TERRE HAUTE -- The Wabash Valley got its first taste of dirt track action at the historic Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday night and the results were all positive for racing fans.
After a wealth of improvements by track promoter Jamie Reed and the Wabash Valley Fair Board during the offseason, fans showed their approval with some of the best attendance in recent years.
Fans were treated to a dominating performance from USAC Sprint regular Dave Darland who piloted his new Jam-It-In Storage ride to a victory in the Terre Haute Action Track's season opening Spring Fling.
Nearly 60 Midwest Sprint Car Series cars showed up along with Modifieds and Super Stocks to comprise a more than 100 car count in the Action Track pits.
Darland showed quickly that he was going to be tough to beat by taking the victory and an automatic transfer spot to the evening's A-Main by winning his heat race. Jon Sciscoe also transferred from the heat.
Paul May was also a heat winner along with Alex Shanks, the 2004 MSCS points champion, along with 15-year old Noblesville driver, Bryan Clauson. Terry Babb and Bud Kaeding won the other two heat events for the sprints.
Perhaps the best racing came in the 12-lap B-Main events that transferred four drivers each to the feature event.
Justin Marvel came through the field in the first race to just edge out A.J. Anderson at the finish line to win one event and Darren Clayton was able to hold off Jon Stanbrough to take the second event.
But in the feature it was all Darland who survived several yellow flags for spins and was never seriously challenged on his way to the checkered flag.
Feature results were not available for the Super Stock field which consisted of 10 cars or the Modifieds who brought approximately 35 cars.
However, Matt Davis won the Super Stock heat race and Jack Taylor, Richie Lex and Brian Shaw were winners in Modified action.
The next event at the Action Track will be the Tony Hulman Classic with the sprints and modifieds on the card for May 14.