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Friday night drag racing at Baer Field Speedway

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013 05:34 pm
Friday, the high-speed, side-by-side, straight-line excitement goes "under the lights" for the first time. After being on a limited schedule throughout the summer, it will now join the weekly schedule as it will be offered every Friday in September, with the possibility of more shows added in Octoberat Baer Field Speedway.

Aimed toward street cars, short-track drag racing utilizes all the same rules and formats of full-size drag racing, but will be held on a 300-foot course. Cars and/or motorcycles will be paired up two-by-two at the head of the front stretch in turn four and will race to the Speedway start/finish line. They will continue to face off with the winner advancing and the loser eliminated until a “class” winner is determined. The concept of short-track drag racing is not new to the area, as it was a regular feature of the old Fort Wayne Speedway in the early 1960s.

Classes of competition will include: open competition, Detroit iron, minivan, family sedan, front-wheel drive, domestic muscle car, import performance car, trucks, Mustang, 4wd, NOS Power, cycles and more. A “Burn-Out” contest will follow the racing and each program will be capped off by a “Show and Shine” car show.

Gates will open Fridays at 5 p.m. with “Test & Tune” runs from 6-7:30, and eliminations at 8 p.m.

Last Saturday saw the crowning of the first two 2013 Track Champions. After a Feature race that saw the point lead change hands five times, John Gatton Jr. used a fifth-place finish to edge race-winner Al Cook Jr. by just four points. After a dominating season, Scott Coe collected his first-ever Baer Field Speedway title in the Fantastic Sams Modifieds.

The stock cars will take a week off before returning for their final show of the year on Saturday, Sept. 14. That night, fans will be treated to 50-lap, $1,000 to-win Features for both the Late Models and Fantastic Sams Modifieds along with the Season Championship races for the Street Stocks, Afdent Dental Mini Stocks, and the Front Wheel Drives. The show will also feature a post-race party featuring live music from the band “Marshall Law” and a hog roast.

For more details, check the Speedway website: www.FWRACE.com.Front nine: Larry Martin, Curt Craig, Dean Miller, Gene Syfert (-7)

Back nine: Larry Martin, Curt Craig, Dean Miller, Gene Syfert (-6)

Closest to the pin: Curt Craig, Roger Seymoure (2), Harold Love Sr.The Bishop Dwenger-North Side football game Friday night will be broadcast on Redeemer Radio, 1450-AM. The pregame show, Tailgate Talk, begins at 6 p.m. Redeemer Radio will also broadcast CYO football at 1 p.m. Sunday, St. Vincent vs. Holy Cross at Zollner Stadium. It can also be heard online at www. RedeemerRadio.comSept. 3


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