One of my many serious mental issues is that I have a hard time throwing anything away. I genuinely enjoy looking through folders and stacks of my old stuff, reminiscing about how I got this or that, what I was doing that day, and what that experience meant to me. For the most part, I just do this alone, because no one really cares about my old experiences but me anyway.
Still, as I was looking through my big folder of old ticket stubs the other day and feeling nostalgic, I decided that there are other people that look at this site that have fond memories of these old racetracks, too. The ticket stubs themselves aren't much, but they do keep the memories alive. I pulled a few tickets out from the collection, and thought I'd share some thoughts about these places and events. If you have old racing memories from any of these, I welcome you to share them in the comments section at the end of the article.
The NASCAR All-Pro Series Late Model events at I-70 were legendary. The baddest, fastest, best short track drivers in the country made it a point to try and conquer I-70's treacherous tri-oval. Some local guys tried to mix their cars in with the big boys--few succeeded. Few of the hot shots succeeded either.
That ARCA race was also pretty special. I had always wanted to see a "Cup" race on that track, and this was the closest thing to it. They tore a lot of those up that day as well. But it was a great show. You'll never see anything like it on the big speedway in Kansas City, Kan., I'll promise you that.
The NASCAR Supertruck Series, as it was called back then, got its start racing on short tracks like I-70. They were great races, and a whole lot of fun to watch. I got to give the trophy to Tony Raines when he got Dodge its first major NASCAR win in more than 20 years at I-70. He then came back the next year and won it in a Ford.