Kentuckiana Motorsports Presented By Lucas Oil
Scott Douglass Craig Hoffman
KENTUCKIANA MOTORSPORTS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL
A big weekend is in store at the high banks of Salem as the region gears up for the Firecracker 200. This is a huge event (July 2nd & 3rd) that has attracted some of the best stock car drivers around. Along with the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks, fans will be treated to the Crown Vics, MMSA Sprints, 602 Series, and much more. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. The track is about an hour from Louisville off Interstate 65. Get there early. The stands are always packed.
The Sportsdrome Speedway in Jeffersonville (Just off I-65 and 5 minutes from Louisville) is taking a break over the 4th holiday. It returns to action Saturday July 9th. A full slate of points races will run. Gates open around 5:30 p.m. and the racing begins at 7:00. A week later on July 16th, get reach for the Twin 45’s Modified Figure 8 Showdown. It is the 34th year for this mega event.
The NHRA continues to have a strong season. And there is plenty of action left to go! Across the country there are many smaller drag strips to help promote the sport. Closer to Louisville we have the Ohio Valley Dragway (Raceway). It is not easy keeping tracks open. Four decades ago, a facility was about to go under in Northern Ohio, the Norwalk Dragway. A racing stalwart, Bill Bader Sr. slowly cultivated the facility near Cleveland into a top-notch track. The NHRA is now there. Sadly, he passed away a few days ago after an accident near his home. He was 79. Bill Bader’s vision, like so many others, continue to keep the sport of racing, at all levels, in the spotlight and exiting.
We thank our sponsors, and hope you'll support them too! With prices so high, think Lucas Oil Products. They have everything, and It Works! Other backers: PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $30.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media connections in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to the fans!
NASCAR made the most of mother nature in Nashville. It is the first Cup race there in a very long time. Many fans on hand stayed even after hours of delays. Chase Elliott held off Kurt Busch. Busch just didn’t have the short run car to catch Elliott when the race re-started with four laps to go. A couple observations. With under two laps to go, Brad Keselowski had an issue, and could have brought out the caution. We’ve seen caution flags thrown for less. Perhaps after the long delay, and the most poplar driver in the lead, NASCAR let it go. It is a judgement call. Not sure drivers with fresher tires could have caught Chase. He had the clean air. Second thought. After the race and interviewing the Elliott, NBC announcers (On the USA Network, race moved there due to continued rain delays from NBC Network) advised viewers for extended post-race coverage and interviews to turn to the NBC owned, Peacock channel. Unless we missed something, one has to pay the $4.99 a month fee for the Peacock premium channel. The world is changing. But don’t ask viewers watching a much-delayed race to turn to a “paid’ channel for post-race coverage. In past years, it was very fun watching NBC and its extended hour long or more post-race NASCAR coverage. And for free! Fox Sports never did as much. NBC needs to re-think its position. Yes, many fans will pay the $4.99 fee. NASCAR wants to make money, and so do the channels carrying it. But traditional and grass roots fans will continue to turn from the sport, unless there is a fair balance.
He is never under the radar. When Tony Stewart speaks, people listen. Smoke always backs up what he says, or he tries to back it up. Tony stands by his word. Not too long ago, Stewart indicated he would like to start a smaller racing series. One where he can control where the racing takes place and who is racing. Short tracks are the heart of America. Tony is from Columbus, Indiana. He gets it. The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) allows noted drivers across several series to battle. Such was the case this past weekend at South Boston. Tony won again. Stewart is slowly, yet carefully building SRX. He is brining in names like Andretti, Biffle, Castroneves, Waltrip, Newman, and many others. Right now, there are only a half-dozen events. Fans are eating it up. It is old school racing. Tony’s goal is to keep it simple, fan friendly, showcase smaller tracks, and deliver action. He has checked all the boxes. It is Must See. If Tony so wants, you may see an eventual expansion to 12 races, a true SRX Champion, and television partner willing to be part of it. It is not true competition against NASCAR, yet. However, fans and viewers appreciate grass roots. They are very loyal to those paying attention to them. Tony is doing just that.
Enjoy the racing!
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National Street Rods in Louisville August 4th through the 7th
Kentucky Expo Center
It is always one of the biggest events of the year! The 53rd Annual Street Rod Nationals and it is back in Louisville. There is something for everyone, and that includes inside the air conditioned Kentucky Expo Center. More than 10,000 classic cars and trucks will be in town. Learn more at: www.nsra-usa.com
This huge event is a tradition for families across America! Kids love it! Get ready!
Some of the biggest names in racing have appeared on Kentuckiana Motorsports over the past twenty years: Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Dan Wheldon, Jeff Gordon, Dennis Anderson, Joey Logano, Sarah Fischer, Darrell Waltrip, and so many more! We'll continue to feature them during the year! This 4th of July Holiday weekend, NASCAR Cup tackles Road America in Wisconsin. It is 4 miles and 14 turns. Some road course ringers will give it a go. But with so many points on the line, and races dwindling until the payoffs, expect a Cup regular to take the checkered flag, at least Scott thinks so! Click on the video.
Facts & Trivia
He is known as "The King". His name is Richard Petty. The greatest winner (200 wins) in the NASCAR Cup Series turns 85 on July 2nd.
Richard doesn't seem to age. He is everywhere promoting the sport. At events, on television, at tracks, and always with the fans. Few names in ALL of entertainment can attract a massive crowd like Richard Petty.
On July 4th we celebrate the birth of our country. It should also be a time to honor the greats who helped made stock car racing what it is today. Some are still with us, others have passed. The list is long, but the Legends of NASCAR include Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, Bobby and Donnie Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarbrough, Junior Johnson, Darrel Waltrip, Bobby Isaac, Buck Baker, and Benny Parsons. There are others, including our area big-time drivers who lent a helping hand: Charlie Glotzbach, Andy Hampton, and Bill Kimmel Sr. And along the way names like Earnhardt, Wallace, Johnson, Gordon, Martin, Rudd, Stewart, and Kenseth carried the torch.
Yes, major corporations have been there, and without them, NASCAR would not be where it is today. However, let us hope NASCAR never fully gives way to creating something so big, it forgets the one person who made it all possible: The Fan. Fans fill the seats, spend dollars at the concessions, support local tracks, and for decades and decades have kept the sport of racing alive. We discovered during the pandemic stock car racing can take place. But without "The Fan" traveling to the track, cheering in the stands, buying merchandise, and backing favorite teams and drivers, NASCAR would only be a shell of what it started, when the green flag dropped in Daytona during the summer of 1949.
Thanks to all the fans, Richard Petty, and the Legends of NASCAR.