It took a month and a half, but Shawano Speedway was finally able to get its second week of racing in the books. It was a great night of racing, with 103 cars on hand as well as a nice-sized crowd.
The fact that 141 Speedway was not racing on Saturday night helped with car counts in the IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Northern SportMod divisions. The WISSOTA Late Model division car count was also boosted by a few western Wisconsin drivers. There were 22 WISSOTA Late Models, 21 IMCA Modifieds, 23 IMCA Stock Cars, 11 FASTRAK Late Models and 26 IMCA Northern SportMods.
I usually miss a couple of weeks of racing each year at Shawano Speedway and last Saturday was one of those weeks. From the photos I have seen from Saturday night, and the posts on the Shawano Speedway Forum website, it appears that I missed a wild week of racing.
Of course a wild week of racing usually means that there were some bad accidents during the racing program. This may cause excitement for fans, but it not good for the drivers who are involved in the accidents.
There are many things that I enjoy about local stock car racing. I guess that should be a given considering the time I spend going to local tracks — not just Shawano Speedway. One of my favorite things, though, about local stock car racing is witnessing a driver win their first-ever feature in a division or at a track.
I’m not sure why, but this year Shawano Speedway has become a track where drivers are winning their first-ever features at the Speedway, especially in the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern SportMod and FASTRAK Late Model divisions.