Paragon, IN - June 1, 2019 -  Friday night the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series made the first of three scheduled appearances at the Paragon Speedway for this season.  The result was a feature race with challenges continuing lap after lap until all 25 laps were completed.  The suspense added to the excitement. 


     Battles developed throughout the field, and the competition for the top spots heated up.  The need for three yellow flags took care of minor incidents but did not effect the intensity of the racing.  When the green reappeared so did the competition.


     Kyle Cummins started seventh on the field.  He was running in sixth at the halfway point but moved up to fifth on the next lap.  The pursuit was on.  Travis Berryhill had led the first 11 laps after a strong start.  Dakota Jackson’s successful challenge gave him the lead for the next 10 laps.  Cummins began making all-out efforts using the top of the 3/8 mile track, and surged by both Jackson and Brady Short on the backstretch to take the lead. 


      The Rock Steady sprint driven by Cummins was headed to victory as only 3 laps remained.  The Princeton, IN, driver took his third MSCS feature win if the season.  It was the 15th of his MSCS career.  It moved him up to third in all time wins for drivers competing in the series.


     The race for second place would be decided on the last lap.  Veteran campaigner Brady Short would make one final effort to take the runner-up spot from Dakota Jackson.  The two raced out of the fourth turn and towards the finish line with equal determination.  Jackson would collect the second place money in one very close finish.  A.J. Hopkins and Travis Berryhill rounded out the top five.  


     Jadon Rogers led a second five in the feature that also included Jordan Kinser, Dave Darland, Joe Stornetta Jr., and the tenth running Shane Cottle.  Kinser was among the top five most of the feature.  Stornetta received the $100 Certified Rentals Hard Charger Award for the second time this season.  He advanced eleven spots after starting in the last row.  Shane Cottle won the B Main in which drivers were seeking one of the final five transfer spots to the A.  In addition Aric Gentry received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh in the A Main. 


     The three preliminary heat races were captured by A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, and Jordan Kinser.  For this particular MSCS event, group qualifying was not held.  Heats were lined up based on the pill draw at registration.  The first heat race winner drew a 6 at the redraw which then put Travis Berryhill on the pole to start the feature.


     The second appearance scheduled at Paragon Speedway for the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series will be on July 4th.  Next up for MSCS will be the SUMMER SHOWDOWN on June 8 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN, which will pay $5,000 to win the feature.  


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