Big or Small, Solms Can Drive Them All; He Nabs 2018 Gas City FWD Compact Titleadmin
GAS CITY, Ind., Jan. 8 — Eric Solms of Fairmont, Ind., owner-operator at TFS Trucking, proved he can drive a smaller vehicle well too, as he won the 2018 front-wheel-drive (FWD) compact championship for 2018 at Gas City I-69 Speedway with his Silver Bullet No. 88.
Alyssa Clark of Columbia City, Ind. won the feature on July 13 and finished second in the championship over Gage Allen of Warren, Ind. and two drivers based in Columbia City, Ind. — Randy Brommer and Jacob Beard.
Kolton Sollars of LaFontaine, Ind.; Brad Evans, also of LaFontaine; James Headley Jr. of Wabash, Ind.; Dillen Loudy of Marion, Ind. and Robbie White of Kokomo, Ind. rounded out the top 10 in that class, which attracted 34 drivers. Headley Jr., who won the season finale, was the division’s Rookie of the Year.
Solms and Josh Gamblin of Kokomo, Ind. both won two features. Allen and Beard each had one win in the class like Clark and Headley Jr.
Gas City I-69 Speedway distributed nearly $250,000 in purse money to its five classes of weekly racers during the season.
Despite evenings that often featured around 100 race cars in the pits, almost all of the shows were finished by 11 p.m., which was a testament to the track officials, their staff, the push-truck drivers and the racers and crews themselves.
Promoter Jerry Gappens added all sorts of special events for the track’s family-friendly crowd. Intermission entertainment included games of knockerball, helmet tosses, a beachball game, coin scrambles, a “Soccer Moms Gone Mad” race, a school bus race and bubble ball competitions. One show featured fireworks, there was an exhibition by the Midwest Oldtimers Vintage Race Club, and drivers threw Frisbees with gift cards attached into the grandstands. Santa Claus showed up one hot summer night bearing gifts, and two James Dean look-alikes graced the James Dean Classic USAC AMSOIL sprint car season finale.
Track sponsors included Marion Tire, Miller’s American Auto Body, Indiana Oxygen, Brandt’s Harley-Davidson and Hoosier Racing Tire.
The top 10 in points in all five weekly divisions (non-wing sprint cars, UMP modifieds, super streets, thunder cars and FWD compacts), the Rookies of the Year, and others will be honored at the track’s awards banquet Saturday, Jan. 12 at Eventfully Yours Event Center in Marion, Ind.
For more information, see the track’s website at GasCityI69Speedway.com and follow it on Facebook at @GasCitySpeedwayOnTheGas and on Twitter at @GasCitySpeedway.
The point rundown for the FWD compact class follows:
FWD Compacts: 1. Eric Solms, 943; 2. Alyssa Clark, 872; 3. Gage Allen, 824; 4. Randy Brommer, 751; 5. Jacob Beard, 717; 6. Kolton Sollars, 698; 7. Brad Evans, 656; 8. James Headley Jr., 559; 9. Dillen Loudy, 534; 10. Robbie White, 478; 11. Storm Hayes, 388; 12. Josh Gamblin, 380; 13. Don VanBuskirk, 273; 14. Brandon Nutter, 214; 15. Loren Swanson, 201; 16. Austin Dailey, 200; 17. Scott Harrington,178; 18. Chris Harrington, 169; 19. Ryan Piker, 159; 20. Josh Neal, 125; 21. Brandon McDaries and Logan Easterday tied with 115; 23. George Meachum, 107; 24. Carson Day, Austin Scott and Billy Beard tied with 106; 27. Brett Clark, 102; 28. Mike Alley and Greg Adams tied with 98; 30. Jack Ellingwood, 94; 31. Darin Harrington, 90; 32. Ryan Okuley and Joel Smitley tied with 81; 34. Randy Owen, 5.