If people thought that Jim Wilson was going to settle into retirement and no longer promote the sport of dirt track racing, they were wrong. Just a little more than a week after the surprising announcement came out that the WDRL would be closing up shop comes perhaps even a more surprising announcement that Wilson intends on presenting a weekly racing program on the grounds of the Northwest Missouri State Fair in Bethany. You can read the full press release on the front page at http://www.racinboys.com/ among other places.
Right now they are looking at Friday night racing with Late Models, B-Mods, Stock Cars and Four Cylinders, however nothing is set in stone as of yet and a meeting is scheduled for March 6th. Not sure where he would pull the Late Models from unless some Corning guys are looking to race a second night, but one thing is for sure. Jim Wilson has experience and if anybody can revive that facility with a weekly racing program it would be him. It will be interesting to see how things shake out.
It was also announced this week that someone currently only known as S&G Inc. has signed a lease agreement to reopen the dirt track at I-70 Speedway. There were no details as to who "S" and "G" are and no other plans beyond a statement that IMCA-type rules would be used but the track would not be sanctioned. Wow, is the Kansas City area the hotbed of racing or are promoters taking risks in an over saturated market? The area lost a Saturday night staple in the Adrian Speedway last year and one has to wonder if there are enough cars and fans to be spread around the remaining tracks. Personally, I'd love to see a track every thirty miles because I love to have choices, but we all know that is just not feasible in today's economic climate. Or at any time for that matter! Once again, it will be interesting to see how things shake out.
My partner Barry found some time to scan some of my old photos this week. I hope you enjoy these and keep an eye out on his blog at http://www.positivelyracing.com/ as he should have some of his own up soon as well.
Jeff Aikey and Rick Wendling at OskaloosaLarry Moore at Eldora
Kevin Pittman at Independence
Jeff Purvis at Eldora
Sonny Smyser, but not sure where! Let me know what you think......
Randle Chupp at Bulls Gap TN
Dave Birkhofer at West Liberty
Freddy Smith at EldoraJack Hewitt at Eldora