Week 26 at the always well groomed, always super smooth, always exceptionally clean I-35 Speedway brought ninety two racecars for competition in the various classes. With this many racecars the officials kept the show moving, starting on time at 7 o’clock and seeing the checkered flag fall on the A Modified feature at 10:20. For all this to come together it takes complete teamwork from the track crew prepping the track during the week, to the watering crew laying down the perfect amount of water, to the officials getting the driver’s meeting completed in a timely manner, to the E Mods and Hobby Stocks getting ready for hot laps and completing the rolling in of the track process. It is teamwork that makes things run smoothly at the racetrack.
Speaking of teamwork, let’s take it a step further, let’s move to the concession stand. The goal of the concession staff is to prepare everyone the best food we can for the race fan enjoyment and serve it with minimal delay. Sometimes, especially late in the season, it requires some of us to double duty, especially during intermission. At I-35 Speedway you will see the teamwork in action as the tower staff scoring the races will come out of the tower, wash their hands, put on the safety gloves and become the concession staff if needed. This past week the walking tacos, the hotdogs, the cheeseburgers, the popcorn, the soft drinks, the coffee, and the hot chocolate was served with support of the tower team. There was no waiting in line, intermission was only ten minutes long, the hungry and thirsty fans were served and the track crew was back in their positions ready to score and call the races.
Even more teamwork occurs after the races are over. The officials work to pick up the trash in the grandstands and dump all the barrels in the grandstands and pits. This week as we were picking up the trash three different race fans jumped in and helped pick up the trash. This is team work at its’ finest! Thank you to everyone who utilizes the trash cans each week. This saves the Sunday crew who comes in and completes the pick-up of any trash and the numerous driver tear offs.
I-35 Speedway is a great track with great teamwork. As a race fan you can see it from the time you meet the ticket booth staff, to the ticket takers, to the concession staff, to the racers themselves. The track may be owned by Mike and Kyle Johnson but they allow each of us to own a part of this track and call it our home track.
Three weeks of racing remain, October 3 and 24 are regular weekly races, October 10 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. Plan to attend the exciting three nights of racing which remain and let’s pray for great weather for those three nights as we close out the 2015 racing season.