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CUMMINS POSTS SOLID VICTORY IN SPRINT STAMPEDE

Posted July 4, 2017

   Haubstadt, IN - July 2, 2017 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series raced at the Tri-State Speedway Sunday night as part of the “Sprint Stampede.”  Portions of the evening’s racing program were organized to recognize the 60th Anniversary of the speedway.  An appearance of vintage race cars welcomed the crowd as part of the opening ceremonies which included an interview with track operator Tom Helfrich.  The racing to follow was accentuated by the MOWA Winged Sprint Cars and the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds.

     Feature time came up first for the Midwest Sprint Cars.  The feature was for the traditional 25 lap distance.  A three car race for the top spot showed promise of becoming a five car scramble for the
$2,500 to win.  Kyle Cummins of Princeton, IN, led the first lap but Kevin Thomas Jr, gassed it and assumed the lead.  Thomas was coming off a MSCS victory the night before.  His On the Gass owned sprint held the lead for the next 9 laps.

     However, Cummins was still on a mission, had a new engine, and retook the lead after a restart at the halfway mark.  Then it was Thomas Meseraull’s turn to lead and he was wheeling one fast race car.
Cummins hung on and the leaders caught the back markers in the field.
 That bit of congestion played a role in allowing Cummins to seize a victory.  It was his first in the 2017 MSCS campaign.  The front runners lived up to the promise a stampede promotes!  Meseraull would finish second.

     With the race being on the night of the track’s anniversary, perhaps it was fitting that the first two teams were backed and owned by families among those that have participated at the track for 2 or 3 generations.  Following the Cummins 3C and the Briscoe 5 Sprinter was that of Robert Ballou.  The California driver is no stranger to Haubstadt fans either.  Ballou had started thirteenth and in finishing third he earned the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award.

     Brady Short would finish the main in fourth place just ahead of season long rival Carson Short.  Carson Short had the overall best time in group qualifying with a 13.754 second lap.  Donny Brackett and Chet Williams were also very busy passing cars with each driver gaining 8 spots.  The second five included Jarett Andretti in sixth followed by  Kevin Thomas Jr., Brackett, Aric Gentry, and Williams.
Rookie Stephen Schnapf was eleventh and the event’s Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award winner.

     The three heat races were victorious runs for Thomas Meseraull, Brian Karraker, and Kyle Cummins.  Those three drivers joined MSCS Points leader Carson Short in a special anniversary night trophy dash.  It was like another Blast from the Past with Meseraull winning over Short.

     The MOWA Winged Sprints completed their feature with Bloomington, IN, driver Kody Kinser winning the feature.  He had topped qualifying with the quickest time for the entire evening with a 12.739 lap.
Justin Peck finished second followed by Brad Loyet, Mike Terry Jr., and A.J. Bruns.  Critter Malone was sixth.  The three heat races were won by drivers with extensive non wing experience.  Dakota Jackson, Landon Simon, and Chase Stockon certainly displayed their versatility at the wheel.

     The UMP Modifieds were 27 strong to begin the night.  Twenty would start the 25 lap  feature won by Trent Young.  It was Young’s second win at the track for the season.  Dave Beck finished second followed by fast qualifier Matt Lane, Zach Fair, and B Main winner Clay Lane.
Dustin and Dave Beck won heat races along with Trent Young.  Dave Beck took the division’s special trophy dash.

     The next event at Tri-State Speedway will be the USAC Indiana Sprint Week Show on Saturday July 15th.

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