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August 21, 2012

BOWMAN: Kokomo Speedway set for huge 3-day show

USAC Sprint Car Smackdown to kick off Thursday

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McCord spoke about exactly why the local track was chosen over all of the other tracks across the state and noted that his plans are for the event to be held here in the future as well.

“Whenever we first came up with the format the next thing was getting on the phone and making some calls,” McCord stated. “So, I called up Reese [O’Connor, of the local track] and was expecting to have to work on him to get him on board. Within about a minute or two of talking to him about it, he was completely on board. It’s a big endeavor taking on the challenge of this show and there is a lot of money at stake, but I have no doubt it will be a huge success.

“And, with the way that Reese puts together a race track, there is no doubt in my mind that the racing will be incredible. It always is at Kokomo. I can honestly say it would be very hard to remember a bad race at Kokomo since the O’Connor family took it over.”

With the points battle nearly as tight as possible, the three-day event could go a long way to determining the 2012 series champion. Jon Stanbrough holds just a six-point lead over five-time series champion Levi Jones. Lincoln’s Dave Darland is third, just 99 points out of the lead.

“It’s going to be a very interesting three days,” McCord stated. “The first two nights will be regular points programs like all the other races. However, on Saturday, only feature points will be awarded. It’s going to be interesting how things shake out, especially the way that Darland has been running up there this season.”

Darland, who seems to have pushed the sun back in the sky this season since reuniting with car owner Jeff Walker, is not performing like a man in the twilight of his career but rather like one of the young guns who fans were saying were taking over the division the last couple of years.

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