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August 27, 2013

BOWMAN: Smackdown gave fans 3 action-packed nights

From support races to the big shows, Speedway was buzzing.

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So for that, Shane and Dave, thanks for making the weekend one that I will be telling anyone willing to listen about until the time comes that either my memory is long gone or I'm 6 feet under.

The entire weekend was filled with so many different stories that there is simply not enough room in these pages to print them all. It was sad to hear of long-time sprint car fan Randy Mortland losing his battle with cancer early Saturday afternoon when Brent Goodnight passed on the bad news.

One other thing I won't soon forget is the ovation given to long-time car owner Paul Hazen when the officials of the track set out to finally get Hazen inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. His induction is long overdue.

Ten years ago, I wrote an article on Mr. Hazen for Sprint Car and Midget Magazine and at that time he said he had no idea just how many feature events his cars had won. If I were to have to guess, I would venture to say it has to be close to 500 events.

So for those of you who read this column, here's a favor I'm asking, and those who know me know I hate to ask favors. It won't take more than a couple of minutes. I'm asking you to send an e-mail to sprintcarhof@sprintcarhof.com and vote for him. For the last 57 years he's been fielding sprint cars and truly deserves to be recognized.

The fans in attendance did just that, giving the soft-spoken car owner a prolonged standing ovation prior to the feature. Although Mr. Hazen hates being recognized, watching him during the ovation gave me goose bumps and still does now when I think about it.

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