After last week’s extremely hot weather, I was curious as to what type of track conditions would greet the racers and fans at Shawano Speedway on Saturday night. I was pleasantly surprised that the track was smooth and was able to hold moisture for most of the night.
During the last two weeks of racing, the track prep crew has started misting the entire track between the heat races of each division of racing. Granted, this means more down time for the fans, but I think it has been helpful in keeping the features from becoming a one-lane, follow the leader type of races.
We needed the rain, and it fell, at least on Shawano Speedway, during the second feature event of the night. The rain lasted only about 10 minutes, but it was enough to force the cancellation of the rest of the racing program.
Of the features that were raced, Joel Bennett won again in the FASTRAK Late Model division after receiving a gift from Jeff Curtin. Curtin was in control of the race when, with only a couple laps remaining, he almost spun out by himself in corner four. This allowed Bennett to close the gap and take the lead and the win. Curtin recovered to finish second.
Ready or not, the World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model Series will be invading Shawano Speedway for the third straight year. This year’s show will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with the racing action getting underway at 6:30 p.m.
For the last two years this has been the biggest event of the year at Shawano Speedway. Here is some information about this event.