A few big name teams arrived hoping to win the $25,010 purse. Names like Billy Moyer (no, we're not following him around on purpose!), Wendell Wallace, Shane Clanton, Chris Madden, and Steve Francis headlined the show.

As I walked around the pit area, I couldn't help but notice individual, elevated, homemade sky boxes, about 20 of them across the backstretch and around to Turn 1. Each one had the name of a team or sponsoring company painted on it.

This is exactly what I refer to as community support. Each of these companies must feel a unique connection to the track. Each has a "lease" on a piece of ground on the speedway property, and a great view of the races.

The races were very competitive and in the end, Mike Marlar from Winfield, Tennessee, bested Shane Clanton, Billy Moyer, and 70 other cars that showed up for the win. Mike has been on a rampage this summer, recording multiple wins and mostly Top 5 results when not wrecked or having engine problems. This is one up and coming driver in the top division of dirt track racing to watch.

The End of A Journey
And so, as we left the Columbus area, we felt several emotions. We were first of all exhausted and tired of traveling. But as we made our way toward Florida and home, we couldn't help but reflect on how unique this Tour has been and the great amount of friends we've made.

What we gained can't be fully explained here and so we will submit a full report on the whole of the Tour in the May issue of CT. But be sure that we took a whole lot away from this experience and were able to take in a ton of information that we still need to sort through. I call it information in the can-there when we need it.

I hope that we can successfully compile all of our experiences and observations into a composite review that will lend some insight into where our sport is and where it's going, at least in this particular region. And most of all, we hope to influence in a positive way where it ends up. Be looking for our final review of the entire 2010 AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour of the Southeast in the next issue.