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Keepin’ it Short – Turning right and left

After Tony Stewart’s post race rant at Talladega, there has been an increased interest in Figure 8 racing. The unofficial home of Figure 8 racing is the Indianapolis Speedrome. The facility is believed to be the first track to host a Figure 8 race where the cars actually passed through the intersection in the middle of the track. Prior to that exciting twist, the tracks that hosted Figure 8 races used an overpass in the center so would never actually meeting at the crossing.

While Figure 8 racing has been around for some 70 years, the World Figure 8 Championship has only been contested since 1977 at the Speedrome. Jim Fox took the win in that very first event over a field of 57 cars. In that first race Kenny St. John came home an unremarkable 11th place, however that was hardly a premonition to the next five years when he would be crowned the World Figure 8 Champion every year from 1978 through 1982. The crown of world champion passed around through several hands from 1983 through 1992 but, in 1993, Jack Dossey, Jr. grabbed the title and all but owned it, winning six out of seven years. Duane Lee was the only driver to interrupt the streak as he won the big event in 1995.

From the turn of the century the most common name on the trophy has been Tunny. Bruce, Ben and Bill Tunny, Jr. have all held the World Champion title since 2000. Bruce won the title three times while Ben and Bill Jr. won it once each. Doug Greig is the current title holder and also wore the crown in 2007.

The World Figure 8 Championship is an endurance race. The event runs for three hours and the driver who completes the most laps first will win the race. In 1981 Kenny St. John led 512 laps during the race, the most ever by a race winner and the only driver to complete more than 500 laps in a race. While there are many races at many tracks across the United States, Figure 8 races hold a special place in the heart of Short Track race fans. The Speedrome has invited Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman to compete in a Figure 8 race and Stewart has said he wants to do it because he’s never run one before.

There’s no question that it is a unique and very exciting brand of racing. If you’re in the Southeast Indianapolis area, head over to Kitley Ave and check out some Figure 8 racing at the granddaddy of the sport, The Indianapolis Speedrome.

Fri : May 18th – Batesville Motor Speedway ; Batesville : AR – Bad Boy 98 Lucas Oil Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – Limited Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – SK Lights
Fri : May 18th – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – SK Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Orlando Speedworld ; Orlando : FL – Brighthouse Challenge Super Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Bloomington Speedway ; Bloomington : IN – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Fri : May 18th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : May 18th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : May 18th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : May 18th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Street Stock x2
Fri : May 18th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – NDRA Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Tri-County Racetrack ; Brasstown : NC – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Fri : May 18th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Mod Lites
Fri : May 18th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Dan Reno Memorial Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Southern Oklahoma Speedway ; Ardmore : OK – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : May 18th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Estevan Motor Speedway ; Estevan : Saskatchewan – IMCA Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Street Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Super Stocks
Fri : May 18th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : May 18th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : May 18th – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Winged Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Wisconsin Dirt Late Models
Fri : May 18th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Sprint Cars
Fri : May 18th – Manitowoc County Fairgrounds ; Manitowoc : WI – Street Stock
Fri : May 18th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : May 18th – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Southern Superstars Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – South Alabama Speedway ; Kinston : AL – Viper Pro Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Bandoleros
Sat : May 19th – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Waterless Boat Race
Sat : May 19th – Havasu 95 Speedway ; Lake Havasu City : AZ – Factory Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Batesville Motor Speedway ; Batesville : AR – Bad Boy 98 Lucas Oil Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Hooker Hood Classic 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Hooker Hood Classic 360 Wingerd Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Hooker Hood Classic Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Hooker Hood Classic Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Race #3 Coors Light Open Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Hobby Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway ; Hanford : CA – USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
Sat : May 19th – Desoto Speedway ; Bradenton : FL – TBARA Winged Sprints
Sat : May 19th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Pro Late Models
Sat : May 19th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – E-Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – Punta Gorda Speedway ; Punta Gorda : FL – Late Model Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Sugar Creek Raceway ; Blue Ridge : GA – USCS 600 Sprint Cars
Sat : May 19th – Watermelon Capital Speedway ; Cordele : GA – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Meridian Speedway ; Meridian : ID – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – POWRi Midgets
Sat : May 19th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – 600cc Micro Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Mini Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Illiana Motor Speedway ; Schererville : IN – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Lucas Oil Raceway Park ; Clermont : IN – USAC Silver Crown
Sat : May 19th – Salem Speedway ; Salem : IN – Top Speed Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – $1,000 to win FWD
Sat : May 19th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Sat : May 19th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stocks Figure 8
Sat : May 19th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : May 19th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : May 19th – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Sat : May 19th – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – NASCAR K&N Pro West Series
Sat : May 19th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Pure Street
Sat : May 19th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Mini Stock
Sat : May 19th – Corbin Speedway ; Corbin : KY – Outlaw Mini Cup
Sat : May 19th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Springport Motor Speedway ; Springport : MI – Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Bud Night Wissota Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Bud Night Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Bud Night Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – North Central Speedway ; Brainerd : MN – Bud Night Wissota Super Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lebanon Schools Night ASA Late Models
Sat : May 19th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lebanon Schools Night Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lebanon Schools Night Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lebanon Schools Night Road Warriors
Sat : May 19th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Lebanon Schools Night Chargers
Sat : May 19th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Factory Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – A-Mods
Sat : May 19th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : May 19th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Sat : May 19th – White Mountain Motorsports Park ; North Woodstock : NH – PASS North Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Dunn Tire Raceway Park ; Lancaster : NY – TQ Midgets
Sat : May 19th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – NLRA Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Red River Valley Speedway ; West Fargo : ND – Super Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – Armed Forces Night IMCA Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – Armed Forces Night Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Sandusky Speedway ; Sandusky : OH – Main Event Super Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Street Stocks
Sat : May 19th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – ARDC Midgets
Sat : May 19th – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Xcel 600 CCs
Sat : May 19th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 410 Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 358 Sprints
Sat : May 19th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – Thundercars
Sat : May 19th – Router 66 Motor Speedway ; Amarillo : TX – USMTS National Championship Series Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Limited Sportsman x2
Sat : May 19th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Street Stock
Sat : May 19th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Shenandoah Speedway ; Shenandoah : VA – Sportsman
Sat : May 19th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : May 19th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – UMSS Traditional Sprint Cars
Sat : May 19th – State Park Speedway ; Wasau : WI – ASA Midwest Tour State Park 150
Sat : May 19th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : May 19th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : May 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – ACT 150
Sun : May 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – Late Models
Sun : May 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – Strictly Stock
Sun : May 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – Outlaws
Sun : May 20th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford : ME – Rebels
Sun : May 20th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – World of Outlaws
Sun : May 20th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sun : May 20th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Sport Stocks
Sun : May 20th – Scotia Speedworld ; Halifax : Nova Scotia – Parts for Trucks Pro Stocks
Sun : May 20th – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – ARCA Racing Series
Sun : May 20th – Mosport International Raceway ; Bowmanville, Ontario – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Sun : May 20th – Sunset Speedway ; Innisfil : Ontario – OSCAAR Super Late Models
Sun : May 20th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – 4c Super Modifieds
Sun : May 20th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Modifieds
Sun : May 20th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Street Stocks
Tue : May 22nd – Marshalltown Speedway ; Marshalltown : IA – Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models
Wed : May 23rd – I-35 Speedway ; Mason City : IA – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Wed : May 23rd – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Wed : May 23rd – Millbridge Speedway ; Salisbury : NC – NASCAR/World of Outlaws Night Mini Outlaws
Thu : May 24th – Thompson International Speedway ; Thompson : CT – MRS Modifieds
Thu : May 24th – Terre Haute Action Track ; Terre Haute : IN – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Thu : May 24th – Highway 3 Raceway ; Allison : IA – USMTS Casey’s Cup Qualifier Modifieds
Thu : May 24th – I-80 Speedway ; Greenwood : NE – Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints

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