With this rainout, and the fact that I will be attending the Drake Relays this weekend, I will end the month of April with just eight race nights in the book so far in 2016. After hitting 66 shows in each of the past two years it looks like I might struggle just to clear 50 this season.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Trier following his long fight with cancer. Tim was one of the track announcers at the Knoxville Raceway when I was just a young adult writing a column for Hawkeye Racing News back in the late 70's and into the 80's and not only did I love to hear him announce, but I was thrilled that he would take the time to just hang out and talk racing with me as well. Both he and his brother Mick have had a great influence on me and my announcing style as in my opinion they are two of the best. With tears in my eyes this morning I typed out the following on our Positively Racing Facebook page:
Our friend Tim Trier passed away last night following a long battle with cancer. Hopefully you all had the chance to hear Tim announce at one of several different tracks in Iowa including Stuart, Eddyville and Des Moines, but he was best known for his several years at the Knoxville Raceway. He was informative, he was entertaining, but most of all he made you feel excited to be at the races. And, if you had the chance to get to know him away from the microphone, you would know that his enthusiasm for life went well beyond racing. Rest in Peace Tim, I will forever wish to hear just one more time "It's Race Time in the Valley!"
I have been tracking the Iowa and Missouri state point standings for years and in 2016 I am trying to keep up with a few more states as with the use of SpeedNet and track Facebook pages the process is much more streamlined than it used to be. No guarantees that it will last throughout the entire season, but along with the National Dirt Late Model points you will see the early standings for a division or two from a few more states.
While I am watching track and field on Friday and Saturday hopefully you can get to a race track near you and I am hoping to go back to dirt track racing on Sunday night with Mother Nature likely making my choice of events for me. See you on the Back Stretch!
|1||.||Jordan Grabouski||Beatrice NE||30|
|4||.||Jesse Sobbing||Malvern IA||13|
|7||.||Steven Bowers Jr.||Topeka||11|
|8||.||Cole Traugott||Woodward OK||10|
|9||.||Kerry Davis||Parkville MO||10|
|10||.||Jason Hughes||Watts OK||9|
|11||.||Rodney Sanders||Happy TX||9|
|12||.||Ryan Gustin||Marshalltown IA||9|
|3||.||Shawn Harker||Nebraska City||20|
|7||.||Greg Metz||Washington KS||11|
|1||.||Lucas Schott||Chatfield MN||14|
|2||.||Ashley Anderson||Elk Mound||13|
|3||.||Joey Jensen||Forest Lake MN||13|
|6||.||Brandon Wilson||Cuba City||10|
|8||.||Jake Timm||Winona MN||8|
|9||.||Jason Buss||Freeport IL||8|
|Non Wing Sprints|
|5||.||Brady Bacon||Broken Arrow OK||9|
|9||.||Kevin Thomas Jr.||Cullman AL||7|
|10||.||Robert Ballou||Rocklin CA||7|
|Crate Late Model|
|5||.||Nick Bauman||New Berlin||13|
|2||.||Michael Long||Fowler IL||16|
|4||.||Billy Smith||Park Hills||15|
|9||.||Jody Tillman||West Branson||13|
|12||.||Dean Hoffman||Troy IL||12|
|13||.||Logan Martin||West Plains||12|
|14||.||Mitch Keeter||Webb City||12|