WINDOM WINS THE USAC & MSCS "SPRING SHOWDOWN"
Haubstadt, IN - April 15, 2017 - Chris Windom prevailed in the season opening “Spring Showdown” for USAC and MSCS sprint cars at the Tri-State Speedway. The 30 lap co-sanctioned feature played out as a duel and was at times a three or four car run for the money. A victory would be worth $5,000 and with the yellow flag being displayed on lap 29 the field was set for a single one lap showdown. Windom had the lead as the cars lined up for the final restart, one which he described as “nerve racking!” He had led since lap four in the Baldwin Brother‘s Number 5 entry. The victory was number five for Windom in MSCS competition!
In starting fourth it took Chris Windom a few laps to catch and overtake Chad Boespflug. Boesplug fought back in the Mean Green machine looking for an opportunity to retake the lead. That would not happen but the race long effort added additional excitement to an action filled event that was thrilling to watch. Boespflug was pleased with the run. He added an “especially here” in explanation that the Haubstadt oval has been a real challenge over the years. All top three drivers at the Showdown may have provided a complete podium surprise!
Justin Grant was third and joined Windom and Boespflug in victory lane for post race festivities. The remainder of the top five included Brady Short in fourth and Carson Short in fifth. Brady Short was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race for MSCS. He advanced 16 spots after starting twentieth on the 25 car starting field. Leading the second five to the finish line was fast qualifier Jarett Andretti followed by Aaron Farney, Max McGhee, Kevin Thomas Jr., and C.J. Leary.
Chase Stockon received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh. Stockon also won the first heat. Subsequent heat race wins went to Chad Boespflug, C.J. Leary, and Chris Windom. Kyle Cummins outran Josh Hodges and Brady Short to take the 12 lap Semi Feature. Cummins was the second fastest qualifier and was running third in the main before becoming involved in a three car entanglement between turns three and four which produced a lot of steam and smoke. That was on lap 27.
Earlier on lap nine of the feature a red flag was displayed when Donny Brackett took an end for end ride down the front straightaway. The car finally landed near turn one. Emergency teams were on the scene immediately. Brackett emerged from the wreckage and walked away under his own power. There was also a red flag in the Semi when Tyler Rust flipped in turn three. The car ended up on it’s side and the MSCS rookie’s night ended early.
The MSCS Sprint Cars will race next on Sunday April 30th at the half mile Terre Haute Action Track. The MSCS series will return to Tri-State Speedway on Saturday May 13th in a program that also includes the MOWA Wing Sprints.
Provided as News and Information for MSCS.