The Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome powered by Lincoln Tech had another exciting, action-packed program Saturday April 28th. The Brown’s Oil Service Late Models had a $2,000-to-win 75-lap Figure 8 on tap. Rookie Jeffrey Shackelford showed his skills early on leading most of the first 50 with a gang of top talent closing on his bumper. Reigning World Champion Mike Hadley Jr managed to slip past and romp to the victory. Crafty veteran Mike Riddle Jr stole second place on the final circuit over the still career besting third of Shackelford. There was lots of great crossover action in this race.
The Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercars had their first special clash of 2018, the Steve Ott Memorial 40. Last week’s feature winner Dale Harper set quick time in a tight qualification session at 14.572 seconds. He drew a 4 for the lineup invert. Justin Dibbern led early before a spin sent Herbie Conrad to the point. Harper applied the pressure the remainder of the way, but Conrad came out the winner. Josh Garr rounded out the podium. Before the racing, drivers gathered on track for a balloon release in support of division standout Harold Bruce and his girlfriend following the loss of their son earlier in the week.
The Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives brought another stellar field to the party. The preliminary heat races were captured by Trae Bowman, Michael McKinnon, Jess Holliday, and Darrell Emanuel. The 20-lap “A” feature had a spectacular finish as leaders Bowman and Andrew Brown were caught behind lapped traffic. Brown made a last gasp for glory but came up inches short. Both ended in the infield with flat tires and Trae a first-time winner. McKinnon was third. The “B” feature saw former series champ Charlie Watkins besting career best finishes for 2nd Billy Bartholomew Jr and 3rd Jay Murtlow at the checkers.
The Adult Faskarts saw the continuation of one of the best young gun rivalries at the track, Cody Kennedy vs Drake Stancil. Each took trophies in the afternoon heats then battled the entire main event. Stancil grabbed his first win of the campaign followed by Kennedy. Factory FWD racer Nathan Arthur was third in his first Faskart division start. The USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series was making its first appearance here of 2018. Trey Osbourne topped the time charts in qualifications at 12.396 seconds. Cole Christy crossed the line first in preliminary heat action. It was a team Huggler main event. The twosome posted a 1-2 result in the 35-lap feature with Logan best over Ryan followed by Osbourne in third.