Good Morning and happy Monday! Both sessions of the NTPA Wolverine State hook at Hillsdale, MI are presented. Hillsdale's days are numbered as a sloped, sandy horse racing surface. A new clay track is being built where the stage once was. This track was like a tunnel and almost under the grandstand roof it was so close. Watching the drivers tackle a challenging surface in such intimate confines was something special. The fact that this event is last of the season also meant plenty of out-of-staters show up to run it. We fear the place will lose some of its charm with the new track and some of the pullers we have spoken with agree. So sit back and watch how-it-used-to-be!
It's hump day!!! Depending on where in the country you are, the weather probably sucks. It does here. You won't get anything done and Sidetracked is here to help with 2.5 hours of pulling to distract you even more.
Sometime in the mid-80s at a state-level hook in Delaware, ON the window was still open into major differences in mod-tractor setups. "The way forward" was not so clearly defined as it is now. Sure, the 6000 modifieds are impressive machines, but no where near as compelling as their lightweight ancestors were.
Digging through the archives some more and coming up with 1992 Wolverine State hook from Saline, MI.
Kind of a Joe Falls-type show... which is about as obscure of a cultural reference as you can get and really rather pointless... just like this episode.
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This morning we reached back into the high, dusty corner of the film vault to swat away the mothballs from a clip of the 1974 Western Farm Show in Kansas City to see some modifieds rattle the rafters... if you could hear them.
The Light Mods had disappeared from the GN level after the 1989 season, but had maintained a presence on the state level. Many of the heavy hitters of the day in Region 2 were pulling motors off to run it. We aren't sure why it died off, but it for sure has a place at the state level today where it could help revive dwindling rolls of tractors. If done properly, it could help to reestablish the ladder to Unlimiteds.
This episode is dedicated to Leo Burzyk.
Pulling season is now, this weekend there's action everywhere. Are we going to take racing in the direction of Total Recall? Does the loss of Englishtown, NJ from the NHRA schedule signal something broader about motorsports?