The Ottumwa Courier

May 21, 2013

Big weekend of action on tap

THE PIT STOP
By SCOTT WATSON

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

This weekend is the first holiday weekend during the racing season and with it brings some great racing action. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa kicks off the week of racing tomorrow night with the night of racing being sponsored by Supreme Lawn and Landscape.

The IMCA Late Models will be racing for the second time this season. They had so many items donated last week to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Mark Widmar, they had to save some things for this week to be auctioned tomorrow night.

I know some of the items that will be auctioned include Nascar Truck Series and Indy Car tickets to the Newton Speedway, Sprint Car two-seater rides, sheet metal from race cars and several other items. Some of these things would make great birthday items or maybe shop early for Christmas and buy an item or two.

All of the money goes to Widmar and his family. I also know that the Widmar family is having a fundraiser June 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottumwa.

Eddyville Raceway Park has a big weekend of racing on the schedule as they host the Doorslammer Shootout. Friday night kicks off the three days of racing at Eddyville with a fun night and Pro Mod and Nostalgia Super Stock qualifying. This is the first of two stops at Eddyville for the Chris Duncan Pro Mod Series.

Saturday action will be the actual Doorslammer Shootout where the Pro Mods and Nostalgia Super Stocks will impress the crowd with their fast passes down the eighth-mile drag strip. The Saturday racing action also includes the NHRA Division 5 Super Quick Series, Caseys General Stores Stick Shifters, Nostalgia Pro Stocks, motorcycles, the Iowa True 10.5 tire class and is also a bracket points race. Sunday action is a bracket points race as well as having the Division 5 Super Quick Series race, motorcycles, Caseys Stick Shifters and it is also the rain date for the Doorslammer Shootout should mother nature not cooperate with them on Saturday.

“We are really looking forward to this weekend of racing,” said Gerald Kramer, ERP General Manager. “This is the first of our big events of the season. So come on out and see some great drag racing this weekend.”

The Bloomfield Speedway has two night of racing scheduled during the Memorial Weekend with Saturday night being the Davis County Hospital EMS Week. There will be free grandstand admission for all EMS personnel with proper identification. Ambulances will be on display and local radio controlled cars will be on display and at intermission the r/c cars will take to the front stretch for everyone to see how fast and what these cars can do.

Then on Monday, it will be the Golden Furrow Memorial Day Monday Madness with hot laps getting underway at 5 p.m., which is an hour earlier than normal. The Sport Modifieds, Sport Compacts, Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars and 305 Sprint Cars will be racing and it will be the first qualifier for the Budweiser Six Pack Shootout for Stock Cars. This is a really neat deal where they will draw admission tickets and pair the fans with a certain driver in the Stock Car feature and if their driver wins the Stock Car feature they will be qualified for a chance at $50,000.

They will do this six times throughout the year which makes six qualifiers total and then on the final qualifier night those six fans will roll four cubes with sponsors on them and if all four cubes land with The Bloomfield Speedway facing up they will pocket a cool $50,000. Even if they don’t win the $50K they will get some prizes from the sponsors of this series.

This sounds like a cool deal. I wish everyone good luck.

The Knoxville Raceway has Titan Machinery as the sponsor for their Saturday night of action and the 305 Sprinters will be in action along with the 360 and 410 Sprinters. The Figure 8 races return to the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in What Cheer Saturday after they were rained out two weeks ago.

Well I better wrap it up for this week. Thanks for reading and head on out to a race at one or more of these fine local tracks.

I’ll see you at the track. Gone racin’.