The Tom Wood Group Indianapolis Speedrome Powered by Lincoln Tech had some exciting racing with amazing support from teams and an outpouring of patience from race fans. The track staff wants to thank everyone involved for making July 21, 2018 happen. That evening’s autograph session has been pushed back until July 28th.
The Brown’s Oil Service Late Models hosted their annual honoring of a legend with the Sonny Thompson Memorial 100 Lap Figure 8. Faskart champion turned Late Model rookie Ryan Cherry led a chunk of the opening circuits. He gave way to an excitingly stern battle between Chris Green, Jesse Tunny, Jeffrey Shackelford, Ben Tunny, and Mark Tunny. Each led, but Jesse seemed to gain control at a point until contact in the waning stages with another car knocked his machine out of gear. Mark took over, even after being involved in an early race red flag, to win his second straight Sonny event. Ben was runner-up with Austin Tunny third in an unfamiliar car.
The Last Chance Wrecker Factory Front Wheel Drives were the first to test the damp surface and did the heavy lifting on drying it. Their main event had Travis Harmon grabbing the early lead with only a few starts under his belt. The action was everywhere in this 30-car battle. Harmon was joined by perineal division powerhouse Scott Stewart Jr and recent winner Carl Drake. The trio diced through traffic all the way to the checkers. Drake took his second season victory with Travis a career best second and Stewart third.
The next generation of Speedrome stars in the Circle City Pyrotechnics Junior Faskarts sped into Saturday with 16 aces behind the wheel. Two of the latest emerging names, rookies Nathan Brown and Trinity Armour, dueled throughout this event. Nathan would keep his moniker of the restart king as he went on to feature victory for the third time in 2018. Trinity took her 4th straight top five result earning second place. Brayden Tharp was a strong third.
The Shelbyville Auto Parts Thundercars showed their car control on this evening. The heaviest of the machines in action this night danced between the gas pedal and steering wheel adjustments on an improving track. Tristan Riddle and Gene Dibbern were up front early. Former point champ Josh Garr worked the high side to the lead. He outlasted a tight restart and a challenge from runner-up Aaron Smay to take the win. Point leader Nate Canter was third.
The Superior Finish Lawn & Landscape INEX Legends were back at their home track after some road races and a week of rest. The rearranged evening agenda had track conditions very close to normal by the time of their 35-lap feature. There was some wild action. It was topped by a spectacular incident involving Tony Paquette with teammates Levei Hargraves and Mike Thurman. Ohio’s Zach Miller would march off to the triumph besting Conner Popplewell and John Robbins at the finish.