Fall racing, where the day temperatures are in the 60s to 70s and the night temperatures fall into the 50s creates great horsepower for great racing. Additionally it creates a challenge for the track prep crew as less water goes a lot further. Race week 27 saw the race fans come dressed for the weather, the seventy five race crews and drivers had their machines ready for competition, and the track was smooth and ready for the competitors.
The track was blessed with two Hall of Famers in our midst, Buz Kaster continued his late season championship battle in the Grand Nationals with Donnie Brown taking the win and an eight point lead into championship night on October 24. Additionally, Tom Charles was in attendance at the track supporting his son, Dan “Juan” Charles who was competing in a B mod.
It was also great to see Bobby Penney, a ULMA Late Model driver, and former track regular, in the grandstands along with long time racer David Powell. We may get to see them in action on I-35 Speedway during the 2016 racing season. Also, another next generation driver Greyson McDonald, son of Brad, was in attendance to compete in the rapidly growing E-Mod class. To date there have been 62 different E-Mod drivers in competition on the high banks of I-35 Speedway. Speaking of competitors there have been 89 different A Mod drivers compete this year, along with 52 Stock Car drivers, 107 B Mod drivers, 43 Hobby Stock drivers, and 16 Grand National drivers. The Show Me Spectacular may bring even more new drivers to the track.
As for the racing, it was some of the best of the year. Viewing comments from Facebook and other social media sites there was a ton of excitement with the racing on October 3. Bud Wilson’s bumper length win over Randy Ainsworth in the B Mods was probably the most exciting but racing was close in the all classes. Robbie Reed continued to collect points towards the USRA A Mod National Championship with his win, Dean Wray continued his winning ways in the USRA Stock Cars as he chases the National Championship, Mich Ross added another win in the Hobby Stocks, and Austin Bouzek has continued his winning ways in a late season surge in the E Mods setting the stage for a championship run in the 2016 season.
This week is the 6th Annual Show Me Spectacular featuring A Mods, B Mods, E Mods, Midwest Outlaw Lightning Sprints, and the Non Wing Sprint Cars racing for $2,000, $1,000, $500, $1,000 and $1,200 to win respectively. October 17 we will not be open because of the USRA nationals. October 24 will be our Championship night but more importantly it will be the last night to earn national points for the USRA classes. We should expect some national point battles to play out at I-35 Speedway. So the season is winding down but there remains plenty of exciting racing action make plans to be here.