OTTUMWA — Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.
Mother nature was not kind this past week to race tracks in the area as the racing scheduled at the tracks covered by The Ottumwa Courier were all rained out. But, hopefully, this week will be a different story with some great racing scheduled. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa moves their race date this week from Wednesday night to Thursday night as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association Late Models make their first-ever appearance at the track.
The Late Models will be racing for a $3,000 top prize with an opportunity to increase that amount to $5,000 if they are signed up for the “Gamblers Challenge.” The weekly divisions of cars will race as well to include the Sport Compacts, Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, Sport Modifieds and Modifieds. The MLRA Late Model point leader is Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon with other racers in the top 20 in points that include Terry Phillips of Springfield, Missouri; Dave Eckrich of Cosgrove; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine and Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown. There are sure to be some big-name Late Model racers in attendance Thursday night at Oskaloosa to try their luck at the big money.
The Knoxville Raceway has three nights of racing action scheduled this weekend and it kicks off Friday night with Vintage Motorcycle Flat Track racing. Saturday action will see the World of Outlaws make their first stop of the year at the track, which happens to be the only time the Outlaws will be in Knoxville other than the Knoxville Nationals in August.
This year will be the for “The King of the Outlaws” Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana, and the World of Outlaws are promoting each race on the series as a “Salute to the King” event. The 360 Sprinters will race Saturday night as well. Sunday action at Knoxville will be the American Motorcycle Association Flat Track Knoxville Grand Nationals Motorcycle races. The best-of-the-best in Flat Track Motorcycle racing will be in attendance for this event at Knoxville Sunday.