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July 24, 2013

BOWMAN: ISW is a treat for drivers, fans alike

Kokomo's Evans played a role in creating annual event.

During the gray months of winter, there are those times we as race fans look to in an attempt to come out of the funk that the winter months bring.

That’s why I look at this past week a lot like I used to as a kid the day after Christmas — excited, but a bit melancholy as well.

Sure, there are still some races left before we shut the book on the 2013 season, but the excitement and intensity that goes hand in hand with Indiana Sprint Week is honestly, something I don’t think can be duplicated by anyone involved.

Unlike the World of Outlaws, where teams are geared for racing multiple nights in a row, USAC drivers and teams are for the most part, regular guys and girls who have full-time jobs and a very expensive hobby — racing.

Just watching the best non-wing drivers slugging it out night after night with the intensity ratcheted up to levels unimaginable is special to see. Being athletes, the drivers will tell you that it’s hard to remain as sharp and focused night in and night out as they are during ISW.

And to think one of the principles behind the concept of ISW is former Kokomo Speedway track owner Kent Evans.

I recall shooting the bull with Evans one night and he spoke of how he and some other track owners sat down and came up with the concept of ISW. Had it not been for those owners and promoters and their forethought, there’s a good chance the most special week of the year for sprint car fans would never have gotten off the ground.

It’s funny sometimes to check out the Internet message boards and see some of the folks’ ideas about a multitude of topics pertaining to the sport. Though I try not to look at the message boards all that often since more often than not I turn off the computer frustrated by “experts” who claim to have all the answers to racing’s problems, yet are content to keep that treasure trove of knowledge to themselves and those who choose to read one of their posts.

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