Indianapolis Speedrome race report 2001-08-12

Three champions were crowned Sunday at the Indianapolis Speedrome as the 2001 Hutchison Signs Red, White & Blue Series wrapped up. Louisville, KY's Artie B. Ware claimed the crown of King of the Weekend Warriors in the 76-Lap Outlaw Stock...

Three champions were crowned Sunday at the Indianapolis Speedrome as the 2001 Hutchison Signs Red, White & Blue Series wrapped up.

Louisville, KY's Artie B. Ware claimed the crown of King of the Weekend Warriors in the 76-Lap Outlaw Stock Figure-8 winning the third and final race over Anderson, IN's Doug Riddle, Indy's Jimmy Kirby and Anderson's Mike Riddle. Brian Canter used the high side of the race track to triumph in the Roadrunner cars taking the final round and Bill Hutchison's bonus trophy while Melinda Luttrell proved she is the Speedrome's Queen of Speed in Chuck's Race Car Parts Powder Puff Challenge.

Ware came into the night leading the series but not assured of victory until late in the race. Indy's Rodney Sizemore, Memphis,IN's Dale Shelton and the Riddle brothers of Anderson were all in striking distance of the series win and primed for a hard fight. Ware, after years of scrapping in the trenches of the figure-8 wars at the Jeffersonville Sportsdrome and Louisville Motor Speedway, hoped the series would mark his arrival in figure-8 racing's big-time at the heart of figure-8 racing. When the dust settled there were a lot of twisted fenders and a few hot heads but Ware sat in the winner's circle. Sizemore suffered axle failure and fell out early in the race but managed to return later, both Riddles led for part of the race but late contact in traffic knocked Mike out of contention and Doug was just off the pace. Shelton had the toughest time of the leaders after missing qualifications with transmission failure. Shelton came from the tail of the 27-car to lead briefly only to tangle with a backmarker and drop out with a flat tire in the closing laps.

Brian Canter climbed to the outside early in the 20-lap finale for the Roadrunner portion of the Red, White & Blue championship and found of the field just past halfway. Doug Watt had led the series since the opening event but could muster only a third in the last race and lost the championship by four points.

The last time the Chuck's Race Car Parts Powder Puff Challenge hit the track they hit it pretty hard. What was traditionally a novelty event of nervous amateurs turned into a 20-car free-for-all that was shortened by five laps and prompted a change in the format for the final run. The final event featured three heat races that set up a 9-car, 10-lap main. Former Speedrome Roadrunner racer Melinda Luttrell snagged Sunday's show and the series championship over Dottie Swatts, Jennifer Scott and Marcella Todd, who claimed second in the series.

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