Lundy Makes Speedway History
10, 2011) –
Alexandria driver Hannah Lundy left little doubt as to who would be
crowned the WMDH Thunder Car champion during Ed Martin Championship Night at
Coming into the final point’s race of the year, Lundy held a 39-point margin
over Lonny Burton, a difference of four positions.
After posting the quick time on Sept. 24 during Herald Bulletin qualifying,
Lundy and the rest of the competitors had to wait two weeks to decide the
It proved to be a rough night for Burton. During practice he experienced a
transmission problem and after making some hasty repairs returned to seek
his second Thunder Car title.
But Lundy left little doubt that it was her night to shine.
The start of the feature was delayed when Sammy Hawkins, Jimmy Hawkins and
Rob Noel got together in turn one. Sammy Hawkins and Noel were unable to
Lundy jumped into the lead at the start followed by Rob Allman, Burton,
Jesse Bilbrey and Frankie Oakes. Rob Wyman Jr. moved into the fourth spot on
lap five with an inside pass of Bilbrey entering turn three.
On lap 16 Burton’s night ended as smoke erupted from the back of his car and
he was black-flagged by race officials.
Lundy went on to record her third feature win with Allman, Oakes, Wyman and
Bilbrey rounding out the top five.
The first person to congratulate Lundy on her championship was Burton.
After exiting from her car, Lundy as has become her standard procedure
climbed to the roof of her car to celebrate the win and the championship.
“I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” she said of the race for the
championship. “This is pretty awesome.”
Lundy said her father, John, worked hard to prepare the car for her run to
the title. During the year she never finished worse than fifth in a feature