KALWASINSKI: Chicago Chips


Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, operated by former Chicago area dirt late model champion Jim O’Connor and his family, hosts its Kokomo Klash VII Oct. 18-19. Friday’s action is pretty much an open-wheel variety show with Saturday’s competition featuring stock cars of one class or another.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

Nick Allen pretty much won everything in sight last Saturday night at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, Ind., except track championship honors.

Allen, the 30-year-old racer from nearby Wheatfield, won his heat, the $1,000-to-win, winner-take-all, Race of Champions and, finally, the night’s 20-lap feature for DIRTcar UMP Modified stock cars. His victory was not enough though as Tom Bell, also from Wheatfield, grabbed overall track championship honors in the Modified ranks by a reported three points over Allen.

Allen, a six-time track champion at Shadyhill, looked strong all evening long as he dominated all the races he competed in, including the 20-lap event. Five yellow flag caution periods slowed the 20 lapper with Allen taking the lead from Bell on lap five as the pair crossed the start/finish line.

At the checkered flag, it was Allen over Bell, who had a five-point lead going into the night’s action. It was Allen’s eighth feature win of the season at Shadyhill and his 19th overall in DIRTcar UMP competition. Earlier in the night, Allen came from fifth-starting spot in a seven-car field to win the Race of Champions, which included modified division feature winners during the season at the quarter-mile dirt track.

“The track seemed to be holding moisture pretty well tonight,” said Allen after his 20-lap win. It (the track) was pretty racy. The top and bottom (grooves) were both fast. Once I got the lead, I wasn’t sure what the fast lane was. I stuck to the bottom and hoped it worked.”

The 45-year-old Bell, who was a picture of consistency all year long with only one feature win, was happy and a little emotional about his track championship.

“I gotta let it soak in a little bit,” said Bell. “It means the world. My crew and my dad have been with me for 14 years doing this. We have missed a couple (of championships in the past) by a point or two. If he (Allen) won, the worse I could do was finish third. My crew, family and friends came together and here we are.”

Congratulations to Camden Murphy as he won his first career ARCA Midwest Truck Tour race at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway this past Saturday. A graduate of Super Mini Cup and Legends cars, the Itasca resident is a former rookie of the year in the truck ranks.

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