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Commentary from the staff of and other additional feature items. 4th Anniversary Racing Vacation

July 18, 1999

This past weekend the Bob, Rod, Todd crew and company celebrated the fourth season of the TJ Slideways Midwest Sprint Car Racing Page by taking in four races featuring six of the divisions that have made this page worth reading on a regular basis. From midgets on pavement to the World of Outlaws, we pretty much saw everything we cover here on the Slideways page. [...]

Getting Geeked for a Big Racing Week!

July 13, 1999

This is an extremely big week for racing here in the Midwest. The Wolverine Mid-Season Nationals, The Brad Doty Classic, and the Mopar Kings Royal are the main focus this week around here. Following that will be Pennzoil Sprint Week, which is just around the corner. We're totally geeked to bring it all to you, and can't wait for things to start getting cranked up on Wednesday. [...]

National Lampoons, “Northern Michigan Vacation”

June 14, 1999

About three years ago my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin's pulled up roots from Mid-Michigan and moved up to the far northwest city of Kalkaska, Michigan. Kalkaska is about 25 miles east of Traverse City, which is right on Lake Michigan. [...]

New Fan Friendly Atmosphere At Indy Is Not A Surprise

May 27, 1999

Wednesday afternoon around Noon Indiana time I was taking a left onto Georgetown road and headed into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one of the biggest thrills of my life. Myself and Mike Stevel from the New 96 Speedway got to drive around the Speedway. This honor wasn't reserved for VIP's, track owners, or media members because it was Community Day at the Speedway. [...]

Gas City I-69 Speedway: Best Show In the Country

May 18, 1999

Last week I made the three hour trip down Interstate 69 to the Gas City Speedway. This wasn't to see USAC, All Stars, World of Outlaws, or any other group. I went just to see a typical Friday night at a local race track. In fact, it was fan appreciation night. For $5.00 general admission fans got to see a full program of traditional sprint cars, UMP Modifieds, and the Street Stocks. I can honestly tell anyone though it's worth driving twice as far as I have to for what might be the best short track going in the United States today. [...]

Notes from USAC at Attica Raceway Park

April 30, 1999

A full house at Attica Raceway Park Friday night was treated to some of the best racing action with the USAC Stoops/Freightliner Sprint Car Series were not disappointed. [...]

Wondering About the World

April 21, 1999

No matter what I do this week my mind seems to be in Colorado. I'm not that far removed from high school and can remember all the good times I had with all my classmates at concerts, dances, games, and class. Growing up in a small town it's sometime hard to imagine how someone could do something so horrible as killing a large group of students in a library. When things like this happen, parents and teachers have to find a way to explain to students in other schools why this happened. They also much convey somehow this isn't going to happen to them at school the next day. [...]

Where in the World is TJ Slideways?

April 21, 1999

There is only one thing worse than a racing off season, it's getting a taste of outdoor racing and having to take two weeks off from it! Just to clear things up I haven't moved to Germany, I didn't run off to Nashville to become a country music star, and I did not give up racing to follow Phish all around the country this summer. [...]

Something old, something new…

April 5, 1999

For as long as I can remember one of the first trips I make to a race all season is for the World of Outlaws in April at the Eldora Speedway. Every spring I notice how much the series has progressed. [...]

TJ’s Notebook From the World of Outlaws at Eldora

April 2, 1999

Travis Whitney's team was very excited about his performance on Friday night. Finished second in the Channellock Dash to Andy Hillenburg to put him on the outside of the front row for the feature event. Whitney jumped into the lead until Steve Kinser was able to pass the rookie of the year candidate in turn one. Whintney then jumped the cushion and caved in the floorboard on his Maxim chassis. Travis's crew was also lucky on the weather as they were down to their last engine and were hoping for rain on Saturday. [...]

Leftovers and Hangovers

March 29, 1999

I'd like to thank everyone who stopped to say something about the column I wrote last week. It was something I had been thinking about writing for a while, but didn't know how I wanted to put it. Let's just leave it as I was inspired by some circumstances to write one day, and that's what came out. So once again, thank you. [...]

TJ’s Eldora Notes

March 28, 1999

Saturday night's feature between Brian Tyler and Derek Davidson will be remembered for years to come at the Eldora Speedway. The duo put on a rim riding game of chicken to see who could take their car in deeper into the turn. [...]

A Look Into Spring At TJ’s

March 27, 1999

For the past 22 years the scene early in the spring has been the same at my house. I hear a knock on my door early one Saturday morning just before my Dad barges into the room. Even though I'm still groggy I can make out the smile on his face in the darkness. [...]

Kenny Jacobs Now At A Crossroads

January 27, 1999

Of all the things I expected to see on Wednesday when I checked my e-mail, the Hughes team disbanding for the 1999 season was not one of them. Now the 1999 All Star Champion is without a ride, and the All Stars loose another top notch racing team for the entire season. [...]

Butch Schroeder, the Ohio Giant Killer

January 22, 1999

For just about as long as I can remember I have been going to races in Ohio every summer. During this time there is are always things that stay the same: Eldora's food is great, Ohio Speedweek is hotter than hell for at least half the week, goggles are required gear, and Butch Schroeder is winning in some kind of race car. I jokingly named him, "The Ohio Giant Killer" after a win at Attica in 1997 because of his height (Hey, us shorter guys have to stick together!). [...]
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