Boswell, IN - June 29, 2018 -  Thomas Meseraull picked up his first Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series win of the season at the 3/8 mile Daugherty Speedway Friday evening.  The Waveland, IN, based driver took the lead from Nick Bilbee on lap 4 and then kept the Briscoe Racing entry out front until he crossed the finish line on the 25th and final lap.  The Maxim Ford powered machine is sponsored by Cunningham, Tex-Con, and Ford Performance.


     Bilbee remained in contention and was the most persistent and closest challenger for the lead.  Meseraull’s and Bilbee’s cars were separated by .53 seconds at the finish.  Garrett Aitken laid claim to third.  All three leaders managed to deal with lapped traffic late in the race.


     Only four cars would finish on the lead lap.  Landon Simon, who had an 11th place starting spot, was fourth at the checkers.  That forward drive earned him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award.  Series regular Donny Brackett was fifth.  Bracket also won the second of two preliminary heat races.  The first heat went to Nick Bilbee.


     The remainder of the top ten  in the feature included Kent Schmidt, who finished sixth, followed by Aric Gentry, Steve Thomas, Eric Perrott, and Brandon Mattox.  The tenth place finish was good enough to move Mattox into the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Points lead.  His 14.134 seconds lap was the fastest for both groups of qualifiers.  Mattox was also second in his heat race for which points are awarded.  He was running in the top five during the feature before encountering mechanical problems.  The standings have tightened once again as midseason rolls onto the race schedule.


     Illinois driver Bobby Logan picked up the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh in the feature.  It was his first appearance with MSCS.  In what could have been billed as a stateline battle, the field of drivers assembled from Indiana and Illinois was almost equal in number.  There was just one more Indiana based driver in competition than those from the neighboring state.


     The battle was set to continue the next night with an appearance at Kickapoo Speedway which is located at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds in Danville, IL.  It will be round two of a weekend series for drivers at the two tracks promoted by Michael & Kim Daugherty.


     Provided as News and Information for MSCS.

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