The offseason can be a dreadful time for the racing fan. Unless you like German touring cars, motocross or snowmobile racing, there has never been a fix for the racing fan during the cold of Winter. Sure there’s the Chili bowl and the Ice bowl. But those are isolated races. For the race fan that has a desire to see door to door racing on a nearly weekly basis, there has never been that kind of fix in the winter. Enter Arena racing.
Born in Paterson, N.J., in November 1902, Roscoe Hough raced – and won – in most of the 50 states and three countries during his long career. Although he made over 500 starts in cars of all kinds, winning a NASCAR Short Track Division championship in 1951, it’s probably as a car owner that Hough made his biggest mark.
I decided to do something different and give all of you a firsthand glimpse into what a typical race week at Charlotte can be like. While fellow Frontstretchers Toni Heffelfinger and Tom Bowles covered the race at the track, I covered the week from a fan’s perspective and can offer you a great view of what went on.
Rusty Wallace’s unofficial pet project has come to fruition, as this past weekend marked the official opening of Iowa Speedway. Rusty helped design the track, and was instrumental in securing the financing necessary to make the track a reality.