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May 18, 2013

The Pit Stop returns for 2013

Hello race fans and welcome to the first edition of The Pit Stop for 2013. It has been a very long winter and I, along with just about everyone I speak to, are ready to get out and head to the race track for some races.

Three of the five local race tracks have had races scheduled but all three of those tracks have had to cancel those races. The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, The Knoxville Raceway and The Bloomfield Speedway have yet to get their races under way for the season while Eddyville Raceway Park and The Eldon Raceway have their season openers in the weeks to come.

The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa once again has Mike Van Genderen promoting the races at the half-mile facility. They are scheduled to race on Wednesday nights on a regular basis with some special events on the schedule on other nights of the week.

New to the schedule in 2013 are five dates that the International Motor Contest Association Late Models will be in competition. Those five dates are May 1, May 22, June 19, July 16 and August 21. The July 16 date is a Tuesday night during the Southern Iowa Fair and they will be paired with the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds on the special night of racing.

Their weekly classes of competition include the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Modifieds and IMCA Sport Compacts. A couple of other dates to mark on your calendar are July 3 where it will be the 18th Annual Budweiser Stock Car Shootout and Oct.4 and 5, which will be the 27th Annual Musco Lighting Fall Challenge. The weekly points schedule goes a couple Wednesday nights into September which is the first time they have done this.

They are also planning a free admission night but it has not been decided when that night will be and they are pleased to have a pace truck for each night of action. They have had a couple rainouts already this year so they are looking to have their season opener tomorrow night if mother nature cooperates.

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