Area dirt track racing begins less than six weeks from now with the Action Track in Terre Haute kicking off action on April 5 with an open practice for competitors. One week later the track will kick off their regular season with the "Spring Fling" opener that will see the MSCS Series, UMP Modifieds, Super Stocks and Non-wing sprintcars taking to the dirt.
Bloomington Speedway will get their season of Friday night racing started with a Sprint, UMP Modified and Super Stock card on Friday, April 18 and Lincoln Park, in Putnamville, will wait just a little longer for warm weather when they turn on the lights Saturday, April 26 for a sprint, UMP Modified and Pro Stock card.
National tour events will be the highlight of all three tracks this season with a variety of events for the racing enthusiast.
Dates to remember at the Action Track will arrive early with Steve Kinser and the World of Outlaws winged sprints making a tour stop on May 9 with the UMP Modifieds. One week later, on May 17, the Tony Hulman Classic will take place featuring the USAC sprints.
Heading into the summer months, fans can look forward to the HUT 100 USAC Midget race on June 13 along with another visit from the Outlaws on July 13 followed by the ever growing Indiana Sprint Week stop by the USAC Sprints.
NASCAR Night, a fan favorite last year, will take place on July 29 when Ken Schrader and other Winston Cup drivers getting behind the wheel of the late models for some dirt action.
Turning to Lincoln Park Speedway, no fewer than three sprint visits will result in the winner taking home $1,500 or more in a handful of big nights at the 3/8 oval.
The first will be on June 28 when the King of Indiana Sprint Series visits with $2,500 going to the winner.
Sprint Week will make a visit on July 19 along with the WolfPack Challenge for the Modifieds on August 9 and the 17th Putnamville Clash on August 16 which will also pay $2,500 to win for sprints along with $600 to the Modifieds and $400 for Pro Stocks.
In Bloomington, the famed red clay will see their first big date on April 25 when the Great Lakes Outlaw Sprint Series (GLOSS) winged sprints visit for a $2,500 payday. On May 9, Indiana Dirt Late Model Speedweek hits with a $2,000 to win night and a week later the King of Indiana Sprint Series arrives with $2,500 to win.
The 15th Sheldon Kinser Memorial will be on June 13 with a 40 lap feature for sprints and a nice $3,000 check to the checkered flag bearer.
Indiana Sprint Week visits for the Larry Rice Classic on July 25 with the winner taking home a $4,000 payday. GLOSS is back on August 22 and the eighth Indiana Super Stock/UMP Modified Nationals takes place on September 19 with the winner of each taking home $1,250.
Though the weather may be cold, the racing action should give fans something to look forward to as each track has set up an excellent schedule this season.
Terre Haute Action Track
|Sat. April 5||Open Practice|
|Sat. April 12||(Spring Fling) MSCS Series/UMP|
Modifieds/Super Stocks/Non-Wing Sprints
|Fri. May 9||World of Outlaws/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. May 17||(Tony Hulman Classic) USAC Sprints/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. June 1||(Tri-State Challenge) Late Models/Modifieds|
|Fri. June 13||(HUT 100) USAC Midgets/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. June 14||(Sumar Classic) USAC Silver Crown Cars/UMP Modifieds|
|Fri. June 20||Motorcycles|
|Mon. June 30||(UMP Summernationals) Late Models/Modifieds|
|Thur. July 3||(KISS Series) (Fireworks) Non-Wing Sprints/UMP Modifieds|
|Sun. July 13||World of Outlaws/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. July 26||Indiana Sprint Week - USAC Sprints/UMP Modifieds|
|Tue. July 29||NASCAR Night - Ken Schrader & other CUP Drivers T.B.A. - Late Models/Modifieds|
|Thur. Aug. 14||(Sprint Showdown) USAC/SCRA Sprints/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. Sept 27||Fan Appreciation Night - MSCS Series/ Non-Wing Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Super Stock|
|Sat. Oct. 4||Fall Harvest Classic - USAC Sprints/UMP Modifieds|
|Sat. Oct. 11||Demo Derby|
Lincoln Park Speedway
|Sat. April 26||Opening Night - Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. May 3||Sprint/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stock|
|Sat. May 10||Midwest-SCA - Sprints/UMP Modifieds/ Pro Stocks/Dwarfs|
|Sat. May 17||Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. May 24||Closed - Indy 500 Weekend|
|Sat. May 31||Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. June 7||USAC Ford Focus - Midgets/Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. June 14||Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks/Dwarfs (Double Points Night) - 3 Classes|
|Sat. June 21||HARF Night - Sprints/UMP Modifieds/ Pro Stocks|
|Sat. June 28||KISS/KING of Indiana Sprint Series ($2,500 to win Sprints)|
|Sat. July 5||($1,500 to win Sprints) UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. July 12||Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. July 19||16th USAC Indiana Sprint Week (UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks)|
|Sat. July 26||USAC Ford Focus - Midgets/UMRA TQ's/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. Aug. 2||Closed - Brickyard 400 Weekend|
|Sat. Aug. 9||Wolf Pack Challenge - Indiana Modified Week|
|Sat. Aug. 16||17th Annual Putnamville Clash ($2,500 to win Sprints) HARF Night II (UMP's $600 to win - $400 to win Pro Stocks)|
|Sat. Aug. 23||Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks|
|Sat. Aug. 30||Midwest - SCA Sprints/UMP Modifieds/Pro Stocks (Fireworks)|
|Sat. Sept. 6||Champions Night (final points event)|
|Sat. Sept. 13||Fan Appreciation Day (4 p.m. hot laps)|
Midwest SCA Sprints/UMRA TQ's/Pro Stocks/Dwarfs, Pro Stock Powder Puffs
* -- Bloomington Speedway schedule on Pg. 12