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CUMMINS EDGES THOMAS

Posted July 17, 2017

     Haubstadt, IN - July 15, 2017 - Another chapter of Indiana Sprint Week played out in front of the large exuberant crowd in attendance at Tri-State Speedway Saturday night.  The 30 lap USAC Sprint Car feature provided an exciting climax to the sprint car portion of the program.  A rousing cheer greeted Kyle Cummins in victory lane.

     The local Princeton, IN, driver was the only driver in the 23 car field that could keep pace with Cullman, Alabama’s, Kevin Thomas Jr.
Cummins finally made his move off turn four of the final lap to snatch a victory from Thomas at the finish line.  The margin of victory was only .427 of a second.

     Thomas had started third and Cummins second in the feature.  But the race became one that Thomas would lead lap after lap.  The two soon dismissed the packs of cars behind them.  A restart after a yellow flag and then another with 2 laps remaining added to the suspense.
That final caution was needed as Dave Darland’s car slowed in traffic on the backstretch.

     Kyle Cummins was back at the wheel of Hank Byram’s Rock Steady 3R sponsored by Debra Corn’s Foster Care.  It was Cummin’s second straight win at the Haubstadt oval.  “I came to win!  Not to run second.  I gave it all I could give!”  Thomas also summed up the experience.  “Our car really was fast.  Kyle Cummins is a force to be reckoned with and he raced us clean.”

     Tyler Courtney finished third.  “Once you figure this place out it can become fun.”  The Indianapolis based driver won a second battle that involved cars from third to sixth on the track.  Fast qualifier Justin Grant was fourth.  Thomas Meseraull finished fifth.  Robert Ballou took sixth.  The remainder of the top ten included Jarett Andretti, Chad Boespflug, Ryan Bernal, and Carson Short.  Short gained 6 spots to lead the drivers charging through the ranks.

     The four heat races were won in order by Justin Grant, Josh Hodges, Jarett Andretti, and Kevin Thomas Jr.  Veterans Dave Darland and Jon Stanbrough ran one and two in the 12 lap semi feature.  Donny Brackett was third.

     Dave Beck of Petersburg, IN, won the 25 lap UMP Open Wheel Modified feature.  Beck had a perfect night as he set the fastest time and then backed that up in winning the first heat race.  Trent Young passed Zach Fair on the last lap to take second.  Matt Lane closed in on the leaders to finish fourth.  Mark Lamont rounded out the top five.  Lamont had also won the second heat race.

     The next event at Tri-State Speedway is set for August 5th.  That evening the speedway will present the annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals sanctioned by MSCS and paying $5,000 to win.  The Open Wheel Modifieds and MMSA Mini-Sprints will be racing that night to provide fans with the second triple header of the season.

Provided as news and information for Tri-State Speedway.

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