THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010 - The Sporting News Magazine's October 11th issue ranked the Top 400 cities in the United States when it comes to being a "sports town" and our hometown of Huntington was ranked in the Top 100. In fact, four West Virginia cities made the Top 400, including Charleston, Bluefield and Princeton where minor league baseball rules.
Huntington, home of Marshall University, Herd Racing, professional indoor football and in 2011 - Powerboat SuperLeague - was named the 96th best city in the U.S. for sports fans. Hopefully the addition of a great SuperLeague event in 2011 will help the city climb a few spots in next year's poll.
Three areas where we race powerboats on a regular basis, Pittsburgh, Memphis and the Cincinnati metro area, made the Top 100 list as well, Pittsburgh coming in 12th, Cincinnati 16th and Memphis 47th.
Meanwhile, Herd Racing's Nationwide Series driver Brett Rowe spent his weekend October 15 and 16 racing in the CRA Super Series season finale in Winchester, Indiana. While qualifying on the outside pole and leading the first eight laps of the 400-lap feature event, Brett blew a tire, hit the wall and finished well back in the pack. While Herd Racing wasn't part of the event, it was good to see Brett back behind the wheel of a stock car.
I'll be back next week with some news to report. See you then.