For the second year in a row, race fans flocked to Shawano Speedway to take in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series show. Not only did fans come out to the Speedway, but the Late Model car count was also up when compared to last year. There were 37 Late Models on hand this year, compared to 32 in 2010.
The fan turnout in 2010 for the World of Outlaws event at Shawano Speedway was so great that I was a little concerned about the turnout this year. Because 2010 was the first time a national touring series came to the area in several years, I’m sure some people came to the event just because of the uniqueness of it, which helped the crowd size last year. After the World of Outlaws event last week, I was pleased to see that the crowd was comparable to last year’s.
I don’t know what it is, but it seems like when there is a full moon out, the racing action gets wild and is filled with lots of wrecks and cautions. That was definitely the case on Saturday night as there were a fair amount of cautions during the heat races, and the features weren’t spared from the caution-mania.
In addition to many caution flags flying, a couple of the point battles for the track championships had some dramatic twists take place.
Where has the summer gone? It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks of racing left at Shawano Speedway. Maybe it’s because the season is winding down, but last week’s racing action once again provided a caution-fest night of racing, especially during the feature races.
Paul Parker once again won the WISSOTA Late Model feature, giving him two wins in two weeks. Parker also won his heat race, so he was able to cut into Ron Berna’s point lead — but only slightly. That’s due to the fact Berna finished second in his heat race and third in the feature. Berna held an 11 point lead entering the night of racing. That lead is now seven points over Parker.