For 20 years, the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association ended its season on Labor Day Weekend with several of those happening at the Richland County Fairgrounds.
This year the Sta-Bil Keeps Gas Fresh Finals will be Saturday as part of the Delaware County Fair. Eleven national championships will be earned in Delaware after an 18-race schedule this season.
Part of the weekend will be the induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame, as Kevin Penne and Mike Miller are the latest to get in. The USLMRA National Lawn Mower Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is found at Miller Lawn & Power in Marion.
Bobby Cleveland will be at the races with the lawn mower on which he set the world land speed record aboard in 2010 at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
• Finale: NAPA Wayne County Speedway ends its season Sept. 20 and 21 with a two-day blowout. All the regular divisions will be on track with the dirt trucks on the first day and mini wedges on the second day. Visit WayneCountySpeedway.com for details on the final event of the season at the Orrville dirt track.
• Two-fer: The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions will have a dirt oval doubleheader at Fremont Speedway this weekend.
The Jim Ford Classic will see sprint car aces go for $3,000 to win Friday and $10,000 to win Saturday. Points will be given in both races with the top points-getter gaining $1,500 and the Jim Ford Classic Cup, as money will be paid to the top 10.
• Racing Tonight: For those who need a racing fix in the middle of the week, Sandusky Speedway is the place to be. The asphalt oval will host the Main Event Outlaw Late Models with stocks and hobby stocks supporting the event. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for kids 6 to 12.
• Mopar Power: The Monster Mopar Weekend will be Friday through Sunday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. It is the largest all-Chrysler event in the Midwest.
Besides drag racing, fans can see car shows, a swap meet and vendor midway. Tickets are $20 for one day and $50 for the weekend. Children 12 and younger get in free.
• Indy Test: Graham Rahal and Ryan Briscoe spent a day last week testing IndyCars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Normally that’s not a big deal, but the two were trying to get a read on the road course inside the facility.
Speculation is the Izod IndyCar Series will have a road race at the venerable track possibly next spring ahead of the traditional Indy 500.
“I think everybody at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the whole organization is excited about the prospects, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this test,” track president J. Douglas Boles said.
The track has $100 million to invest in the facility and that could include upgrades and changes to the road course.
“Just as Daytona has a number of events leading up to the 500, why not Indianapolis with a road course race in early May?” team owner Bobby Rahal said, the 1986 Indy 500 winner. “I was very much a traditionalist until the stock cars came here. They’ve had Grand Prix races, Grand-Am races, bike races and even the mini-marathon. I understand why it’s become a multi-event facility. I’m all for it.”