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I know it's early but never too late to plan aheadPosted Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 3:31 PM
Before you react, I know there's currently a blanket of snow sitting atop the ground. And I know that it's about as cold as it's been in a long time.
But that doesn't mean you can't begin turning your thoughts toward warmer things.
Being one of the few sprint car fans in the office it usually falls on me to scour the Internet and all other sources to keep fans up to date.
Well, the first sign that warmer weather will be upon us came in the form of an e-mail from Bloomington Speedway. It was an announcement that will likely give sprint car fans in this area some reason for celebrating since it announced the return of the World of Outlaws to the venerable old racetrack.
For the first time in 11 years, arguably the most popular winged sprint car series in the nation will make a stop on the quarter-mile dirt oval on Friday, Aug. 5.
It will also be the latter of just two stops the circuit will make in the Hoosier State this year. The other comes at the other end of the warm weather spectrum when they make their annual visit to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt near Evansville on Saturday, April 30.
Tickets to see the return of "King of the Outlaws" and Bloomington native Steve Kinser along with defending WOO champ Californian Jason Myers, Hoosier Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky, Donny Schatz and a host of others are being presold with a special bonus.
Anyone who purchases an adult ticket in advance will also receive a free pit pass.
If you've never indulged yourself in a pit pass, this is a great chance you won't want to miss. Even though those of you who have little ones can't get the kiddies into the pits, the adults can still enjoy.
When you visit the pits you get to see first hand the work involved in putting a race car on the track, the amount of equipment these guys take with them on the road -- and you get a firsthand look at the drivers and their crews.
If you so desire, you can get more information by going to www.SLSPromotions.com or you can call them at (815) 344-2023.
Ducats are listed at $35 for adults and $15 for children.
If for some reason you can't make it to either of the WOO shows, there's still plenty of chances to see sprint cars in action thanks to USAC's three divisions.
For those of you not familiar with USAC divisions there's the National Sprint Car Series, the Silver Crown Series and the National Midget Series.
All three will make a plethora of stops in Indiana throughout the year including multiple stops during both Indiana Sprint Week and Indiana Midget Week.
Indiana Sprint Week -- which features the USAC National Sprint Car Series -- begins on July 9 with a race at Gas City, continues with stops in Lawrenceburg (July 10), the Terre Haute Action Track (July 13) and Bloomington Speedway (July 14, 15) before wrapping up on July 16 at Tri-State Speedway.
The National Midget Series will be highlighted during a run of many of the same venues a month earlier during Indiana Midget Week.
The schedule there includes the opener in Gas City on June 8, a stop in Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway (June 9), Bloomington (June 10) and Lawrenceburg (June 11) before a champ is crowned in Kokomo on June 12.
There will be other stops for the USAC racers around the state both before and after the aforementioned special series, check your favorite track's website in the near future for a complete schedule.
Rick is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20 or by E-mail at email@example.com.
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