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     Haubstadt, IN - August 5, 2017 -  Kevin Thomas, Jr. powered his way to a 2017 Hoosier Sprint Nationals victory.  It was his second win at this event which has been presented by Tri-State Speedway since its inception in 2005.  The Cullman, Alabama, driver picked up a check for $5,000.  “It’s great to be back in victory lane.”  What a ride he gave that 9K sprint car!        

     Thomas led all 40 laps of the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series event.  He started on the pole by virtue of a first heat win and a zero inversion on the redraw.  Yet all kinds of excitement would fill the moist air.  The 4 wide parade lap was omitted with the threat of incoming showers.  The green flag waved and action prevailed.  There were 5 yellow flags during the first 5 laps.  The work area in the pits was busy with multiple visitors.


     Drivers then got down to the business of racing and the green light stayed on until lap 20.  At that point Kyle Cummins had managed to pass Robert Ballou to move into second place.  The challenge was on for the lead.  Cummins would gain in turn two and Thomas would find momentum off four.  But an expected last lap showdown was averted when Cummin’s car began smoking.  Kyle dealt with the disappointment.  “It overheated with 5 or 6 laps to go.  I back-peddled and tried to finish the race.”  Cummins held on to take second.


     Three time Hoosier Sprint Nationals winner Brady Short made a great run to finish third.  Short started the feature in the last row after making a quick stop in the work area before the initial start.  He was also in a minor incident during the first five laps.  Then there was no holding him back in a drive that earned him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award.  “I got myself in rhythm and the car was working in the middle of the corners.”  Second heat winner Robert Ballou would finish fourth.  B Main winner Thomas Meseraull gained 11 spots to finish fifth in the Briscoe 5 Sprinter.


     The second five in the MSCS feature included fast qualifier Jarett Andretti, Chase Stockon, Tyler Thomas, Donny Brackett, and Brian Karraker.  Karraker also won the third heat race.  Garrett Aitken received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award with an 11th place finish.  One red flag came out during the feature.  Carson Short was running seventh when his car went airborne, rolled, and landed on top of the wall between turns one and two.   


     The Midwest Sprint Car Series will return to Tri-State Speedway for the Labor Day Weekend Challenge on Sunday September 3rd.  Prior to that event the series will visit Shadyhill Speedway on August 11th and follow that race up by returning to Lincoln Park Speedway at Putnamville the next night August 12th.


Provided as News and Information for Tri-State Speedway and MSCS.




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