• Lucas Oil Raceway drops the green flag on SpeedFest with triple header

    July 29, 2011 No comments

    The first night of the 2011 installment of Kroger SpeedFest featured intense racing in three divisions and fans saw some of the future stars of auto racing make it to victory lane during the course of the evening. Kody Swanson, Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon all took feature wins in their respective categories.

    In the J. D Byrider 100 USAC Silver Crown Series race it was a battle to the finish between Swanson and talented veteran Tracy Hines. Swanson took the lead on lap 20 and even though Hines got close to him in the closing laps he was able to keep him tucked behind him on his way to the checkered flag. For Swanson this was one of the first races that he had spent significant time behind the wheel of a USAC car since his crash in the Hut 100 at Haubstadt, In.

    The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards started the evening in the running of the Ansell Gloves 200 which marked the first time the series visited the track in 25 years. 46 cars came to the famous facility to try to make the field that consisted of 35 racers from the series. Starting from the pole was Dillon who has already visited victory lane five times during the course of the 2011 season. Dillon, a rookie in the series led the first thirty laps and was able to hold off a hard charging Ryan Blaney to get his sixth win of the season. He was joined in victory lane by grandfather Richard Childress and other members of his family who were in town for the event.

    The second race of the night was won by another rookie working his way through the racing ranks as 18-year-old Kyle Larson held off a field of talented racers in the 30-lap Midget Series feature. Larson was able to get the lead on the seventh lap and able to hold on for his second career USAC win and the first one for him on a pavement track.

    Kroger SpeedFest continues on Friday with the running of the AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and what could be the final running in the near future for Nationwide Series in the running of the Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children on Saturday night.


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