I-35 Speedway race weekend number 21 is in the books and what a weekend it was for racing. One hundred and twelve (112) racecars checked in for competition. Mother Nature threatened, but worked with us, bringing a line of thunderstorms but splitting around the racetrack. This allowed for a great night of racing.
After a short celebration of life for BJ Bouzek the first heat race took to the track at 7:15 p.m. and the last feature race took the checkered flag at 10:45. With no intermission and trophy presentations at the end of the night it was simply pure nonstop racing action. Seventeen heat races, one B Feature, and eight feature races made up the nights events. As always Mike and Kyle Johnson continue to give the race fan the most value for their racing dollars!
As many of you know almost every week something new has been added, maintained, or improved at the racetrack. This week the pit grandstand painting was completed along with the weekly track preparation, mowing, and weed eating. Additionally it was great to see how much the additional picnic tables are being used.
Now for the racing, so far this year we have had nine different winners in the A Mods with Darren Shaw claiming this week’s win in a hard fought battle with point’s leader Dennis Elliott. Doug Keller won the B Mods, a class which has had 10 different winners this year. Point leader John Brown claimed the win in the E Mod class. Greg Gilbert beat point leader Mich Ross to the checkered flag in the Hobby Stock class. Wyatt Burks claimed the win in the Non-Wing Sprint Car race over seventeen other competitors. Mark Billings was first in the Midwest Outlaw Lightning Sprints. Point leader Dean Wray won the always close Stock Car race.
Finally the Grand National race where Donnie Brown took the early lead with the sly fox of Buz Kaster working to get around Brown’s machine. First he would show low, then he would show high, and finally Kaster would power by to take the win! Donnie Brown, would admit later he got schooled by one of the best, showing the respect he has to race with Hall of Famer Kaster. Austin Johnson’s three week battle with unlucky equipment issues has tightened the point battle in this class where Johnson trails Kaster by one point and lurking in third 18 points back is Brown.
There is plenty of racing action left in the next eight weeks of the season. Look for more news on the 6th Annual McCarthy Auto Group Show Me Spectacular which will occur on October 10, 2015 with additional prize money for the A Mods, B Mods, E Mods, Non Wing Sprints, and the Midwest Lightning Sprints.