An incredible crowd was on hand Saturday June 2nd at the Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech for the Spring Shootout 90-Minute Figure 8. Fans were also treated to some intense action from the thrill-seeking drivers in the Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercar and Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives. No points were on the line, so racers let it all hang out in a pair of 30-lap Figure 8 challenges.
The Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives had 22 machines on hand. Former champion and quickest in afternoon practice Don VanValkenburg III drew 20-car invert for the race lineup. Justin Vaughn grabbed the early lead. Tony “Bones” Hackney, who has not been behind the wheel of a race car for quite a while, slipped past Vaughn on the 5th circuit. The crossover was not surprisingly wild and wooly from the onset. Tony had a nice gap advantage at halfway as DVV3 had gotten to second followed by Jim Bullock, Jeremy Miller, and Andrew Brown. Hackney escape all intersection danger to win this exciting and surprisingly caution-free affair. VanValkenburg was the runner-up with Miller snagging third during the final stages.
To say that the Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercar race was insanely wild would be an understatement. A perfect example came on lap 11. Current regular season point leader EJ Neat had just taken the race lead when he and his father Noah hit in the crossover. It damaged the right front of EJ’s machine and cost him lots of track position, but he amazingly overcame this to take the eventual victory. Runner-up Jeff Swinford’s race was just as topsy-turvy. He led early before contact with Andy Sherley flattened his tire. A red flag pit stop and other competitor craziness gave him the opportunity to race his way back to second at the finish. Former Bomber Figure 8 champion Herbie Conrad quietly came home in third place.