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  • rpmgordy
    Oct 30 7:30 AM
      Greetings from your breadman emeritus,
       
           They re-opened the 3/4 mile oval at Memphis International Raceway this past weekend, and I jumped on the chance to get a track that eluded me. Two classes of CRA late models each raced a 125 lapper on the track that looked as good as new. It was my second time to sit in this particular grandstand, as I used it the first of 2 defunct dirt tracks on the property used it on my initial visit. There were 17 cars in each class that spread out pretty fast on the big track. Each class was stopped at the 75 lap mark for refueling only. After the breaks the action picked up as there was no longer any reason to conserve tires. Justin South and Brian Campbell took the wins on a beautiful afternoon in front of less than 1000 fans. They spoke of more dates in 2014, and I suggest you jump on them if you don't want to miss out.
       
           That night I went out I-40 east to the Camden Motor Speedway for their last show of the year that consisted of 7 classes numbering from 6 to 12 and ranged from late models to ministocks. The emods had a high of 12. Heats and features were run for all divided by a 15 minute intermission at this "rustic" third of a mile of smooth clay. The track has an odd, D shape with turns 3&4 banked higher than turns 1&2. A truck crash on I-40 had us arriving at 7:55 and missing 3  heats. No 4.0 this night. Rare for the south organization still had us out by 10:30. Less than 200 fans joined us on a cool night. I'd like to tell you who won, but the PA system was poor even when it rarely worked.
       
           Surrounding the racing were tours of Graceland, the long time home of Elvis Presley, and a stay at the Heartbreak Hotel. A detour south to MS was also made to take in some casino action as well. The black jack table was kind to me. We also had an excellent BBQ meal at Marlows, voted best BBQ in Memphis in 2013. This joint has 2, old, pink Cadillac limos that are used to bring diners to and from their homes or hotels if you call. The ribs were exquisite.
       
           It's back on the plane tomorrow, as I will join the Eckels in CA to attend the Oval Nationals at the PAS. Sprint cars at my favorite track with Chumpcars in between at Fontana. I plan to stop at East Alabama on the way home for the final night of the National 100. Should be fun. Adios.
       
      Gordy 
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