namars: Indianapolis Speedrome weekend wrap-up 2001-07-09

Another wild weekend at America's busiest little race track with fresh young faces and crafty veterans snag wins and season championship battles head for the end game. Some race teams are just hitting their stride and some have already hit...

Another wild weekend at America's busiest little race track with fresh young faces and crafty veterans snag wins and season championship battles head for the end game. Some race teams are just hitting their stride and some have already hit the wall as they prepare for the long, hot days of summer and the racing ahead.

Thursday, July 5 - The NAMARS Midget 500 lived up to expectations of being a race of survival with young Travis Miniea coming home on top in the wee hours of the morning. A major pile-up when the 33-car starting field took the green led to a big shake-up and the loss of some major players.

Miniea outran fast qualifier Rick Treadway, Speedrome champs Michael Lang and Daryl Campbell and 29 other midgeteers for the $10,000 first prize.

Friday, July 6 - The Speedrome history books received a new entry as Greenwood, Indiana's Cynthia Sizemore claimed the Carmel Sod Modifieds feature over 3-time winner Chad Warweg and points leaders Jim Begley, Billy Boyer and Billy George. Sizemore's win was the first for a woman in the Modifieds at the Speedrome and the first for a rookie this season. Later in the evening points leader Roch Richardson claimed his second win of the year in the Race City Auto Sales over his teammate and points leader Doug Greig. Scott Settles continues to romp in the Yardarm Bomber Figure-8's, Dakoda Armstrong held off his little brother Caleb for a win in the Bandoleros and the Sunshine Cafe Roadrunner main went to Barry White.

Saturday, July 7 - The 25th Annual Triple-8 Championship for the Bryant's 76 Late Models produced three winners in three races and a lot of surprises and hard lessons. The unique event challenges the division with 3 50-lap runs: a clockwise right turn oval, counter-clockwise left turn oval and a Figure-8. The "wrong way" clockwise oval win went to Fred Bear, Jr.; Bill Tunny, Jr. grabbed the "normal" oval run and points leader Bruce Tunny scrambled from the tail of the field to take the Figure-8. The other divisions run their races clockwise with Joe Sheedy winning in the Chuck's Race Car Parts Stocks and Herb Carson and Vernon Schmidt II taking Sunshine Cafe Roadrunner mains.

Sunday, July 8 - Mother Nature was unkind to the Go-Karters of the Indiana Speedway Pavement Series as rain shut down the afternoon run midway through practice.

Racing continues this weekend starting Thursday with the NAMARS Midgets and Kenyon Midgets. Friday the Baby Grand Stock Cars join the Modifieds, Legend Cars, Bomber Figure-8's, Roadrunners and Bandoleros. Saturday marks the return of the Late Models on the oval and the "8" , Stocks and Roadrunners. Sunday evening Round 2 of the Hutchison Signs Red, White & Blue Outlaw Stock Figure-8 Series goes green with racers from tracks all over the midwest. A special Roadrunners' Series and Chuck's Race Car Parts Powder Puff Challenge fill the card for the evening. For all four nights pit gates open at 4PM, Spectator gates open at 5PM, Time Trials run at 6PM and racing starts at 7PM.

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Series Kart , Midget , Stock car
Drivers Rick Treadway , Travis Miniea , Dakoda Armstrong