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INDIANA

The Hoosier state

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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

Highlights

 

 

All-Time Favorite Indiana Track:

 

 

Winchester Speedway/Salem Super Speedway

 

 

 

Current lifetime trackchasing state rank: 2

 

 

 

 

Best Memories:

 

Our visit to the Salem Super Speedway back in about 1971 was my first foray into big-time auto racing. We were seeing an ARCA race on the high banks with the likes of Bobby Allison driving a Roger Penske AMC Matador (above) as well as Jim Strube a Peoria Speedway driver competing. This trip also provided my first ever visit to a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant!

 

 

The TQ midget racing at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (above) in Ft. Wayne was outstanding. Seeing the Little 500 at the Anderson Speedway was a bucket list item. I met Ron Rodda at the Angola Motor Speedway. I watched Dick Trickle and others race an ARTGO show at the Baer Field Raceway in Ft. Wayne. I was the flagman for a foot race at the Camden Raceway.

 

 

I saw the scrappers race at the Chandler Motor Speedway. I met nice guy promoter Dean Worrell at the Clark County Fairgrounds and became a corner worker complete with a yellow flag. The Gas City I-69 Speedway produced an excellent wingless sprint car show. I saw my first ever school bus figure 8 race at the Illiana Motor Speedway.

 

 

I also saw my first ever hound and hare event at the Illiana Motor Speedway. Of course that visit prompted another “Randy Rule” from the trackchasing hierarchy! After years of waiting the racing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds wasn’t as good as I was expecting. I saw the 75thrunning of the Indy 500. I am not a fan of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is my LEAST favorite track on the NASCAR Cup circuit. I no longer even record the Indy 500.

 

 

The USAC dirt midget racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was excellent and even better considering the terrible weather that came with this show. I saw some excellent late model racing at the Kamp Motor Speedway. I’ve been to the Kokomo Speedway (above) a half dozen times but not since 1993. Loved the World of Outlaws racing there.

 

 

I did an interview with promoter Terry Eaglin (above) at the LaGrange County Fairgrounds and presented the winner his trophy. The Lake County Fairgrounds was one on the most jampacked I’ve ever seen albeit with very few racers. The Lucas Oil Raceway was one of the Red Bull Global Rallycross’ better layouts. The hospitality provided by track promoter John Byrd at the Monroe County Fairgrounds was tops!

 

 

Excellent racing with a blue collar crowd at the New Paris Speedway. The Night of Destruction event at New Paris was wild. Seating at the Paragon Speedway was the most rural ever. The caged kart racing at the Purdue University Grand Prix (above) was a most unusual and fun event. The figure 8 racing at the Salem Speedway was as good as any I have ever seen from more than 300 F8 locations. The 26-car, 100-lap feature event for low-dollar stock cars on the Salem Speedway road course was very good.

 

 

I saw a bald eagle in captivity at the Scott County Fairgrounds race. I had a call with the promoter from the Shadyhill Speedway that went well past midnight. I watched a 73-year old driver lead his heat race at the South Bend Motor Speedway. I tried for seemingly forever to get to the Thunder Valley Raceway in Salem and finally made it in 2019. Excellent short track at the U.S. 24 Speedway in Logansport. Best ever caramel corn at the Warsaw Speedway. Sadly, I was at the Winchester 400 the days ASA rookie Pat Schauer (above) lost his life.

 

 

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of Indiana county fair racing. Often times the car counts were really small. At other times I’ve seen some very dusty racing on permanent dirt ovals. UTV racing has added to my totals all over central Indiana. Circle track racing has brought me to Indiana many times along with TQ midget racing at county fairs. I’ve seen well over 100 tracks in the Hoosier state, some better than others!

 

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
1 Salem Super Speedway Salem Indiana United States Pre-1980 OUTER-PO
2 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Indiana United States Pre-1980 OUTER-DO
3 Baer Field Raceways Fort Wayne Indiana United States Pre-1980 OUTER-PO
4 Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont Indiana United States August 9, 1980 PO
5 Illiana Motor Speedway Schererville Indiana United States May 23, 1981 OUTER-PO
6 Winchester Speedway Winchester Indiana United States October 3, 1981 PO
7 Anderson Speedway Anderson Indiana United States May 29, 1982 PO
8 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Indiana United States August 2, 1982 DO
9 Paragon Speedway Paragon Indiana United States August 18, 1982 DO
10 Rensselaer Raceway Rensselaer Indiana United States April 24, 1983 DO
11 Mitchell’s Motor Speedway Bloomington Indiana United States May 11, 1983 DO
12 Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute Indiana United States June 19, 1983 DO
13 Warsaw Speedway Warsaw Indiana United States September 5, 1986 DO
14 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway Indiana United States May 26, 1991 PO
15 South Bend Motor Speedway South Bend Indiana United States August 27, 1993 PO
16 Indianapolis Speedrome Indianapolis Indiana United States September 10, 1993 PO
17 Union County Speedway Liberty Indiana United States July 21, 1995 DO
18 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Indiana United States May 12, 1996 DO
19 Mount Lawn Speedway New Castle Indiana United States June 9, 1996 PO
20 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown Indiana United States April 19, 1997 DO
21 Martin County Speedway Loogootee Indiana United States June 7, 1998 DO
22 Gas City I-69 Speedway Gas City Indiana United States June 11, 1999 DO
23 Angola Motor Speedway Angola Indiana United States July 1, 2001 PO
24 Plymouth Motor Speedway Plymouth Indiana United States September 9, 2001 PO
25 Indianapolis Speedrome Indianapolis Indiana United States Retroactive – 2001 PF8
26 Bakersfield Raceway Park Linton Indiana United States April 19, 2002 DO
27 Indianapolis Raceway Park Clermont Indiana United States April 21, 2002 PRC
28 Twin Cities Raceway Park North Vernon Indiana United States June 17, 2002 DO
29 Camden Raceway Camden Indiana United States September 19, 2003 DO
30 Miami County Speedway Peru Indiana United States September 20, 2003 DO
31 Putnam Park Road Course Mount Meridian Indiana United States September 20, 2003 PRC
32 U.S. 24 Speedway Logansport Indiana United States September 20, 2003 DO
33 Sportsdrome Speedway Jeffersonville Indiana United States July 31, 2004 PO
34 Sportsdrome Speedway Jeffersonville Indiana United States July 31, 2004 PF8
35 Anderson Speedway Anderson Indiana United States September 24, 2004 PF8
36 Crown Point Motor Speedway Crown Point Indiana United States September 25, 2004 DO
37 Illiana Motor Speedway Schererville Indiana United States September 25, 2004 PRC
38 Illiana Motor Speedway Schererville Indiana United States September 25, 2004 PF8
39 Illiana Motor Speedway Schererville Indiana United States September 25, 2004 INNER-PO
40 Shadyhill Speedway Medaryville Indiana United States June 4, 2005 DO
41 Shelby County Speedway Shelbyville Indiana United States June 26, 2005 INNER-DO
42 Shelby County Speedway Shelbyville Indiana United States June 26, 2005 OUTER-DO
43 Jennings County Fairgrounds North Vernon Indiana United States June 27, 2005 DF8
44 Baer Field Raceways Fort Wayne Indiana United States July 1, 2005 INNER-PO
45 New Paris Speedway New Paris Indiana United States July 2, 2005 PO
46 Brookfield Fair Park Brookville Indiana United States July 19, 2005 DO
47 Brookfield Fair Park Brookville Indiana United States July 19, 2005 DF8
48 Kamp Motor Speedway Chase Indiana United States August 27, 2005 DO
49 Lake Village Speedway Lake Village Indiana United States August 27, 2005 DO
50 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Indiana United States September 2, 2005 DO
51 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Indiana United States September 2, 2005 DF8
52 Shelby County Speedway Shelbyville Indiana United States September 3, 2005 DF8
53 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Indiana United States June 20, 2006 DF8
54 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Indiana United States June 20, 2006 INNER-DO
55 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway Indiana United States July 1, 2006 PRC
56 Rush County Fairgrounds Rushville Indiana United States July 1, 2006 DO
57 Scott County Fairgrounds Scottsburg Indiana United States July 15, 2007 DO
58 Delaware County Fairgrounds Muncie Indiana United States July 18, 2007 DO
59 Delaware County Fairgrounds Muncie Indiana United States July 18, 2007 DF8
60 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne Indiana United States December 28, 2007 PO
61 Sigma Phi Gamma Park Hartford City Indiana United States June 28, 2009 STREET-RC
62 Chandler Motorsports Park Chandler Indiana United States August 14, 2009 OUTER-DO
63 Seedtick Raceway Princeton Indiana United States August 14, 2009 DO
64 Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis Indiana United States May 28, 2010 DO
65 Salem Speedway Salem Indiana United States May 22, 2011 PF8
66 Salem Speedway Salem Indiana United States May 22, 2011 INNER-PO
67 Jefferson County Fairgrounds Madison Indiana United States July 15, 2011 DO
68 Crawford County Community Park Marengo Indiana United States July 16, 2011 DRC
69 Montpelier Speedway Montpelier Indiana United States July 16, 2011 DO
70 Speed Creek II Raceway Lapel Indiana United States July 16, 2011 PO
71 Lake County Fairgrounds Crown Point Indiana United States August 11, 2011 DF8
72 Decatur County Fairgrounds Greensburg Indiana United States July 12, 2013 INNER-DO
73 Fulton County Fairgrounds Rochester Indiana United States July 13, 2013 DO
74 Fulton County Fairgrounds Rochester Indiana United States July 13, 2013 DF8
75 Plymouth Speedway Plymouth Indiana United States July 13, 2013 INNER-DO
76 Plymouth Speedway Plymouth Indiana United States July 13, 2013 OUTER-DO
77 Noble County Community Fairgrounds Kendallville Indiana United States July 15, 2013 DO
78 Noble County Community Fairgrounds Kendallville Indiana United States July 15, 2013 DF8
79 Hoagland Community Park Hoagland Indiana United States June 20, 2014 DF8
80 Hancock County Fairgrounds Greenfield Indiana United States June 23, 2015 DO
81 Hancock County Fairgrounds Greenfield Indiana United States June 23, 2015 DF8
82 LaGrange County Fairgrounds LaGrange Indiana United States July 14, 2015 DO
83 Sandstone Bowling Green Indiana United States July 18, 2015 DRC
84 Ripley County Fairgrounds Osgood Indiana United States July 20, 2015 DO
85 Staunton MX Brazil Indiana United States August 1, 2015 DRC
86 Cactus Jack Terre Haute Indiana United States September 5, 2015 DRC
87 Sportsdrome Speedway Jeffersonville Indiana United States September 5, 2015 INNER-AO
88 Taylor Ridge Bloomfield Indiana United States October 10, 2015 DRC
89 John Vincent Memorial Sportsman Club Madison Indiana United States October 10, 2015 DRC
90 Akron Speedway Akron Indiana United States October 11, 2015 DO
91 Purdue Grand Prix Track Lafayette Indiana United States April 23, 2016 PRC
92 Hogback Rosedale Indiana United States April 23, 2016 DRC
93 Lawrence County Recreational Park Springville Indiana United States June 10, 2016 DRC
94 Stone City Ranch Raceway – Short Bedford Indiana United States June 18, 2016 DRC
95 Medora Off-Road Medora Indiana United States June 18, 2016 DRC
96 Rush County Fairgrounds Rushville Indiana United States June 18, 2016 DRC
97 Stone City Ranch Raceway – Long Bedford Indiana United States June 19, 2016 DRC
98 Rush County Fairgrounds Rushville Indiana United States June 21, 2016 DF8
99 Baer Field Motorsports Park Fort Wayne Indiana United States June 28, 2016 DO
100 St. Josephs County 4-H Fairgrounds South Bend Indiana United States July 1, 2016 DO
101 New Paris Speedway New Paris Indiana United States July 2, 2016 MIXED-F8
102 Decatur County Fairgrounds Greensburg Indiana United States July 7, 2016 DO
103 Barthowlomew County Fairgrounds Columbus Indiana United States July 11, 2016 DO
104 Johnson County Fairgrounds Franklin Indiana United States July 21, 2016 DO
105 Porter County Fairgrounds Valparaiso Indiana United States July 24, 2016 DF8
106 Salem Super Speedway – ROVAL Salem Indiana United States October 2, 2016 PRC
107 Chandler Motor Speedway Chandler Indiana United States June 2, 2017 INNER-DO
108 Harrison County Fairgrounds Corydon Indiana United States June 22, 2017 DO
109 Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg Indiana United States July 9, 2017 MIXED-RC
110 La Porte County Fairgrounds La Porte Indiana United States July 10, 2017 DF8
111 Brown County Fairgrounds Nashville Indiana United States August 2, 2017 DO
112 Chimney Ridge Paragon Indiana United States October 14, 2017 DRC
113 Monroe County Fairgrounds Bloomington Indiana United States October 14, 2017 DO
114 Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds Charlestown Indiana United States May 11, 2018 DO
115 Jennings County Fairgrounds North Vernon Indiana United States June 15, 2018 DO
116 Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds Vevay Indiana United States July 12, 2018 DO
117 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway Indiana United States September 5, 2018 DO
118 Thunder Valley Raceway Salem Indiana United States June 14, 2019 DO
119 Fayette County Fairgrounds Connorsville Indiana United States July 30, 2019 DO

 

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

 

 

Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.

 

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed

 

Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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