Working lap ten, Chris’s third turn diamond instantly translated to front stretch momentum, motoring through the middle of one and two to overtake T-Mez for top billing. Thus leaving the door wide open for his two pursuers, Kevin quickly seized command before Mooresville, Indiana’s Ben Knight looped his number 16 in the second corner.
Just six laps remained when green lights reappeared, and KTJ was up to task by putting distance between himself, Leary, and Windom.
Scaling the right rear of Chapple in turn three fairly early, he somehow survived the skirmish and resumed his torrid pace, about to put a lap on Darland, Ballou, Bacon, and Windom two-thirds of the way through.
However, Kevin’s luck would soon run out after clipping the curb at the exit of turn two.
With the cushion well off the wall, the middle to low lanes were the way to go, as Meseraull’s Hawk chassis ruled the roost.
It only took a few laps for Windom to wave his magic wand, early apexing the third corner to secure second in his trusty DRC/Claxton combo. Leary (family 30) made a Meseraull connection in corner three and shot to second, bringing eighth-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr. Heavy into lapped traffic, the lead trio remained bumper to bumper, but Kenny Baldwin’s chauffeur proved that he is indeed human when he scaled the turn four cushion while lapping a pair.
Beginning with an unusual Tuesday treat of Kokomo Speedway sprint cars and fireworks, Chris Windom was the odds-on favorite to take home the trophy, having scored in four of the five 2018 meetings prior to this affair.
However, immediately after the heat race checkered flag flew, the engine in his Topp Motorsports machine imploded and called a premature end to his outing, continuing his hugely frustrating season. Curious to know more but having committed myself to the grandstands the entire evening as my wife Rachael, oldest brother Greg, and his daughter Ana were in the house, I was unable to satisfy my inquiring mind.
The next minute, you’re a zero.” I can instantly remember when I first heard those words, spoken by the extremely hardcore and humble Doug Wolfgang on TNN’s Hidden Heroes television program from late 1987/early 1988 that featured Fred Grenoble, then a mechanic for car owner Bob Weikert.
Ever since the airing of that program, Doug’s statement has stuck with me, popping into my head on more than one occasion during this recent action-packed holiday week of Indiana sprint car combat.
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Volume 20, Number 9 Status Changes “One minute you’re a hero.