Haubstadt, IN - September 17, 2016 -  Kyle Cummins collected the $10,000 top prize in the running of the ninth annual Haubstadt Hustler for 410 non wing sprint cars.  The Princeton, IN, driver led the last half of the 40 lap feature for the MSCS and USAC sprint cars.


     Cummins took over the lead on lap 20 after a battle with Tyler Courtney that had the two drivers paired up and running side by side on a tacky track with a heavy cushion.  Courtney led laps 8 through 19 and would finish second.  Shane Cottle rallied time and time again in battles with drivers running in the top five to earn the third spot for the feature.  Competitors Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chase Stockon rounded out the top five.


     Cummins summed it up in victory lane.  “That was the toughest race of my life.  The car was unbelievable.  Hats off to Hank Byram, Tim Spindler, and all the people helping out!”  Cummins drives for Rock Steady Racing out of Dupont, IN, and the car is sponsored by Greenwell Auto Body and Tim Mason/ReMax.  Courtney had a great run at Tri-State.  “This was my best finish.  It is the first time I’ve not been lapped in running here!”  Cottle was pleased considering the circumstances.  “The car was way too tight to run against that big ole cushion.  I had to run down lower.  I let Tyler get back past me .”   


     Pole sitter Carson Short led the first 7 laps of the feature before flipping in the second turn.  The car was towed to the work area to replace a rear tire and Carson rejoined the field and would finish seventh behind Chris Windom.  Drivers Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, and Jon Stanbrough ran eighth, ninth, and tenth.  C.J. Leary was the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award recipient in finishing eleventh.


     Overall fast qualifier Tyler Hewitt took a MSCS Provisional for the feature and was on the move before he flipped on lap 21.  The racing produced red or yellow flags five different times with the last being for Daron Clayton with 38 laps complete.  The two time Hustler winner had marched from a 17th starting spot up to challenge for third before encountering problems.  Last year’s Hustler winner Brady Short also was in the top three when his chances went up in smoke on lap 31. 


      The co-sanctioned event drew 41 competitors.  The resulting five heat races were won by Shane Cottle, Dakota Jackson, Aaron Farney, C.J. Leary, and Tyler Courtney.  Bret Mellenberndt flipped in the final heat race.  Critter Malone won the C Main and was the first of 5 drivers to transfer to the B Main,  The 20 car B Main was a victory for Brady Short over Daron Clayton and Brandon Mattox.  Short started sixth and Clayton started eighth in bringing the race to the front.  


     Sprint car veteran Jon Stanbrough took the seventh and last transfer spot to the A.  He started 22nd in the feature and worked his way up to a tenth place finish to earn the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger Award for the race.


     The next event on the schedule for the Midwest Sprint Car Series will be the October 8th “Harvest Cup” which pays $3,000 to win.  This is the season finale at Tri-State Speedway and for MSCS in 2016.  

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