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SHORT BECOMES SEVENTH DIFFERENT MSCS CHAMPION

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     Haubstadt, IN - October 24, 2011.  Brady Short of Bedford, IN, was awarded the trophy for winning the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Championship following the final MSCS event of the season at Tri-State Speedway on October 8th.  Short had built up a commanding points lead during the season permitting him the opportunity to lock up the series championship at Lawrenceburg with one race still remaining on the schedule.

     The final tally, which included the season bonus of 40 points for 100% attendance at  MSCS events, gave Short a substantial margin of 168 points over his closest rival.  This became the largest margin of victory since Mitch Wissmiller’s dominating season performance back in 2002.  In all 102 drivers earned points during the season.

     One key to Short’s success was his ability to move up and earn a transfer spot into the feature early in the program.  The Bedford Blaster won 6 qualifying heat races in just 11 opportunities.  He made every feature during the season without having to run in a B.  He took full advantage of the availability and addition of passing points to the MSCS race format this season.  Short earned the most passing points in the heats three times and made it into the top six that redraw for top feature starting spots seven times. 

     The Short Racing Team is owned by Don Short of Bedford, IN.  He received the MSCS Championship Car Owner’s Trophy on October 8th.  The sponsors for the car are Indiana Stoneworks, Athenia Mason Supply, Simpson, ButlerBuilt, AFCO by Benic, and Maxim.  The red and black number 36 sprint car was powered by a 410 Spec Engine.

     Chris “Critter” Malone of Speedway, IN, took the runner-up honors in this season’s title chase.  The 2011 effort was his best yet in MSCS competition.  Malone used two consecutive third place feature finishes at Tri-State Speedway early  in the season to put himself in a position to challenge for a top spot in the standings.  Critter campaigned hard in the Seven LLC owned DRC Chassis powered by a 410 Chevy from Speedway Engine Development.
   
     Chase Briscoe moved up through the points standings during the season to finish in third place.  The youthful Mitchell, IN, driver was twelfth in points last season.  This was only Briscoe’s second full season to compete with MSCS.  The Briscoe Racing Eagle used in competition was powered by a 410 Foxco engine.
 
     Braylon Fitzpatrick of W. Terre Haute, IN, finished fourth in the standings which earned him enough points to also take the MSCS Rookie of the Year honors.  Fitzpatrick received his Rookie of the Year Award during post race and post season activities following the Oct. 8th Harvest Cup.  John Fitzpatrick owns the Spike sprint car he drives and the team is sponsored by First Financial Bank and Indy Race Parts.
 
     Chase Stockon of Sullivan, IN, finished fifth in points this year.  For Stockon it was his fifth appearance in the Top Five during his nine seasons in MSCS competition.  Stockon was second last season!  He has also finished third, fourth, and now fifth in points twice.  He drove the XXXII Racing DRC with a 410 Chevy engine built by Claxton.  His sponsors this season were First Financial Bank, Superior Tank & Trailer Company, and Bell Farms.

     Drivers placing 6th through 10th in the points were Dakota Jackson, Kyle Cummins, Robert Ballou, Jon Stanbrough, and Blake Fitzpatrick.  Jackson was a fourth new face to join the Top Ten.  Kyle Cummins and Blake Fitzpatrick are both former champions.  Ballou and Stanbrough have both been in the Top Ten with MSCS at the conclusion of two previous seasons.

    In placing 11th and 12th in the final MSCS Standings Casey Riggs and Levi Jones assumed the final two spots on the list of 12 drivers having provisional starting spots available for 2012.  Riggs and Jones join Brady Short and Jon Stanbrough in winning 2 MSCS features each during the season.  Chase Stockon, Casey Shuman, and Hunter Schuerenberg won a feature each during the season.
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     Officials of the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series have set the week of November 7th as the 2011 MSCS Awards Week.  Drivers in line for points checks, top 5 plaques, or season contingency awards can expect to receive those at that time.  The series is sponsored by Hoosier Tire Midwest whose support makes a driver point fund possible.  The TOP TWELVE in points are listed at the conclusion of this article.  The points of all the drivers active with MSCS this season and other information about the series can be found at www.mscssprints.com.
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HOOSIER TIRE
MIDWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES
2011 Points Standings

Includes Points for all Events
plus Season Bonus Points

Rank  Car#    Driver                  Points

 1        36      Brady Short              718
 2         7       Critter Malone          550
 3         5       Chase Briscoe          537
 4         3       Braylon Fitzpatrick    502
 5        32      Chase Stockon         483
 6         3x     Dakota Jackson        460
 7         3c     Kyle Cummins          413
 8        81      Robert Ballou           395
 9        53      Jon Stanbrough        385
10      10f      Blake Fitzpatrick       377
11      37       Casey Riggs             373
12      20/57  Levi Jones                328
         

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