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      Butts in the Bleachers

       by Rusty Rogerson

      Fall 2012

       After taking a year off I decided to write a few notes and observations from the grandstand again. We are very fortunate in this part of the world to have six (6) different organization promoting Sprint Car Racing. If you live in Southeast Iowa, Northern Missouri or Western Illinois you have a wide variety of options to catch a Sprint Car Race:

              34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa races 305 Sprint Cars on a regular basis. Congratulation to Donnie Steward in the 16HD for capturing the track championship this year. 34 also hosted several Sprint Car Specials including the Sprint Invaders and Midwest Open Wheel Association. Their banquet is scheduled for January 2013. It was great to see John Schultz back behind the wheel of Sprint Car. John former feature winner at Knoxville told me he had a blast racing in the 305 class. Ryan Jamison in the family owned 51J finished a close second in the final points standing.

              Brockway Mechanical and Roofing Sprint Invaders based in Burlington, Iowa always put on a great show wherever they travel. Speaking of Ryan Jamison he captured the Championship this year. Sprint Invaders will have their Banquet at the Catfish Bend Casino Saturday 11/10/12. I read on their website they are looking for some board members for 2013. If you are interested contact the office or Bart Schniederman, who by the way is one of the original founders of Sprint Invaders.

              Midwest Open Wheel Association based in Springfield, Illinois had a great season. I had the privilege of working with them this year and I had a great time. They had a very ambitious schedule and provided many excellent opportunities for 410 teams to race. My favorite has to be the race they had at Pevely, Missouri. What a great show with Jerrod Hull picking up the win. Congratulations to Jerrod and his team as they appear to have their 2nd Championship locked up with only one show left on 10/12/12 in Granite City, Illinois. MOWA ran an Illinois Sprint Week which turned out be very exciting and successful. The 1st Annual Earl Gaerte Memorial scheduled for September1st in Plymouth, Indiana fell victim to one of the few rain storms we had all summer. Congratulations to all the volunteers that make MOWA what it is today. Their banquet is scheduled for 11/17/12 at the Eagles Club in Springfield, Illinois.

              Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois once again had an excellent year. The decision was to race Sprint Cars as specials and discontinue the weekly racing program. From standing room only crowds to overflow occurring in the Pits it was great to see a track with such a rich history return to the fans in the area. They hosted Sprint Invaders, MOWA and had several open shows. The neatest show had to be the Mary Lee Standridge Memorial. Mary Lee long time official at Jacksonville and Mother and Grandmother to all the Standridge clan received the honor she deserved. Long Live the Ruler…

              Knoxville Raceway continues to be the Capital of Sprint Car Racing, although this year they changed their slogan from “Sprint Car Capital of the World” to “Dirt Racing Capital”. Terry McCarl will be crowned the 410 champion at their banquet on 11/17/12. Terry managing his own team did very well even though the sponsorship dollars were not at the level he had hoped. Son Austin only raced at Huset Speedway on Sunday nights and ended up 3rd in the points behind his father who again won the Championship. Youngest son Carson raced weekly in the 360 class and appears to have won the Rookie of the year award. Two Southeastern Iowa brothers finished in the top 20 of 410 point. Congratulation to Josh Schneiderman in 10th and brother Jarrod his first year in the 410 class picked up the 17th spot. High Fives for Clint Garner picking up the 360 Crown and Matthew Stelzer picking the 305 championship.

              McTwo Promotions again put on 2 awesome events at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The Front Challenge has turned into a fan favorite. With the infield filled with fans the racing was excellent. Congratulations to “Mr. Nice” Daryn Pittman for picking up his 2nd Front Row Challenge. Kyle Larson wins his 2nd Ultimate Challenge in a convincing fashion. This kid is a rocket and someone to keep your eyes on as he is going to move quickly through the racing ranks. He has been added to the Top 9 Next Generation of Nascar Stars.

       

      I have also been impressed with Ryan Blaney, 18 year old son of Dave Blaney. Picking up a Camping World Truck Victory at Iowa Speedway was a real treat for Iowa Race Fans.

       

      I want to tell everyone have a safe off season and I’ll see you somewhere!

       

      As always I own everything I say and my email address is gorusty@aol.com if you need to reach me.

       

       


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