BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — With the late SuperFan stalwart Gary Storey driving the pace car SuperFans 2010 is ready for a green-white-checkered finish. Former amateur winner Eddie Reichert is the 2010 pro champion.
We’ll name the amateur winner in our next column.
Reichert, a Hawkeye Racing News and All The Dirt! Racing News writer from Spooner, Wis., saw 160 races, tying his best year ever. He hit 58 tracks in 16 states and one province, but the best race — a Jimmy Mars 30-lap Wissota LM score — was right next door at Rice Lake Speedway. He also loved the IMCA Modifieds Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Wissota 100 at Dakota State Fair Speedway.
Former SuperFans winner Rodd Rodda finished second after the sprint-car lover hit 137 races at 41 speedways. The Californian named the Trophy Cup at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway No. 1 due to “an excellent field, great format and superb fan support.”
Rodda’s only dislike was inept announcing, a common SuperFans complaint.
Area Auto Racing News’ Don Davies hit 90 races and said, “What impressed us the most was the Mohawk Int’l Raceway in Hogansburg, N.Y. Dave Thompson and John Lazore have incorporated the best of the many tracks they’ve been to, plus some ideas of their own, to turn a run-down track into a state-of-the-art facility with great racing.”
Fourth place went to another New Yorker, announcer and NSSN contributor Al Robinson, with 88 shows. “Winners” on his tour included Chuck Hossfield edging Pete Brittain at Shangri-La in a RoC asphalt show, Mike Colstein’s score at Pennsylvania’s Penn-Can Speedway in his fifth-consecutive winning decade, a Blaine Heimbach URC win at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway and the RoC dirt opener at Selinsgrove that drew 64 big blocks and 56 small blocks.
Fifth and sixth went to Bruce and Pat Eckel, bloggers for Gater News and Motorsports News Daily, with 83 and 74 races, respectively. Their top race was an Indiana Sprint Week show at Brownstown Speedway where Brady Short passed Levi Jones, Chris Windom and Jon Stanbrough, but they also loved ARDC midget/modified doubleheader wins at Penn-Can by Steve Buckwalter and 61-year-old Mike Colsten.
Losers included a horribly dusty Coalcracker 100 at Big Diamond Raceway in Pennsylvania, a Saturday night Williams Grove Speedway show featuring ARDC, super sportsman, 305 sprints and stock cars that management dragged out endlessly despite threatening weather, and a marathon eight-division show at Hudson, N.H., that “may still be going on.”
Former World of Outlaws public relations man Tony Veneziano claimed seventh with a 71-race season topped by two terrific battles. One was the duel between Lucas Wolfe and Jason Meyers at the Ironman 55 in Pevely, Mo. Second best was the following weekend’s Nodak Speedway show with Joey Saldana edging Steve Kinser by .018 second.
Nebraska’s Bob Mays, who writes and shoots for Flat Out Magazine, caught 66 races at 38 tracks in 10 states to claim eighth. His best race was the last night of the Gold Crown Midget Nationals at Pontoon Beach, Ill., which saw Darren Hagen win on the last lap, but like so many others, his best overall event was the Chili Bowl.
Sioux Falls Argus Leader writer Robert Ristesund was right behind Mays, with 61 races at nine tracks despite the wettest summer on record in the Upper Midwest. His highlight was a 10-day pilgrimage to the Knoxville Nationals, with Tim Shaffer’s victory topping his list of best races. Conversely, Ristesund decries “the continued demise of 410 sprint-car racing due to its ever-increasing cost.”
Wisconsin’s Dale Danielski, a Midwest Racing Connection writer, finished 10th with 40 races, topped by an ASA Midwest Tour show at Elko, Minn., where Matt Kenseth’s son Ross edged Chris Wimmer after a 50-lap battle.
On the negative side, Danielski identifies “shows dragging on due to poor organization and the inmates running the asylum by stopping on the track to draw a yellow. Fans can be seen departing long before the main event is even run.”
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