Saturday July 7th was the highly anticipated USA Insulation fireworks night at the Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech. Fans enjoyed a beautiful show produced by the talented crew at Circle City Pyrotechnics. There was also a full card of great racing action.
The Brown’s Oil Service Late Models headlined the competition evening with the Mike Greig Sr Memorial 75-lap Figure 8. Doug Greig, Mike’s son, took the early advantage but had a heated battle on his hands with John Conner Jr and Donnie Murphy. Rocketing into the mix shortly after was Kentucky’s Artie Ware. Doug, John, and Artie were under a blanket throughout multiple restarts which brought Ben Tunny into play. Conner suffered a cut tire eliminating him from the final stage. The remaining trio tussled all the way to the checkers with Greig earning an emotional victory. Tunny was second and Ware third.
The Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives began round two of the July-August-September title fight with heat races. Winning those tests were Cody Shumaker, Trae Bowman, Jim Bullock, and Jess Holliday. Shumaker grabbed the initial gap in the 30-car main event. Malik Knight and Jim Bullock were also in striking distance. Rookie Carl Drake, who had mechanical issues in the afternoon practice, emerged to challenge for the race lead. A thrilling finish ended with Drake snagging his first ever win. Cody was second with Andrew Brown third.
The quest to become the newest star in the Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskarts continues. The ladder of Speedrome success starts here. First on this night were preliminary heats. Trinity Armour took the first over Stevie Frost and Nathan Brown. The second saw Jalen Summers best over Brayden Tharp and Dale Armour. Several of the top standings occupants had early misfortune in the 20-lap feature. But that wasn’t the case for point leader John Hargraves Jr. He escaped all challenges to capture his second trophy of the season. The top five was rounded out by Tyler Morefield, Dale Armour, Trinity Armour, and Donnie Murphy III.
The Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercars began their night as a family affair. Dad Noah Neat won preliminary heat race one while son EJ Neat captured heat race number two. Gene Dibbern powered to the first advantage in the 25-lap feature. Josh Garr got into the prime spot mix along with April-May-June champ EJ along with Tuesday’s main winner Nate Canter. The younger Neat would slide through to gain the position and go on to victory. Canter was the runner-up with Garr third.