A pop-up line of heavy showers wiped out on track action for the Tony Hulman Classic shortly after racing got underway. The Tony Hulman Classic has been rescheduled and merged with the Jim Hurtubise Classic on August 31st now renamed the Jim Huturbise / Tony Hulman Classic. General admission and Pit bands from June 21st will honored at any remaining 2013 event.
SPRINTS VISIT I-96 SATURDAY The 43rd running of one of America’s longest-running Sprint car traditions unfolds Friday night as the “Tony Hulman Classic” takes to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. It opens a two-night AMSOIL National Sprint car weekend continuing with Saturday night’s race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich. Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. sits atop the current point standings, 33 ahead of runner-up Chase Stockon. Darland is a former “Tony Hulman Classic” champion but it’s been 20 years since his victory. He’s also had a second, two thirds, a fourth and two fifths in the classic. Mark Cassella was USAC’s last Sprint winner at Lake Odessa, back in 1996. The track was a favorite of Jack Hewitt, a four-time USAC winner there. Bud Kaeding won last year’s “Tony Hulman Classic.” Former race winners expected to compete Friday include Chris Windom (2011), Jerry Coons Jr. (2010), Levi
The Sunoco Late Model event originally scheduled for May 15th has been cancelled.
The Terre Haute Action Track will return to action Friday October 12th with the running of the “Jim Hurtubise Classic”. The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Series and UMP Modifieds take to the fast ½ mile for an exciting evening of wheel to wheel racing! Jim Hurtubise (December 5, 1932 – January 6, 1989) was an American race car driver who raced in USAC Champ Cars (including the Indianapolis 500), as well as sprint cars and stock cars (USAC and NASCAR). Hurtubise raced in the USAC Championship Car series in the 1959–1968 and 1970–1974 seasons, with 97 career starts. The 2012 USAC Sprint Car Series has included multiple winners and some of the Most Exciting Racing on Dirt! Expected Drivers Include: Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the 2011 “Jim Hurtubise Classic”
The legendary Terre Haute Action Track will be under solid care for multiple years with Illinois based race organizers Bob Sargent and the O’Connor Family, whose promotions have involved some of auto racing’s most storied venues in recent years. These two veteran promoters are once again teamed up to preserve the heritage and future of one of the sport’s most revered race tracks. The track will be under the promotional guidance of Bob Sargent and Reece O’Connor who have teamed together to create Terre Haute Motorsports. Many special events are planned and fans are encouraged to watch the media and coming websites for more information. The Wabash Valley Fair Association and Terre Haute Motorsports have entered into a multi-year agreement for the operation of the Terre Haute Action Track racing activities. “We are pleased to have Bob and Reece as the promoters for racing at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. The