Dayton Chatter
by: Jerry Wahl

Dayton, OH (May 1, 2013) -

Dayton, OH. - Finally, at last it is about time we dust off the keyboard and get back down to racing and checking out the area tracks. There is no need for me to elaborate on all the early season rainouts as most of you already know about them. For what it is worth and my opinion only, racing should not even be attempted around here until the first of May. Our seasons seem to be changing, summer weather lasting longer and winter/spring weather seems to linger longer.
 
Our first event was set for April 13 but that was only a good wish. We had hopes of viewing the 60th season opener from the confines of the cozy suites at Eldora Speedway on April 13 were marred by Ma Nature as the event was weathered out and not rescheduled.

 Oh well, on our next visit I'll be closer to the popcorn stand at least with all the other grandstand fans. 60 years, wow, that means it was 61 years ago I watched Earl Baltes carving out his first Eldora Speedway...My, my how the facility has changed. I vividly remember when Baltes first hosted USAC, man that was a big deal back then and in those days we didn't have all of these other sanctioning body's.
 
Mentioning other sanctioning body's, the World of Outlaws will be highlighted both Friday and Saturday night at the Big E this week. Wonder how many remember when the wall at Eldora use to say Home of the Sprint.
 
Last Saturday started out fairly decent for our first event of the season but the wind never let up at Shady Bowl and as the evening progressed so did the blistery cold wind. Surprisingly the crowd was pretty decent for DARF night but by the time the heats were completed I did something I never done before, I packed up and left. With two sweatshirts and heavy jacket on Ma Nature got the best of me and I departed for home. Certainly a first.
 
Considering this is early in the season the car count was pretty decent with by my count sixty nine cars checked in. This Saturday the Bowl presents the Bill Lewis Memorial 40 lap $1200 modified feature
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This time of year we usually start out being on our bandwagon about the Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club, better known as just DARF. What better way to save money on admissions and the chance to visit other tracks than to being a DARF member. For $15 for a full twelve month membership all fans in our area should take advantage of all the savings and become a member.
 
Among the tracks considered DARF Country Tracks are Anderson, Moler, Shady Bowl, BMI Indoor Speedway, Jackson County, Lawrenceburg, Flat Rock, Cridersville, Southern Ohio, Portsmouth, Winchester, Eldora, Limaland, Gas City, 35 Raceway, Columbus, Toledo, Waynesfield, Kil-Kare, and G&J Kartway. Some offer free admission such as Moler, Kil-Kare, Shady Bowl, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, Flat Rock, Toledo, 35 Raceway while others offer reduced admission.
 
A quick visit to www.darfnews.com will get you all the scoop on the club and dates. Members this week will be admitted free at Flat Rock and Moler so get on the bandwagon.
 
Well folks, gonna cut this one short as we continue to rid the dust from the keyboard, Your comments welcome at jlwahl@woh.rr.com.