Midwest Notebook – Week of 4/16/16
Big Buck Hunter – Drivers have a chance to take home $100,000 this year during the ARCA/CRA Super Series, but only if they can take down three of the biggest races on the schedule. Drivers will have to win the Berlin 251 at Berlin Speedway, the Redbud 300 at Anderson Speedway, and the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway. The bonus was offered for the first time in 2015, and was won by Erik Jones.
Out of Hibernation – Baer Field Speedway is throwing open the front doors for fans Saturday, literally. The 53rd season of racing starts with a fan appreciation night featuring free admission for grandstand spectators. Racing starts at 4 PM, featuring Late Model Sportsman and Modifieds on the half mile, plus four other divisions running on the 3/8-mile track.
Saturday Night Lights – Following two weeks of rainouts, Anderson Speedway looks to get back to weekly racing. The CRA Sportsman 75, Midgets, Vores Compact Touring Series, and Thundercars will take to the track Saturday night, with racing at 6 PM. Anderson was able to get their 69th season opener in on March 26th, but hasn’t been able to race since then.
Changes Abound at Berlin – A flurry of changes occurred at Berlin Speedway this winter, leading to this weekend’s season-opening Ice Breaker event. NASCAR sanctioning, a new wall in turn two, and Fanschoice.tv streaming highlight the major changes for 2016. Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, and Four Cylinder divisions will start racing at 6:30 PM Saturday Night.
Spring is in the Air – Promoters for Springport Speedway have received a full field of entries for the JEGS.com/CRA All-Stars Tour Cabin Fever 100. 24 drivers from seven states and one Canadian province will take to the Central Michigan short track for a 100 lap feature on May 1st. Joining the All-Stars will be the ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour and several local divisions.
Heads Up, 7-Up – The ARCA/CRA Super Series rolls into Toledo Speedway this weekend for the third race of their 2016 season. Following stops in Georgia and Tennessee, the tour teams up with the ARCA Gold Cup series Saturday for a pair of 100 lap features at the half-mile asphalt facility. Qualifying begins at 1 PM, with the first feature starting at 3 PM.
New Beginnings – Barberton Speedway will re-open Saturday for its first full season of racing since 2013. Main Event Racing Series regular Mike Mazzagatti bought the quarter-mile paperclip track in 2015, and plans to run four weekly divisions. Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Compacts will be the featured divisions, with Legend Cars and Bandoleers making occasional visits. Racing starts at Barberton Speedway at 6:30 PM.
Long Farewell – Mother Nature has not shined down on Columbus Motor Speedway’s final season, at least until this weekend. After two weekends of rain and cold temperatures, the track’s final Doorbuster season-opening event will take place Saturday night. Fans and drivers will be able to watch the green flag fly on the 71st and final season at Columbus Motor Speedway at 7 PM. Featured divisions include Late Models, Columbus Modifieds, Sport Stocks, Crazy Compacts, and Legend Cars.
-By Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com State Editor (IN, MI, OH) – Twitter: PatrickHahe_S51
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