INDIANAPOLIS — Following a night-long duel, Travis Young was able to top Nick Hamilton to win the USSA Mel Kenyon Midget Series feature at the Indianapolis Speedrome Saturday.
The fireworks began for Young and Hamilton in qualifying when Hamilton broke Young’s track record, setting a new series benchmark of 12.632 seconds and 56.998 miles per hour on the historic Indianapolis fifth mile race track.
Young countered with second fastest time of the night, missing Hamilton’s mark by only .012 of a second. The USSA starting inversion put the two side by side in the fourth row for the feature.
Young immediately went to the outside and passed early leader Chris Dickey for the lead on lap nine. Hamilton took just a few laps longer to reach the back bumper of Young’s car.
The two drivers spent the rest of the 50-lap race separated by inches as Hamilton made every move he could conjure up two or three times a lap to pass Young, while Young used his years of experience at the Speedrome to counter everything Hamilton threw at him.
Rookie Dameron Taylor, Kyle Tilley and 2011 Champion Jessica Bean filled the remaining spots in the top five after their nose to tail race.