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CUMMINS POSTS A SOLID VICTORY AT THE SPRINT STAMPEDE

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Jul

 

     Haubstadt, IN - July 2, 2017 -  The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series raced at the Tri-State Speedway Sunday night as part of the “Sprint Stampede.”  Portions of the evening’s racing program were organized to recognize the 60th Anniversary of the speedway.  An appearance of vintage race cars welcomed the crowd as part of the opening ceremonies which included an interview with track operator Tom Helfrich.  The racing to follow was accentuated by the MOWA Winged Sprint Cars and the UMP Open Wheel Modifieds.

 

     Feature time came up first for the Midwest Sprint Cars.  The feature was for the traditional 25 lap distance.  A three car race for the top spot showed promise of becoming a five car scramble for the $2,500 to win.  Kyle Cummins of Princeton, IN, led the first lap but Kevin Thomas Jr, gassed it and assumed the lead.  Thomas was coming off a MSCS victory the night before.  His On the Gass owned sprint held the lead for the next 9 laps.

 

     However, Cummins was still on a mission, had a new engine, and retook the lead after a restart at the halfway mark.  Then it was Thomas Meseraull’s turn to lead and he was wheeling one fast race car.  Cummins hung on and the leaders caught the back markers in the field.  That bit of congestion played a role in allowing Cummins to seize a victory.  It was his first in the 2017 MSCS campaign.  The front runners lived up to the promise a stampede promotes!  Meseraull would finish second.

 

     With the race being on the night of the track’s anniversary, perhaps it was fitting that the first two teams were backed and owned by families among those that have participated at the track for 2 or 3 generations.  Following the Cummins 3C and the Briscoe 5 Sprinter was that of Robert Ballou.  The California driver is no stranger to Haubstadt fans either.  Ballou had started thirteenth and in finishing third he earned the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award.

 

     Brady Short would finish the main in fourth place just ahead of season long rival Carson Short.  Carson Short had the overall best time in group qualifying with a 13.754 second lap.  Donny Brackett and Chet Williams were also very busy passing cars with each driver gaining 8 spots.  The second five included Jarett Andretti in sixth followed by  Kevin Thomas Jr., Brackett, Aric Gentry, and Williams.  Rookie Stephen Schnapf was eleventh and the event’s Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award winner.

 

     The three heat races were victorious runs for Thomas Meseraull, Brian Karraker, and Kyle Cummins.  Those three drivers joined MSCS Points leader Carson Short in a special anniversary night trophy dash.  It was like another Blast from the Past with Meseraull winning over Short.

 

    The MSCS Sprints will race next in the "Hoosier Sprint Nationals" which will be held at Tri-State Speedway on August 5th.  It will be the 13th annual HSN event to be held at the Haubstadt, IN, track.  No further racing for the series has been scheduled in July.

 

Provided as News and Information for the MIdwest Sprint Car Series.      

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