Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity


Posted May 12, 2014


     Haubstadt, IN - May 10, 2014 -  The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars
raced at Tri-State Speedway Saturday night in an event that was
highlighted by a “Salute to the King.”  Twenty time World of Outlaw
Champion Steve Kinser, who is competing in his last season as a full
time driver on the tour, was recognized in pre-race ceremonies.
Dewig Meats sponsored the annual event and took part in the
presentation along with track operator Tom Helfrich.
     Tennessee driver Paul McMahan won the 40 lap feature.  He lead the
final 31 laps to collect the $10,000 top prize.  The event started
with veterans Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell on the front row.
Kinser had won the 8 car, 8 lap dash to claim the pole.  McMahan, who
had set fast time with a lap of 12.183 seconds, would start 4th in
the field of 24 winged sprinters.
     Swindell would lead the first nine laps before spinning backwards
into turn one after contacting a car that he was about to lap.  In
the process he also collected Joey Saldana who was forced to the
outside in an effort to avoid the spinning car.  Saldana’s crew
completed repairs in the work area but Swindell’s car failed to
reappear for the restart.
     Paul McMahan took advantage of the double file restart to grab the
lead.  The victory  would become his second WoO win of the current
season.  “I love this place.  Even though it is my first win here,
I’m not sure that I ever ran out of the top five here.”  Steve Kinser
would continue in the chase but would finish second.  “I did all I
could do.  I ran the middle and killed my tires!” Kerry Madsen ran
third in what he described as “an excellent run for us.”  David
Gravel was fourth.  Joey Saldana climbed back through the field to
finish fifth.  The top five finish was good enough to preserve
Saldana’s WoO  points lead while McMahan‘s win moved him up to second
in driver points.
     Donny Shatz was announced as the Hard Charger for the race.  He
started 22nd and finished sixth in the feature.  Brady Bacon, Brad
Sweet, Kraig Kinser, and Jason Sides rounded out the top ten.  Some
of the closest racing was in the packs of cars running from third on
back into the field.  Critter Malone was one of the unheralded
drivers who was in the thick of the action.  He had moved up to fifth
place after starting 21st before becoming a victim of a late race
scramble that cost him 8 spots as several drivers  attempted to gain
positions in the limited space of turn two.
     The three heat races were won by David Gravel, Daryn Pittman, and
Joey Saldana.  Joey Moughan won the last chance race.  Twenty-six
drivers had signed in.  Kody Kinser had the misfortune to flip during
the second heat race and was a scratch for the L.C.R.


     Levi Kissinger of Mt. Vernon, IN, won the 25 lap feature for the UMP
Open Wheel Modified division.  Kissinger was one of 4 drivers who
appeared to have the necessary speed to collect the win.  The race
finally came down to a duel between Zach Fair and Kissinger.
Kissinger led the final two laps.  “ I knew he was good on the
bottom.  I got underneath and got the bottom groove.  I know we both
wanted to win!”  Fair had taken over the lead from Tyler Nicely when
the bottom came in on lap six.  Mark LaMont was third and he had his
modified close enough to be a continual factor.  Michael Fox finished
fourth with Trent Young fifth.
     The three heat races were won by Zach Fair, Tyler Nicely, and Stephen
Schnapf.   Schnapf was involved in the accident in turn one during
the feature that brought out the red flag.  Clay Lane’s car ended up
on its roof and both cars were heavily damaged.

     The next race at Tri-State Speedway will be held Sunday May 25th on
Memorial Day Weekend.  The non-wing 410 sprints of MSCS and KISS will
compete along with the UMP modifieds.  The sprint car feature will
pay $2,500 to win.



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