The caption says it pretty well, but all around good guy, long time Florida racer and sprint car relative newbie Rex Hollinger has been a man hard at work at trying to keep his beloved Orlando SpeedWorld (OSW) alive and kicking. While this season has been a disastrous one for OSW, Rex recently got together with Ozzy Moya (the man in charge of the drag strip and the oval track) and his general manager Wade Rich.
The December 7 TBARA race is definitely confirmed, and Moya is working on the advertising plan for the race, to include television and radio advertising to the greater Orlando market. They have also printed up flyers for the TBARA race that they will hand out during the big “Night of Fire” event at the drag strip to try and get some crossover promotion going.
And since many of you have asked, yes, your pits wristbands from the TBARA rainout earlier this year will be honored.
There is also a big Crash-A-Rama event at OSW coming up on November 29 and Rex is working on getting a few sprint cars out there on display as the Crash-A-Rama events represent one of the few times (at least over the past few years) where OSW is packed to the gills with fans.
For 2014, OSW is going back to Friday nights, with big shows on Saturday nights, of which plans are to try and bring the TBARA in two or three times.
Pretty cool, eh?
But wait, there’s more!
As we’ve seen at a few sprint car events this year, sometimes the safety team on hand can be spotty or not as in tune with the needs of sprint car accidents as we would like. Well Rex has worked with OSW and they are bringing the equipment from the drag track over, which includes a fully equipped ambulance and two fire fighting trucks with water and foam.
So when you’re at New Smyrna this weekend for the TBARA race, why don’t you swing by the #85 open trailer that Rex pulls to the track and thank him for all of his hard work. Racers and fans alike owe him an atta boy.