America's busiest little race tracks wrapped up an exciting weekend of racing despite the best efforts of Mother Nature to send everyone home to their VCR's. Events in seven divisions over three days produced a lot of surprises and ...
America's busiest little race tracks wrapped up an exciting weekend of racing despite the best efforts of Mother Nature to send everyone home to their VCR's. Events in seven divisions over three days produced a lot of surprises and thrills.
Friday, June 1 -
The Carmel Sod Modifieds saw Chad Warweg take the feature win on Friday despite some hard racing from Doug Greig. Contact between the two started at the approach to Turn One with just a few laps left. Greig and Warweg tangled forcing Warweg inside of the turn marker technically knocking Warweg down one lap. On the exit of Turn Two Greig lost control starting a wild crash that took out Greig and six others including points leader Jim Begley. The red flag negated the drive into the infield putting Warweg back in the lead where he took the win. Begley's problems and quick pit work by defending champion Billy George's crew bunched up the points between Begley, George and Billy Boyer.
The Race City Auto Sales Legend Car feature was won by the series sponsor David Sutton over past champion Doug Greig, driving in three different divisions this weekend. The win was Sutton's first of 2001 and put him atop the points board just ahead of Greig. The Bandoleros portion of the program featured Dakoda Armstrong in his third consecutive win in a crash-filled evening.
Scott Settles took the win in the Yardarm Bomber Figure-8 and there's more about him later in the story.
James Huffman claimed his first career victory in the Sunshine Cafe Roadrunners main event. The "B" feature went to Bill Norris whose racing career had started just a two hours earlier.
Saturday, June 2 - EastGate Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep Night -
The first big event for the Chuck's Race Car Parts Stocks in 2001 was delayed a week by weather but the racing fires burned hot. The Yardarm 100 was an eye-opener for those who expected a crash-fest, featuring hard, heads-up driving from Speedy Teepe taking his first win in 2001. Gregory Jines, Donnie Sloan, Steve Brown and Chris Shrum I rounded out the Top 5 in the century event. The win launched Teepe into the lead of the Stock points chart.
Bruce Tunny has led the Bryant's 76 Late Models points chase since opening weekend but the field is packing in tight behind him. Tunny failed to make the oval portion of the program and finished second behind Rodney Sizemore in the Figure-8. Kenny Stewart took the oval feature for his first 2001 win.
Day 2 of the weekend's racing for the Sunshine Cafe Roadrunners saw Brian Canter and Doug Watt winning the "A" and "B" respectively.
Sunday, June 3 - Crazy Mickey Night - 21st Century Paging & Wireless I -
A tired but hungry group of Stocks and Roadrunners filled the pits for Indy's own "Crazy Mickey" Levy. The Stockers faced double duty with a 25-lap oval and a 15-lap Figure-8. Larry Hahn took his third consecutive 25-lapper after Mike Adams spun out of the lead going for the white flag.
Scott Settles lined up his Bomber Figure-8 car for the Figure-8 portion of the program knowing that he was giving the rest of the field about a 600 pound advantage. It wasn't enough. Holding off a field that included Teepe, Hahn, Jack Smith, Donnie Sloan and Chris Shrum I. Settles took the win over Jeff Shackleford who is a past winner in Stocks and Modifieds. The win was Settles' biggest and his first ever over the Stockers.
Scott Camhi had trashed or blown up 6 different cars so far in 2001 but number 7 held together long enough to win the Roadrunner "A" main over points leader Jeff Smith. The "B" main went to the Quiet Man, Randy Allen, both racers celebrating their first career feature wins.
The long-awaited return of the School Bus Demolition Derby went to Clayton Rhoton over Paul Roth. The children were off-loaded before the start of the event much to the chagrin of parents throughout Indy.
Racing continues Thursday, June 7 with the NAMARS Midgets, UMRA TQ Midgets, and the Kenyon Midgets. Friday is for Modifieds, Legend Cars, Bandoleros, Bomber Figure-8, Baby Grands and Roadrunners. Saturday the Late Models, Stocks and Roadrunners are back for oval and Figure-8 action. Sunday afternoon sees the return of the Indiana Speedway Pavement Series for Go-Karts.