Senior staff writer
Second-generation figure-8 driver Ben Tunny dominated the final 162 laps of the 465-lap 39th World Figure-8 Championship Three-hour Endurance Race Saturday at the Indianapolis Speedrome.
Tunny, who previously won in 2009 and ’12, passed Artie Ware, a Jeffersonville Sportsdrome veteran, on the inside of the first turn on Lap 304 and foiled any attempt for an out-of-town driver to win the track’s signature race for the second time. Ware finished second on the lead lap and led twice for 65 laps.
Jeffersonville’s Leonard Basham was third, two laps behind the winner. Corey Turner of Wanamaker finished fourth, followed by Danny Smith, Beech Grove’s Doug Greig, rookie Donnie Garrigus IV, Michigan’s Mike Hadley Jr. and Franklin Township’s Charlie Hargraves.
Tunny’s brother Jesse Tunny led five times for 198 laps and was in command when his car lost power in the fourth turn on Lap 259.
Two-time winner Greig completed 455 laps and raised his all-time laps completed record to 8,576 in 26 races.
Southsiders Curtis McMurtrey and Larry Hahn and out-of-area drivers Jeremy Vanderhoof and Derick Bradshaw won qualifying races.