Updated - Sunday, April 17th, 4:30pm ET
Indianapolis Speedrome - It was another wildly entertaining night at the World’s Home of the Figure 8®. The Indianapolis Speedrome® saw nine feature contests featuring a wealth of the best short track drivers in the country. Seven championship divisions took to the famous fifth-mile April 17. In action were the Dad’s Truck & Auto Late Models, Scooter’s Auto Sales Stocks presented by Peters Auto Service, 1-800-Radiator & AC Roadrunners, Thirsty Turtle Tavern Hornets, INEX zMax Legends, INEX Bandoleros, and Hornet Figure 8’s. We were also joined for the first of three 2010 visits by the IKO Mini Cups. It was a fun evening at the Speedrome.
The Dad’s Truck & Auto Late Models began their speed journey with time trials. Jack Dossey Jr kept season perfect in the battle with the clock by putting down a lap of 13.128 seconds. 2007 World Figure 8® Champion Doug Greig won the trophy dash while Austin Tunny won the fast heat. Rookie Steve Frost Jr captured his initial division victory in show’s second tester. The 25-lap oval feature was a barnburner between a pair of kings of the crossover world. Reigning September star Ben Tunny had the crowd on their feet when he made a passionate three-wide move into turn three late in the race to score the triumph. Greig was the runner-up with Steve Frost Sr rounding out the podium.
The Dad’s Truck & Auto Late Models were back to complete their night with a 50-lap Figure 8. The race lead would be a “hot potato” during this thriller. Steve Frost Sr and Jr each took a turn during the opening stint before Ben Tunny headed the field. He was challenged and eventually eclipsed in traffic by cousin and defending track champion Mark Tunny. Doug Greig cycled through to second. Doug and Mark made contact a few circuits later sending Tunny for a spin and Greig to the treasured real estate. As the war raged on behind for podium position, the leader saw the white flag before disaster struck. Doug’s car began to slow with electrical issues sliding him into crossover traffic collecting last week’s double winner Jesse Tunny. This brought out the red flag setting up a short shootout between Casey White and Bruce Tunny. White got just the jump he needed sending him to his first feature victory of the season. Bruce hung on to second while Dossey blasted to third.
The Scooter’s Auto Sales Stocks presented by Peters Auto Service saw some great action on this evening. In qualifications, we saw Nigel Peters grab his first career pole with a fantastic lap of 13.727 seconds. Heat one had Robby Mink Jr victorious over Greg Snow. The second contest saw Charlie Watkins besting Chad Sizemore. The main event had Mr. Watkins launching to the lead looking for his initial division triumph. He was pressured by the fast qualifier and a gaggle of former class champions. The top two encountered traffic with Charlie working hard to stay in the preferred low lane. Peters snuck underneath and they dueled for several circuits before Nigel made the pass. Peters went on to score his first regular season Stock win. Racing rivals Speedy Teepe and Larry Hahn would take the next two positions in the results.
The 1-800-Radiator & AC Roadrunners had an intense round three program ahead in this April/May championship. Heat race one saw current point leader Kenny Smith lead his brother Kevin across the finish line. The second preliminary had division rookie Chris Johnson power to the win over Mike Adams. The feature affair started with third-generation racer Brandon Johnson out front. Jordan McIntosh would soon take over in what became the best run of his young career. He had a rearview mirror full of Henry McDougalle Jr. The duo pushed the limit every lap before Henry made the move that led to his first win of 2010. Kevin Smith would rally late to second with McIntosh third.
The Thirsty Turtle Tavern Hornets were prepared for point gathering with a trio of short contests. Heat race one had Jonathan “captain” Morgan victorious over William Clark. The next tester saw Spring Fling king Doug Carver besting Robert Eversole. The final heat had David Coil winning ahead of Thomas Mullins. The feature began with Eddie Small pushing to the prime position. He tried to stretch out the advantage as several drivers charged from the back of the pack. Making the most waves towards the front were last week’s winner Robert Eversole and defending series champion Daniel Enlow. The pair would get oh so close, but could not stop Small as he rolled to his first victory of the year. Eversole was second with Enlow third for the second straight week.
The Hornet Figure 8 division continues to pick up momentum on these Saturday night appearances. The competition has been very passionate during the last few events. The crossover gladiators began their program with heat action. Opening night feature victor Brad Brooks took the honor over rookie Danny Adams and Keith Graybill. The feature started with Don VanValkenburg III out in front for the second consecutive event. The battle raged for second as Brooks wheeled through the fray. He seemed destined to make the winning pass. But, it was Don who drove a masterful race to earn his first ever Speedrome feature victory. The jubilant driver has had a five-year quest to take this checkered flag. Brooks settled for second with teammate Brandon Harding following for third.
Our friends from the traveling IKO Mini Cup series were on hand to begin their 2010 championship at the Indianapolis Speedrome®. The scaled down versions of NASCAR’s top series started the show with qualifications. Southern Indiana’s Cole Williams topped the time charts at 15.096 seconds. Heat race one saw Brad Stiffler win over Jared Rupert. The second preliminary had Corey Deuser besting Amanda Harrision for the victory. The feature pack witnessed a calculating Williams carve through the field to take home feature glory. Trey Craig was the event runner-up with Deuser rounding out the podium.
The INEX zMax Speedrome Legends saw some familiar championship level faces return to the famous fifth-mile on this Saturday night. Ohio driver and former Indianapolis feature winner Byron Stowe struck first winning the preliminary heat race. The feature got off to a wild start as early leader Clyde Brown took a ride in the spin cycle in turn two. Stowe established the lead soon thereafter. The gap would go away as the caution flag waved to bunch up the pack. This changed the game as three-time local class champion Doug Greig got the jump on the restart to take his first Legend feature of the campaign. Stowe was the runner-up with last week’s winner Daryll Walton taking third.
The INEX Speedrome Bandoleros were a gathering of next generation racing stars. The young speedsters were aiming to best a Missouri missile who has been perfect at the Indianapolis fifth-mile in 2010. That St Louis area driver, Clayton Weatherman, fired at his challengers first by taking checkers in the preliminary heat over Jack Dossey III and Randy Caldwell. The main event saw some strong performances by Chris Hacker and Dillon Brown, but it was a familiar duo jousting for the trophy. Reigning champion Dossey and Mr. Weatherman went head-to-head for the victory. At the finish, it was Clayton taking his third straight win with Jack having to take home second again. Hacker took away third after a bumpy beginning to his year.
Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) - On a cool April KDKD Radio Night at the Races at Lucas Oil Speedway, Bowling Green, Missouri's Darin Walker, Galena's Jesse Stovall, and 2009 Track Champion Kenny Carroll from Camdenton, Missouri visited victory lane in the first Rockstar Energy Drink Weekly Championship Series Event of the season, topping a stellar field of cars in their respective classes.
Darin Walker made a statement with his win in the TNT Quick Shop ULMA Late Models as he drove to the win in his first ever visit to Lucas Oil Speedway. Walker made the 4-1/2 hour tow with his $5,000 604 GM Crate Engine powered Late Model and methodically held off all challengers to take the win. In Victory Lane Walker proudly said that "this engine has never been opened and has 54 races on it". ULMA Officials recently adjusted the rulebook to allow the Crate Engine Program into their series at all three sanctioned tracks and Walker took advantage of it. He won $700 for winning the Feature plus an extra $200 bonus from GM Performance Parts and Reliable Chevrolet as the "GM Top Performer" of the race making it a $900 pay day. Walnut Grove, Missouri's Jeremy Kelly ran his Open Steel ULMA engine to a second place finish with Warrensburg, Missouri's Jon Binning taking the third spot. 2009 Track Chamion Tommy Cordray drove to a fourth place finish with R.D. Peterson rounded out the Top 5.
In the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds, the "Undertaker" Jesse Stovall, carrying a Racinboys.comin car camera, showed the way as he drove to his second consecutive victory at Lucas Oil Speedway. Hermitage, Missouri's Eric Turner challenged early but faded at the end as Stovall crossed the AAA Start/Finish Line first. Shawn Nations from Mack Creek, Missouri, sporting a solid flat black paint scheme took the third spot after an early spirited 3-wide battle with Stovall and Turner. Laquey, Missouri's David Hendrix was fourth with Lebanon, Missouri's Kris Jackson finishing in fifth.
Defending Track Champion Kenny Carroll showed the way in the Carson's Corner NAPA Factory Stocks as his blue and white Josh Franklin Motorsports chassis was the class of the field. Stoutland, Missouri's Tim Brown drove his beautiful black #1 Mustang to the runner-up spot while Wheatland's own Chip Shaddox had his best ever finish of third. Urich, Missouri's Troy Reasoner worked the top side to take fourth with Springfield's Dylan Keepper finishing in fifth.
Sundance Vacations Speedway (PA) - In conjunction with pole day qualifying on Saturday, a handful of 4-cylinder cars took to the asphalt at Sundance Vacations Speedway Saturday for round no. 3 of the Mountain Madness Enduro Series. When it was all said and done, Sam Ryan of White Haven cruised to his first victory of the season. Scott Hubler led every lap of the PA Outlaw Legends feature en route to his first win of the year. Time trials were also held for the Sport Modified, Late Model and Factory Stock divisions. Their main events are slated for Sunday and the Wingless Micro Sprints are also on the card.
Ken Harper led the 4-cylinder enduro field to the drop of the green flag and held the race lead over Gary Fisher, Ed Michael, Tony Rispin and Justin Dunn.
Sam Ryan quickly worked through the field and moved to third on the fourth circuit. He passed Rispin for second three laps later and then overtook Harper for the lead on lap eight.
Mechanical problems struck Michael on lap 23, which forced him to give up his top five position to head pit side.
Ryan continued out front just past halfway, followed by Harper, Rispin, Bill Rice and Kenny Kleppinger.
Smooth and consistent, Ryan drove off to his first victory of the season over Harper, Rispin, Rice and Mike Harding, who made his first career enduro start.
Scott Hubler sat on the pole for the 15-lap PA Outlaw Legends main event and jumped out to the race lead. Despite being pressured by Carl Jones in the early going, Hubler drove away with the victory. Jones settled for second, followed by dirt racer, Scott Greahte.
Time trials for Sunday’s season opener for what is called the “B program” were also held on Saturday. Scott Brannick ran the fastest Sport Modified time, as did Mike Coll in the Late Models. Paul Morgan, Jr. notched the fastest Factory Stock time. The fast timers will “roll the dice” prior to the features on Sunday to determine the number of positions that will be inverted for the starting lineup.
Volunteer Speedway (TN) - Weather experts are calling the current cool conditions around the East Tennessee region Dogwood winter, but Kerry Jones of Bristol, 2001 and ’07 Volunteer Speedway track champion, delivered the heat over the Super Late Model field Saturday night as he led flag-to-flag in winning the 30-lap feature.
Shanon Buckingham toured the high banks at 12.537-seconds (114.864 mph) to earn the pole position, with Jones nailing down the outside front-row starting berth with a time of 12.702.
Buckingham and Jones raced side-by-side into the first turn at drop of the green flag, with Jones powering into the lead racing off turn two down the backstretch. Buckingham shadowed Jones in the early laps before Jones began to put some real estate between the front-running duo as the race reached halfway.
With Jones and Buckingham setting a blistering pace up front, just behind them Mark Vineyard and Mark Douglas were also within striking distance of Jones and Buckingham should either falter along the journey. Rodney Kiker was applying heat on Bryan Hendrix looking to take away fifth in the running order, and once Kiker grabbed the spot he set his sights ahead on Vineyard and Douglas.
Last week’s Super Late Model winner, Jeff Maupin, dug himself into a hole during qualifying when he timed-in seventh fastest. But he got up on the wheel and hustled his mount around the track to first overtake Hendrix for sixth, and then got around Kiker on lap 21 to move into fifth place.
But the race belonged to Jones, driving the Kerry Jones Trucking/Bigfoot Enterprises/Polaris of Kingsport/Ohlins/Signs by Roach of Kingsport/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars/No. 6 Chevrolet Impala, who ran a strong race to hold back the hard-charging Buckingham for the entire 30-lap distance in recording his first victory of the season. Vineyard, Douglas and Maupin rounded out the top five finishers at the checkered flag.
Completing the top 10 in running order were Kiker, Hendrix, Mike Smith, Chad Ogle and Ray Jarnigan.
“This definitely is a good feeling, getting a Super Late Model feature win here at ‘The Gap’ over several strong cars,” said Jones with a smile on his face in victory lane. “Winning never gets old. You’ve got to enjoy every race you’re fortunate enough to win, because let me tell you – it’s tough to outrun guys like Shanon (Buckingham), (Mark) Vineyard and (Mark) Douglas. In 2009 Buckingham won the Fastrak Racing Series national championship for the Crate Late Model cars, and Vineyard’s a former Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series rookie-of-the-year and he ran full-time with that series for a few years, and Douglas is a two-time Super Late Model track champion here at Volunteer Speedway. We outran some good competition here tonight.
“Our Bloomquist Race Car was really good the whole race and I want to thank Scott (Bloomquist) for building such great cars. I believe the longer we ran the car actually got better. You never know sometimes, when a race goes green the entire distance, the car might start to fade towards the end. But we were good from start-to-finish and I could drive anywhere on the track I needed and the car worked well. Racing these cars really is almost like a full-time job with all the work it takes during the week back at the shop and then here at the track on race night to be able run up front. I really want to thank John Estes, Dave Burks and Andy McCroskey for all they do. My wife (Sharon) really supports me, and I want to thank her for putting up with me doing this (racing). Sometimes I kind of think I want to stop racing, but it’s nights like this when you run good and win that makes it all worthwhile and before you even get your equipment loaded up to leave the track – you’re already wishing it was time to race again.”
Shane Roberts jumped into the lead over Morristown’s Shanon Buckingham racing off turn two on opening lap of Fastrak Racing Series-sanctioned Pro Late Model feature. But Buckingham battled back to pass Roberts racing off the fourth turn on lap 3, and once out front he never looked back en route to remaining perfect on the season in capturing his fifth victory.
With Buckingham in command out front leading over Roberts, Dale Ball and Todd Brooks, the best battle for positions involved Keith Helton, Tim Byrd and David Watts – running fifth through seventh over the first half of the 25-lap feature. Helton got high between turns three and four allowing both Byrd and Watts to make the pass, dropping Helton back to seventh in the running order.
The only thing slowing Buckingham’s run to victory were two brief caution periods, the first on lap 8 when Jake Teague had a flat left-rear tire and then on lap 18 when Joey Steele spun in the fourth turn.
Buckingham earned the trip to victory lane in winning over Roberts, Ball, Brooks and Byrd.
Dale Reed grabbed the lead over pole-sitter Jesse Helton in the Hobby Stock feature and the duo ran one-two for the first 15 laps of the 20-lap event, with Reed having to fend off several challenges from Helton for the lead. Helton’s hopes for getting the win vanished when he slung the belts (from his engine) and lost power-steering with the motor also getting hot with five laps to go.
Reed looked to have the race in his control until engine began sputtering with a couple of circuits remaining to open the door for Jamie Whitt of Wise, Va., to speed past Reed racing off the fourth turn on the white flag lap to capture the victory. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Blake Kelley, Robbie Woods and Dennis Metcalf.
Roger Hunter, the 65-year-old veteran racer who posted a career-best second place finish in last week’s first points race of the season, destroyed his race car in a lap 2 accident entering the first turn after contact from behind sent him hard into the outside guardrail where he was th
Volusia Speedway Park (FL) - The world famous Volusia Speedway Park played host to an exciting night of "Fast Lane 5" racing on Saturday, as fans were entertained by the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models, Taylor Racing Products Sportsman, Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks, Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Thunder Stocks, and the 4 Cylinder Challengers. And to make things even more interesting, fans and some racers got to go head to head in a very "chilly" intermission game that failed to go exactly as planned.
A strong field of Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models cruised to the green flag behind the bright yellow machine of JO Nobles, but Brandon Dewitt leapt forward and grabbed the lead on the first lap as Nobles was overwhelmed by the top five cars. A caution for a spin by Larry Anderson set up a restart and Dewitt interestingly chose the inside position versus a very quick Dillon Wood, who had the 7 machine absolutely hooked up on the outside. Dewitt's choice worked at first, but Wood was coming fast and creating awesome momentum using every inch of the track near the walls.
Dillon Wood kept working the high line and swung past the leader on lap nine in turns 3 and 4, leaving Dewitt to deal with David Clegg who was trailing in the third spot. And also making moves was the 35 of 14 year old Christian Augspurger, who was at VSP in order to get some seat time on the half mile in preparation for the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series. Augspurger had been very conservative in his heat race and early in the feature, but now had taken a liking to the big half mile track, blowing past the competition, and setting his sights on Clegg.
Dillon Wood kept it high and in front, grabbing an impressive win and making it two victories for the night. Wood had also been the only competitor to successfully unroll and don a solidly frozen t-shirt at intermission, after what seemed like an endless battle that included beating the shirt into the front stretch wall and heating it over the exhaust of an ATV. Brandon Dewitt held off David Clegg for second and Clegg claimed the third spot despite Christian Augspurger's efforts. Augspurger was fourth and Bobby Richardson claimed the fifth spot.
Things got off to a rather rocky start for the Taylor Racing Products Sportsman Division, as an early race incident in turn 4 ruined the plans of Blaise Hetznecker, Marc Kinley,and others. But once clean up was completed the Shaun Daugharty show began, as he jumped out front and grabbed the lead. But waiting to spoil the show was a host of contenders, including Aaron Barsness and Drew Smith. Smith had the first shot at Daugharty but could not make the pass, and later got tangled up with a hard charging Steve Shead who had begun challenging him for second place. Their contact in turn one brought out a caution and sent both racers to the rear of the field for the restart.
As Daugharty continued to lead, Aaron Barsness inherited second place and began working on the leader, while Paul Shead filled the void in third place. But Daugharty was too strong for either, and once again " The Destroyer" Shaun Daugharty got to celebrate in Victory Lane. Aaron Barsness settled for second place while Paul Shead claimed the third spot. Matt McGillivray finished fourth as Steve Shead fought his way back to salvage a top 5 finish.
When the Daytona Sportswear Street Stocks exited the track after their feature race, the fans in the grandstands probably thought that was that. The 64 machine had yet again outshined the entire field, and had earned another celebratory moment in Victory Lane. But shortly after the celebration ended, a closer look revealed the 64 of Trevor Gamble held in quarantine, which meant that there could be a late night in tech later on.
Early on the 13 of Phillip Brown got the lead but could not hold it as Trevor Gamble blasted to the front. Right behind Gamble was Bubba Christian, who also had his sights on the clear track ahead, and Mike Tovet who was battling his way forward from a ninth position start. Trevor Gamble had an absolute lock on the top spot, so everyone else battled for position behind him. Three wide racing was common, and as the dust settled in the end Trevor Gamble had outrun the rest yet again. Mike Tovet won the battle for second place and Tim Hughes went home with a third place finish. After getting as high as second place, Bubba Christian settled for fourth and Phillip Brown finished fifth.
And as expected, Trevor Gamble's car was completely torn down by Volusia Speedway Park tech officials after racing had ended for the night. And even if Gamble had to transport his engine home in boxes once it was over, he at least went home with the first place trophy as well as a disassembled motor. The car was declared legal and the victory stands.
The Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Thunder Stock Division has had a good share of drama over technical issues as of late, but on Saturday night it appeared that all of that was washed away and a new attitude had prevailed. Randy Strehle led the field to the green flag but could not hold it as racers went three wide on the backstretch, and as it sorted itself out in turn 3 Luke Sadler had made some leaps forward along with Matt Schell. Sadler challenged Strehle again in turn 2 and wrestled the lead away, and Schell also muscled his way around Strehle a lap later.
Luke Sadler, who had gone through four engines in a month of racing before Saturday night, got an interview with Joe Dirt in Victory Lane as the winner of the race while Matt Schell scored the second place finish. Randy Strehle crossed the line behind them to claim third place, followed by Scott Mooers for fourth. Tom Hughes rounded out the top five finishers.
Things looked very different as the 4 Cylinder Challengers took the green flag on Saturday night. For one thing, Casey Feaster was starting the race from the front of the pack instead of in the rear, and Shawn Kosier, who had a dismal heat race experience earlier, was stuck behind 15 other cars. The role switch for these two racers went even further, as Kosier came away as the hard charger on the night, gaining 12 positions despite a bent wheel that he acquired in his earlier heat race misfortunes. And Casey Feaster jumped out in front early and remained there, and although he got the win it didn't come without him having to fight RJ Glaser tooth and nail for the victory.
Casey Feaster had finished first at Ocala Speedway on Friday night but was later disqualified in tech for an illegal part. With that in mind, his car was watched carefully by VSP officials, who verified that the race car was as it should be. That made Feaster, who was very worried that his reputation might be tarnished by the Ocala incident, very happy to be in Victory Lane and have the win stand. RJ Glaser raced hard but settled for second place, as Kevin Dugan grabbed the third spot. Shawn Kosier vibrated his way to fourth place, bent wheel and all, as Denica Hetznecker claimed the fifth spot.
"Rasslin and Racin" returns to Volusia Speedway Park this Saturday, April 24th, as the Florida Wrestling Association will battle it out behind the turn one grandstands at 6PM. Then at 7:30PM the racing action begins with 16 year old Amanda Ferguson trying to build on her earlier win at Ocala Speedway with the Top Gun Sprint Car Series. The exciting Florida Mini Sprints will also be back, as will the DAARA Vintage Race Cars. And topping off the program will be VSP's own Budweiser Modifieds, returning after a week off to blister the fastest half mile in the south. For more information, visit www.VolusiaSpeedwayPark.net or call the track at 386-985-4402.
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) - Waterford Speedbowl has cancelled April 17’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program due to weather.
The next event for the Speedbowl will be Saturday, April 24. A five division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event is scheduled.
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