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WINDOM WINS SPRING SHOWDOWN

Posted April 17, 2017

   Haubstadt, IN - April 15, 2017 -  Chris Windom prevailed in the season opening “Spring Showdown” for USAC and MSCS sprint cars at the Tri-State Speedway.  The 30 lap co-sanctioned feature played out as a duel and was at times a three or four car run for the money.  A victory would be worth $5,000 and with the yellow flag being displayed on lap 29 the field was set for a single one lap showdown.
Windom had the lead as the cars lined up for the final restart, one which he described as “nerve racking!”  He had led since lap four in the Baldwin Brother‘s Number 5 entry.  The victory was number five for Windom in MSCS competition!

     In starting fourth it took Chris Windom a few laps to catch and overtake Chad Boespflug.  Boesplug fought back in the Mean Green machine looking for an opportunity to retake the lead.  That would not happen but the race long effort added additional excitement to an action filled event that was thrilling to watch.  Boespflug was pleased with the run.  He added an “especially here” in explanation that the Haubstadt oval has been a  real challenge over the years. All top three drivers at the Showdown may have provided a complete podium surprise!

     Justin Grant was third and joined Windom and Boespflug in victory lane for post race festivities.  The remainder of the top five included Brady Short in fourth and Carson Short in fifth.  Brady Short was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race for MSCS.  He advanced 16 spots after starting twentieth on the 25 car starting field. Leading the second five to the finish line was fast qualifier Jarett Andretti followed by Aaron Farney, Max McGhee, Kevin Thomas Jr., and C.J. Leary.

     Chase Stockon received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh.  Stockon also won the first heat.  Subsequent heat race wins went to Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, and Chris Windom.  Kyle Cummins outran Josh Hodges and Brady Short to take the 12 lap Semi Feature.  Cummins was the second fastest qualifier and was running third in the main before becoming involved in a three car entanglement between turns three and four which produced a lot of steam and smoke.  That was on lap 27.

     Earlier on lap nine of the feature a red flag was displayed when Donny Brackett took an end for end ride down the front straightaway. The car finally landed near turn one.  Emergency teams were on the scene immediately.  Brackett emerged from the wreckage and walkedaway under his own power.   There was also a red flag in the Semi when Tyler Rust flipped in turn three.  The car ended up on it’s side and the MSCS rookie’s night ended early.

     The MSCS series will return to Tri-State Speedway on Saturday May 13th in a program that also includes the MOWA Winged Sprints.  In the meantime the World of Outlaws Sprints will make their annual appearance at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday night April 29th.

FAIR FIRST IN UMP MODIFIEDS

     Zach Fair of Petersburg, IN, won the 25 lap UMP Modified feature.
Fair led throughout an event that was interrupted repeatedly by yellow flags for incidents.  It started after the first green flag with a spinning car on lap one.  Debris brought out the next caution flag. Then there was contact on the back stretch between cars.  Five or more cautions continued to reduce the 20 car starting field to just 10 by the seventh lap.  Only eight drivers would have a car that would finish this race.

     From the halfway point on, it was time to get on the gas.  Trent Young kept pace with a flying Zach Fair but would ultimately finish as the runner-up.  Veteran Everett Bradham finished third in a second duel with Shawn Cates.  Todd Riley was fifth.

     The three heat races were won by Trent Young, Zach Fair, and Clay Lane.  John Clippinger won the B Main.  The overall fast time in Qualifying was a 15.722 lap by Stan Beadles.


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