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Main Event Series, Appleseed Classic highlight racing weekend


The big race this weekend is about two hours away in Speedway, Indiana. But fans in the Miami Valley aren’t short on options for this extended Memorial Day weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the racing options:

On Friday, Kil-Kare Speedway hosts the Main Event Racing Series for late models. The 100-lap race is the second of the season for MERS after Jack Varney Jr. won at Sandusky Speedway on May 11. The series returns to the area on June 8 with a 75-lap race at Shadybowl Speedway.

On Saturday, Shadybowl Speedway hosts Memorial Day Championships with 40-lap features for late models and modifieds and 30-laps for sport stocks, tuners, compacts and pro 4’s. The Eaton’s are tearing up the tuner division. Gary leads second-place Terry by seven points and third-place Holli by 19 points.

Waynesfield Raceway Park pits the NRA 360s against the American Sprint Car Series Sprints on Dirt, along with the weekly divisions. The track also hosts a Drivers for Kids charity event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. benefiting the Speedway Children’s Charity and the West Ohio Food Bank. Visit www.waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com for more information.

Also on Saturday, the United Manual Transmission Racing series (UMTR) makes runs at Edgewater Sports Park. The track hosted its NHRA National Dragster Challenge last week. Coveted Wally trophies were awarded to Fairfield’s Matt Robbins (super pro), Lawrenceburg’s Curt McClure (pro) and Cincinnati’s Steve Hasse (sportsman).

Eldora Speedway shifts its racing action to Sunday with the Johnny Appleseed Classic featuring the Sunoco American Late Model Series. Matt Miller has won the last two races. It’s the last chance for drivers to get in some Eldora track time before the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream on June 6-8.

Tri-State Dragway hosts a three-day Championship Bracket Series that runs Saturday through Monday. Visit www.tristatedragway.com for more info.

Induction delayed: After last week’s races were rained out, Troy’s Jack Hewitt and Eldora founder/promoter Earl Baltes will be honored during pre-race activities for the USAC Silver Crown Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Hewitt, Baltes, Tom Bigelow, Tony Bettenhausen and Henry Banks were to be honored during Thursday’s pre-race ceremonies. Pancho Carter, A.J. Watson, Bob Wilke, Don White and Johnny Rutherford will follow on Saturday.



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