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Knoxville? I’ll Go With Bloomquist Again

September 14, 2017 Leave a comment

In a few hours Matt and I will be heading east to Knoxville for 14th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals. The Thursday and Friday preliminary nights will include time trials, 6 heats, a D Main, C Main, B Main, and the A Feature.

The invert is a key at Knoxville. The fastest cars in time trials will start heat races 8th on the starting grid. Only four will qualify for the A feature from the heats. The rest will have to go through consolation races. And no, it is not easy at Knoxville to move up that many spots in a heat race.

If a driver has to race in a consolation race, the best he can start in the feature is 25th.  The preliminary features are just 25 laps, so achieving a good finish in the A feature would be very difficult. And since Saturday’s starting grid is determined by points, a bad night on Thursday puts a lot of pressure on the entire team to have a good Friday night.

Even if you time trial well and qualify well in the heats you can end up with a mediocre point night because the top 8 qualifiers are inverted in the feature. To start on the pole for Saturday’s 100 lap feature is quite an achievement.

So, who am I going to predict to finish first this weekend-aka who will I jinx this weekend? I did a good job of jinxing Bloomquist last weekend as he had a poor-for him-World 100. Since I am not a big fan of the Zero car and driver, and since I enjoy irritating my friend Tony, I will put the jinx on Bloomquist again this weekend. You can bet the Hall of Famer will not want two mediocre weekends in a row. I am betting his best preliminary night will be Friday though.

Other possibilities? The Rocketeers Brandon Sheppard and Josh Richards can’t be counted out. Darrell Lanigan had a great World 100 weekend with two preliminary feature wins and a top five in the Saturday race. Will Jonathan Davenport be Clark Kent or Superman this weekend? Mike Marlar had a good World 100 weekend with top five finishes in all three races, plus he is the defending Knoxville Nationals champion. Bobby Pierce? I am thinking not, but he has won other races where I thought he didn’t have a chance. A sentimental favorite would have to be 60 year old Iowa native Billy Moyer. Like many fans, I wonder if this will be his last Knoxville event.

So who will it be? Of all those I mentioned, I would most like Davenport to win Saturday’s 100 lapper. But I will go with Bloomquist. If he wins I can say I picked him. If he does badly, half the fans will thank me for jinxing him.

Again, if you can’t head to Knoxville, www.DirtonDirt.com will show the Thursday and Friday preliminary nights and Lucas Oil Racing TV will show Saturday’s racing. Go to their sites for details.

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It’s Eldora. 3 Guesses Who Was The Big News In Thursday World 100 Prelims

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment

The B-I-G news from night one of the World 100 weekend? It wasn’t that Mike Marlar set fast time. It wasn’t that race leader Dale McDowell was wrecked by a lapped car during the second heat. It wasn’t that Josh Richards was back at Eldora and won a heat race. No, it wasn’t that Darrell Lanigan and Brandon Overton both won heats and their respective feature races. And it wasn’t that some lucky fan took home $10,721 as his portion of the 50-50 drawing, which was $721 more than each of the feature winners received.

It is Eldora. It was controversial. Yes, the big news involved Scott Bloomquist. The Tennessee driver did not go through tech in time to draw a qualifying pill and was not allowed to time trial-meaning he received no time trial points and had to start 11th and last in his heat. The Zero car finished 7th in heat 4, meaning Bloomquist was forced to run a consolation race, which he won, garnering a 22nd starting spot in the feature.

It being Eldora that was not enough controversy for Bloomquist. The Zero had moved from 22nd to 11th when it tangled with the car of past WoO champion Shane Clanton. Literally tangled, as the right front of Clanton’s car was hung up on the left rear of Bloomquist’s car, sending both to the rear of the feature. Clanton came back to finish 9th, while Bloomquist ended up 12th.

Other than hot laps, the World 100 format is drivers receive points every time they are on the track-time trials, heat races, consolations, and features. Accumulated points will determine the starting grid in Saturday’s heat races, which will determine the 20 starting positions in the 100 lap feature. Provisionals go to the two drivers with the most points who do not qualify through Saturday heats or consolations.

So, that was about 300 words saying that Bloomquist dug himself a hole by not going through tech in a timely fashion Thursday night. It is Eldora, it is Bloomquist who thrives on controversy, so I am not ready to pick anyone else as a favorite in the 47th running of the World 100.

Hopefully I said “Bloomquist” enough to please his biggest Nebraska fan. And add Lanigan and Overton to the list of potential $50,000 winner’s tomorrow night. Both were fast and both looked strong.

Hot laps started at 5:00 p.m. Central time, and it took an hour to complete warm-ups. Time trials took a little over an hour. 10 heats, 4 consolations, and 2 features followed, with the last checkered flag flying well after 10:00 p.m. Fortunately TROTD Speedway had plenty of pizza and Diet Coke on hand, and the track’s restroom was just steps away from my reserved seat. And I didn’t need a coat or blanket either.

Two thumbs up for the www.DirtonDirt.com coverage. Prerace driver interviews was a good way to start the evening. Dustin Jarrett and James Essex did a good job from the booth-better than the NASCAR boobs do. An up to the minute listing of driver times and position during time trials was night. Live scoring during all the races was good. Interviews with heat race winners and the top three finishers in each feature was a nice touch. And multiple camera shots added to the production quality. On track action was good, coverage was good, and I am not complaining about the cost, even though the track makes us pay just a nickel less than what fans in the stands pay.

Yes, I will be watching again tonight. Sorry Ivan, Eldora on PPV is more attractive than live where you are going to be.

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Who Will Hoist The Globe On Saturday Night?

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Did everyone see the new Scott Bloomquist hauler and trailer? Matt sent me a link:

https://racingnews.co/2017/09/05/scott-bloomquist-hauler-debut/

When I saw it, I was reminded of some demonic truck from an old horror film. I suppose that given it is Bloomquist that thought is fitting.

I envy my friend Steve “Belleville 100” Basch. Tomorrow Steve will be heading to the Mecca of Dirt Late Model racing, Eldora Speedway for the sport’s Super Bowl, the World 100.

There is a great video on www.DirtonDirt.com today. This type of video is something Michael Rigsby is totally adept at. On track action and interviews with drivers who have come so close to winning the big one at Eldora, only to have their dream shattered. Really good stuff.

And if you don’t subscribe to www.DirtonDirt.com, why don’t you? If you are reading this and not named Palmer or Tracy, you are a Late Model fan. And if you enjoy Late Model racing as much as I do, well, DOD is like a Bible.

DOD also has an article giving driver odds for the World 100. Yes, Scott Bloomquist is the favorite. Who else could be? Only a Batesville, Arkansas driver named Moyer has had the Eldora success Bloomquist has had and while a win by the 21 would be the feel good story of 2017 racing, I just don’t see it happening. I would like to see Moyer make the race and even get a top ten finish, but that is asking a lot of a 60-something “retired” driver.

Oh yeah, I was talking about Bloomquist. DOD has him at even money, and love or hate the driver from Tennessee that is where he should be. If anyone says he would be surprised to see the Zero car in Victory Lane on Saturday, he just hasn’t been paying attention.

Other drivers I think have a decent shot at winning this iconic clash: Bobby Pierce, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, and yes, Superman Jonathan Davenport.

Pierce is so incredibly talented it seems almost unfair. I am not a big fan of the young Illinois driver, but Matt tells me that has more to do with his dad than with Bobby. Maybe so. I would prefer someone else take home the globe on Saturday, but probably would not shed tears if it was Pierce. I didn’t when he won the 2016 World 100. Back to back World 100 wins is the dirt equivalent of back to back Daytona 500 wins. Could happen, but as Three Dog Night sang “it ain’t easy.”

Tim McCreadie has already won two $50,000 + events this season, and has been as hot as any other driver in the past couple months. To say a T-Mac win would be popular with fans is quite an understatement. Me? OK. I am one who would love to see the New Yorker climb out of his car, pound on its roof, wave the checkered flag, and thank all the fans for yet another $50,000 win this season.

Brandon Sheppard? How can you ever count out the Rocket house car? I remember Sheppard starting dead last in the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway and passing something like 30 cars to finish 2nd to McCreadie. The next week he plowed through the field at Fairbury American Legion Speedway to win the Prairie Dirt Classic. He has a ton of WoO wins this season. He has only three World 100 starts and no top five finishes in this event, but again, he is driving the Rocket house car.

Now if an Illinois driver is going to make it to Victory Lane on Saturday night, I would rather it NOT be Pierce or Sheppard. I write a Dirt Late Model article on Dennis Erb Jr., so of course I would like him to do well. And Eldora owes Shannon Babb. Babb finished the 2005 World 100 first, but was DQ’ed for weighing 10 pounds light.

Don O’Neal also has a $50,000 dollar win to his credit this season, the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin. O’Neal has 14 career World 100 starts, and has finished in the top ten on eight occasions. I like O’Neal-his cranky and doesn’t take much crap from anyone. I do want a McCreadie win, but an O’Neal victory would be almost as good.

This has not been a great season for Jonathan Davenport, but he is coming off a win in the Hillbilly 100, and does have a World victory too, in 2015. Still, if Superman flies to an Eldora win on Saturday, count it as an upset.

So, who is my pick to win Saturday night at the legendary half-mile track? I will go with Bloomquist. And yes, I do know my picks are usually jinxed.

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Silver Dollar Nationals-Thursday and Friday

July 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty.
Been down, isn’t it a pity,
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city.

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.

Thank you Lovin’ Spoonful for a great description of the heat this week at the small city of I-80 Speedway during the Silver Dollar Nationals. Thursday was damn hot. Friday was sickening hot, hotter than a match head. I guess I didn’t feel half dead, but I did feel half sick. And 100% crazy for being there instead of sitting in my air conditioned home.

Day One of the SDN

-Sport Mods, how I loathe thee. Even less than a full field is too many of this creature. I do have to admit there was some artistry to the B-Mod feature presentation. Call it ‘synchronized spinning.’ Turn three seemed to be difficult for cars near the back to journey through. Several times the yellow flag flew as multiple cars spun, including one amazing effort in which four cars spun. Blows my mind.

-41 Malvern Banks SLMR late models and 19 Carpetland Nebraska 360 Sprint Cars were on hand.

-Danny Lasoski could not get his car fired until the Sprint Car feature. He moved from the back of the starting grid to third place before an ill-timed caution set him back to fifth. He ended up finishing fourth. Without this caution I think he might have won the race.

-Hall of Famer Terry McCarl won the Sprint Car A-feature, but if the race had been 26 laps instead of 25 laps, he might not have. With two laps remaining in the race, Cody Ledger took the lead from McCarl, but McCarl took it back on the last lap and won by about a half car length.

-I thought the $5300 winner’s share of the SLMR purse might entice a few MLRA drivers to race instead of just practice. It didn’t. I also thought that with that much money on the line, no one but Kyle Berck would come home first. I was right. Well, sort of right. Berck had won the last SLMR feature and claimed the Home Pride $777 bonus for winning two features in a row.

-Some people might not enjoy watching race cars practice. When drivers are of national caliber like the Lucas Oil series drives, it is a pleasure to watch them test. Certainly a heckuva lot more fun than watching Sports Mods.

-Just my opinion, well probably the opinion of a lot of fans, Sports Mods have not business racing at the SDN.

I would call Day One of the SDN “OK.” Not great, not bad, just OK. I give it a B-. Without the Sports Mods, it would have been a solid B. And as hot as it was I wish I had stayed home at paid $11.99 to watch the races on the www.DirtonDirt.com PPV.

 

Day Two of the SDN

I call the SDN “Christmas In July.” Santa must have me on his naughty list this year, because unlike previous SDN’s, Friday’s show was simply NOT exciting to me. Yes, there was “some” passing, but the qualifying races simply lacked drama. That is my opinion and I am sticking to it. A B-, maybe.

-If I counted right, drivers from 22 states were on hand. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Florida were represented.

-With 8 cars less than the Lucas Oil Late Models, the USMTS Modifieds got the same number of heats. I don’t quite understand that. I also do not quite follow Late Models qualifying 18 cars for their Saturday feature, but the USMTS Modifieds qualifying only 12 cars for tonight’s A-main.

-It was great to see veteran Steve Francis finishing 1st and 2nd in his two qualifiers. His point total for the two races should garner a front row starting spot for the $53,000 to win main event.

-Don O’Neal was 1st and 2nd in his qualifiers and should start Saturday’s feature on the front row as well.

-In addition to Francis and O’Neal, other qualifier winners were Chad Simpson, Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Rodney Sanders, and Brandon Sheppard. Unlike most events, SDN qualifiers actually have a pay-out, $250 to the winner, $150 to the runner-up, and $100 to the 3rd place finisher-all paid in Silver Dollars.

-Scott Bloomquist did not bother to hot lap, but not warming up had no effect on his qualifying efforts. Bloomquist finished 3rd in his first heat and won his second qualifier. He will start on the outside of row 2 in tonight’s feature. Oh-oh.

-Drivers who will have to race in last chance qualifiers tonight include Josh Richards, Terry Phillips, Mike Marlar, Gregg Satterlee, Chris Simpson, Jimmy Mars, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Sheppard, Jesse Stovall, and Kyle Berck. Tell me one promoter who would not love having these drivers in a feature.

-Nebraska drivers did not fare well on Friday night. Corey Zeitner grabbed the most qualifying points, and he was 25th in the overall standings. Tad Pospisil was 27th, Ben Schaller was 31st, Berck was 34th, Al Humphrey was 38th, Matt Buller was 47th, Brian Kosiski was 49th, and Bill Leighton Jr. was 51st, suffering a fiery blown engine in his second heat.

-For me the most memorable moment of the evening was heat 3 of the second round of qualifiers. FIVE past national tour champions were entered. Perhaps this happened somewhere in the past, but I don’t think so. Until a late lap caution the five champs were running 1-2-3-4-5 as you would expect. Bloomquist won this race, followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, and Darrell Lanigan. Jimmy Owens dropped out at the caution.

-I wonder how many feature races those five past champs have won. Bloomquist and Moyer have won close to 1400 features, so it would be no surprise to me if the total W’s was close to 2000.

-“Retired” Hall of Famer Billy Moyer will start next to Hudson O’Neal in tonight’s feature. Moyer is 59, and the New Deal is 16.

-My friend “Big Show” was on hand for the big show, but I did not see him during the second round of heats. Interesting.

-Johnny Scott, Cade Dillard, and Ryan Gustin finished 1-2-3 in the USMTS pole dash and will make up the front row of tonight’s $10,000 to win Modified feature. No, I did not lose count, the USMTS A-main will feature a 3-wide starting grid.

-The non-qualifier race tonight pays $3,000 to win. The first place finisher has the option to take the cash or tag on to the back of the Late Model feature. If Kyle Berck should win, I think he ought to take the money and run. That would bring his winnings for the weekend to $9,077 and only the first three Late Model A-main finishers and the winner of the USMTS feature will take home more money.

-Bloomquist won The Dream at Eldora in June. That race paid $100,000 to win. A win tonight by the 0 car would give the Tennessee driver victories in at least two of the season’s three top paying events. The Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park in October pays $100,000 like The Dream.

-My predictions for winners tonight. NO question that Ryan Gustin will add another big USMTS win to his resume. Dr. Evil has reared his long-haired head in the 0 Late Model. Scott Bloomquist is the only driver with two SDN wins, and I fear a third is on the horizon. Don O’Neal may disagree-perhaps he will be Austin Powers to Bloomquist’s Dr. Evil and he has an SDN win. Brian Shirley has won a crown jewel event in the past. Earl Pearson Jr. looked stout in his qualifiers. My sentimental favorite would be Francis, but I don’t really see him leading a lap. All I am hoping for is a racy track.

Matt and I always enjoy seeing our friends at the races-Tom, Scott, Tony, Steve, Tom (another one), Don, and Charley the first two nights.

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Silver Dollar Nationals-Need I Say More?

July 19, 2017 1 comment

Yeah, I do need to say more. Lots more.

What do Matt and Scott Bloomquist have in common?  Well, both have been to an orthopedic doctor about one of their shoulders. One supposedly has a torn rotator cuff and the other may have the same affliction. I hope Matt’s problem is just tendonitis or bursitis-both hurt, but rotator cuff surgery is not fun. I had a pain block when I had my rotator cuff surgery. For about 18 hours I was yacking it up, telling how everyone who had complained about that surgery was a wimp. Then the pain block wore off. Major whoa. Pain pills galore, two weeks of sleeping in a recliner, and a month of rehab followed.

The USMTS mods will start their Saturday night feature three wide. These guys are talented and I am sure they will make it through the start, but think of B-Mods starting three wide. Half of the field would be taken out when the green flag flew and it would take 30 minutes to clean up the mess. The track would line them up single file after the carnage, but there would still be numerous cautions, even with a lot of cars out of the race. Promoters love the B-mods, I don’t.

Scott Bloomquist went out of his way to do some testing on Monday morning. Way out of his way-to Mason City, Iowa. That is a few hundred miles in the opposite direction of Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota for last night’s race.  However, it paid off. Bloomquist won his heat, but most important, he captured the feature as well and has some positive momentum heading into this weekend’s big dollar event. Josh Richards finished second, followed by Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, and Brandon Sheppard. I’ll stick with my prediction of Richards to win the $53,000 on Saturday though.

I haven’t followed the USMTS closely this year, but with a nice payout I expect a full field of modifieds. While Rodney Sanders has been racing a late model regularly this season, I would expect him to do double duty this weekend, running with both the Lucas Oil late models and the USMTS modifieds. Why? Well, Sanders has won 7 of the last 8 USMTS features at I-80 Speedway and $10,000 in his bank account would make the weekend a good one no matter how he does in his late model. Will Ryan Gustin be there in a mod? Can anyone challenge Sanders?

I have no idea what the order of events will be on Saturday night. I do hope that track officials have a Plan B in place if the night turns into a long, drawn-out affair. I do not think the late model feature finishing after midnight is good at all. If need be, run the late model feature before the USMTS feature. Ha, as far as I am concerned, run the Belt Clash non-qualifiers race after the late model feature too. Will any of this happen? Probably not.

At least 15 of the www.DirtonDirt.com Top 25 late model drivers will be on hand for the Silver Dollar Nationals. 8 past national tour champions will take to the track. 4 Hall of Fame racers will be in action. World 100 winners, Dream winners, Show-Me 100 winners, USA Nationals winners, Knoxville Nationals winners-the crème de la crème of dirt will be in Nebraska this weekend.

I am looking forward to a pork tenderloin sandwich or two this weekend. Maybe a BBQ sandwich too. Some popcorn. A Diet Coke or three. AND, plenty of water. Be sure to stay hydrated-it is going to be hot in the stands and on the track.

I am probably forgetting something. Maybe I will remember tomorrow. Tomorrow night is opening night of the hit Silver Dollar Nationals. Be there or miss out on incredible racing. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Prep For The Silver Dollar Nationals

July 16, 2017 Leave a comment

I prepared for the coming Silver Dollar Nationals by tuning into Lucas Oil Racing TV this weekend. LORTV showed two nights of Lucas Oil Late Models in action-Friday from Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and last night from Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Yeah, this paragraph is full of Lucas Oil. I ought to get some kind of stipend.

Friday’s racing was OK. It was neither outstanding, nor was it poor. Still, it was late model racing and that isn’t a bad way to spend a few hours. Josh Richards had the field covered. Tim McCreadie finished second, and Don O’Neal came home third. Keeping in line with what TROTD is supposed to be about, here are a few random thoughts:

-I am not much of a Darrell Lanigan fan, but I do like his new car. It is white and really nice looking. Lanigan was running well but broke a j-bar and had to drop out.

-Dave Argabright was the pit reporter and interviewed 16 year old Hudson O’Neal before the start of the race. The New Deal gave a good interview. I like him, actually better than I do Bobby Pierce. A lot better. Probably has something to do with liking his dad the Real Deal Don O’Neal, and not really liking Bob Pierce.

-for someone who is “mostly retired,” Billy Moyer has been doing a lot of racing. He followed the start of the UMP Summernationals Hell Tour, and was at Tri-City on Friday. His site had nothing about being in Nebraska this week.

-Scott Bloomquist arrived late, after hot laps, after time trials. He really was not a factor at all, finishing 5th in his heat, running a B-feature, and ending 20th in the A-feature.

They call Lucas Oil Speedway the diamond of dirt tracks and that is a fact. Everything at the track is first class. Matt and I went to the July race a few years ago and it was like 147 in the shade that day. I spent much of the afternoon in the air-conditioned pit shack, and then more of the afternoon in the air-conditioned bar. The racing was not great that night, but that has greatly improved in the past years.

Concrete pits, a car wash, and a back stretch grandstand that is better than most track’s front stretch grandstands make things nice for drivers and crews. The infield is grass-not weeds, with several hard surfaced roads for cars to exit off the track after time trials or during races. There is also a big screen high above turn three, and I suspect drivers do take a glance at it while going down the backstretch.

The concessions are good-I remember a BBQ sandwich similar to that of I-80 Speedway, and are well organized. The midway area is behind the grandstands, and I like the fact that a first-aid tent is part of the midway. Behind the track is a go-kart facility that keeps youngsters and not so young-sters busy. And, there are two levels of suites as well.  Like I said before, no question this is the diamond of dirt tracks.

Random thoughts:

-the modified feature seemed to take forever. It was just a weekly show paying a little extra, and I think that a time limit should have been placed on this feature.

-Scott Bloomquist was actually on time for hot laps and time trials, but wasn’t a factor in the race. He finished 12th and lost more ground to Josh Richards in the Lucas Oil point battle. Matt mentioned something about the driver of the Zero car having a torn rotator cuff. Been there, done that, and it was painful. I am sure bouncing around a dirt track would be much more painful than sitting in an easy chair, but I can’t see Bloomquist having surgery until after the season. The first two weeks after my surgery I had to sleep in a recliner, not a bed. My arm was in a sling and it was terribly unhandy to do anything. I did not skimp on pain meds so couldn’t drive at first. I had four weeks of rehab that was not fun either. SO, for once perhaps Bloomquist really does have a good excuse for not doing well.

-The heat races were good, but the battle between Hudson O’Neal and dad Don was great. The youngster edged his father at the finish line and garnered a front row starting spot for the feature. To do that racing against the best in the business, most of whom have years and years of experience and do this to put food on the table and a roof overhead says a lot about the New Deal’s talent.

-Jimmy Owens started on the pole and led the first 50+ laps. Wow, Owens leading at Wheatland, some surprise. The first 56 laps were caution free, and here is the surprise, Owens jumped the cushion and spun out on lap 57. He was running 2nd to Josh Richards at the time, and the spin out cost him lots of points and dollars as he finished 15th.

-Hudson O’Neal finished 4th in the 60 lap A-feature behind Richards, dad Don O’Neal, and Darrell Lanigan.

-I always enjoy listening to James Essex announce the Lucas Oil races, and I have to admit that Trenton Berry does a very good job from the booth as well.

So, that was my preliminary prep for the Silver Dollar Nationals. I will be writing more as the week goes on, so please check back every day.

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Corning And Eldora

June 11, 2017 1 comment

This has been a big week of watching racing for me. Thanks to Speed Shift TV I watched racing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and last night Matt and I made the long haul to Corning, Iowa to watch the SLMR Late Models and USMTS Modifieds race at Adams County Speedway. Tuesday was Deery Brothers Late Models, Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars from Marshalltown, Iowa. Wednesday was USAC Midgets from Gas City, Indiana and Friday was again USAC Midgets from Bloomington, Indiana. And tonight will be USAC Midgets from Kokomo, Indiana.

One member of the Meyer family likes ACS far better than the other. One member of the Meyer family reluctantly goes with the other because he enjoys doing things with his son. One member of the Meyer family has stated “I can’t remember seeing a good race at Corning.” That person is still not a big fan of Adams County Speedway, but after last night can’t say he hasn’t watched a good race there.

I have been calling Southwest Iowa Steve King territory, but I was wrong. This part of the state is represented by David Young. OK, that is bad, but not as bad as Steve King. And that will be my political statement for this blog.

Random Thoughts:

-106 cars filled both the inside and outside pit areas at ACS. There were 16 B-Mods, 20 Pro Stock, 21 Sport Compacts, 21 USMTS Modifieds, and 28 SLMR Late Models. I think that adds up to 106.

-To me, the admission charge of $25 was a little steep, especially since only 21 USMTS cars were on hand. I still paid it though and did not complain to the ticket seller.

-The Pro Stock class at ACS is similar to I-80 Speedway’s Pro-Ams and IMCA’s Stock Cars. As with those classes, the Pro Stocks at ACS put on a good show. In fact, the 15 lap feature was one of the best races I have watched in quite some time. You don’t see four wide racing very often, and this feature had that early on. The middle laps were more single file, but the last few laps were outstanding, with the top five finishers taking the checkered flags in the blink of an eye.

-The SLMR race was decent too. Tad Pospisil and Corey Zeitner battled for the win, while Kyle Berck and J.C. Wyman raced for third. Pospisil won, followed by Zeitner, Berck, and Wyman.

-Promter Joe Kosiski has put together a great local tour. I call it local because all the drivers are from Nebraska and Iowa, but the car count is better than most regional tours, and there is not much of a drop-off in talent from regional tours. The rules package allows drivers to use various engines and still be competitive, and it is a fun group to watch.

-As I mentioned, only 21 USMTS Modifieds were on hand. These were mostly drivers racing for points in the USMTS Central Region. I suspect next Friday and Saturday there will be far more cars on hand at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, where drivers will be vying for a $50,000 winner’s share of the purse.

-Call it “Instant Carnage,” but a less than full field was whittled even more in the three USMTS qualifying races. Six cars finished the evening early, with the ride of Norfolk, Nebraska’s Kyle Prauner viciously rolling off the track in turn 3. Prauner was transported to the local hospital for observation, but reported later that he was OK.

-Zack Vanderbeek had the USMTS field covered. He started from the pole and led every lap of the feature. He wasn’t challenged at all, and actually was pulling away from the field late in the race. Cade Dillard started 15th and last in the feature after being involved in the Prauner incident. He advanced from 15th to 2nd place at the finish.

-As I mentioned, the Pro Stock race was great, and the SLMR race was decent. I would only give the USMTS feature a C for lack of cars and the dominance of Vanderbeek. Still, that was about as racy of a night as any we have spent in Corning. My one complaint was the same as I have complained of on every trip to the Iowa track-they simply cannot go without a lengthy intermission. With three LONG red flags in heat races, I do not think a 35 minute intermission is necessary. On specials, not everyone is from the surrounding area-we have a 2 hour drive home. A 15 minute tops intermission would have been plenty. And no, watering the top and bottom of the track did not do anything to make the track racier for the features. It just added to the length of the intermission.

Yes Tony, I will mention that Scott Bloomquist won The Dream at Eldora. This was Bloomquist’s 7th Dream win, starting with a victory in 1995. Not that many drivers even race for 23 years, and winning dirt late model’s richest event that many times and in that lengthy of a time span is impressive. Bloomquist has also won the World 100 four times, and finished 2nd in the Dream and World 100 ten times. Of course who can forget the 2015 Dream when he won the race but was disqualified for crossing the scales light?

I always like to look at the list of drivers who do not make the Feature at one of the big Eldora events. This year’s list included Eddie Carrier Jr., Jackie Boggs, Jimmie Owens, Jeep Van Wormer, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., Brian Shirley, Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, and Jason Feger. It almost included Show-Me 100 winner Bobby Pierce. The young Illinois driver started 25th in the second consolation race, a race in which only the top four qualify for the $100,000 to win feature. Pierce was fortunate to have some cautions in the race, and he gained the final transfer spot on lap 19 of the 20 lap race. Pierce started the A-feature last on the grid, but moved up to 13th at the end of the 100 lapper.

Chassis breakdown of the starters:

8-Rocket

5-Longhorn (all in the top 11 finishers)

4-Club 29

3-Sweet Bloomquist

2-Moyer Victory

2-Black Diamond

1-Pierce

1-MB Custom

1-Barry Wright

1-Schwartz

Yes, one of those Moyer Victory chassis cars belonged to the man himself, the 99% retired Hall of Famer Billy Moyer. The Batesville, Arkansas driver finished a respectable 12th.

No, I won’t be watching the NASCAR race from Pocono today. After the trek to Corning, I think a nap is in order. Thanks for stopping by.