Typical tri-state weather tried to play havoc with Lawrenceburg Speedway’s 2010 Scout Night, but a thirty degree drop in temperature from one day to the next wasn’t enough to keep Dave Rudisell and staff from putting on an outstanding show showcasing three weekly racing divisions. Seventy-one racecars jammed the western Indiana pits. The strong weekly program consists of non-winged sprint cars, open wheeled modifieds and the ever-exciting pure stock division. The action on the track was top notch and it was complimented by a host of grandstand promotions aimed at getting the Scouts involved.
The track was in outstanding condition as Mother Nature has been dumping water on it for several weeks. The tacky track featured “sticky” clay where drivers could choose from three distinct grooves as they ripped around the turns. It was apparent early in the evening that some drivers were going to exploit the low line through the turns while others would run the middle of the track. A daring few were more than willing to jump to the top and slam the right rear wheel into the thick cushion of dirt and power off the corner, gather the car up and rocket down the straightaway. All three classes saw side by side racing and as the night went on three-wide racing wasn’t a rare sight. Many first time fans were impressed as they watched local heroes put the gas pedal on the floor and blast around the three-eighths mile speed plant in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
The heat races in all divisions went off without incident as drivers went to school on the track conditions while positioning themselves for starting position in the night’s feature event. New to the format this year is the re-draw. The top two finishers in each heat draw a number which corresponds to a starting position in the feature where the money is handed out. On this night each driver would be represented by a Scout who drew a candy bar out of a cup to reveal a number indicating where his driver would start the A-Main. This outstanding promotion got rave reviews by drivers and fans alike.
The twenty five-lap Sprint Car featured three nasty flips and as bad luck would have it, each car doing the flipping was at the front of the field when the world turned upside down. The eighteen car field flashed under the green flag and fired into turn one only to be halted by a red flag for the flipping car of pole-sitter Jason Soudrette. Before a lap was complete, Soudrette hooked the cushion in turn four and went soaring skyward in an end over end somersault.
Upon the restart Mark Perry III took the bright yellow 3m machine to the lead and paced the field for many laps in search of his first ever feature win. The racing was white hot for the top six positions as Perry, John Memmer, Justin Grant, Shawn Westerfeld and former track champion Joss Moffatt sliced and diced as positions changed in wholesale fashion. While they were busy with each other it became clear that Chris Windom in the blue #11 meant business. He was seemingly shot from a cannon, blasting through traffic, going high and low in an effort to hunt for the lead. Side by side the lap after, Windom and Moffatt staged a classic battle for second place with Windham coming out on top temporarily. Windham played opportunist as he dove low to take the lead from the Perry who went flipping wildly through turns three and four. The restart featured a rekindling of the two- and three-wide battles for the top five spots.
John Memmer in the neon green 4m machine was on rails as he launched an assault on Windham and the lead. Unfortunately for Memmer he stubbed his toe in treacherous turn four wiggling just enough to allow Justin Grant to take full advantage as he slid to the bottom to swipe second place. Windham was gracious in the victory circle, and he praised the track and his fellow competitors. Veteran racing fans and first timers alike agree that a great time was had by all.
Next Event at Lawrenceburg Speedway
KISS Sprints, Budweiser UMP Modifieds, AMSA Mini Sprints
May 22, 2010
Admission Ticket: $15 for adults, kids 7-12 $7 and 6 and under FREE!!
Pit pass $30 for all ages
Pit gate opens at 4pm
General Admission Gates open at 5pm.
Hot Laps(practice) at 6pm.
Racing at 7pm.