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Anderson Double Dip Was Worth the Trip

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. […]

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TJ’s Leftovers and Hangovers from Eldora

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.
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Weekend Leftovers and Hangovers

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! […]

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Random News Items From TJ’s Notebook

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. […]

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Getting “Slideways” on the Pavement to End 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. […]

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

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. […]

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Is there any good time for rain?

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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TJSlideways.com 4th Anniversary Racing Vacation

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. […]

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Getting Geeked for a Big Racing Week!

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. […]

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National Lampoons, “Northern Michigan Vacation”

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. […]

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New Fan Friendly Atmosphere At Indy Is Not A Surprise

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. […]

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

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.
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