
In the words of Jerry Cannon "Until next time we will see you at the races"
Hey we still have laps up for grabs for the Mottville race. $20 each and the money goes to the driver who leads that lap........ Let Merle know what lap you will get. Names are on mwracingnews.com, face book and SCE so you do get some advertising for your $20 bucks.
1 Michael J Key
2 Gene Davis Motorsports
3 Rocken Rod Roberts
6 Jason howard 68x
7 Bryon Kiser and Family
8 Jason Howard 68x
11 Randy Day Racing
12 Kings Services
14 Kevin Grubb
20 Superior Racing Imagies Asphalt Outlaws
22 Rich Boal Racing
28 Coe Motorsports
30 Finish Line RV and Auto Repair