If you're a dirt track racing fan like myself, this has been an interminably long and cold winter without said racing. Alas I couldn't get away to Florida like some of my photography peers for Speed Weeks in February. (Sigh! Lucky dogs). I wasn't able to make it to the party in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Chili Bowl either, though the pay-per-view was pretty sweet.
But for those like myself who weren't able to head out of state to get our racing fix, the racing is very nearly reached us despite the pesky snowflakes flying about our head.
Brownstown Speedway was supposed to get rolling last week with a car show and practice, but surprise of all surprises, the weather delayed things. Practice was pushed back to this week and I'd be willing to guess that it will be postponed once again much to the chagrin of those chomping at the bit to hammer the loud pedal once more.
The actual season opener is slated for March 15 (fingers crossed) and the track will feature a regular card of Late Models, UMP Super Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Bombers. The same can be said for March 22 except Pure Stocks will replace the modifieds, but March 29 is a special show for the 11th Annual Indiana Ice Breaker featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with a hefty $10,000 to the winner.
For all those eager fans looking for the big show and don't want to wait until nearly April, the trip to Calvery City, KY might do the trick.
Beginning on Thursday, March 13 and running both Friday and Saturday, Kentucky Lake Speedway will be running both Late Models and Modifieds. The first two nights, the Late Model winner will receive $5,000 while the Modified winner takes home $2,000. On Saturday, the Late Model champ will grab $10,000. Expect some pretty solid competition from drivers who didn't make the long trip south in February, uncovering their new rides for the 2008 season.
One week later at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo, KY, the fifth-annual Bluegrass Bash will pay $6,000 to the winner, but perhaps even more important is that it also pays $500 to start the A-Main. Over $27,000 will leave in the pockets of some of the Midwest's top modified drivers.
Practice will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday evening with qualifying to start at noon on Saturday.
Also being announced in recent months is the beginning of a new series that will pay great money to super stock drivers.
As car counts have dropped in this class somewhat during the last two years, some unification of rules for different tracks will help drivers who want to compete on multiple nights without making big, and often expensive, changes to race all weekend.
The BOSS Series, or Battle of the Super Stocks, is the brain child of Lincoln Park Speedway official and car builder, Bob Franklin.
What the BOSS series means to drivers is that currently there will be an eight-race schedule that encompasses four different Indiana race tracks. The payday will be a minimum of $1,000 to the winner for each show with at least $75 to start currently. However, that minimum figure is likely to rise as other sponsors are signed on however.
The points champion over the course of these races will receive a $1,000 bonus as well.
The slate begins on April 19 with the Spring 30 at Lincoln Park Speedway, which pays $1,000 to win and $100 to start. On May 24, LPS will host the next round followed by Bloomington Speedway on June 20.
On July 26, Twin Cities Raceway's Mark Clark Memorial will be a BOSS points event . On Aug. 1 and Sept. 12, Bloomington Speedway has the next two rounds with the Sept. 12 race being a "Nationals" event paying $1,500 to the winner and $100 to start.
On Sept. 13, Lincoln Park as the next-to-last BOSS event followed by the grand finale at Brownstown Speedway on Oct. 4 with $1,000 to the winner.
At this point the series will pay at least through the top-10 in points and possibly further depending on participation. There will also be contingency awards.
To participate in the points, there will be a $25 registration fee per driver and payment must be postmarked by March 19.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-539-5156 for more information. More information is also available at: www.boss-series.com.