Ken de la Bastide column: Taking sprint car racing to the next level | Sports

Ken de la Bastide column: Taking sprint car racing to the next level | Sports

Ever because 2018, Anderson Speedway has been a driving force behind the return of pavement

Ever because 2018, Anderson Speedway has been a driving force behind the return of pavement non-wing dash car racing in Indiana.

The observe typically staged the PayLess Tiny 500, the richest pavement sprint car race in the state and one of the major activities in Madison County.

4 racing seasons back, the monitor commenced staging 125-lap pavement sprint vehicle racing on the substantial-banked, quarter-mile facility.

It has included the Glen Niebel Common and Tony Elliott Typical as two of the premier situations and routinely has promoted a 3rd 125-lap feature.

The results of the races at Anderson led to an agreement with Lucas Oil Raceway to stage dash automobile races on the Indianapolis oval.

It was lately declared to the competition Anderson Speedway officers are expanding the prospect for drivers and teams to contend at a wide range of venues.

The Little 500 Sprint Auto Tour is prepared for 2022 to have nine races and, of training course, the Minor 500 in Might.

The facts are becoming finalized, but presently the strategy is to stage a few races at Anderson Speedway, a few at Lucas Oil Raceway, two at the 50 {ff73e94827869dd2b5714d793ef449233b8f00ed743c91e1b3a181dbbd187443}-mile Berlin Raceway in Michigan and a potential race at the fifty percent-mile Toledo Speedway.

There are also discussions using location for the staging of a dash auto race at 5 Flags Speedway in Florida, which would not be a section of the Tiny 500 Dash Vehicle Tour.

Hopefully, the programs get in touch with for a different point fund for the Dash Motor vehicle Tour to catch the attention of even a lot more competition, and perform is continuing on securing a sponsor.

The addition of much more pavement non-wing dash vehicle races should really be a welcome addition for open up wheel followers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

It was a short while ago declared right after 12 years the ownership of the Mel Kenyon Midget Series is shifting palms.

Kenyon Sequence entrepreneurs declared Pendleton-primarily based Brad Hayes Racing is taking about the operations commencing in 2022.

It’s fitting the collection will be situated in Pendleton, which was the very long-time property of the previous American Speed Affiliation.

Hayes very last weekend at Anderson Speedway provided the possibility for opportunity competition to check travel a Kenyon Midget.

In excess of the decades, the Mel Kenyon Midget Series developed some of the closest racing at Anderson Speedway, and it’s hoped the track will keep on to enjoy host to quite a few occasions in 2022.

Numerous motorists with the Kenyon Midget Collection have furthered their careers, together with Very little 500 winner Kyle Hamilton.


The Champion Racing Association is sanctioning the All American 400 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway this weekend.

There are 20 super late models entered for the 300-lap race Sunday, like Redbud 400 winner Kyle Crump, Winchester 400 champion Sammy Smith, Chandler Smith and New Castle’s Dalton Armstrong.

There are 38 entries for the 100-lap JEGS All-Stars Tour for pro late types.

Entries contain Muncie’s Jaren Crabtree, Trey Craig — a a few-time winner at Anderson Speedway — Cody Coughlin, the winner this year at Anderson, and USAC driver Buddy Kofoid.

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