A four-day speedfest at America's busiest little race track wraps up with a lot of new faces in Victory Lane and some determined teams digging in their heels for the 2001 season championships. The Thursday night NAMARS midget program prepared...
A four-day speedfest at America's busiest little race track wraps up with a lot of new faces in Victory Lane and some determined teams digging in their heels for the 2001 season championships.
The Thursday night NAMARS midget program prepared for a 2-week Speedrome hiatus with Daryl Campbell winning the NAMARS main. Campbell once lived just a few blocks from the track and works at the Navistar plant down the street so it was "Old Home Night" for the midgeteer. Terry Goff captured the UMRA-TQ portion of the program.
Friday night featured a packed pit with seven divisions and over 150 race cars in attendance. Carmel Sod Modifieds sophomore Billy Boyer snagged his first feature of 2001 and helped shake up the season points once again. Rodney Smith grabbed the Race City Auto Sales Legend Car main for the second week. James Robertson beat partner Tony Sanders to the line for the Bandoleros win and Scott Settles triumphed in the Yardarm Bomber Figure-8.
The Speedrome's Bryant's 76 Racing Fuels Late Models joined the card for the Brickyard weekend and gave the fans an eyeful. Early in the 25-lap oval main past champion Wayne Arnold ended up on the hood of rookie Bill Ellis and wedged against the wall with three other cars. Amazingly both cars drove to the pits from the scene and Arnold later finished third in the 35-Lap Figure-8. Jeff Hizer scored the win after the dust had settled for his first feature of the season. R. J. Norton, Jr. held off defending champ and 2001 points leader Bruce Tunny for the Figure-8 main event.
Chuck's Race Car Stocks gave the crowd their money's worth as a last lap duel set up a ten-car pile-up underneath the checkered flag. Hard-working Gary Wray came home the winner ahead of teammate Brad Kendall who had led at the white flag. Corey Turner slithered in for third ahead of Joe Sheedy who lost a tire in the melee and just made it across the line. Wray's and Kendall's cars were so damaged that Wray had to take his victory lap as a passenger in another car.
Newlywed Casey Victery has set his sights on the Sunshine Cafe Roadrunner Championship and stormed to the win in Fiday's "A" main to take the series points lead. Chad Kerr captured his first feature in the back-up "B" feature.
Saturday kicked off in the summer heat with a practice session that saw several Late Model competitors experimenting with new set-ups in their quest to overtake Bruce Tunny for the 2001 championship. At the end of the night it was Rodney Sizemore capturing the "8" over a re-charged Bobby Douthitt, Norton, Tunny and Arnold. Norton grabbed his first oval main of the season ahead of Arnold and rookie David Reel.
The Stockers ran their shows on the Speedrome's historic figure-8 course with Corey Turner starting last but finishing first in the 21-car field. Turner had missed practice and qualifications while fixing damage from Friday night's program. Charlie Hargraves grabbed a personal best second over Al Fullenkamp and Joe Sheedy.
Sunshine Cafe Roadrunner mains went to James Huffman, Brian Canter and Jesse Cothron.
The weekend wrapped up on a lighter note as the families and friends of the Indiana Speedway Pavement Series for go-karts brought the real low-riders of racing to the fifth-mile oval. In the end Chuck Clark, Bruce McKinley, Brad Honey, Adam Kramer, Brandon McMurtrey and Melissa Asher were holding the winner's trophies. McKinley was the fastest kart over-all with a 13.697 seconds lap. Pre-teen karting phenom Jeff Bland, Jr. had set fast time for the Restricted Junior class and had dominated the previous races but Adam Kramer pulled off the big upset out-dueling Bland to the checkered.
In all over 1000 race laps and over 300 racers.....Not bad for a little ol' bullring on Indy's East side.
Upcoming events - No midget action this weekend as NAMARS prepares for a swing up to Wisconsin - - - Friday, August 10 - Modifieds, Legend Cars, Bandoleros, Bomber Figure-8's, Roadrunners - - - Saturday, August 11 - Stocks, Late Models, Roadrunners, Pepsi Kids Bike races for kids 12-15 years-old - - - Sunday, August 12 - Hutchison Signs Red, White & Blue Series wraps up with Out of control, Out-side the rules, Out-of -town Outlaw Stocks in a 76-Lap Figure-8 feature. Roadrunners wrap up their championship round for the series and the Chuck's Race Car Parts Stocks crowns the 2001 Queen of Speed.