Haubstadt, IN - July 14, 2018 - C. J. Leary visited victory lane after the “Sprint Stampede”, which was held at the Tri-State Speedway Saturday night.  The Greenfield, IN, competitor led throughout the event in the Green-Tech Lubricants sprinter.  The finish line had to be a welcome sight.  The night had brought forth many challenges.  A caution came out on the first lap.  Soon lapped traffic became heavy for the leaders to work.  Then there was one of those late race restarts with just two laps to go. 

     C.J. noted that “I hoped it would stay green.  We had a pretty good lead.  The car was so good that it didn’t matter!”  The Leary car was bad fast all night.  C. J. set the overall fastest lap in group qualifying, won the first heat, and collected a $2,500 check after winning the feature.  He even pulled a Zero on the inversion redraw to start on the pole.  It was one of those perfect take-a-bow driving performances!

     Runner-up Stephen Schnapf was looking for a second MSCS feature win.  He continued to chase Leary lap after lap.  He too had a fast car.  It was the second fastest in group qualifying and he had won the second heat.  The leaders were lapping cars at a rapid pace and had most of the field down one or more laps.  The first seven cars were all that finished on the lead lap.  Third heat winner Chase Stockon finished third in the feature.  He was followed by Robert Ballou in fourth and Isaac Chapple in fifth.

     Kyle Cummins was sixth in the 25 lap event.  MSCS Points leader Carson Short was seventh.  Daron Clayton was eighth in his first outing of the season.  He was driving a   car that is owned by teammate Kent Schmidt.  Series regulars Donny Brackett and Chet Williams completed the top ten.

     Garrett Aitken received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award for the third time this year.  It goes to the eleventh place driver.  Aitken also has three top five feature finishes to his credit.  The Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the race was Kody Swanson, driver of the Rock Steady Racing entry.

      Preliminary events produced their share of excitement.  The third heat was very competitive with 3 lead changes and a wild flip in turn three.  Brandon Mattox’s newly acquired 2V ride returned to the pits on a hook.  Minus a car Mattox had to sit out the remainder of the program.  He is second in the series points standings.

      Prior to any preliminaries the entire program was delayed by threatening weather and rainfall.  The track prep crew responded and worked the surface until racing was possible.  

     Chase Briscoe prevailed in winning the MOWA Winged Sprint feature.  Three MSCS drivers also brought a winged sprint car and did double duty.  Carson Short, Chase Stockon, and Eric Perrott were busy switching cars.  Short and Stockon had matching top top ten finishes.  Carson was third with the wing and seventh without.  Chase was third non-wing and seventh with a wing.  Bradley Strunk of Mason, OH, won the MMSA Mini Sprint feature to close out the program.

     The next event at Tri-State Speedway will be the USAC Indiana Sprint Week finale on July 28th.  MSCS is not scheduled to race again until August 11th.  That race is the Hoosier Sprint Nationals which will also be at Tri-State Speedway.  The feature will pay $5,000 to win that night.

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