According to Allan #5

Greetings,

It's been awhile since I took the time to write.

The 2011 season is now upon us. So far this year, the only events we've had a chance to take in were close to home. We went to the Delta-Plex for all three indoor races in nearby Grand Rapids. We missed going to Florida in February for the first time in 30 years. Hopefully my health will allow us to go next year.

Since stepping away from the Directory last year, we've also cut back on the number of races we went to. Most of the races I plan on attending this year will be in our home state of Michigan.

We had thought about going out of state the second weekend of April, but inclement weather spoiled our plans. The weather channel has become our constant companion for setting last minute schedules. Actually we've become somewhat of fair weather fans, and when the weather forecast looks questionable, we check the map and head in a different direction. We had thought about heading to Paducah, KY for the Outlaws, but thought better of it and stayed put instead. Our other options had either a good chance of rain or it was going to be cold, hence it meant staying home another weekend.

Our first out of state jaunt of the year looks like it will be on Memorial weekend, where our plans are to go to Western Pennsylvania. Then the following week it will be off to Knoxville, Iowa for the annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction program. We are seriously considering heading west with the goal of returning to Skagit Speedway in Washington for the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup in mid-June.

In July we are thinking of heading south to some tracks in Tennessee and North Carolina. At the end of that month I got back to the University of Michigan for my three months check up with the cancer doctors. My last check up was in the middle of April, and the doctors were pleased with my

progress. Now that I have the chemo, the surgery, and the radiation behind me, maybe, just maybe, things will return to normal around here.

Then in August we

head north again to do some camping with relatives at Brimley State Park near Sault Ste. Marie. That always gives me the chance to visit Kinross Speedpark, not far from the campground. It was at Brimley last summer that we discovered the tumor, so hopefully camping goes much smoother this year.

Again, most of the time this summer will be revisiting Michigan tracks. Some that we have on our hit list include I-96 for the World of Outlaws, Hartford for SOD Sprints, Berlin and M-40 for the CRA Late Models, and Dixie and Owosso for Auto Value Sprints. I also hope to get back to Owendale and Mount Pleasant, tracks that I haven't been to in years. I tried to return to Mount Pleasant last summer, by the night I was planning on, was cancelled because of rain.

Well so much for now. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to visit at a track someplace.

—Allan

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