Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 9, 2014

BOWMAN: Local track gears up for big show


Kokomo Tribune

---- — The Kokomo Speedway plans to open the gates on its 69th season over the weekend with the running of the Kokomo Grand Prix, an event co-sanctioned by the USAC Honda National Midgets and the Powri Lucas Oil National Midget Series. It is slated for Friday and Saturday nights.

Last year's event was cancelled due to heavy rains, however this time around the early-week forecast is calling for the possibility of rain on Friday but a nice day for Saturday.

The event promises to be a "who's who" of Midget racing with several heavy hitters slated to be on hand. Notably is Oklahoma standout Christopher Bell, who won in a thrilling duel with Kyle Larson at the track last year during Indiana Midget Week. Picking up where he left off last season, Bell already has scored the only two Powri events in Oklahoma a few weeks back.

Throw in the always-tough Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Shane Cottle, Tracy Hines, Kokomo's Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Wes McIntyre, Darren Hagen, Justin Grant, Bobby East, Chris Windom and Rico Abreu to mention just a few and it promises to be quite a kickoff to the new season.

"Looking at the pre-entries, there are going to be quite a few big names," said track race director Rob Goodman. "[Jerry] Coons will be there and so will [Australian standout Michael] Pickens. I also think Steve Buckwalter is planning on coming as well. It is going to be quite a show."

In addition, the Powri Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Series and the USAC Midwestern HPD Midgets will be on the cards both nights as well.

Goodman noted that the plans are to have the cars on the track and qualifying around 7 p.m. on Friday and racing immediately following qualifications. Saturday's card will see the events begin around half an hour sooner Goodman stated.

Ticket information can be found at www.kokomospeedway.net.

BIG CAR OPENER

After battling back and forth with Windom and Hines just before the midway point, Kody Swanson pretty much dominated the field in the season opener for the USAC Traxxas Silver Crown Series Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track in the annual running of the Sumar Classic.

Aboard the DePalma No. 63 entry, Swanson led the opening 35 laps before Windom claimed the top spot on the 36th circuit only to have Hines wrestle it away a lap later. Once Swanson reclaimed the point from Hines on the 38th lap, he never trailed the remainder of the 100-lap event.

Hines was second and Coons third. East and Daum completed the top five. Darland piloted the Longworth Racing No. 19 to a seventh-place showing.

The series gets back into action May 17 at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Brett Bowman may be reached at brettbowman29@aol.com.