It was another mega-night June 23rd at the Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech. The Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives had their first major of the season with the Chip Branham Memorial 44. 43 cars were entered for this penultimate round of the April-May-June championship. A trio of those title contenders would be in the exciting sprint to the checkered flag. Joseph Liggett would have the lead, lose the lead, and regain it all in the final circuit to post his initial victory of the campaign. The biggest win of his career eased the pain a bit from last Saturday’s disappointing wheel failure while leading with the finish in sight. Rounding out the Branham race top ten finishers were Jess Holliday, Scott Stewart Jr, Andrew Brown, Ricky Johnson, Tylar Brown, Jeff Thinnes, Jeremy Tunny, Barry Turner, and Dave Lester.
Rising stars and new talent numbers continue to increase in the Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskart division. And the class that historically is the most successful for female drivers, had another star emerge. Trinity Armour had only a handful of starts in her young career headed into Saturday, but she drove a masterful race to earn a first ever feature triumph. Johnny Bishop was a season best second followed by Nathan Brown, Jalen Summers, and Tyler Morefield. Preliminary heats were taken by John Hargraves Jr and Brown.
The USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series made their third 2018 appearance at the Speedrome with a slightly new format. Instead of standard time trials, a 20-lap qualifying race would set the field for the main event. Season point leader Trey Osborne would take that win and draw a zero invert for the 50-lap feature. Trey would be engaged in a hefty duel with multi-time champion Dameron Taylor, who was making his initial 2018 home track start. Osborne would hang on to hoist checkers and become the tours first repeat feature victor of the campaign. Taylor was second followed by Colin Grissom, Ryan Huggler, and Cole Christy.