Over the course of the next nine days, there will be a variety of racing action at Anderson Speedway that should delight area fans.

This Saturday is the Sports Clip Champion Racing Association’s Street Stock 200, which is part of the Five Crowns series-within-a-series, with the winner driving away with $3,000.

Since its inception several years ago, the Street Stock division drivers have delivered some of the most exciting racing on the high-banked, quarter-mile oval.

Competition among the top drivers in the field has been intense, with the outcome normally not known until the final laps are turned.

Brett Hudson is the defending Anderson Speedway race winner and scored a win at the opening Five Crowns event earlier this year in Ohio.

He is sure to face a tough challenge to repeat as the winner from local drivers Jacob McElfresh, Josh Poore, Jimmy and James Kirby, Jason Atkinson, Calvin Parham and other CRA competitors.

When I first moved to Indiana in 1973, some of the best racing in the state was sprint cars and midgets on pavement tracks like Anderson, Winchester, Salem and Lucas Oil Raceway.

Those days have disappeared but Anderson Speedway is reviving that form of racing with three Thursday Night Thunder events.

Of course, there is the annual running of the Pay Less Little 500 that this year attracted 50 entries for the nation’s richest pavement sprint car race.

The first of the Thursday Night Thunder events is set for June 21, starting at 7 p.m. Sprint cars, the Outlaw Figure 8s, K&M Tool & Die Mel Kenyon Midgets and Thunder Roadsters are on the racing card.

As of Tuesday, there are 18 sprint car teams entered for the 75-lap race that will pay the winner $3,000. At least three more are expected, and that number could continue to climb.

Kody Swanson, the Little 500 winner, is entered, along with two-time winner Brian Tyler and 2017 winner Kyle Hamilton.

But the entry list is loaded with drivers that can claim the win. Aaron Pierce, Caleb Armstrong, Jerry Coons Jr., CJ Leary, Shane Hollingsworth, Bobby Santos, Kyle O’Gara, Chris Neuenschwander and Chris Jagger are all entered.

Expect nine-time Little 500 champion Eric Gordon to be competing, along with Kevin Thomas Jr. and maybe two-time Little 500 winner Chris Window.

Anderson Speedway officials should be praised for their efforts to keep pavement sprint car racing alive.

The next two Thursday Night Thunder events are set for Aug. 2 and Sept. 6.

In other racing news: Ford put a spanking on Chevrolet at the NASCAR race in Michigan with the best bow tie finish being a ninth by Chase Elliott.

Ford drivers took seven of the top eight spots, with Stewart-Haas claiming all three podium spots.

Clint Bowyer won the rain-shortened race for his second win of the year; Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch rounded out the top three.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.