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TJ’s Notes & Quotes From Kokomo

June 20, 2001

Boston Reid thrilled the crowd in his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana Sunday night by winning the GLOSS sprint car feature at the Kokomo Speedway. Boston, who graduated June 8th from High School, was still on cloud nine Monday about the big win. [...]

TJ’s Take on the Little 500

May 26, 2001

During my 23 years of race chasing and the past 6 seasons of doing TJ (has it really been that long?) I have been to some of the biggest open wheel events in the world. Some are still going strong such at the Kings Royal, the Amoco Knoxville Nationals, Ohio Speedweek, and the 4-Crown Nationals. [...]

Weekend Leftovers and Hangovers from Eldora and Gas City

April 29, 2001

The Gumout Series got a bit of bad news and a bit of good news on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway concerning who would be chasing the 2001 title. Saturday the Guy Forbrook team with Jeff Shepard secured funding to stay on the road with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws. No word on who the sponsor will be. [...]

Anderson Double Dip Was Worth the Trip

April 8, 2001

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend saw myself and a guest freeze at Attica through a tremendous feature, warm up slightly only to have it rain before the heat races at Eldora, and then see snow on the way home when we should have been seeing a double dip with USAC Worldcom National midgets and Stoops/Freightliner Sprint Cars. The Anderson event was rescheduled for one week later, and at the last moment Mudclodbob, Patrick Poor, and myself hopped in the car and headed down to the Glen Niebel Classic. [...]

TJ’s Leftovers and Hangovers from Eldora

April 24, 2000

The Pennzoil World of Outlaws has changed dramatically since television and more money has come into the sport. The teams are all looking for advantages over their competition, and the latest craze is taking sprint cars to a chassis dyno similar to what the Winston Cup Cars use. [...]

Weekend Leftovers and Hangovers

April 6, 2000

I just got back from the “Parade of Champions” in Lansing for the Michigan State Spartans National Championship Basketball game. It seems as if MSU has made Florida kind of its whipping boy after the Citrus Bowl and now winning the National Championship over the Gators. I’m almost sure MSU could take them in Ice Hockey as well! Great job State, and thankfully no discount store couches burned in the celebration this time around! [...]

Random News Items From TJ’s Notebook

March 3, 2000

omeone dropped me a line Saturday about the new owners of the Millstream Speedway. Mr & Mrs Greg Roe join the list of recent green track owners as they have purchased the 3/8-Mile clay oval located in Findlay, Ohio. [...]

Getting “Slideways” on the Pavement to End 1999

October 12, 1999

Most of the Midwest has little or no rain all spring and summer, and just when it's time for the U.S. Nationals at the Terre Haute Action Track Mother Nature cuts loose with heavy rain. Several campers reported seeing people starting pair of all the species of animals in the area. Okay, maybe it wasn't that bad. I still think though the facility earned the name "Terre Float Actionless Track" for the weekend. No word yet on a possible rescheduling of the ASCS Outlaws and Non-Wing sprints for this year, but I have my doubts if that will happen. [...]

Match Race: The All Stars vs. The Ted Johnson Support Series

August 23, 1999

During the Amoco Knoxville Nationals Ted Johnson announced that the Pennzoil World of Outlaws were going to start their own support series. No matter how anyone tries to sugar coat it, the series is going to be based on the home turf of the All Star Circuit of Champions run by Bert Emick and is rest of the All Star Board of Directors. Since both series look to be racing during the 2000 season , and it appears they will be butting heads. So I decided to weigh all of the options in the only fair way to compare the two series, with a little match race. [...]

Is there any good time for rain?

July 27, 1999

The alarm clock rings at 6:00 a.m. on race day morning, and the weather forecast calls for a slight chance of scattered thunderstorms. Always the optimist, I blow the report off and start upstairs to get ready to head to the track. An hour later after packing all my computer gear back up I head to the speedway. [...]
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