The Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech was a busy place Saturday July 28th. A whopping 126 race cars in 9 features entertained a huge throng of fans who came to meet the drivers in the annual autograph session and brought toys for the yearly Tom Wood Christmas charity drive. Santa Claus, the Batmobile, and other superheroes were there for mingling with the kids.
The Brown’s Oil Service Late Models had 50-lap clashes on both competition courses. The Figure 8 saw Nick Moore vanquish his early season misfortunes in capturing his first crossover contest victory of the year and second of his career. He survived a thrilling intersection and the late charge from runner up Donnie Murphy. Tim Logue was an impressive career best third. The oval main event had 2009 division champ Mark Tunny work traffic well to earn the win. Chad Sizemore rocketed to second and Mike Hadley Jr surged to third.
39 machines were on hand in the Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives creating a pair of 25-lap races. The first saw veteran Tim Smith overcome early leader Lucas Liggett and a crash-filled race to take his initial triumph of 2018. Former champ Cody Shumaker came second with Travis Harmon finishing third. The second feature had April-May-June titlist Andrew Brown score his first checkered flag of this year. Dave McNear Jr was a strong second followed by consistent top runner Scott Stewart Jr third.
The Superior Finish Lawn & Landscape INEX Legends sported a stout roster on this Saturday. Former Stock division racer James Edsall launched from pole in the 35-lap battle format. Ohio’s Ryan Miller quickly worked to challenge. The National Qualifier winner grabbed the top spot and marched to his second Speedrome win this season. Edsall posted a second place result followed by Anderson Speedway champion John Robbins in third.
The Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskarts brought one of their largest car counts of the points pursuit. This would bring a pair of features for the youth group. Race #1 saw third generation driver Stevie Frost score his second victory of the year and first since opening night. Rounding out the podium were John Hargraves Jr and Tyler Morefield. The second main event saw rookie Dale Armour join his sister as a Speedrome feature winner. The first time race topper bested Daniel Senteney III and Donnie Murphy III at the checkered flag.
The Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercars saw the green flag fly in their 30-lapper with youngster Jordan Gonder taking the lead. He was soon eclipsed by his brother Joe Gonder Jr. The April-May-June series top rookie had to evade some testy moments late in the going but was able to hang on for a career first win. Point leader Nate Canter was second and former Bomber 8 champ Herbie Conrad third.
And finally rounding out this monster night of competition were the Adult Faskarts. Youngsters Skylar Shouse and Devin Logue began the event up front. Logue looked strong in his best run of the year. Point leader Kyle Norris slid past the rookie and went on to victory in the 30-circuit show. Devin hung on for the runner up slot with Chuck McGinnis taking his second straight podium in third.