For The Tribune
Nestled quietly amidst the ever familiar sounds of the county fair rests an attraction that is ready to bring its own thunder to the grounds. and crown its own grand champions.
The brilliant skyline of the midway and setting sun will lay backdrop to Brownstown Speedway as it hosts racing events Thursday and Saturday evenings this week.
“Thursday Thunder” kicks off the prestigious two nights of racing on the quarter-mile dirt oval with Indiana Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Hornets all on the schedule for the evening.
Last season Chad Stapleton, Devin Gilpin, Matt Boknecht, and Greg Garrison all found Victory Lane during the Thursday night portion of the fair.
All of last year’s winners are expected back this year to defend their titles, with the exception of Gilpin, who is traveling with the Southern Nationals Series, where he is currently leading the points battle.
The Jackson County Grand Champion Fair Race is set for Saturday night.
The event also will serve as the 4th Annual Paul Crockett Memorial for the Super Late Model division.
Cody Mahoney won last year’s race and is expected to be in attendance to defend his title.
Seymour’s Jeremy Hines also is a past winner of this event and is among the favorites as he looks to become the first two-time winner.
Also on the schedule for Saturday night will be UMP Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Pure Stocks.
Last year Joe Godsey, Jason Hehman and Jim Ruddick claimed victories in their own respective divisions.
Two Seymour drivers currently sit atop the points standings coming into this week’s events and are among the favorites to win.
Jamey Wilson holds a 65 points lead against Seymour’s David Brewer in the Super Stock division.
Seymour’s Jim Ruddick currently leads the points standings in the Pure Stock division.
General admission for these events will be $15 for adults, while children 6 to 12 are $2. Admission for children under age 6 will be free.
Free parking and covered grandstands are among the amenities available to spectators.
For more information, please visit jacksoncountyfair.org or brownstownspeedway.com.