namars: Indianapolis Speedrome wrap up 2001-09-03

America's busiest little racetrack heads into the biggest weekend of our 60-year history with a full head of steam and a double handful of newly crowned champions. Noblesville's Billy Wease captured the regular season crown for ...

America's busiest little racetrack heads into the biggest weekend of our 60-year history with a full head of steam and a double handful of newly crowned champions.

Noblesville's Billy Wease captured the regular season crown for the NAMARS midget series as the high-schooler beat out over fifty open wheel veterans for the regional title. Second generation midgeteer Shane Hollingsworth grabbed the Kenyon Car championship to make an all-teenager sweep. Look for big things from these youngsters in the very near future.

When Billy George began racing at the Speedrome a Republican sat in the White House. His name was Eisenhower. George celebrated his second season championship in the Carmel Sod Modifieds clinching the crown with a second-place finish behind Rookie of the Year Cynthia Sizemore. Sizemore's historic finish marked a phenomenal season for the youngest child of Speedrome veteran Kenny Sizemore.

T. J. Sneva gets the win in the final Race City Auto Sales Legend Cars main but the series crown went to Doug Greig two weeks ago. Sneva marked a remarkable sophomore season in the spec racers with 3 feature wins. Rookie of the year honors went to Carl Hawkins over Chad Cory.

Mike Hadley had to call his father's hospital room from the Winner's Circle to tell him they'd taken the last feature and the 2001 Bandolero championship after a work accident kept dad from the track. The Yardarm Bomber Figure-8 crown went to Scott Settles with Ken Turnipseed, Jr. grabbing a pair of mains at the end of the year.

Kenny Sizemore's oldest child Rodney came close to snatching the Bryant's 76 Late Model crown from defending champ Bruce Tunny with a sweep of Saturday's features plus fast time. Tunny, Sizemore and Jack Dossey, Jr. dueled late in the 50-Lap Figure-8 feature before Sizemore sealed the win with a 3-length win at the checkered. Tunny scored enough points to lock up the championship going into Sunday's 1-Hour Figure-8 Enduro. Jack Dossey, Jr. was the class of the field as mechanical woes eliminated Tunny, Bobby Douthitt and early leader Fred Bear, Jr. in the 60-minute survival test. Dossey topped Bill Tunny, Jr., George Sutton, Wayne Arnold and R. J. Norton, Jr. for the win and the nod to take this week's World Championship 3-Hour Figure-8 Endurance Race. Keith Richee soldiered home for another respectable finish and Rookie-of-the-Year honors.

The Chuck's Race Car Parts Stock Championship went into its final two races with veteran Jack Smith playing catch-up to sophomore Speedy Teepe for the laurels. Smith struggled while Teepe cruised to the crown with Greg Snow and Bill Montag winning features. Montag's win was almost good enough to earn top Rookie honors but a solid finish by Chris Shrum I gave "Ol' Pappy" the honors over the "All-American" and Shrum's first post-season seat at the Speedrome's Victory Banquet.

Kerry Wright captured the final "A" Main in the rough-and-tumble Sunshine Cafe Roadrunner division and his first Speedrome championship. Wright was unbeatable in Sunday's 20-Lap big feature, coming from the tail of the 24-car field to lead in fifteen laps. Other mains over the weekend went to veterans Jerry Green, Mike Poynter, Sr., and Dean Smith; and to "newbies" Kenny McRee, Jr., James Syra, and Ron Crabtree.

The Speedrome racers head to their garages to prepare for this weekend's 3-Hour Figure-8 for a shot at the $25,000 top prize. A special preview Thursday evening plus the Roadrunners will give fans a chance to check out the "open-comp" setups on the cars and see who's got the goods for Saturday's big dance.

-IS

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Series Midget , Stock car
Drivers Billy Wease , Dean Smith , Jack Smith