The Ottumwa Courier


May 18, 2013

The Pit Stop returns for 2013


They have several big events at Eddyville and arguably the highlight of the year will once again be the Musco Lighting Night of Fire July 6. Drag racing legend, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, will be at the track for the Night of Fire and he will have one of his Top Fuel cars on display.

“We are very fortunate to have "Big Daddy" Don Garlits coming to Eddyville for the first time ever,” said ERP General Manager, Gerald Kramer. “He will have one of his Top Fuelers here and he will fire it up a time or two to get the nitro cackling and he will be signing autographs.”

Former Ottumwan, Tommy Johnson Jr. will have his Nostalgia Funny Car in action and legendary National Hot Rod Association announcer, Bob Frey, will be calling the pro action.

May 25 is the Doorslammer Shootout with the first of two dates the Pro Mods will be in action at the eighth-mile drag strip. The Pro Mod Challenge will take place September 20th and 21.

Motorcycle Mania and the Vintage Drag Bike Nationals are July 20 and 21 while the World Fuel Altered Nationals are August 17. ERP will also host the NHRA Division 5 Super Series races on the Pro Mod weekends with several drivers from the Midwest coming in to compete at these two events. The Eldon Raceway has four nights of racing action for 2013. The season opener for Eldon is June 13 during the Wapello County Fair. The other three dates on the schedule are July 6, September 7 and September 21.

There will be five classes of cars in competition each race which include the A-Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders. The Late Models will be in competition at the June 13th race with the other five classes. The first race is on a Thursday night and hot laps get underway at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 pm while the other three races get things going with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the green flag drops at 7:30 p.m. Several area racers compete at the Figure 8 races that are held at Sigourney and What Cheer among several other tracks in Iowa. The Sigourney Figure 8 race dates are May 4, June 15, July 20, August 30 and 31. The Figure 8 race dates at What Cheer are May 11, June 1, July 4, July 13 and Aug. 10.

We have had enough rain for awhile and the natives are getting restless to hit the track and race or to sit in the stands and view some races. Good luck to all of the racers this year. Well I better go for this week. Thanks for reading. I’ll see you at the track. Gone racin'.

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