Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg concluded another successful season this year with a famous racing name atop its weekly 410 Sprint Car championship points standings.
Jarett Andretti of Indianapolis, son of former IndyCar and NASCAR driver John Andretti and grandnephew of legendary racing great Mario Andretti, won his first career track title by a margin of 220 points over Columbus racer Joss Moffatt. The 23-year-old Jarett Andretti also finished fourth in points at both Bloomington and Kokomo Speedways this year.
Jarett Andretti, who was the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car “Rookie of the Year,” graduated last year with honors from North Carolina State University, is sponsored by long-time family associate Window World.
Trailing Andretti and Moffatt in this year’s championship points battle at Lawrenceburg were Garrett Abrams of Rushville, Shawn Westerfeld of Guilford and Dickie Gaines of Mitchell.
Scotty Kincaid of Rising Sun captured his first Lawrenceburg track title in the Modified class. Kincaid outdistanced David Spille of Harrison, Ohio, for the championship. Kyle Schornick of Milan finished third, followed by defending track champion Matt Hamilton of Aurora and Joey Kramer of Hanover.
Don Grace, also of Rising Sun, was the top driver in the Pure Stock Division. Grace’s first career track title came over Corebin and Will McRoberts, both of Madison. Veteran drivers J.D. Largent of Aurora and Danny Eichler of Indianapolis completed the top five.
The Hornet division saw Gage Clark of Versailles win his first-ever track championship. Dalton Smith of Richmond was second in points, followed by Adam Love of Lawrenceburg, Destin Grout of Morning View, Kentucky, and Michelle Baird of Ross, Ohio.
Windom on hot streak
Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois, continues to be the hottest driver in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car division.Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion, won both USAC events last weekend at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona, giving him three straight wins on the circuit.
Windom took the top spot on Nov. 4 over Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Brady Bacon and Jerry Coons Jr. Windom then came back the next night to complete the sweep over Gardner, Bacon, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown.
Bacon leads the points standings heading into this weekend’s final 2016 events at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. Stockon is second in points, followed by Meseraull, Darland, Windom and Chad Boespflug.
Edinburgh wins at end
John Mayer Jr. of Edinburgh picked up the season finale on Nov. 5 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky. Mayer, who drives for The Hornet Factory based in Edinburgh, took the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back in claiming the victory.Mayer completed a very successful season. He won the track championship at both Bloomington and Brownstown Speedways in 2016.
Greg Hensley finished second to Mayer Nov. 5 at Ponderosa. Shane Irvin, Steve Sallee and Keith Anderson completed the top five.
Eric Wells won the Super Late Model $10,000-to-win main event. Kent Robinson of Bloomington was second, followed by Jason Welshan, Donald McIntosh and Steve Francis.
Victor Lee won the Modified feature at Ponderosa, finishing ahead of Shon Flanary, Blake Brown, Kenny Schrader and Jimmy Lennox, Jr.
Zack Dohm was victorious in the Pro Late Model main event over Victor Lee, Philip Thompson, Grant Garrison and Remington Gill.
James Crowe picked up the win in the Street Stock class. Jeremie Bretz was second, with Faron Robinson, Glen Hounshell Jr. and Erwin Bentley completing the top five.
Kunz names 2017 drivers
Keith Kunz Racing Motorsports based in Columbus has announced his drivers for himself and crew chief Pete Willoughby of Columbus for the 2017 racing season.Kunz has added outlaw kart racer Tanner Carrick to his stable of drivers, joining Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton, who drove for the team this season.
Thorson and Bayston are locked in a battle for the USAC National Midget Series championship entering the season-ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (California) Raceway on Nov. 24.
James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The (Columbus) Republic, a sister paper of The Tribune. Send comments to jmorey@tribtown.