As the 2021 season kicked off in April, we were optimistic about getting a full schedule completed. Not to be disappointed, we were able to conclude with 11 events in the books.
Starting in April, the World of Outlaw Sprints were added after their scheduled dates had to be shuffled around because of the coronavirus still affecting other areas of the country. Carson Macedo won that opening race before an energetic crowd ready to see the “Greatest Show on Dirt” here at Tri-State Speedway again. The Spring Showdown started with a watchful eye on the sky as light sprinkles fell as the gates opened. Mother Nature decided to let the dirt fly and Kyle Cummins ended up in victory lane.
The month of May brought the Midwest Madness event which was won by Kyle Cummins and then the Memorial Day Weekend Classic which was won by Jadon Rogers.
We hosted an inaugural event here as Tri-State Speedway became part of the USAC Midget Week on June 6. Kyle Cummins, one of our hometown favorites, surprised everyone by winning the USAC Midget feature plus he took home the MSCS victory as well that evening. The Summer Shootout on June 26th saw Jadon Rogers celebrating in victory lane once again.
The one and only rainout in 2021 was the July 11th Late Model Summer Nationals race.
USAC Indiana Sprint Week was wrapped up here on July 31st with Justin Grant celebrating his win. The overall Sprint Week champion award was given to Kevin Thomas Jr.
The annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals on August 14 didn’t disappoint the fans as Chase Stockon led the field to his first 2021 victory here.
As the month of September approaches, the season starts winding down with only a few events remaining on the calendar. The Labor Day Weekend Challenge saw a new driver celebrating in victory lane. Critter Malone took home the big check that evening to the delight of many fans.
The biggest event on the schedule is the Haubstadt Hustler which was held on September 18th. Kevin Thomas Jr. worked his way to victory lane for the $12,000 winners check.
Rounding out the 2021 season was the Harvest Cup race on October 9th. With three divisions in action, the MSCS winning driver was Justin Grant, the USAC Midgets were topped by Thomas Meseraull Jr. and Justin Davis was the MMSA Mini-Sprint winner.
Throughout the season, the support divisions added another level of excitement at each event. The MMSA Mini-Sprints competed at eight races with solid car counts. Justin Davis had four feature wins while Jeff Schindler took home two. Aydn Schmidt won the first race in April. MMSA driver Kayla Roell made her first stop in victory lane at the Haubstadt Hustler race in September. The UMP Modified winners were Justin Jones and Dave Beck. IMCA Race Savers were here on August 14 with Ethan Barrow being the winner.
The 2021 MSCS Points Champion was crowned at the season finale. Chase Stockon, for the second year in a row, won this champion title. Rookie of the Year was presented to Carson Garrett.
As plans are being made for the 2022 schedule, we look forward once again to the challenges presented in preparing a well rounded list of events for all to enjoy!