The Ottumwa Courier

August 19, 2013

Regular race season winding down

By Scott Watson
Ottumwa Courier

---- — Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop.

The regular race season is winding down for 2013 with a couple of the tracks in the area having their season championships this week. The Bloomfield Speedway has its season championships this Saturday night with the night of racing being sponsored by Davis Seed and Making Memories Flowers and Gifts.

Dustin Griffiths of Ottumwa will put his winning streak on the line where he has won five consecutive races at Bloomfield in the Hobby Stock division. Ryan Fullenkamp of Bloomfield had three wins in a row at Bloomfield in the Sport Modifieds and was shooting for his fourth win in a row but that winning streak was snapped this past Friday night when Carter Vandenburg of Oskaloosa made the trip to victory lane.

Even though Saturday night is Bloomfield’s last point’s race, they do have more race dates on tap before they put the checkered flag on the 2013 campaign. The Knoxville Raceway has their season championships scheduled for this Saturday night where the night of racing is being sponsored by Walmart.

The 305 Sprinters will be on the card of racing along with the 410 and 360 divisions. In the 410’s, Bronson Maeschen of Pleasantville has a slim 59 point lead over Ian Madsen of Australia. And just seven points behind Madsen is Terry McCarl of Altoona. Clint Garner of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has a pretty commanding lead in the 360 division and appears to be on his way to another track championship in that group. Larry Ball Jr. of Knoxville leads the 305 division in points.

Knoxville also has several race dates scheduled after this weekend before they finish up for the year. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa is back in action tomorrow night with it being Support American Farmers Night and the IMCA Late Models will be back in action along with the regular weekly divisions. They will take a few Wednesdays off after tomorrow night and they will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Eddyville Raceway Park has a limited schedule this weekend with Friday night being a Fun Night and having open testing for anyone interested. The track is closed Saturday.

This past weekend ERP hosted the World Fuel Altered Nationals and what a show it was. There were nearly 20 Fuel Altereds and they put on a show. These machines are a handful to handle which was shown by one of them becoming a combine and doing some harvesting of some corn a few weeks premature with one of them lifting the front end off the ground and breaking the front suspension when it landed and thus smacking the wall. Both drivers were fine and the crew did a great job in getting the track ready after each incident for more racing action.

The War Wagon set a new track record by covering the eighth-mile drag strip in 3.69 seconds. Over 200 entries in total were checked into the pit area and the weather was perfect. It was a great show and the crew at ERP deserve a big kudos for their efforts. Bring on the 2014 World Fuel Altered Nationals.

The Mello Yellow NHRA Series made their way to Brainerd, Minn. this past weekend and a couple local guys had a good weekend. Former Ottumwan John Collins is the Assistant Crew Chief for Nitro Funny Car driver Ron Capps, who won the event. Collins is the guy you see on television who makes the final adjustments on the car before it heads down the track.

Dale Brand of the Lynnville area, who was a competitor at Eddyville Raceway Park, powered his Top Alcohol Funny Car to a runner-up finish. Brand runs a limited schedule on the NHRA circuit but when he's in attendance at an event, he's a contender to win it. It's neat to see these guys doing well.

I better wrap it up for this week. It's hard to believe the schools are starting this week. Where did the spring and summer go? Thanks for reading. I’ll see you at the track. Gone racin’.