ANNUAL AWARDS WEEK CAPS THE 2016 SEASON
FOR THE HOOSIER TIRE MIDWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES
Haubstadt, IN - November 4, 2016. Drivers participating with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Season are receiving or have received awards being distributed to finalize the 2016 season. The week of October 24th thru October 29th served as the annual MSCS Awards Week.
Post season awards included sending point fund checks to the top 10 drivers that met the 60% participation requirement. Plaques were provided to drivers placing second to fifth in points and to the MSCS Hard Charger of the Year. And there were various other contingency prizes.
Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, won his third MSCS crown. His lead as the season ended was 29 points. In route to the championship Short was ever consistent in finishing in the top 5 or top 10 in every feature he competed in except one. He also remains the All Time Feature Wins leader in the series with 21victories! A second place feature finish at Montpelier Speedway in late July propelled him into the points lead and he protected that lead during the final four events.
Brady Short received the driver championship trophy following the Harvest Cup in October at Tri-State Speedway. Cam Pottorff was the Championship Car Owner. The Champion’s portion of the Hoosier Tire sponsored MSCS Points Fund was $2,500. The total of the point fund that was paid out totaled over $7,500.
Tyler Hewitt of Marion, IN, was awarded the MSCS Rookie of the Year trophy trackside prior to the last race. Hewitt also finished in second place in overall series points. Hewitt enjoyed a double benefit in receiving two post season checks. Besides the point fund check he received a check for $750 as the Rookie of the Year. In addition to the monetary awards Hewitt also received a valuable certificate towards the purchase of a racing uniform from series sponsor Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms. Each season Hinchman Indy Racing Uniforms provides an award designated to be given in support of the MSCS Rookie Driver Program.
Brandon Morin finished third in season points. The twenty-one year old Jasonville, IN, driver led the MSCS standings two times during the season in only his second full season to compete with MSCS. He was the series Rookie of the Year in 2015!
Tyler Hewitt, Brandon Morin, Carson Short, and Donny Brackett received beautiful rosewood plaques for finishing in positions two through five. The remainder of the top ten drivers included Kyle Cummins, rookie Jared Chastain, C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, and Dakota Jackson. Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon finished just outside of the top ten as did rookie Jadon Rogers. Kyle Cummins recorded the most feature wins with three.
Robert Ballou received the plaque from MSCS for being the 2016 Hard Charger of the Year. The special plaque is awarded each year to the driver who is the Hard Charger of the Race the most times. This is the second time in a row that the award went to Ballou.
Merchandise certificates from AFCO totaling over $500 were awarded to the top drivers from those who signed up with MSCS under their racing shocks program. Two awards went to Tyler Hewitt with Brandon Morin and C.J. Leary also recipients. Two of the top five MSCS drivers participated in the program this past season.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa, also contributes three membership packets for the upcoming year. They are provided for the Champion, Points Runner-up, and Rookie of the Year. Embroidered award jackets from point fund sponsor Hoosier Tire Midwest were also provided to honor the Champions and Rookie of the Year.
The gate prize that is presented at the end of the season by RaceBumpers.Com was won by Donny Brackett. He won a complete set of bumpers and nerf bars. Brackett’s name was drawn from a pool of all of the eligible drivers that participated in 60% or more of the eleven MSCS points paying events.
A hundred drivers participated in MSCS races in 2016. They arrived in an average of 27 cars per event. The two highest car counts for the season belonged to Tri-State Speedway with 41 and Lincoln Park Speedway with 38.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series wishes to thank all the series sponsors, drivers, car owners, track promoters, officials, journalists, photographers, and the enthusiastic race fans for their involvement and support in 2016.
Sponsors who provided awards associated with the racing events already held include Hooker Harness, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, RaceBumpers.Com, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Brakes.
This was the 16th season of racing for MSCS. The schedule of 18 events was 61% completed. This was one of the wettest summers on record for the series. Management will be working with track promoters in the weeks ahead to create a full and challenging schedule of non-wing sprint car races for 2017.
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