There will be something for nearly everyone at Hoosier Park this weekend starting with a huge Friday night card.
Of course on Friday much of the attention will rightfully go to the Dan Patch Invitational with a really great horse in Sweet Lou heading an outstanding field.
But leading up to that race will be a series of three races called the East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge. In that competition, five drivers from the East Coast will go up against five drivers who are calling Hoosier Park home.
The winning team will take home its share of $20,000.
Team East consists of John Campbell, Aaron Merriman, Ron Pierce, Corey Callahan and Tyler Buter. The Team Midwest will have as its members, Trace Tetrick, Tyler Smith, Sam Widger, Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber.
The Challenge takes places over races 7 through 9. Each driver gets points based on his finish in those three races. Drivers and horses are paired up randomly. At the end of Race 9, the winning team will be crowned.
"This is going to be a lot of fun," Wrenn said. "They are going to be tough to beat, that is for sure, but it's going to be a great night of racing the entire night. I know we are all looking forward to it."
If it is anywhere near as enjoyable as the Drivers' Championship competition, the fans will get into it.
Campbell is a Hall of Fame driver and is the all-time money leader in harness racing history. He has earned $287 million and has wins in almost every major stakes race in the country. He is one of only 10 drivers in North America with more than 10,000 wins.
The drivers involved in this competition will be available for autographs at 4 p.m. near the winner's circle.
That isn't an end to the weekend festivities. On Saturday, there will be a pair of celebrity races for charity at 2:30 p.m., followed by a card of racing leading up to a concert by the Grammy-winning group Little Big Town.
As the first official act of my vacation on Saturday, I will take part in the celebrity races and a big thank you to Hoosier Park for the invitation.. I have several HP drivers that I know pretty well and am hoping that one of them will team with me to get a victory. In my four previous outings, I have one win, one place, one show and one time off the board.
I invite area sports fans to come out one or both days for a pair of excellent racing cards.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh's columns appear twice weekly.