Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Labor Day weekend sprints and fireworks at Baer Field Speedway

FORT WAYNE — After a week off, stock car racing returns to Baer Field Speedway on Saturday, featuring the HOSS Outlaw Winged Sprints, fireworks, spectator races and a full slate of racing.

The HOSS sprints will be joined by the NAPA late models and modifieds, street stocks, mini stocks and front wheel drives. Fans also are invited to bring their street cars onto the track for the final spectator races of the season.

With three races remaining on the 2011 schedule, the point battles remain tight in in the NAPA Late Models and Modifieds. Justin King leads 2010 runner-up Dean Cook by just eight points in the late models, with 2009 champion Derek Hoffman in third and Gold Cup winner Neal Richardson in fourth. Oliver Fitzwater is fifth, while Al Cook Jr., Tim Howard, Alex Vonderau, Chad Richardson and Scott Stovall round out the top-10. In the modifieds, three-time defending champion Jeremy Wallen holds a 48-point lead over Pete Wormcastle. John Gatton Jr. sits third, followed by Ron Stine, Mike Mayes, Russ Miller, Mike Bufink, Ralph Baxter III, Scott Coe and Mike Miller.

The street stocks have Larry Vandall continuing to enjoy a large lead over Alex Vonderau with Jan Long in third ahead of Brandon Barcus, Shawn Bonar, Frank Casagrande, Joe Kunberger, Josh Perkins, Alan Fox and Shane Brumfield. In the mini stocks, Jake Hinton is in the midst of a nine-week winning streak and leads Brad McBride by 65 points. Kevin Howard, Dale Moses and Kameron Lindlag complete the top five. Bobby Smith leads the Front Wheel Drive points over Tristan Crago, R.J. Weick, Lee Gillingham and Dave Fisher.

Spectator gates will open at 4 p.m., with qualifying at 5:30 p.m., and racing at 7:30 p.m.. Adult admission is $18; children 7-12 are $5; and 6-and-under are free. There is free parking. Rainchecks from Aug. 13 or Aug. 20 will be credited toward admission for this show, with spectators allowed to make up the difference in the value of their tickets versus this week’s gate prices.

The season will conclude with another $20 Car Load Night and the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Saturday, Sept.10, and the Sunuco Season championships on Saturday, Sept. 24, featuring the two NAPA 50-lap races.

Baer Field Speedway is located just south of Fort Wayne. Take Bluffton Road just south of Fort Wayne International Airport to Winters Road and follow the signs. Race Day phone is 260-478-7223.

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