Indianapolis Speedrome weekend wrap-up 2001-07-17

New faces and old friends sat in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Speedrome after a busy four-day weekend. The racing kicked off on Thursday with the NAMARS Midget Regional Series where teen-ager Teddy Beach of Donnelsville, Ohio topped a 20-car...

New faces and old friends sat in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Speedrome after a busy four-day weekend.

The racing kicked off on Thursday with the NAMARS Midget Regional Series where teen-ager Teddy Beach of Donnelsville, Ohio topped a 20-car feature that included Mel Kenyon, Rick Treadway, Keith Butler and other veterans of open wheel racing. Third generation racer Shane Hollingsworth topped the Kenyon Midget main for the points lead in that series.

The Baby Grand Stock Cars paid a visit on Friday with Indy's Danny Trent taking the 25-Lap main over series ace Kent Baledge and former winner's Jonathan Byrd II and Don Napier. Cumberland's Dave Cumbee claimed his career first win in the Carmel Sod Modifieds and tightened the points battle between Jim Begley and Billy Boyer. Doug Greig had to borrow a car from Centerville, Ohio's Chad Smith and wrenched the pair to a one-two finish in the Race City Auto Sales Legend Car Series. The win stretched Greig's points lead in the series and was Smith's best finish of the year. James Robertson topped the Bandoleros and it was Scott Settles repeating in the Yardarm Bomber Figure-8's. Scott Tabor kicked off three days of racing opportunities for the Sunshine Cafe Roadrunners with his first ever feature win.

Saturday was full of surprises in all divisions beginning with qualifying as Rodney Sizemore was the only Late Model to get under 14 seconds. A hot, slick track stymied many during the early evening preliminaries including points leader Bruce Tunny who had just made the oval feature through the second heat. Wanamaker's Danny Turner claimed the oval portion of the Bryant's 76 Late Model program over Mooresville's Donnie Garrigus Jr. R.J. Norton, Jr. grabbed the 50-Lap Figure-8 part of the show after traffic problems took out Bill Tunny Jr. and points leader Bruce Tunny. It was Norton's first "8" win of the season and team owner Jim Olmsted's first career "8". Tim Mink has learned quickly in his first year in the Chuck's Race Car Parts Stock division and charged to a strong win over Larry Hahn. Dale Roys celebrated his first win in the Roadrunners with an "A" main victory and David Lee Byrd grabbed one of the back-up "B" features. Ronnie Hale was just registering his car as qualifications were wrapping up and went on to win the other "B" feature in his first night of racing.

Round #2 of the Hutchison Signs Red, White & Blue Series attracted cars from throughout the Midwest in an "Outlaw Stock" formula that gives racers from other tracks a chance to race the historic Speedrome Figure-8. Memphis, Indiana's Dale Shelton took the 76-Lap feature over Indy's Rodney Sizemore, Anderson's Doug & Mike Riddle, Louisville's Artie B. Ware, Vasser, Michigan's Eric Gilbert and others from Indy and the "Kentuckiana" area.

The Roadrunners enjoy their own series with Brian Canter and Shane Brothers claiming wins over points leader Doug Watt. The roughest racing of the weekend was in the second event for the Chuck's Race Car Parts Powder Puff Challenge. Twenty women racers borrowed rides for the 15-Lap event and shocked everyone by actually RACING. When the checkered flag fell after 10 laps it was Melinda Luttrell in front and taking over the points lead in the series. Separate incidents sent two women to Wishard Hospital for check-ups but all were home by morning.

Racing continues this week with the NAMARS Midgets and Kenyon Midgets on Thursday. The Modifieds, Roadrunners, Legend Cars, Bandoleros and Bomber Figure-8's hit the track on Friday. Saturday will be a night for memories and reminiscing as the 20th Annual Sonny Thompson Memorial 100-Lap Figure-8 challenges the Late Models and the 2001 inductee to the Speedrome Hall of Fame is introduced. The duel for supremacy in the Stocks between Jack Smith and Speedy Teepe continues and Roadrunners round out the card. Racing all three night goes green at 7:00 with qualifying at 6:00 and gates open at 5:00.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rick Treadway , Teddy Beach , Eric Gilbert , Jack Smith