Thursday Night Thunder back at Indy Speedrome

"Thursday Night Thunder" Back! Speedrome Switches To Thursday Nights in 2005 USAC's "Thursday Night Thunder" captivated America's racing attention in the 1980s and 1990s, developing new talent like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kenny...

"Thursday Night Thunder" Back!
Speedrome Switches To Thursday Nights in 2005

USAC's "Thursday Night Thunder" captivated America's racing attention in the 1980s and 1990s, developing new talent like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Mike Bliss and John Andretti. This year, presented by Traderindiana.com and Wheels and Deals, it returns at the Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedrome, which has switched its "open-wheel" scheduling from Wednesdays to Thursdays.

Following a year in which champions included USAC's initial female titlist (Sondi Eden), USAC's youngest champ (Dakoda Armstrong) and a second-generation king (Brice Kenyon), the 1/5-mile paved oval will again host Regional Midget, Ford Focus Midget and Kenyon Midget competition on a weekly basis from May 5 through August 3. In addition, the May 26 events will also award points toward the National Midget Championship and the Midwest Ford Focus title.

A special "open practice" is slated at the Indianapolis oval on April 27 from 4 pm to dark and the 14-week series debuts the following Thursday night, May 5.

The series finales will actually be held on a Wednesday night, August 3, the week of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Eden is the defending champion of the Regional Midget Series, while Armstrong is the defending champion in the Kenyon Midgets. Brice Kenyon has moved to New Zealand, creating an opportunity for a brand-new Ford Focus Champion at the Indianapolis oval.

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Series USAC
Drivers John Andretti , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Mike Bliss , Dakoda Armstrong