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After our trip our west we stayed close to home for the next month. On July 2 we went to Owosso for Auto Value Sprints. Joe Swanson was smooth as he won the 30 lap main event.
The next weekend we stopped at Tri-City Speedway in Auburn on the 8th. The track reopened as a 3/8 mile dirt track after setting idle since 2003. Joe Hanson won his first ever late model main event at Tri-City. The next day we visited Owendale Speedway for the ASCS Sprints. It was good to watch Brett Mann hold off Dustin Daggett for the victory. It was the first time I’d had seen a race at the track since 1982.
The following week we started on Wednesday night for an Indiana weekend. Our first night found us at Terre Haute for a USAC Sprint car Speedweek show. Chris Windom won the main event. It was a little farther south to Brownstown Speedway for the next night of Speedweek. Casey Riggs won his first ever USAC event by topping a stellar field on the fast 1/3 mile dirt track. Friday night we decided to try something a little different and went to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Madison for a MTQRL TQ Midget event. Champion Tate Marks easily won the 25 lap main event on the 1/5 mile track. The next afternoon we stopped off at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Marengo for a MAORA off-road race. Mike Lucas and his son Kyle were winners in their classes. Then we headed to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstad for the Speedweek finale that night. Damion Gardner won the main event, with Windom being named the Speedweek champion.
The next Friday we went north to Cherry Raceway for a Michigan Dirt Cup modified event. The series is new this year. Chris Casey ended up as the victor. The following Friday we went to another ASCS SOD Sprint car show. This time at Winston Speedway it was Daggett turning the tables on Mann as they finished one-two again.
The first weekend of August saw us camping at Brimley State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We had a chance to use our new Kayaks. The weather was pleasant for three weeks
while we were in the U.P..
The following weekend of the 12th we headed out of Brimley and went west to Norway Speedway, only to get rained out. The next day we made a return visit to the off-road event at Bark River. The TORC off-road trucks have become one of our favorite divisions.
Upon our return home I returned to Winston, this time for the World of Outlaw late model special. Josh Richards had everyone covered as he easily motored away from the rest of the field to take yet another WoO main event. Two days later we decided at the last minute to go to Mt Pleasant for another Michigan Dirt Cup modified race. The Michigan mods sure put on a decent show. Aaron Morey won the modified main, while Curtis Roberts topped the late model feature.
I was able to sneak in a night of autocross action at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds on the 24th.
The last weekend of August found us heading north again. On Friday night we went to the annual autocross event at the Emmett County Fairgrounds in Petosky. Then it was back down the shoreline to the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekema for a Unique Motor Sports figure 8 race. Dan VanderBrink showed why he is a two-time state figure 8 champion.
The first weekend of September saw the Chariot heading around Lake Michigan with our first stop at Tomahawk Speedway in Wisconsin for their last regular show of the year. The next day we made the trip over to Brainerd International Raceway for the first day of a two day show of SCCA Trans-Am racing. Point leader Tony Ave easily ran away from the rest of the drivers in his Corvette. When the Trans-Am race checkered, we headed out the gate and made the 90 mile trip down to the new Ogilvie Speedway. The races in all the classes were great at Ogilvie. The next day we headed south to Dodge County Speedway in Kasson for a USMTS modified tour race. Jon Tesch came from 10th to win the 40 lapper.
The next day we stopped off at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame to see the Tony Stewart exhibit. It was well worth the trip.