“The World’s Fastest High-Banked Quarter Mile Oval”
On the way back to Iowa from Pittsburgh, we stopped at the Anderson Speedway in Indiana for some non-winged sprint car action. It was the first time I had witnessed a sprint car race on asphalt, as well as a quarter mile track.
As it turned out, it was the first midget race I have seen as well. Spencer Bayston, in his rookie season won the Mel Kenyon Midget series.
We were sitting near Tony Hunt’s crew, and naturally pulling for him to win the “Glen Niebel Classic”. Muncie’s Aaron Pierce won the event,however, with Hunt slipping into third place on the final lap to get a place at the podium.
Anderson Speedway is best known for its “Little 500”, which runs on the Saturday of Memorial Weekend, the night prior to the Indianapolis 500. That’s 500 laps around a 1/4 mile track, with the field of 33 cars starting out in 11 rows of 3. That’s got to be insane to watch.
The best quote I found on the Anderson Speedway: “It’s Like racing jet fighters in a gym.” It’s been attributed to noted short track driver Dick Trickle.
We arrived pre-sunset at McCormick Creek! It would be the first and last time we arrived at a campsite during daylight hours on this trip. It was the perfect site for races Friday night at Bloomington Speedway, and would have been even better for races at Lincoln Park Speedway for Saturday night if those had not been called due to rain.
It was a late night at McCormick’s after Friday’s racing, with a large bonfire in a small firegrate, and plenty of spirits floating about in the dark.
Non-wing sprint cars was a new experience for me, and I had an absolute blast at the Bloomington Speedway. It’s a great little 1/4 mile track, and there was a tremendous crowd out for the races as well. I really enjoyed the non-wing racing, and we had some great racing going on Friday night for the opening of the KISS series.
Fifty-four cars started the night, with twenty-two of them in the feature. 30 laps from green to checker with no stoppage. It was great! I had never seen that many laps go without a yellow flag. I could get hooked if they ran these cars on a track near Fairbanks. Brady Short took the win, with Bobby East and Jon Stanbrough taking second & third.
I roadtripped out east with Tom & Larry to camp out at some state parks and take in a couple of sprint car races. Our first track was the remains of the Historic Jungle Park Speedway, which ran (off & on) from 1926 to 1960, with its peak being in the 1930’s & 40’s.
The first three photos are of the track in its hayday, and the last three I took over the weekend. One section of the tiered grandstands remains, and you can still see the bank of the old track which is now covered with grass.
Jungle Park is in Indiana near Turkey Run State Park, which itself is worth a hike-through.