Indianapolis Speedrome weekend wrap-up 2001-09-18

The leaves are falling and the regular season has ended but the racing rolls on at the Indianapolis Speedrome. The traditional Final Fling weekend of fun and thrills wrapped up with solid performances from some Speedrome veterans and some...

The leaves are falling and the regular season has ended but the racing rolls on at the Indianapolis Speedrome. The traditional Final Fling weekend of fun and thrills wrapped up with solid performances from some Speedrome veterans and some new faces in the Winner's Circle.

Friday's racing featured the return of Rodney Smith to the Front Row of the Legend ranks as he bested T.J. Sneva and others for the 25-Lap win. Tony Sanders romped in a cruise for the Bandoleros to round out the "Spec" division mains.

The Baby Grand Stock Cars are scheduled to be a weekly series next year and the Speedrome got a preview of what to expect as Kent Baledge passed former winner Danny Trent late in the run and held off past champ Don Napier for the win.

Jamie Brickley led the 25-lap oval for the Chuck's Race Car Parts until the fourth turn of the white flag lap when he encountered the slower Ken Casto and tried to put him a lap down. Jimmy Kirby and Charlie Hargraves saw an opportunity to jump Brickley and in the resultant melee Casto went for a ride, Kirby got the win by a bumper.

The Sunshine Cafe Roadrunners 20-Lap Feature was a walk in the park for 2001 Roadrunner Champ Kerry Wright as he triumphed over the returning Keith Taylor and Frank Hardcastle.

Saturday after the 3-Hour is traditionally when we start to see the groundwork for the following season laid. In NASCAR they call it the "Silly Season" as teams regroup and re-form, cars are bought and sold and drivers begin to move up in divisions.

It has also become a traditional showdown between the Late Model cars and the Modifieds in a classic "My car is faster than your car" challenge. Billy George proved he is the man to beat on the asphalt circle as he bested pole-sitters Jack Dossey, Jr. and George Sutton and the rest of a 23-car field. George's win marked an "all-Mod" podium as Jim Begley and Marshall Emberton, Jr. chased him to the line.

Dossey returned with a vengeance and snagged the win in the annual Team Figure-8 taking both the personal win and the team win with mates Kenny Stewart (3rd), Charlie Reed (6th), Bomber Figure-8 driver Scott Settles (11) and the venerable Dave Lewis (15th). The surprises of the event included an admirable performance from Settles in his Bomber and un-picked drivers Mark Daily, Jr. and Robert Downey, Jr. for 9th and 10th in their career best against the Late Models. The return of Dale Knauss and Donnie Sloan in the Late Models hinted at two more regulars for next season.

Kevin Williams had taken a year off from racing but returned with bells on as he ran off from the Stocks in their 25-Lap oval go. The debut of Roadrunner veterans Jimmy Curry and Mike Patterson plus the earlier appearance of RR men Rick Gillespie, Brian Canter, Ken Casto, Gary Matthes and others indicates a strong Stock Class for 2002.

Saturday's Roadrunner racing was a Tabor family reunion as Scott Tabor claimed the "A" Main and cousin Jerry Givens stole the "B". New teams and cars continue to show for the Speedrome's largest, most volatile division which should make next year another record breaker in car count.

This week's action features the Stock's and Roadrunners in a 100-lap oval on Saturday with qualifying races on Friday. The Legend cars and Bandoleros come out for one last game in 2001 on Friday night. We throw away the rulebook for Saturday's Open Competition 50-Lap Figure-8 and will be looking for a few visitors from down south or up north. Racing goes green at 7:00PM both nights.

-IS

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