Racing World is proud to "branch out" to, once again, get in contact
with the "grass-roots" race fans. We are going to produce up to ten
"Tailgate Programs" which is designed to promote some "special
races" at Eldora Speedway, Millstream Speedway, Limaland Speedway,
Fremont Speedway and Attica Raceway Park. The emphasis will center
on interviews with racing fans who are passionate about the sport
and want to display their support for their favorite race team. Race
drivers will be asked to come for special interviews while the music
will feature some the best sport jams to "pump up the volume" for a
great night of racing. This again, is all designed for the fan's
whose interviews will be replayed during Racing World on WFIN 1330
AM from ten till noon each Saturday. We will have a full sound
system featuring Racing World host Dwight Allen and DJ Ryan Bush
along with reporters John Wells and Lisa Hammer. Photographer Larry
Reece will be documenting the event with some great shots of the
interviews to be seen later on our Racing World web site. So plan to
come to the race track just a little early and be a part of Racing
World where you can be a part of the show! The Tailgate Show will
start around 5 o'clock and last until the beginning of time trails.
So join us and enjoy the sport with us!
Racing World Perspective...Dwight Allen - Host/Founder
I started Racing World on WFIN over ten years ago. Many people ask
me why I took on such an adventure and the answer is really quite
simple. I had a "part time" job in high school in the Clinton Auto
Supply store in my home town of Clinton, Illinois and consequently
met many of the local race car drivers running at such places as the
Farmer City Speedway in Farmer City, Illinois and at the Macon
County Speedway just outside Decatur, Illinois. I soon got to know
the popular drivers '"Rosie" Roteman and "Tiger" Snow and I was
hooked ON DIRT TRACK RACING! I eventually got to know every "shade
tree" mechanic in central Illinois who played around with these race
cares which became some of my best friends. I, from that time on,
really developed a love for the sport and the guys who "strapped
into these race cars".
So when I first became a part of WFIN Radio Sports Staff in Findlay,
Ohio... the first thing I asked General Manager Sandy Kozlevcar (sp)
and her staff was..."Do you have a racing show"? I found out that
they had never even thought about having such a show so I knew I had
to develop the resources to make such a program a reality. During
the next ten years the show has grown to one of the most highly
rated shows on local radio. It starts at ten and ends at noon each
The thing that has made it go is the cooperation of people like
promoter Rex Le June of Attica Raceway Park. Yet, I still remember
sitting down with Attica Promoter Gene Frankert many years ago at a
restaurant in Tiffin where he gave me the encouragement to give
Racing World it a try. Gene has always been a special friend ever
since and believe he is one the best "racing minds" in the
area....particularly as it pertains to preparing the race track for
competition. Then Racing World hooked with Fremont Speedway and
Bryan Liski when the Fords owned the race track. Bryan is the
knowledgeable voice for both Attica Raceway Park and Fremont and was
a welcome addition to the program. Then came Larry Kemp of the
Eldora Speedway prefaced by the legendary figure of the "Big E"
Larry Boos and suddenly we were having dialogue with one of the most
exciting tracks in America owned by the one and only Tony Stewart.
Other race tracks have cooperated to play a part on Racing World
like Mansfield, Limaland, Waynesfield and many others all which
contribute the show. We are so thankful for the cooperation of so
many people which allows Racing World to produce two solid hours of
racing news from NASCAR to ARCA to USAC. to the world of sprint
cars, late models and Indy Cars.
Some of our special guests have been Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Joe
Gibbs, Chris Economaki, Donnie Moran, Steve Francis, Red Farmer, Sam
Hornish, Kyle Petty, writer Dave Augabright plus local drivers like
Byron Reed, Craig Wilson and Lee Jacobs... and we thank them all,
once again, for their cooperation!
So we invite you to join us each Saturday to take an exciting trip
around the world of racing in a rather "smorgasbord approach" It Is,
informative, enlightening and entertaining with knowledgeable "bench
racers" like John Wells, Larry Reece, Lisa Hammer and Tim Clegg to
make it the fastest two hours on radio.
One of the bye lines of the show has always been, "Hey keep turning
left...and stay out of trouble.... and Hey Craig Wilson hasn't
quit...so don't you quit Ok...at least not today!...climaxed by
"God's Speed Everybody"!
RRacing is Coming Soon!
Well when the racers start for the Florida run...you know it won't
be long until we smell methanol again! As we start another season...
just some random thoughts as we wait for the checked flag drop at
Attica Raceway Park.
1. Discussion Question... I am concerned how racing will be affected
if Washington starts to tax those small businesses that have an
income of $250,000...which is the heart of sprint car racing...give
me your thoughts to be used on Racing World! Send me a email...I am
interested in what the race fan thinks!
2. We will continue to reach out to race fans by continuing our Race
Nites with Larry Reese/Lisa Hammer which was so well received last
year. It will be held again this year in Fremont, Findlay, Tiffin,
Lima etc. We want to make the drivers accessible to the fans in an
atmosphere where there is no competition or interference of any
kind. Pictures taken by Larry at these events will be posted on my
web site and the interviews will heard on Racing World between ten
and noon! We need your cooperation by inviting your friends to these
Race Nites... to get them "hooked on racing"... that will benefit
all the race tracks in northwest Ohio.
3. One of my "past concerns" is how we prepare race fans for a night
of racing. I recently attended a NFL Football game featuring the
Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals. They started their "pregame
promo" a hour and a half before kickoff. I have always thought this
is a prime time for promoting and teaching the fans about the sport.
Racing World's Ryan Bush will try to organize a WFIN Radio Booth for
pre-race interviews, autograph sessions and asking fans to do some
"bench racing" with us before the "time trials". New fans need to
appreciate the sport which is "more caught than taught"... I mean by
that... they need to get into the spirit of things before racing
guru's start explaining the many facets of racing! We need the fans
to show up and "set the tone" for the best dirt track racing in the
country! Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated."Nothing great has ever
been established without great enthusiasm! These pre-race
festivities again... will be done before the marquee events this
year at Attica, Fremont, Limaland and Eldora! More details later!
4. Someone said "Correction does much but encouragement does much
more"! I believe we as fans need to be more animated!! When an
announcer, like Brian Liskai, ends a interview with the winner...we
need more noise to let the drivers really know we appreciate all the
time and talent they have invested to make these race cars go. We
need more clapping, more stomping, more noise makers, somebody
"blasting away" on a trumpet..raising the noise level... showing we
that we have "the spirit" to make racing successful as we compete
with so many other forms of entertainment. We need to learn how to
compete for the entertainment dollar that will be strained more than
ever this year when the economy is less than what we would like it
5. And Just one MORE thing...if you are an avid fan of some race car
driver...BUT THEIR STINKING MERCHANDISE, the stands should be a
literal "color-fest" reflecting the various colors on the cars
themselves. I mean buy that stuff the first night of racing and WEAR
IT! When I go to see the Cleveland Browns play...the stands are a
sea of Brown....when I go to Detroit a sea of blue! Let's go for it
this summer fans...you guys "make the difference" whether this going
to be a good summer or a "so-so summer"...by how you bring your
friends...by the enthusiasm you show...by the colors you wear! You
always make the difference..so get reved up...and let's go racing!
My Best to the many drivers as you prepare for this season of
racing..."Keep turning left and stay out of trouble"....because it
is ALWAYS "FUN TO WATCH YOU RUN"!
Greetings All Racing Fans!
I can't believe that we are wrapping up yet another year of racing!
Because it is Thanksgiving...I thought I would write a "thank you
note" to some of those who have helped me with Racing World. I first
want to thank all the race fans who listen to Racing World each
week. It is quite humbling that you have been so faithful in tuning
in for so many years! You are the secret to the success that racing,
in general, has experienced the past summer in northwest Ohio and...
I trust we never take you for granted. Racing World's Arbitron
rating still is in number one slot for radio programming in our area
between 10 and Noon! We are thankful for the reported thousands who
listen in on WFIN each Saturday and the hundreds who catch us on
WFIN.com! We are so grateful and thankful! I want to thank John
Wells for all his reports from all across the country...it gives the
program the needed variety that is needed to give each program a
"life of its own" in that you never know quite what to expect when
you listen to this program that is now approaching 15 years of
broadcasting. I want to thank Lisa Hammer for bringing in the
"feminine touch" with so many interviews that emphasize the growing
role of women in our sport! She has been such a boost to the
program! Then...I want to thank Larry Reese for organizing all the
Race Nites that we have done the last year. He has done such a nice
job! I love his effort because it really gets me, as host,
acquainted with all the "grass roots" racers who may not frequent
"victory lane" but yet they are the reason this sport keeps going!
The picture gallery on this web site is unique primarily because of
Larry's effort and talent. Also...I want to thank all the drivers
who have given me so many interviews through the years and have been
so gracious about it I want thank all my sponsors who "pay the
freight" so that we can do all that we do to promote, promote,
promote the sport of Sprint Car racing that we all love and enjoy!
Finally... thanks goes to WFIN who "turned me loose" when I
initially suggested doing a racing show...they have been so patient
with me which I so appreciate Thanks everybody and have an enjoyable
Thanksgiving as you remember "Gratitude is the best attitude"!
"Keep Turning Left...and stay out of trouble"!
Host of Racing World
As I seen it from the Press Box...
As we close out another racing season I was impressed with four
young drivers that will rise to the top as their careers continue to
blossom! I like 16 year old Cale Conley from the Carolina's...man
has this kid got potential.. or what? He ran up front nearly every
race I saw him in last summer. He is so good in the corners! He is a
quiet kid who has a real "car jockey" build at about 5'4" and maybe
130 pounds but he has all the makings of being a real good sprint
car diver someday soon. He reminds of a young Jeff Gordon who could
very well be in NASCAR by the time he is 20. He is as good off the
track as he is on the track and will be a good role model for all
the youth to see...which we desperately need today!
Then second of all there is Caleb Helms which is a third generation
driver! I don't know anybody who does not like this kid who are more
than willing to give him a "helping hand"...from Mike Lindner to
Greg Wilson to Chad Kemenaugh. They all want this kid to succeed and
why not...he is so humble which is refreshing to see around the ole
race track where ego's seem to abound. I will never forget when he
and Cale "duked it out" at Eldora...Caleb was ahead of Cale
but...try as he would...Cale could not get around his fellow 16 year
old despite the fact that Helms has ever been on that track. Good
kid ...with a Dad Shane as his top wrench... who cares!
Then their is couple of young ladies that impressed me. Jessica
Zemken who raced recently at Eldora Speedway subbing for Dale Blaney/Hammons
team! (nice gesture big guy!) She has done well with the World of
Outlaws and Canada..caught Ron's eye and gazame there she is sitting
in the blue 6 car. She is a superb interview with a nice personality
and a vocabulary to match. This girl is so smooth both off and on
the track. So....as I stationed myself at the base of turn one at
Eldroa this lady had complete control of the car and was fascinating
to see her adjust to Eldora for the first time. She was amazing...go
get em girl!
And then the girl I have talked about so much on Racing World...
Paige Polyak who was the first woman ever to win at Fremont! The
thing I like about Paige is her background in sports! She has been a
leader both in basketball and baseball at Fremont High School. She
knows how to compete and will be a real credit to the racing in
Northwest Ohio no matter where she runs. This is a kid you don't
want to miss before she starts running weekends elsewhere. I love
her spirit and her guts to run into the corner's...and to go
side-by-side with anyone who gets in her path. She is going to be
interesting to watch! She again is from Fremont which has put out so
many quality sprint car divers...but this is the female to really
get my attention...and again I say...go get 'em girl..."It's fun...
to watch you run"!
Until Next time race fans...keep turning left...and stay out of
Your Racing World Host
PS Dont forget racing fans...Limaland Banquet October 17; Fremont
Banquet November 21 and the Attica Banquet Novenber 28th,,,be there!
A Fan's Perspective - John Wells
Ever since the word came out that the great open-wheel civil war was
over, we've heard analysis from all over the TV, newspapers, and
magazines. But Racing World has always been more about the fan, so
Dwight asked me to give you the fan's perspective on the recent
unification of Indy-style racing. It sounded like a pretty easy
assignment for such a dedicated fan of open-wheel racing as I.
Here's the problem – WHICH fans?
There are a lot of different types of fans that like Indy cars. Some
of them still remember and love the roadsters of the '50's and
'60's. For them, Vukovich, Sachs and Foyt will never be replaced.
Others idolized Ayerton Senna and revere Formula 1 as the pinnacle
of motorsports. Some of them wouldn't walk across the street to
watch a road course race, while others think ovals are for those who
don't care to learn how to drive.
The differences of opinion don't stop at drivers or tracks. We have
high-tech vs keep-it-simple, all-American vs international, and beer
& peanuts vs wine & cheese. Everyone is passionate about his or her
favorites, but all these differences slice thin an already smallish
pie of fans. And all the while, NASCAR fans continue to shake their
heads in bemusement and disinterest, and their empire grows
But before you pass harsh judgment on the Indy car crowd, consider
this… Most of you reading this are probably short track fans. We
short track fans are famous for our passion and notorious for
sometimes being a bit narrow-minded about what we like to watch.
What if… this coming season the promoters and sanctioning bodies
decided that, due to struggling attendance and fan interest, we'll
only have one race per weekend, with alternating tracks and classes
of cars. On opening weekend, we'll watch 410 winged sprints at
Attica, followed the next week by USAC midgets at Waynesfield. Next
up would be late models at Eldora, followed by non-winged sprints on
the pavement at Mansfield. Next month, we'll start with a modified
invitational at Fremont, then it's on to the big SCCA national event
Sure, you'll have to attend different types of tracks to watch
different types of racing driven by some drivers you don't know or
care for. But look at the bright side… the national media (who
rarely watch, let alone report on your type of racing) all say that
this is the only thing that can save short-track racing!
Now you know how I feel about “unification.” I'm a serious Indy Car
Series fan, but oddly enough, I feel sorry for the Champ Car fans,
too, because they're also losing a part of what they love. Despite
the reports of glee and harmony by the media, many fans on both
sides of the aisle see Indy-style racing moving further away from
what they prefer.
Yet most of us also can't deny that we weren't doing very well on
our own. CART went bankrupt and Champ Car wasn't far from it. The
IRL was surviving, but the original vision was gone. With a shortage
of ovals that could run their events profitably, they had to turn to
road and street courses to fill out their schedule. And with short
fields of cars and stars defecting to NASCAR, the future was not
secure. So, while the hard cores on both sides will never accept
unification, most of us realize (some grudgingly) that it needed to
How to watch a sprint car race- Tim Clagg
Many people who are not racing fans have the idea that racing is
just cars going around in a circle. If you have this kind of
attitude about racing it's more then likely you won't enjoy it.
There are many different factors that go into how to watch a race.
1. If you are a first time fan going to a sprint car race you should
either go with someone who goes to the races regularly or sit next
to someone in the stands who can help you with some of the common
things in racing. This way if the first time fan has any questions
he/she can have them answered by someone who is a regular fan of the
2. During qualifying watch each individual sprint car in the
corners. You can tell where each driver gets on the brakes and picks
up the throttle out of the corner. This is very important in
qualifying. However it also transfers over to the race and you will
see where each driver is good at on the race track.
3. During the heat races and actual A-main feature first time fans
just tend to watch the lead car in the race and nothing else. The
fan needs to watch every car throughout the field. A majority of the
time fast cars get stuck in the back for heats or features and you
have a mixture of fast cars in the back and slower cars in the front
to start the race this makes for some very exciting racing.
4. Watch some of the lines drivers take into the corners some
drivers like to drive high and some drivers like to run the bottom.
During the course of the night the lines change and drivers have to
guess at the right time when the “groove” is changing and adjust to
the changing conditions.
5. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish lapped cars and cars on the
lead lap this is another reason why you have to watch everything
throughout the field to see who is on the lead lap and who is not.
If you have a problem finding out who is running where in the field
most tracks have a scoreboard in the infield of the top 5 running
order this helps out fans of all kind immensely. Also on the
scoreboard is a lap counter this helps everyone keep track of how
close the race is to the end. This is a very good tool for race fans
cause most of us lose track throughout the course of the race what
lap they are actually on.
6. One of the most important thing also is the announcer, if you are
not a new fan and don't know a lot of the drivers the announcer does
a good job telling the fans who is in every car during the race so I
suggest new fans try and listen to the announcer so they can start
putting names with the racecars.
These are all of the things you have to focus on when watching a
race. If you do all of these things I guarantee that new fans will
fall in love with racing and keep coming back. To quote a friend of
mine Dwight Allen “there is nothing like a sprint car coming out of
turn 4 and kicking dirt up in the stands.” I couldn't agree anymore
when you go to a sprint car race for the first time you then become
infected with the racing disease!