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February 5, 2013

NASCAR flexes its muscle

VanMeter wins in Florida

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Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a network willing to take the chance on showing short track racing on a regular basis. I’m sure there is a market among fans who would like to view the Pay Less Little 500 sprint car race, the Winchester 400, Snowball Derby, All American 400, and other short track races.

With the ever growing number of cable networks, including NBC Sports, there is hope that real short track racing will eventually be available on television. If that’s ever offered, fans have to support the sponsors that fund the broadcasts.

In other racing news:

It was a good weekend for Indiana drivers at the inaugural Southern Figure 8 World Final Championships at Showtime Speedway in Florida.

It was a 120-lap special event and when the checkered flag waved, the winner was Indianapolis driver Eddie VanMeter. Mark Tunny, Doug Greig, and Charlie Hargraves made it a sweep of the top four positions for Hoosier drivers.

The win was worth $5,000 to VanMeter who said it was one of the biggest wins of his career.

Many of the drivers that made the trip from Indiana to Florida, including Shawn Cullen, Jesse Tunny, Ben Tunny, and Mike Riddle, are regular competitors in Figure-8 action at Anderson Speedway.

Ken de la Bastide writes for CNHI News Service. He may be reached by calling (765) 454-8580 or by e-mailing to ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com.

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