Reprinted with permission from my October 28, 2005 Trackchaser Report
GREETINGS FROM RED SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA AND THEN FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
AND THE READERS RESPOND
An unidentified reader sent me a note recently. He told me why he enjoyed reading the Trackchaser Report. He said it was like a reality TV program. It allowed him to “take a peak” into the lifestyle of someone else without the fear of being observed. Sort of a “Peeping Tom” if you will. I think I can understand where he is coming from. Reality based TV programs are my favorites right now for that very same reason.
Most Americans think our gasoline prices are pretty high right now. Longtime Trackchaser Report reader, Colin H. from the United Kingdom forwarded the following to add some perspective to our gas prices.
Price of Gas
Compared with Gasoline….
Think a gallon of gas is expensive?
This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.
Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ……… $10.32 per gallon
Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ………. $9.52 per gallon
Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ……… $10.17 per gallon
Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ……… $10.00 per gallon
Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 ……… $33.60 per gallon
Vick’s Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 …….. $178.13 per gallon
Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 …….. $123.20 per gallon
Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ……… $25.42 per gallon
Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 ……… $84.48 per gallon
And this is the REAL KICKER…
Evian water 9 oz $1.49………. $21.19 per gallon?!
$21.19 for WATER – and the buyers don’t even know the source.
So, the next time you’re at the pump in US, be glad your car doesn’t run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, or God forbid Pepto Bismol or Nyquil….
|The price of gas is high and rising often nowadays. Compared to the price of other products we use regularly it’s still cheap.|
I thank Colin for sending this along. I must point out that I am retired from Procter & Gamble. P&G makes Vick’s Nyquil (I helped sell Nyquil to retailers across the country during its introduction in the early ‘70s), Pepto Bismol and Scope. I am happy to see we can get such premium prices for a gallon of the stuff as I still own more than a handful of Procter & Gamble shares.
You may recall that I mentioned to you recently that we are now in the winter season of Trackchasing (Oct-Mar). During the winter season, my trackchasing frequency decreases substantially. I am relegated to southern tracks where the weather is warm(er) and the racing continues for just a bit longer than the track-laden areas of the Midwest and east.
My trackchasing philosophy is very basic. If I don’t have a family conflict and can organize three or more new track visits over 2-3 days, then I will go. This trackchasing is a competitive business and I can’t afford to fall behind. Those that cannot or do not want to keep up will be passed in the worldwide trackchaser standings.
I returned to San Clemente with Carol from North Carolina this past Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Just 54 hours later, I was RETURNING to North Carolina for more trackchasing. Why would I come home for just two days? The short answer is they were not racing in North Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday!
I was out of bed at 3:55 a.m. on Friday morning. In the trackchasing business, I try to take both time and cost out of the system. If I save time in the logistics process, I can use that time for some other purpose. I try to pull costs out of the system simply because that is the way I was raised.
A quick shower, but no shave (I won’t be seeing anyone I know today), led me to our walk-in closet. There all of my clothes were laid out in advance. Next, it was time to wake-up Carol and kiss her good-bye. Her sleepy eyed response was “Don’t forget your cell phone”. That response was exactly what I instructed her to say the night before. Isn’t she a great wife? We exchanged other verbal pleasantries (which would not be appropriate to recount in this forum) and I bade her farewell for less than 100 hours. I walked to my office in the next room where my pre-packed briefcase and one carryon bag were waiting.
Both of these luggage pieces had been fully stocked the night before. My 70-item trackchasing checklist (this time missing only item #69 “Wife”) had been reviewed and all items were ready for the trip.
At 4:08 a.m., just 13 minutes after awaking, I was backing out of the garage for the 65-mile drive to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The southern California area can have some of the heaviest traffic in the country. However, if you know when to go where, you can miss a good deal of it. At 4:08 a.m. in the morning, as you might expect, traffic is light. This enabled me to arrive into the LAX area by 5:12 a.m.
My flight departs at 6:45 a.m. I had time to stop at Carl’s Jr. for a quick, eat in the car, breakfast. I pulled up to the drive-thru and ordered. This is the reply I received, “Sorry we have not started breakfast yet”. I was surprised and said, “But, you’re open 24 hours a day. What ARE you serving at 5:12 in the morning?” Her reply was short and sweet, “Dinner”. I didn’t want to have dinner at 5:12 in the morning so I backed out of the drive-thru and went to park the car.
I always park at the Parking Spot at LAX. They give you a free bottle of water on both ends of your parking stay. I park on the roof (rather than in covered parking) to save three dollars a day. I do that simply because that is the way I was raised.
The shuttle took me on the 7-minute ride to the American Airlines terminal at LAX. I would not be checking luggage. That would save me 10-15 minutes of standing in line at LAX. I would also not be getting a boarding pass this morning. Because I was not checking bags, I could print out my boarding pass from my office the night before. One time saving idea (no checked bags) yielded another timesaving result (no stopping to get a boarding pass).
It will be a full flight. How do I know this? When I booked my flight on-line a couple of weeks ago, there were only middle seats in the exit row available. When there are only middle seats left, the flight is nearly full. American Airlines is my main legacy airline. I always get exit row seats (more legroom) when I fly AA.
Since I was shutout at Carl’s Jr. for breakfast and coach passengers on AA don’t get any breakfast, I made a quick stop at Burger King in the terminal. My plan was working. I was clothed, fed and sitting in the waiting area 45 minutes before my scheduled departure time.
Suddenly, I heard my name being called over the P.A. system. “Randy Lewis please report to the gate 45 American Airlines check-in desk”. I did as I was told. “Mr. Lewis, your upgrade came through, we have you in first class, seat 3F.” That upgrade was good I guess. However, to me, sitting in an exit row coach seat is nearly the same as sitting in first class. In first class, I would get breakfast. However, I didn’t need breakfast now. In addition, seat 3F is a bulkhead seat. That means it’s in the first row. That’s good for getting out of the plane first, but comes with a drawback. The drawback is there is no place to stow my briefcase in front of me. I must put it and my computer and day’s reading material in the overhead. That makes it inconvenient to get too.
The above gives you a little insight into the planning process of simply getting from home to the airport. I always have a plan. Not all elements of the plan work out. After having thousands of plans in my life, I know they don’t always work out. Nevertheless, I think it’s better in just about every situation to have a plan compared to not having one.
It is with sadness that I report to you on the death of my grandfather in Evansville, Indiana. I was able to write about my visits to him over the past couple of years in these pages. Given his condition recently, he is definitely in a better place today.
I have two fond remembrances of “Grandpa Shuck”. Nearly 50 years ago, he was visiting and the family went to the lake for a day’s worth of swimming. My sister, Becky, and I were floating in inner tubes in some fairly deep water while my mother and grandfather floated along within a couple of feet of us. My sister slipped out of her tube and went under water for what seemed like a longtime. Grandpa Shuck, who was always in excellent shape, quickly dove into the water and pulled Becky to safety. He was a hero that day.
Just a couple of years ago, one of my trackchasing visits took me past Evansville. On short notice, I gave Grandpa Shuck a call and invited him to dinner. He declined my dinner invitation and at the same time invited me to join him for an evening activity he already had planned. We would be visiting the county jail for a “jailhouse ministry”.
This was an eye-opening experience for me. First, we had to clear the jail’s metal detectors. Next, we were led into a room where we arranged the chairs, and placed the evening’s scriptures on each chair. All the while, we were doing this we were being observed by a sheriff’s guard.
My grandfather and two ministers did two sessions that evening. One was for female prisoners and one for the men. I was pretty much a bystander. As I watched Grandpa Shuck, “Administer the lord” as he liked to say, I wondered what contributed to each person being in this room tonight.
Anyway, Grandpa Shuck, you made it to 88. That’s not a bad run. R.I.P. old buddy.
RACE TRACK STATS:
211 SPEEDWAY, RED SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA -TRACK #975 – 10/29/05
This North Carolina track is my 20th countable track to see in the state. This is my third visit to the Tar Heel state this year and my fifth new track to see in the North Carolina this year. I am in 10th spot in the North Carolina state rankings. Guy Smith leads the state totals with 63 tracks.
RACE TRACK STATS:
FAYETTEVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -TRACK #976 -10/29/05
This North Carolina track is my 21st countable track to see in the state.
RACE TRACK NEWS:
211 SPEEDWAY, RED SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA
I had called the track promoter, Jimmy Horne, earlier in the week. I wanted to know what kinds of cars the track was racing on Friday and what time they started. Jimmy was helpful in telling me they would be running micro sprints aka mini-sprints. There were three classes all based upon engine size. Tonight they had thirteen 600 cc racers, four 125 cc micro-sprints and twenty-six in the 250 cc division.
It was dark by the time I reached the track at 7:15 p.m. I was using the track’s website provided directions. After I left Interstate 95, several roads were listed in their directions. The final direction simply read, “Take a left on Bryant Road, go to the end and stay on the dirt path”. The “dirt path” part of the directions did not install confidence that I would be going to a quality track.
When I entered the track’s property, I could see the micro sprints taking warm-up laps. I also saw that I would be able to watch the races from my car. Initially, I didn’t see any place to buy my ticket. At the last moment, I saw a small wooden shed with paint peeling and a single fluorescent light being used for illumination. Under the light, I saw two men standing in the shadows.
I lowered the window and asked how much it would cost me to enter the track. The answer I received shocked me. “Twenty dollars,” one of the two men told me. “Twenty dollars, wow!” was all I could say. That was awfully expensive for a mini-sprint show at a small dirt track. The other man looked in my car and asked, “Are you the guy from California?” “Yes, how could you tell?” I wondered. “I saw your laptop,” he told me. Yes, my laptop’s screen was shining brightly with the track’s directions on the screen.
“Let this guy in for 10 dollars” my laptop-spying friend directed. It turned this man was the promoter I had talked to on the phone, Jimmy Horne. Well, every 10 bucks counts. Thanks Jimmy.
At first, I found a spot near the track’s caution light at the end of the front straightaway to park. This position was only 20 feet from the racing surface. The track’s safety fencing is a simple four-foot high chain link fence all the way around the quarter-mile dirt track. I viewed from this position for a few minutes of practice. I decided that it wouldn’t take much for a mini-sprint to get loose and seriously damage my National Rental Car Racing Pontiac Grand Prix, so I moved.
Facilities at this track are sparse. The lighting isn’t very good and the announcer, who doubles as the flagman, didn’t have much to say. The restroom facilities are porta potties. There are three or four small five row high grandstands scattered around the track. The track’s surface is smooth and relatively dust free. Ya, it’s about like 50% of the dirt tracks I visit.
It was 50 degrees when I entered the track. I knew it was going to be cold tonight. The forecasted low is for temperatures in the high 30s. Although I flew to North Carolina wearing shorts and a t-shirt, I did bring my long underwear, long pants, stocking cap and gloves. I wanted to be prepared.
I took a quick walk through the pit area. The pit area was not well lit, so it was difficult to get any good pictures. The event t-shirt was a mere eight dollars. That was the buy of the night for me. I tried the “North Carolina BBQ.” They said it was spicy and came with cold slaw. To be honest, it was not spicy and I turned down the cole slaw when offered that option.
When the server handed me my BBQ sandwich, she said, “You’re the guy from California, right?” Did I have the California state flag tattooed on my forehead? I asked her how she knew who I was. She simply said, “I’m Bonnie. Jimmy is my husband and you called the house this week.” I must have been the talk of the Horne household. I don’t know how they do it, but these southerners can just “sense” when a Yankee is in their midst. I don’t even have to say anything and I get that “You’re not from around here, are you boy?” approach. That’s O.K., I still like southerners.
The racing was marginal. They had too many spinouts on the dry slick racing surface. They started at 7:30 p.m. and ran six heat races. Probably the best thing was being able to watch the races from the comfort of my car while I listened to NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying from Atlanta on my XM radio.
Following the heat races, they took a 20-minute break. I thought I would stay for the first feature before heading over to the Fayetteville Motor Speedway just 27 miles away. I took a walk through the pits and noticed they were going to run three “dashes” before any feature activity took place. They also announced that the dashes would not start until 10 p.m.
This type of track and organization are what blended doubles were invented for. I had seen every car race and been at the track for more than two hours. The remaining races did not look entertaining and it was 42 degrees. It was time to boogie. The 211 Speedway will be the first half of a blended double without a feature at the first track.
RACE TRACK NEWS:
FAYETTEVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
It was a quick 27-mile drive over to the FMS from the Red Springs area. I arrived at 10 p.m. to see the late models running consolation races. Tonight is the first day of a two-day show at the track. They are racing five divisions including open wheel modifieds, super streets, super late models, a street stock looking division and a small engine late model group. The P.A. was so poor it was difficult to get the exact name of each class.
It was starting to get cold. It was 42 when I arrived and 39 degrees when I left at 12:30 a.m. When I pulled into the parking lot, I didn’t know what race was on the track. The promoter had told me earlier in the week that the super late model main event would run between “10:30 and 11 p.m.” Maybe they were running early and the last race was on the track. Hold it! What was I thinking? Short tracks virtually never run ahead of schedule and the Fayetteville Motor Speedway wasn’t either.
It would have made a great movie to see me, in the car, quickly trying to remove my surfer shorts and t-shirt so I could put on my bright red long underwear. I then piled on a t-shirt, long black sweat pants, my golf windbreaker, stocking cap and gloves. The last item was my thick wool hunting socks (I have to use them for racing since I don’t hunt.) I was set. Surely, I could handle 39-degree weather for just a few hours with this winter clothing ensemble.
There was a surprisingly large crowd assembled in the poured concrete grandstand given the weather conditions. I chose to watch the races from the mezzanine area above the stepped grandstand.
Cars are pitted in both the infield and behind the grandstands. I went to view the pit area behind the stands and found that no one was preventing fans from just walking into the pits. I took this as a sign. Someone or something was telling me to enter the pit area. The parking lot and the pit area must be on a sand bar. I felt like I was at the beach in San Clemente except we don’t get temperatures in the 30s.
There was a good field of super late models. Twenty-five cars started their feature. I think most of the local cars and stars were there. Jack Pennington was the only driver I recognized. The track held an intermission between the consies and the five “A” main events. I took this opportunity to walk over to the back fence and watch the drag race activity going on at the drag strip, which abutted the speedway property. They were racing local streetcars, but some of them were very fast.
When the main events began, I watched the first two from a position just beyond turn one and only 50 yards from the track. From my position, I saw the cars race directly at me before turning into the first turn. I had a large tree to stand behind just in case any of the cars forgot to turn!
My only concession stand purchase was a one dollar hot chocolate which really hit the spot on such a cold evening. The track was well lit, but the P.A. was so bad I could hardly hear the announcers. I stayed for all five features, but could not force my self to stay for the complete super late model race. There was a huge “nuclear bomb” looking dust cloud blowing directly into the grandstand and did I say it was 39 degrees?
It was 12:30 a.m. and I still had to find my hotel up the road near Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Fayetteville Motor Speedway was the second half of a blended double with no feature at the first track. This was my 10th such double of the year out of 57 total doubles. It was my 110th day of trackchasing for the year.
RENTAL CAR UPDATE:
The National Rental Car Racing Pontiac Grand Prix will get a workout this weekend. I picked it from the litter because it had the lowest mileage of any of the available cars in the Executive Emerald Aisle section. The car came with just 2,200 miles on its odometer.
LIFETIME TRACKCHASER STANDINGS UPDATE:
These worldwide trackchasers are within 100 tracks (plus or minus) of my current trackchaser total.
- Rick Schneider – Bay Shore, New York – 1,038 (+62)
- Allan Brown, Comstock Park, Michigan – 1,020 (+44)
- Any Sivi, Clairton, Pennsylvania – 1,006 (+30)
- Guy Smith, Effort, Pennsylvania – 1,001 (+25)
- Gordon Killian, Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania – 984 (+8)
- Randy Lewis, San Clemente, California – 976
- Andy Ritter, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania – 231 (+7)
- Bernie Harlen, Goshen, Indiana – 229 (+5)
- Carol Lewis, San Clemente, California – 224
2005 TRACKCHASER STANDINGS
- Randy Lewis, San Clemente, California – 167*
- Ed Esser, Madison, Wisconsin – 122
- Roland Vanden Eynde, Vilvoorde, Belgium – 89
- Paul Weisel, Orefield, Pennsylvania – 74
- Guy Smith, Effort, Pennsylvania – 59
- P.J. Hollebrand, Webster, New York – 58
- Carol Lewis, San Clemente, California – 58**
- Roger Ferrell, Majenica, Indiana – 53
- Pam Smith, Effort, Pennsylvania – 42
- Allan Brown, Comstock Park, Michigan – 31
- Andy Sivi, Clairton, Pennsylvania – 31
* Trackchasing “New Tracks in One Season” record
** Trackchasing “New Tracks in One Season” record for women
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CUMULATIVE TRAVEL DISTANCES:
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Airport – trip begins
Red Springs, North Carolina – 113 miles
Fayetteville, North Carolina – 140 miles
Los Angeles, CA – St. Louis, MO – 1,586 miles
Dallas, TX – Raleigh-Durham, NC – 678 miles
TRACK ADMSSION PRICES:
211 Speedway – $10
Fayetteville Motor Speedway – $20
UPCOMING TRACKCHASING PLANS
October 29 – Liberty Raceway Park, Staley, North Carolina
“TRACKCHASER CHEESE CHALLENGE 2005 PACE OF THE RACE REPORT BROUGHT TO YOU BY FRONTIER AIRLINES”
This is a comparison of how many new tracks Ed Esser has seen in 2005 and how many tracks I saw through the same date in 2004 on my way to seeing, at then a record, 127 tracks. In order for Ed to win the “Cheese Challenge”, he must see 128 new tracks.
Through October 24 – Ed – 122 tracks Randy – 106 tracks (in 2004)
Prize: If Ed sees more than 128 new tracks in 2005, he wins a round-trip domestic airline ticket to anywhere Frontier Airlines flies. If he cannot see at least 128 new tracks then I win 10 pounds of the Wisconsin cheese of my choice.
Racetracks visited in 2005 (** not the first time to visit this track)
- Sungold Stadium aka Premier Speedway, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia – January 1
- Freedom Hall (oval), Louisville, Kentucky – January 15
- Freedom Hall (figure 8), Louisville, Kentucky – January 15
- Southern Illinois Center, DuQuoin, Illinois – January 16
** Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, California – February 5
- Golden Aisles Speedway, Waynesville, Georgia – February 25
- Zephyrhills Antique Racecar Track, Zephyrhills – Florida, February 26
- Dirt Devil’s Speedway, Land O’ Lakes, Florida – February 26
- Ringwood Raceway, Ringwood, England – March 25
- Birmingham Wheels, Birmingham, England – March 26
- Boiling Hills Farm, Sleaford, England – March 27
- Snetterton Circuit, Snetterton, England – March 27
** Great Yarmouth Stadium (oval), Yarmouth, England – March 27
- Great Yarmouth Stadium (figure 8), Yarmouth, England – March 27
- The Grove Farm, Monkland, England – March 28
- Grimley Raceway, Grimley, England – March 28
- Castle Combe Circuit, Castle Combe, England – March 28
- Boyd Raceway, Boyd, Texas – April 1
- Port City Raceway, Tulsa, Oklahoma – April 2
- Outlaw Motor Speedway, Oktaha, Oklahoma – April 2
- Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Oklahoma – April 3
- JPR Speedway, Tulsa, Oklahoma – April 3
- Charlotte County Speedway (figure 8), Punta Gorda, Florida – April 9
- CORA Speedway, Dixon, California – April 16
- Reno-Fernley Raceway (road course), Fernley, Nevada – April 17
- Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas – April 22
- Salina Speedway, Salina, Kansas – April 23
- Jetmore Motorplex, Jetmore, Kansas – April 24
- Oberlin Speedway, Oberlin, Kansas – April 24
- USA Race Track, Tucson, Arizona – April 30
** Tucson Raceway Park (outer oval), Tucson, Arizona – April 30
- Tucson Raceway Park (inner oval), Tucson, Arizona – April 30
- Driesum Race Track, Driesum, Netherlands – May 5
- Autosportsdadion de Polderputten, Ter Apel, Netherlands – May 5
- Bellekouter Autocross (oval), Affligem, Belgium – May 8
- Bellekouter Autocross (road course), Affligem, Belgium – May 8
- Circuit de Croix-En-Ternois, Saint-Pol sur-Ternoise, France – May 8
- Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – May 13
- Lopik (oval), Lopik, Netherlands – May 14
- Lopik (road course), Lopik, Netherlands – May 14
- Ten Boer Autocross, Ten Boer, Netherlands – May 14
- Rennplatz “Casper Gerd”, Rutenbrock, Germany – May 15
- Zuidwolde Autocross, Zuidwolde, Netherlands – May 15
- Midland Speedway Circuit, Lelystad, Netherlands – May 15
- Aalten Autocross, Aalten, Netherlands – May 16
- Circuit de Peel International Speedway, Venray, Netherlands – May 16
- U.S. 30 Speedway (permanent inner oval), Columbus, Nebraska – May 26
** U.S. 30 Speedway (outer oval), Columbus, Nebraska – May 26
- Hitchcock County Speedway, Culbertson Nebraska – May 27
- Pikes Peak International Raceway (road course), Fountain, Colorado – May 28
- Colorado National Speedway (asphalt oval), Dacono, Colorado – May 28
- Colorado National Speedway (figure 8), Dacono, Colorado – May 28
** Rocky Mountain National Speedway (oval), Commerce City, Colorado – May 28
- Rocky Mountain National Speedway (figure 8), Commerce City, Colorado – May 28
- Broken Bow Wilderness Park (figure 8), Fullerton, Nebraska – May 29
- Casino Speedway, Watertown, South Dakota – May 29
- Sioux Speedway, Sioux Center, Iowa – May 30
- Madison Speedway, Madison, Minnesota – May 30
** Hawkeye Downs (outer oval), Cedar Rapids, Iowa – June 3
- Hawkeye Downs (inner oval), Cedar Rapids, Iowa – June 3
- Autobahn Country Club – North Course, Joliet – Illinois, June 4
- Shadyhill Speedway, Medaryville, Indiana – June 4
- Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds, Avoca, Iowa – June 5
- Dawson County Speedway, Lexington, Nebraska – June 5
- Marshfield Super Speedway, Marshfield, Wisconsin – June 14
- Red Cedar Speedway, Menomonie, Wisconsin – June 15
- Victory Lane Speedway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – June 16
- River Cities Speedway, Grand Forks, North Dakota – June 17
- Raceway @ Powercom Park, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin – June 18
- Jefferson Speedway (outer oval), Jefferson, Wisconsin – June 18
- Jefferson Speedway (inner oval), Jefferson, Wisconsin – June 18
- Golden Sands Speedway, Plover, Wisconsin – June 19
- Langlade County Speedway, Antigo, Wisconsin – June 21
- Thunderhill Raceway, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin – June 22
- Luxemburg Speedway, Luxemburg, Wisconsin – June 23
- Monster Hall Raceway, Unity, Wisconsin – June 24
- Crandon International Off-Road Course, Crandon, Wisconsin – June 25
- Pepsi Raceway Park, Tomahawk, Wisconsin – June 25
- TNT Speedway, Three Lakes, Wisconsin – June 25
- Shelby County Speedway (permanent oval), Shelbyville, Indiana – June 26
- Shelby County Speedway (temporary oval), Shelbyville, Indiana – June 26
- Jennings County Fairgrounds, North Vernon, Indiana – June 27
- Paducah International Speedway, Paducah, Kentucky – June 28
- Crystal Motor Speedway, Crystal, Michigan – June 29
- Dells Motor Speedway, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – June 30
- Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert, Ohio – July 1
- Baer Field (3/8 mile oval), Ft. Wayne, Indiana – July 1
- Gingerman Raceway, South Haven, Michigan – July 2
- Thunder Valley Motorsports, Jones, Michigan – July 2
- New Paris Speedway, New Paris, Indiana – July 2
- Durand Downtown Circuit, Durand, Illinois – July 3
- Ripple Ridge Raceway, Rawlins, Wyoming – July 8
- Sheridan Speedway, Sheridan, Wyoming – July 10
- Livingston County Fairgrounds (figure 8) Fowlerville, Michigan – July 12
- Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte, Michigan – July 13
- Laird International Speedway, Echo Bay, Ontario, Canada – July 14
- I-96 Speedway (inner oval), Lake Odessa, Michigan – July 15
- I-96 Speedway (outer oval), Lake Odessa, Michigan – July 15
- Thunderbird Racepark, Muskegon, Michigan – July 16
- Bob’s Family Racetrack, Clarksville, Michigan – July 17
- Orleans Raceway, Orleans, Michigan – July 17
- Mid Michigan Raceway Park, Muir, Michigan – July 17
- Franklin County Park (oval), Brookville, Indiana – July 19
- Franklin County Park (figure 8), Brookville, Indiana – July 19
** 81 Speedway, Wichita, Kansas – July 21
- McCook Speedway, McCook, Nebraska – July 22
- Pikes Peak International Raceway (oval), Fountain, Colorado – July 23
- I-25 Speedway (oval), Pueblo, Colorado – July 23
- I-25 Speedway (figure 8), Pueblo, Colorado – July 23
- Thomas County Speedway, Colby, Kansas – July 24
- Waterloo County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Waterloo, Illinois – July 27
- Western Michigan Fairgrounds (figure 8), Ludington, Michigan – July 28
- Blackbird Bend Speedway, Onawa, Iowa – July 29
- English Creek Raceway, Knoxville, Iowa – July 30
- Beatrice Speedway, Beatrice, Nebraska – July 30
- Cedar County Raceway, Hartington, Nebraska – July 31
- Bull Valley Speedway (figure 8), Audubon, Iowa – August 1
- Saginaw County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Chesaning, Michigan – August 2
- Ingham County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Mason, Michigan – August 3
- Goodells County Park (figure 8), Goodells, Michigan – August 4
- Wonderland Speedway, Lambeth, Ontario, Canada – August 5
- Cheboygan County Fairgrounds (road course), Cheboygan, Michigan – August 6
- Northern Michigan Speedway, Elmira, Michigan – August 6
- Standish Asphalt Raceway, Standish, Michigan – August 7
** Spartan Speedway, Mason (oval), Michigan – August 7
- Spartan Speedway, Mason (figure 8), Michigan – August 7
- Branch County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Coldwater, Michigan – August 8
- Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds (figure 8), Imlay City, Michigan – August 9
- Bay County Fair Derby Arena (figure 8), Bay City, Michigan – August 10
- Shiawassee County Fairgrounds – (oval), Corunna, Michigan – August 11
- Mt. Pleasant Speedway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan – August 12
- Waterford Hill Road Race Course, Clarkston, Michigan – August 13
- Jackson Speedway (concrete oval), Jackson, Michigan – August 13
- Owosso Speedway, Owosso, Michigan – August 13
- Grattan Raceway Park, Grattan, Michigan – August 14
- Ionia Fairgrounds Speedway, Ionia, Michigan – August 14
** Galesburg Speedway (oval), Galesburg, Michigan – August 14
- Galesburg Speedway (figure 8), Galesburg, Michigan – August 14
- Lenawee County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Adrian, Michigan – August 15
- Genessee County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Mount Morris, Michigan – August 16
- Berlin Raceway, Marne (7/16M oval), Michigan – August 17
- Will County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Peotone, Illinois – August 24
- Volunteer Speedway, Bulls Gap, Tennessee – August 25
- Tri-County Motor Speedway, Hudson, North Carolina – August 26
- Lake Village Speedway, Lake Village, Indiana – August 27
- Kamp Motor Speedway, Chase, Indiana – August 27
- Jules Raceway, Wilmington, Illinois – August 28
- Milwaukee Mile (road course), West Allis, Wisconsin – August 31
- Proctor Speedway, Proctor, Minnesota – September 1
- Lincoln Park Speedway (oval), Putnamville, Indiana – September 2
- Lincoln Park Speedway (figure 8), Putnamville, Indiana – September 2
- Kentucky Speedway (inner oval), Sparta, Kentucky – September 3
- Shelby County Fairgrounds (figure 8), Shelbyville, Indiana – September 3
- Edinburg Veterans Memorial Park (figure 8), Edinburg, Illinois – September 4
** Peoria Speedway, Peoria, Illinois – September 5
- Eagle Park Fairgrounds, Eagle, Michigan – September 9
- Dixie Motor Speedway (outer oval), Birch Run, Michigan – September 9
- Richmond Good Old Days Festival (figure 8), Richmond, Michigan – September 10
- Sandusky Speedway, Sandusky, Ohio – September 10
- Mercer County Speedway, Celina, Ohio – September 11
- Sunset Speedway Park, Banks, Oregon – September 23
- Pacific Raceways, Kent, Washington – September 24
- Western Speedway (figure 8), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – September 24
- Western Speedway (oval), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – September 24
- Evergreen Speedway (road course), Monroe, Washington – September 25
- Chula Vista International Off-Road Raceway, Chula Vista, California – October 2
- Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado California – October 9
- Superbowl Speedway, Greenville, Texas – October 14
- Texas Motor Speedway – Road Course, Fort Worth, Texas – October 15
- Lawton Speedway, Lawton, Oklahoma, Lawton, Oklahoma – October 15
- Abilene Speedway, Abilene, Texas – October 16
- River River Speedway, Wichita Falls, Texas – October 16
- Thunder Valley Speedway, Lawndale, North Carolina – October 21
- North Carolina Motor Speedway – Road Course, Rockingham, North Carolina – October 22
- County Line Raceway, Elm City, North Carolina – October 22
** Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Virginia – October 23
- 211 Speedway, Red Springs, North Carolina – October 28
- Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Fayetteville, North Carolina – October 28