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April 17, 2013

Racing underway at LOR

BROWNSBURG — As the weather gets warmer, the action starts heating up at Lucas Oil Raceway.

LOR had its weekend opening Sunday and both the oval track and drag strip were roaring with activity.

The 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Championships presented by the Champion Racing Association (CRA) featured its Late Model Sportsman and Street Stocks series’ and modified and compact racing around the .686-mile oval as well.

After an open test day April 7, the Summit Racing Equipment ET Bracket Series held their first races Sunday on the drag strip.

The first day at the track is an emotional day for some drivers who are looking forward to summer of racing.

“Honestly, when I got to the track I got a little emotional, a few tears came to my eyes because it’s finally racing season and I’m ready to get out on the track,” said T.J. Flynn, a second-year driver in the CRA Street Stock Series and runner-up rookie of the year in 2012.

For Cory Johnson, who has drag raced at LOR since buying his 1969 Chevrolet Camero in 1990, it’s finally that time of the year.

“It’s been a long winter,” Johnson said laughing. “Yeah, I’m ready to get back with it.”

The Bracket Series runs ten times at LOR on various weekends throughout the summer until September 8. Johnson, a racer who owns his own auto repair shop in Greenfield, enjoys coming to race on the weekends.

“Oh I love it,” he said. “Yeah it’s nice getting out here away from work for a while.”

The first day of racing at LOR was overcast with temperatures in the high 50s to mid 60s. After a lengthy winter and slow start to spring, Sunday was a solid day for racing to begin.

“During the winter time you’re trapped inside, you can’t really do anything,” Flynn said. “Now the weather is nice enough and the atmosphere of the race track, the roar of the engines, the smell of the gas, it’s great.”

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