Old tracks with new names set to race
Dodge County, Mississippi Thunder open this weekend
By Jason Feldman
Two area race tracks with new names and new beginnings will try once again this weekend to get their seasons started.
Dodge County Speedway in Kasson and Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., both had scheduled their openers for last weekend. Both were pushed back to this weekend, for different reasons.
The track at Dodge County Speedway hasn’t changed. The 1/3-mile oval still sits on the Dodge County Fairgrounds, but after two up-and-down seasons as Kasson Speedway, the Dodge County name has been restored.
The season opener at Dodge County was set for this past Sunday, but was wiped out by rain, giving new track manager Mike Schubert another week to prepare for what he and many area drivers and fans hope will be a bounce-back season for the track.
Mississippi Thunder Speedway — formerly Tri-Oval Speedway — has been re-shaped into a more traditional3⁄8-mile oval, and new owner Bob Timm hopes the weather allows them to break in the track tonight.
Three special events are on Mississippi Thunder’s schedule for its inaugural season. The United States Modified Touring Series is scheduled to make two visits — May 25 and August 21 — while the DART Late Models challenge series is set for July 2. Championship night is scheduled for Aug. 28.
Arpin gets top-10 finish
Grand Meadow’s Steve Arpin got off to a rocky start last weekend at the Carolina 200 ARCA/ReMax Series event in Rockingham, N.C.
Arpin said he struggled with an extremely loose car most of the weekend, and qualified 27th, putting him on the inside of Row 14 in the starting grid for the 40-car race.
Arpin needed nine pit stops during the race before his No. 20 Toyota became "more drivable." He said a complete overhaul of the setup package helped, too, as he rallied to finish 10th on Sunday.
"Teamwork was the key," Arpin said. "We struggled with the car all day Saturday during practice and into qualifying. We decided to make wholesale changes before the race. … I can’t believe we pulled a top 10 out of it, but the guys showed what hard work and perseverance can do."
It was Arpin’s first time driving at Rockingham. He is scheduled to race in today’s ARCA/ReMax 250 at Talladega, Ala. Race time is scheduled for 4 p.m. and it will air live on SPEED.
Speed bumps …
The USMTS once again had to postpone shows due to inclement weather last weekend. All three Southern Series events were pushed back to early May. … The World of Outlaws sprint cars series — which will visit Deer Creek Speedway in August, for the first time ever — also ran into some rain last weekend. Jason Meyers picked up a $10,000 winner’s check on Friday at Paducah International Raceway, while three-time defending series champ Donny Schatz placed second. Rain wiped out a scheduled show at I-55 Raceway in Pevely (Mo.) on Saturday. … Jeff Smith and Chris Madden won WoO Late Models series features last weekend at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, Va.). The WoO Late Models will once again run in the Gopher 50 charity race at Deer Creek, on July 8.