Stock cars took center stage Saturday June 23rd at the Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech with the 22nd running of the Advance Auto Sales 100. Competitors from several series and tracks came to play against the hometown talent. Kentuckiana’s Mark Whitaker blazed the clocks in qualifying at 12.853 seconds and earn the pole against the 30-car field. Third-generation racer Alex Ware earned the other front row spot.
The century-length race had a titanic war for first place between familiar rivals Whitaker and James Wayne. Mark paced the first 63 circuits before 4 lead changes between them during the remaining laps kept fans thrilled. Heavy traffic kept the hot third place battle between Mike Kestler, Larry Hahn, Doug Greig, and Speedy Teepe in touch with that duo. The event would only be stopped by 3 red flags with the most serious coming on lap 11 when Kody Rackley spun collecting Jason Thompson, Jeff Smith, and Andrew Teepe. Whitaker would make the winning pass on lap 76 and drove to victory in his first Speedrome visit. Record 8-time event winner Hahn snagged second in the late going. The top ten was rounded out by Wayne, Speedy Teepe, Greig, Kestler, Ricky Schaeffer III, Kevin Smith, Kenny Rackley Sr, and Vic Boicourt.
The Brown’s Oil Service Late Models had a pair of features on their evening agenda. The 50-lap Figure 8 saw Kentucky’s Artie Ware eclipse early leader Steve “Bull” Durham then hold off the hard charge from reigning series champion Ben Tunny to claim his second career division win and first of 2018. Jesse Tunny came home third. The 25-lap oval main had Chad Sizemore quickly get to the lead and soak the competition by a wide margin at the checkered flag. Rookie point leader Matt Smith was the race’s runner-up. Jesse rounded out the podium in this contest as well.