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     Putnamville, IN - August 12, 2017 -  Tyler Thomas had the winning hand in driving the Michael Dutcher Motorsports sprint car to victory Saturday night at the Lincoln Park Speedway.  The feature for the “Return to Putnamville” paid $3,000 to win.  Thomas picked up MSCS win number two in following up on a first MSCS victory the previous night.  The Indianapolis based driver has the Griffins Propane, Indiana Underground, and Tri-Star Motorsports sponsored sprinter locked into a win streak.  He also captured his heat race both nights out!


     Thomas practically dominated the race from the 4th lap on despite starting sixth in the 30 lap main event.  Drivers with the potential to challenge for that lead changed.  They included Brent Beauchamp who led the first three laps, Koby Barksdale, and Brady Short.  Short was running second and had the last opportunity when the field undertook a restart with only four laps remaining.


     Brady Short would finish second and build upon his series points lead.  Brent Beauchamp was third.  Robert Ballou moved back up to claim fourth after visiting the work area at mid race.  First time MSCS competitor Jamie Williams was fifth.  Aaron Farney led the second five to the finish line.  He was followed by Matt McDonald, Jon Stanbrough, Brandon Mattox, and A.J. Hopkins.  


     Matt McDonald was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race.  He had started 20th on the field and completed the event in seventh spot.  Travis Berryhill received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award which is presented to the eleventh place finisher.


     There were five caution periods during the feature.  Most were single car incidents.   Brady Ottinger and Daron Clayton brought out the first yellow flags in separate incidents.  Then three cars became entangled on lap18.  Kyle Cummins, Brandon Mattox, and Aaron Farney were invoved.  All three restarted.  Two additional yellow flags were issued for A.J. Hopkins and Tim Creech.   A heat race accident damaged the car driven by Garrett Aitken.  The collision forced him to scratch from the lineup for the feature.


     Drivers winning heat races besides Thomas were Brady Short and Robert Ballou.  The feature line-up was set from the heat races and a B Main was not held.  The fastest overall qualifier at this years “Return to Putnamville” was Robert Ballou.  Ballou toured the 5/16th mile oval in 12.579 seconds.  Rookie Garrett Aitken was second quick!


     The Midwest Sprint Car Series will remain idle until Sunday September 3rd.  That is the date for the Labor Day Weekend Challenge.  The Challenge will also pay the winner $3,000.  It will be a great opportunity for race teams to get some track time prior to the Haubstadt Hustler on September 16th.


Provided as News and Information for MSCS.


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