Thursday, June 14, 2012
Jake's 150 Figure 8 Highlights Busy Father's Day Weekend at the Speedrome
INDIANAPOLIS -- The time has come once again for the Jake's 150-lap Figure 8 at the Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems Indianapolis Speedrome. This long-distance classic for the Joe's Value Construction Late Models on Saturday June 16th is named in honor of 1992 Hall of Fame inductee Jake Cohen. Appropriately, the event has a traditional spot on the yearly racing schedule the weekend of Father's Day. Now entering its second decade, the Jake's 150 has quickly become one of the top races in the Midwest. Also in action on this night are the Stocks, Roadrunners, Hornets, Junior Hornets, and the Pepsi Big Wheel races for kids ages 5 & under. The green flag waves at 7pm.
The Jake's 150 is the highest paying ($2000) regular season race for the Joe's Value Construction Late Models and one of the divisions most prominent. The 150-lap distance is three-times the length of a regular Saturday night Figure 8, giving race teams and race fans plenty of excitement. A stellar field of racecars and drivers are expected to be on hand this Saturday. Here are some notes from the first five races held. The 2001 inaugural Jake's 150 saw 1994 track champion Rodney 'the Rocket' Sizemore survive a titanic battle with Mike St John for the victory. That top duo managed to lap the entire field in the rush to the richest winner's prize in the history of the Late Model division of $5,000.
2002 had RJ Norton Jr overcome the 1-2 brother assault from Bruce and Bill Tunny Jr to take the win. The victory was also redemption from the previous year when RJ won the pole before being collected in the crossover just a few laps into the race. 2003 saw then reigning World Figure 8 Champion Curtis McMurtrey outlast a paint-trading confrontation between George Sutton and his nephew Rodney Sizemore to pull away in the late stages of the classic. 2004 looked to be a runaway for Bill Tunny Jr who led for the first 102 circuits, but his car decided that was enough. Taking over was his younger brother Bruce who rolled to victory in the event named for his first racing sponsor.
2005 saw a pair of teammates along with a barely 18-year-old driver engaged for the lead all the way to the finish. RJ Norton Jr bested his stable mate Curtis McMurtrey and young Ben Tunny in the race where the trio was three-wide for the top spot with just 4-to-go. Norton became the first to win the great race twice. This is just a taste of the first editions of the Jake's race history. See all of the past results, statistics, and pictures of this great event on the web at www.speedrome.com.
Next on the Speedrome event calendar
Friday June 15, 2012
UAW & HARF Night, Roadrunners plus
Hornets, Hornet Figure 8, Junior Hornets, INEX Legends, Junior Faskarts, USSA Mel Kenyon Midgets
Spectator gates open at 5pm, racing starts at 7pm
Saturday June 16, 2012
12th Annual Jake's 150-Lap Late Model Figure 8 plus
Stocks, Roadrunners, Hornets, Junior Hornets, Pepsi Big Wheel races for kids 5 & under
Spectator gates open at 5pm, the first green flag waves at 7pm
The Bryant Heating and Cooling Indianapolis Speedrome is located at 802 South Kitley Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana 46219 and proudly in the community and the historical district of Irvington. To view more, log on to our web site www.speedrome.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The track hotline is (317) 353-8206 or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.