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Titles on the line

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Racing fans couldn't ask for much more.

It's been a season of good weather and better action. And tomorrow will decide it all.

The Season Championships will be held at the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta Wednesday night, starting at 7:30 p.m., and there are close points races in every class to be decided, making for a dramatic and intense event.

* In the stock cars, "Flyin'" Brian Blessington of Breda is running away with the title, but local drivers Dale Woodard of Storm Lake and Brian Mattson of Alta will go into the event tied for second-place honors.

* In the modifieds, Bruce Bonnesen of Aurelia will try to hold off Brad McEwan of Storm Lake for the BVR season title.

* The hobby stock class is very close, with points leader Tony Pogeler of Alta challenged by several drivers who are within range, led by Josh Bieret of Wall Lake and Donaven Smith of Lake City.

* The bombers class will also come down to the wire, with Matt Sangwin of Aurelia leading in season points, with Devin Smith of Lake City on his heels.

The Season Championships will include individual driver introductions for the crowd before each feature race, and a women's Powder Puff race in the high-powered modifieds. Fitzpatrick Auto Center is the sponsor for the show.

"The points races are really hot this year. It should be a great night of racing out there," said John Baumann, who co-promotes the track with Lee Meyer as Checkered Flag Promotions. Baumann is a former racer and car owner, and Meyer is a past track worker, so their experience is paying off. "We at least like to think that our experience has been a plus," Baumann said.

The season has been a good one, according to the promoters.

"The crowds have been a little bit bigger on average, and the car counts have been very good all season," Baumann said. "We've also been abut as fortunate as we could be with the weather. We had many weeks where it rained all over at the start of the week, and dried up just in time for our shows. In face, out of 19 scheduled races, we lost only one this year, which is pretty damn lucky if you ask me."

The track has remained in good condition, and should be nearly ideal for the Season Championships, with a good coat of water applied to hold down dust and give drivers the traction they need.

While there will need to be some adjustments in the future, the promoters feel the BVR is right where it needs to be heading into next season and beyond. "There are always things that you want to do a little differently, but we are very pleased right now," Baumann said.

Even if you miss the Season Championships Wednesday, don't despair. This season, you get one more chance to see some live racing.

An Alta Quasquicentennial Special is being planned for Sunday night of Labor Day weekend. These unsanctioned races will not count toward season points championships. Stock cars, hobby stocks, bombers and 360 modifieds (modified chassis with hobby-stock type engines) will compete Sunday, and Powder Puff races will be included in stock and bomber classes. The gates open around 4:30 Sunday, with racing at 6 p.m.

Admission for the Season Championships and the Quasquicentennial Special are each $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens, and children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission.