It was an evening of extreme speed and thrills during Dan Patch Night Saturday, June 26. Presented by the membership of the Indiana Standardbred Association, numerous activities took place, including a BBQ contest before the races and an extreme motorsport prize, which was won by Anderson native Michael Stohler.
Following the races, Stohler's name was chosen from all of the entries for the Xtreme Motorsports Giveaway, which included the choice of a super sport bike, Sea Doo Jet Ski, or $10,000 in cash. Stohler had 10 days to decide which prize he would take home, but was leaning toward the cash option.
"I think I'll probably take the cash," said Stohler. "When I was younger, I probably would have gone for the bike, but the cash will come in handy. I also just won $1,000 in the Extreme Cash Giveaway last Sunday (June 19) so it's been a good couple of weeks."
Retired from Delco, Stohler is a distant cousin to trainer-driver Trent Stohler, who had a winner on the card earlier that evening. Ultimate Velocity took home top honors in the $25,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, her fifth win in six starts for 2010. She was driven to victory by Jason Dillander in the race that gave her a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3, just three-fifths of a second off the track record for older pacing mares. Shania and driver Tim Curtin set the mark in 1998 in a time of 1:51.0.
"I don't really follow racing, but I am a distant cousin to Trent," said Stohler. "My mother lives a few houses down from his training center in Markleville and I see them out there working with their horses all the time. I came out to the races tonight just to enter the drawing for the prize, and I watched Trent's horse on the television screen. So, it was a nice way to spend the evening."
In addition to the giveaways throughout the night, several activities were held prior to the races. Six local BBQ establishments had their products available for samples in two categories. Members of the Fab Five Drivers served as judges for the event, judging both chicken and pork submissions. Representing the group included Ricky Macomber, Trace Tetrick, Joe Putnam, and Mike Peterson.
In both categories, Southern Yankee Bar-B-Q of Anderson, Ind. earned top honors, taking home the grand prize of $750 for each division and the largest trophies. The Pitt Barbeque & Grill, located on Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Anderson, finished second in the contest followed by Whiskey River BBQ, which is located in Waverly, Ind.
Both Southern Yankee BBQ and Whiskey River BBQ will have booths open during the Independence Day celebration at Hoosier Park Sunday, July 4th. Live racing begins at 1 p.m. followed by a concert on the outdoor stage by Corey Cox of Pendleton, Ind. Cox, a former baseball player at Anderson University, will begin his performance at 5:30 p.m.
The highly-energetic country group Lo Cash Cowboys will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. followed by a huge fireworks display set to music at approximately 10:15 p.m. Also, several activities for younger fans will be available, including a bungee trampoline and the Wrecking Ball bounce challenge.