Louisville Motor Speedway - Almost!
- Greetings from Louisville, Kentucky,
This weekend�s racing trip objective was a simple one.
My plan was to see two new tracks as well as the most
prestigious late model stock car race in the country,
the World 100, with friends Jim and Ed from the
Like most plans it didn�t turn exactly as planned.
I�ll tell you why. Carol was nice enough to drive me
to the airport in the dark at about 5:30 a.m. Along
the way it dawned (no pun intended) on me I had
forgotten my watch and my umbrella. These two missing
items would prove to be important omissions. But, I�m
getting ahead of myself.
When I�m on the airplane going on race trips I spend
almost all the time on my laptop. A good deal of the
time I�m working on financial planning topics so I can
fulfill my dream of retiring from traditional work, as
we know it.
I was in the midst of analyzing some important
financial information when the flight attendant, Tina,
came up from behind and said, �What are you working
on? The screen sure has a lot of different colors on
it�. At this moment the two people sitting next to me
began craning their necks to see the screen.
I thought I would be honest and tell her I was working
on understanding the impact of IRA rule 72-T and the
effect of taking Substantially Equal Periodic Payments
(SEPP) from an IRA. My plan was to intimidate her so
she would move along. To my surprise she seemed even
more interested and looked closely at the screen. She
noticed it included life expectancy tables and
immediately wanted me to tell her how long her
grandmother would live! She was a Seinfeldish,
�loud-talker� and now even more people were turning
around to look at us. I told her that life expectancy
tables were just statistical quesstimates based on
averages of large numbers of people. This intrigued
her even further and I told her that her grandmother
had about 15 years of life expectancy remaining based
upon her current age. Tina seemed pleased.
Tina wasn�t finished. Now she wanted to know how long
�a woman� who was 37 (about the age Tina looked) would
live �who didn�t smoke, who didn�t drink and who had
had only one sexual partner in her life?� Now,
EVERYONE within five rows was looking at us and
anxiously awaiting my answer! Fortunately, Tina moved
on after she was assured that �this woman� had a long
life ahead of her!
I landed in Indianapolis without further incidence.
My plan was to replace my watch with a pocket alarm
clock I had as well as my Palm Pilot and cell phone.
This still didn�t break me of the habit of looking at
my watch less wrist every couple of minutes.
I picked up my Budget Rental Car racing Ford Taurus
(just $20/day via Priceline.com) without much problem.
The forecast for the entire weekend is thunderstorms
throughout the entire Middle West. Rain is a major
problem for American short track racing. When it
rains they don�t race and they postpone the event.
I decided to drive south of Indianapolis about 60
miles to Columbus, Indiana and wait. Columbus,
according to a sign as you enter town, is both the
birthplace and home of NASCAR driver and Home Depot
sponsored, Tony Stewart. Columbus sits pretty much in
the center of four different tracks that normally race
on this night. Each track is about 75 miles from
Columbus. With very threatening skies I planned to
sit her until 6 p.m. and then call each track to see
if their event was still on. The Dairy Queen parking
lot provided both a chocolate chip cookie dough treat
as well as a good place to take a short nap.
I awoke at 6 p.m. and began making calls. First, I
called Bakersfield Raceway Park in Linton, IN. They
were rained out. Then I called Camden Raceway in
Camden, IN and they were rained out. Next was the
Speed Creek Raceway in Lapel, IN. They were not
racing this evening for an unexplained reason. The
final track was the Louisville Motor Speedway in
Louisville, KY. The lady said they were racing and
the rain probabilities were just 30%. I told her with
some exaggeration that I was coming from 200 miles
away. She immediately went into a much more defensive
mode and began to waffle on the likelihood of clear
weather. Unfortunately, I didn�t have much choice
since they were the only track within driving distance
that had not cancelled.
I was told the Louisville track was to begin racing at
7:30 p.m. What I wasn�t told was that this was the
EASTERN time zone. Indianapolis is in the central
time zone. Columbus, IN is just south of Indy and is
in the central time zone. Louisville is just south of
Columbus so one might think Louisville is in the
central time zone. Wrongo!! Louisville is in the
Eastern Time zone and this error cost me the addition
of two new tracks.
I arrived at Louisville Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m.
but it was 8:30 p.m. Louisville time and their program
had been going on for one hour. That shouldn�t be a
problem since a second phone call by me to the
speedway had yielded an �all clear from the weather
The admission to the track was $10. Louisville Motor
Speedway is a state of the art track with great
facilities. They even have a separate booth that
sells tickets to the Kentucky Lottery. I�ve never
seen that at a short track before. Carol and I had
seen races on the 5/8 mile oval back in 1998.
Tonight�s races were being held on the 3/8-mile oval
and the figure 8 course.
When I arrived the scoreboard showed 12 laps left in
the street stock feature which was being run on the
3/8-mile oval. Since there was less than half of the
race remaining I couldn�t yet count this track since
one has to see an official race at a track in order to
count the race by trackchaser rules. For a race to be
official you have to see at least 51% of the laps
scheduled. There were still races to come on the
The next event was the figure 8 feature. They started
a great field of 28 good-looking cars for the 30-lap
race. After just 13 laps, incredibly, it began to
rain!! Where was the lady who said the weather
channel had given them an all clear forecast?
As it would turn out, despite some strong efforts by
the track, the races ended up being cancelled. I
missed seeing an official race on the oval track AND
the figure 8 track each by just a couple of laps.
Although I was disappointed I have been blessed with
some simply outstanding weather for the first 51 new
tracks I�ve seen this year.
WORLD 100 Results
The next evening I joined up with Jim and Ed for the
World 100 late model stock car race at Eldora Speedway
in Rossburg, Ohio. The World 100 is always the
weekend following Labor Day. This is the 14th World
100 I�ve seen since my first one in 1980.
Obviously, Eldora Speedway is not a new track for me.
This was my 32nd trip to Rossburg since 1980. The
weather was threatening. The races were scheduled to
start at 7 p.m. and that�s exactly what happened. At
7:01 p.m. it started to rain and it rained hard for
more than 30 minutes. Editor�s note: Special thanks
to Ed for bringing an extra umbrella. The rain caused
a delay in restarting until 9 p.m. After that the
races ran off well although there were a lot of wrecks
including two flips, which is very unusual for late
models at Eldora.
The feature was great. Scott Bloomquist won from 10th
starting position. Donnie Moran was 2nd from about
the 8th starting spot and Billy Moyer came from 19th
to finish 3rd. It was a fun night of racing which
finished about 1:15 a.m. We got back to the hotel at
So, in the first two nights of racing I didn�t get
credit for seeing any new tracks but did get a chance
to see one of the biggest races of the year even
though we had to wait out a rain delay.
Restaurants of the two days: McDonalds, Dairy Queen
(twice), Waffle House, Wendy�s, Gas Station Pizza and
mozzarella sticks, a pizza steak and a cheesewurst at
Eldora. It�s amazing I don�t weight 300 pounds by
Rental Car update: The Budget Rental Car racing
Taurus ended up with 389 miles on it at the Days Inn
in Van Wert, Ohio. My last two rental cars have had a
CD player but not a cassette player.
New racetracks visited in 2001
467. Laughlin Event Center, Laughlin, NV (no web
468. Loc Moran, Mont Carmel, Quebec
469. Circuit Jacques Rainville, Vanier, Quebec (no
470. Pauline Davis Pavilion, Red Bluff, CA
471. The Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, Chico, CA (no
472. Baton Rouge Raceway, Baker, LA
473. Mississippi Motorsports Park, Long Beach, MS
474. South Alabama Motor Speedway, Opp, AL
475. Nashville Super Speedway, Smyrna, TN
476. Beech Bend Raceway (oval track), Bowling Green,
477. Beech Bend Raceway (figure 8 track), Bowling
Green, KY (http://www.beechbend.com)
478. Soggy Bottom Speedway, Morgantown, KY
479. Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA
480. Speedway 90, Beaumont, TX
481. 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX
482 Savannah Speedway, Savannah, MO (no web site)
483. Winston Speedway, Winston, MO (no web site)
484. Stuart Speedway, Stuart, IA
485. Barberton Speedway, Barberton, OH
486. Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA
487. Anderson Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA
488. Perris Auto Speedway-(figure 8 track), Perris,
489. Dixie Motor Speedway � (figure 8 track), Birch
Run, MI (http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com)
490. Dixie Motor Speedway � (oval track), Birch Run,
491. Grand Prix of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
492 Painesville Speedway � (oval track),
Painesville, OH (http://members.tripod.com/pspeedway/)
493 Painesville Speedway � (figure 8 track),
Painesville, OH (http://members.tripod.com/pspeedway/)
494. Angola Motor Speedway, Angola, IN
495. Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
496. Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
497. Rome Speedway, Rome, GA
(http://www.dixiespeedway.com/) Rome uses the same
web site as Dixie Speedway.
498. Holland Speedway (oval), Holland, NY
499. Holland Speedway (figure 8 track), Holland, NY
500. Freedom Raceway, Delevan, NY
501. Allegheny Mountain Raceway, La Mont, PA
502. McKean County Raceway, East Smethport, PA
503. Bradford Speedway, Bradford, PA
504. Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA
505. Winnebago County Speedway, Pecatonica, IL (no
506. Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL
507. Slinger Super Speedway, Slinger, WI
508. Steele County Fairgrounds, Owatonna, MN (no web
509. Viking Speedway, Alexandria, MN
510. Princeton Speedway, Princeton, MN
511. North Center Motor Speedway, Brainerd, MN
512. Golden Spike Speedway, Sauk Rapids, MN (oval)
(no web site)
513. Golden Spike Speedway, Sauk Rapids, MN (figure
8) (no web site)
514. Portland Speedway (1/2 mile dirt oval),
Portland, OR (http://www.portlandspeedway.com/)
515. Evergreen Speedway (figure 8), Monroe, WA
516. Evergreen Speedway (3/8 mile oval), Monroe, WA
517. Kent Raceways, Agassiz, British Columbia
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