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STANBROUGH TAKES MSCS HARVEST CUP

09
Oct

STANBROUGH TAKES WIN - SHORT CAPTURES THE CHAMPIONSHIP

     Haubstadt, IN - October 8, 2011.  Jon Stanbrough came up with the winning effort Saturday night to take the MSCS Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway.  The Brownsburg, IN, sprint car driver led from the 25th lap on after a duel with Brady Short in which the two swapped the lead in some intense moments as they battled into and out of the turns on the speedway.  Stanbrough then withstood threats from Kyle Cummins and Blake Fitzpatrick to make it a three car race for the lead.  Cummins took his cause all the way up to and against the wall looking for more speed.  A restart with 3 laps to go provided new incentive.  Stanbrough refused to give up any ground and he took the $4,000 first prize.  Cummins finished second and Fitzpatrick third.
     The victory was Stanbrough’s second of the season with MSCS and his 18th feature win in MSCS competition.  He was piloting the Fox Brothers sprinter.  “Our car was really good.  I could have run harder!”  The veteran had every reason to feel confident.  “I have been in situations before where a yellow came out with a few laps to go and you just cannot worry about it, but do what you are supposed to do.  It worked out tonight.”
     Wes McIntyre and Jonathan Hendrick worked their way up to earn top five finishes.  Hendrick earned the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race in a charge from 18th on the starting grid to fifth.  The feat and two previous Keizer Charger Awards this year combined to earn him the MSCS Hard Charger of the Year Award.
     Robert Ballou switched cars for the final MSCS race of the season and took the Tate -Roberts Racing entry to a sixth place finish.  Braylon Fitzpatrick borrowed an engine to compete in the event and finished seventh.  Joshua Clemons turned his first MSCS encounter of the season into an eighth place finish.  MSCS regulars Chase Stockon and Chase Briscoe were ninth and tenth at the finish.  Adam Nigg finished eleventh thus receiving the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award for the race.
     The feature was run in fleeting segments as the result of recurrent yellow or red flags.  Braylon Fitzpatrick was able to have a cut rear tire replaced and continue during the first caution.  Adam Nigg’s crew replaced a flat front tire in the work area during another caution.  Two laps later a spin in turn two brought out the yellow again.  Then Brady Short was involved in an incident on the backstretch which brought out a yellow on lap 30.  A red flag flew with 37 laps completed when Dakota Jackson’s car rolled in turn four.  Jackson also had his car catch fire during the first heat.
     The three heat races were won by Kyle Cummins, Critter Malone, and Brady Short.  Short earned the most passing points.  The redraw for the top six in passing points put Short & Stanbrough on the front row for the feature.
     Brady Short and car owner Don Short received their 2011 MSCS Championship trophies in a post race presentation.  Braylon Fitzpatrick likewise received the MSCS Rookie of the Year Award.  As an interesting note Braylon won the B Main earlier in the evening in a battle with last year’s MSCS Rookie of the Year Jonathan Hendrick.
     The MSCS Harvest Cup concluded the season for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.  It was also the last race at Tri-State Speedway this season.  MSCS would like to acknowledge its sponsors.  They include Hoosier Tire Midwest, AFCO, Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms, Wilwood,  Hilborn Fuel Injection,  Keizer Aluminum Wheels,  Race Bumpers.Com, Rod End Supply, and Saldana Racing Products.
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