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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModJr9 View Post
    I'm with some friends in Mitchell right now, where was the track? Nobody here has any idea. I also have been told there was a track close to Springville, IN way back, I think I know where it was but I have never heard it mentioned.
    I've tried to pinpoint where it is but there are no signs of it left. It was between Bedford and Mitchell on the south side the highway about where Gaines had his mobile home sales near Mitchell, back off the road about a quarter to half a mile.

    Springville? I'm clueless.

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    Don't think this has anything to do with what you're saying but, I ran onto an abandoned track once on my way to Boswell oh about 5, 6 years ago. It was somewhere just east of the Illinois line and probably 50 to 70 miles north of Boswell best of best I can recall. It had a full covered grandstand and the track was to small to be a horse track. There wasn't much left of the track, and I couldn't tell if it was dirt or asphalt it was so covered with brush. Wish I could remember better where exactly this was but not far north of Boswell as I remember. It was pretty neat finding it out in the middle of nowhere, would like to find out more about it!!
    Scott Bloomchrist... The Lord, and Ruler of DIRT!!

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    Great thread, I hope I can maintain the high standards of the prior posts.

    My Dad started taking me to Fairbury American Legion Speedway when I was maybe 8 years old. Dad didn't care a bit for stick and ball sports but he loved good dirt track stock car racing.

    Later we went to Peoria, mostly after they moved the track to Farmington Road, although I was at the Mt. Hawley location once.

    At the time we were going to Peoria we would also make the 90 mile trip up to Sterling Speedbowl Park in Sterling, Illinois and that was where I acquired the love of racing that will last all of my days. Sterling had some of the highest quality cars and drivers of any track in the Midwest during that period.

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    My uncle raced Late Models during the late 80's and early 90's. It was a blast. I was anywhere from 8 to 13 when he raced. Most fun I had ever. Always at the tracks every weekend. Sometimes twice. Friday and Saturday night. Got to hang out in the pits a bunch and that just got me hooked.

  5. #25
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    My parents took me to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana when I was four. The sound of the screaming 6-cylinders immediately had me hooked. That was 44 years ago. Today I keep a spreadsheet of tracks that I have visited. I try to go to at least one new track each year. Going to new ones is getting to be a chore, as I now have to drive 3+ hours to reach them

  6. #26
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    Hit my first race at the age of 3 at the local but now vacant brown county speedway, watching my hero and good friend today Jon Osman mop up on everyone. My dad worked for the Stricker bros salvage yard and we began goin to races with them and the driver was John "weasel" Rhoades. From about the age of 5 to 13 I was the mud scraper and tar guy. Most teams didn't think much about a kid walking around their car starring at the tars they had on the car but I knew where to look for compounds, if they had the compound rubbed off back then I knew about what they had on by feel (i wouldn't have a clue now) haha. I remember getting stuffed in the hauler closet so I could get into the pits for no cost as we entered the tracks. Once I got to be a lil older and started approaching the 6 ft range it was alot harder to get away with this. Anymore I'm just a casual fan but I couldn't survive without it.

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    4m.netgot me hooked.
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