Another superb night of racing at I-35 Speedway! A grandstand full of racefans, a pit area with 87 racecars, a super smooth and fast racetrack, close fast racing with lots of action, this all led to another fun exciting night.
If you are fan of a certain brand of race car from the Big 3, Ford, Chevy, or Mopar we have that too as two features were won on Ford power. In fact, the USRA Stock Cars saw a 1, 2, 3 finish of Ford, Mopar, and Chevy. In an industry where for years Chevy has dominated, we are seeing the other engine brands make a comeback! This led to the valve covers coming off on the Stock Car class in the tech area. Congrats to Ford competitors Jason Estes in the USRA Stock Cars and Derrick Hicks in the USRA A Modifieds for their wins.
Congratulations also go out to first time winner Daniel Harris in his E-Modified for making it to the McCarthy Autogroup Victory Lane. Daniel has been racing for three years, first starting in the B Mods and then changing to the E-Mods. A bright future is in store for this young racer along with second place finisher and the driver putting the most pressure on Harris throughout the race, Austin Bouzek.
The McCarthy Autogroup Victory Lane was also visited by Ed Noll in the B Mod race, Houston Johnson in the Charger Race, Carson Masoner in the Pure Stock, Tom Brown in the Midwest Lightning Sprints, and Ed Griggs in the Mod Lites. Of the eight feature events, two were won by teenagers, one winner was in his twenties, one was in his thirties, two were in their forties, one just turned 50 and the Mod Lite winner we do not have age information. So as you can see we had a lot of young people winning features last weekend.
One of the best races of the night was the Charger class. While only 5 cars started there was excitement as the win was being fought by two veterans and youngster. Wiley veteran, way over 50 but not quite 60 yet, Buz Kaster shot out to the early lead but young Houston caught and passed him after several laps of side by side racing. If these cars had rearview mirrors, of course on dirt racecars mirrors are not allowed, Johnson would have seen quite the race for second on his bumper between Kaster and another veteran Travis Walker.
This night was also special as we had representatives from McCarthy Autogroup in attendance. We would hope all our fans, racers, and staff, if in need of a new or used automobile/truck, please check with McCarthy Autogroup first. They are one of the reasons we are able to see a lot of the great racing we witness at I-35 Speedway. Many times when you think you are stuck always buying used they can work with you and get you in a new car. So check with them first and if you purchase from them let us know, we will get you in the McCarthy Autogroup Victory Lane.
Speaking of sponsors, did you notice the new billboard on the back straight? We want to welcome Timberline Trading Company, buyers of standing timber, as one of our sponsors for this year. Owner Mike Dotson, will soon be competing in his USRA A Mod. Thank you to all our sponsors without them it would be near impossible to have a racetrack, so please support those who support us.
This week we will have the Casey Shuman WAR Series Non Wing Sprints in action. These machines and their drivers put on quite the show as they take the turns of I-35 Speedway completely sideways at times. Non wing Sprint Car racing has been compared to Bull Riding where in Bull Riding the cowboy is strapped to the bull, the drivers of Non Wing Sprint Cars strap themselves into 800 horsepower racecars. Also in competition will be the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers along with our normal weekly classes. It is also Seeburg Muffler Night at the Races, another sponsor we hope you patronize when you need exhaust work.