TWICE THE EXCITEMENT ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND MSCS TO BROWNSTOWN AND TRI-STATE FOR A LABOR DAY CHALLENGE
Haubstadt, IN - August 22, 2014 - The upcoming Labor Day Weekend offers two opportunities for 410 sprint car teams to compete in Midwest Sprint Car races in Southern Indiana. The series will be making a first appearance ever at Brownstown Speedway on Saturday night and then race at Tri-State Speedway at Haubstadt on Sunday night. Features for the two special events will pay $2,000 to win on Saturday and $3,000 to win on Sunday. If a driver is fortunate to win both he would earn a total of $5,000.
Promoter Jim Price has put together a special program on Saturday night at Brownstown that also includes open wheel modifieds plus two other open wheel classes consisting of mini sprints and TQ midgets. Modifieds will also be on the program at Haubstadt Sunday night.
The season countdown has begun. The Midwest Sprint Car Series only has five races remaining on the 2014 schedule. The point fund which is sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tire has been posted. The top ten drivers will share in the proceeds and season contingency prizes with the champion to receive $2,500. There will only be three races left after Labor Day Weekend. These two races are very important stops!
Kyle Cummins continues to lead in MSCS Points. He has led the standings since June 6th. He holds a 43 points lead over Robert Ballou as the series races to complete the August schedule. The battle for third place in the standings is even closer with three drivers just fifteen points apart. Brandon Mattox, Brady Short, and Jeff Bland Jr. hold down those spots. Short has been making gains recently in winning two of the last three MSCS features. Kyle Cummins was the most recent feature winner. At Bloomington Cummins became the 7th different MSCS feature winner this season.
Saturday night's race at Brownstown Speedway presents an opportunity for drivers to test their prowess at a track that does not hold sprint car racing on a regular basis. The quarter mile speedway there is dirt of course, but the banking and configuration is different, perhaps unique. Special events there are always exciting
Brownstown Speedway does have two other sprint car races on it's schedule this year. The No Way Out 40 was held there in March with Brian Clauson the winner. And the Fun Fest has been held in October since it was relocated to Brownstown in 2010. Brady Short has won the last three Fun Fest Sprint Car features.
The Labor Day Weekend Challenge at Tri-State Speedway on Sunday the 31st has been a MSCS sanctioned sprint car event since 2004. Past winners include Jon Stanbrough, Blake Fitzpatrick, Scotty Weir, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chris Windom, and Daron Clayton. Clayton has won this particular event at Haubstadt three times.
A strong contingency of MSCS Sprints is expected to take the Labor Day Weekend Challenge. Rookies James Lyerla, Aaron Farney, and Daylan Chambers have all moved into contention for a top ten season points finish.
Hot laps will begin at 6 P.M. on Saturday and at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday night. Racing will follow. MSCS does not hold qualifying time trials but instead uses passing points from the heats to qualify for the features. The two tracks are in different time zones.
Spithaler Dominates Wayne County in Impressive Style
The Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints, like many in the wingless sprint car world, take great pride in the competitiveness of this brand of motorsports competition. In many cases, entire events are run with all cars finishing on the lead lap and most races see many lead changes. These facts simply make what Brandon Spithaler did last night in the Tom Burkey owned Superior Tank and Trailer #57B all the more impressive. From his pole starting position, the Evans City, Pennsylvania driver literally blasted the tacky and choppy Wayne County Speedway corners. With the car rarely on 4 wheels, the "Evans City Earthmover" proceeded to lap all but the runner-up car by lap #21. Working lap 22, Spithaler cleared the second place car to put the entire field one lap in arrears, but the race's only caution flew, allowing the runner-up car to stay on the lead lap.
With Wayne County Speedway running their weekly winged 410 sprints in conjunction with BOSS, the event saw the smallest field of the year signed in for competition with 21 non wing drivers ready to battle the extremely heavy 3/8 mile oval. The evening began with 3 preliminary heat races which thrilled the fans as winning drivers came from the 5th, 6th, and 5th starting positions. Derek Hastings led much of heat race #1 but Joe Liguori made his statement coming from 5th to steal the win late as Hastings and Chuck Wilson held on to earn their way into the Buckeye Machine redraw. Heat #2 found Logan Hupp coming from 6th to defeat Dustin Smith while Chad Wilson rounded out the top 3 to go to the redraw. The 3rd and final heat race was a glorious battle between title contenders Michael Fischesser, Mike Miller, and Brandon Spithaler which saw Fischesser lead early, then fading on the heavy conditions. The crowd then looked on as Miller and Spithaler were left swapping the lead over the final laps. Spithaler was able to prevail for the win with Miller and Fischesser headed for redraw.
Toledo, Ohio driver Chad Wilson would pace the field to the green with Spithaler alongside. Fischesser and Hastings would start from row 2 with a stacked field behind them. Spithaler wasted no time in asserting his command as he opened a substantial lead in the first 5 laps. Despite the apparent runaway up front, the BOSS gladiators put on a driving clinic as the 4 way battle for the runner-up spot on the choppy conditions proved harrowing. Michael Fischesser, Chuck Wilson, Joe Liguori and Dustin Smith ran inches apart making breathtaking moves through traffic.
By the halfway mark, Spithaler was in heavy lapped traffic with a half lap lead over Fischesser and Liguori. Back in the pack, Mike Miller and Aaron Middaugh had begun to move toward the front. The race stayed green as Spithaler kept fans on the edge of their seats with bicycling and wheelies in nearly every corner. The lap 22 caution that prevented Spithaler from officially lapping the field came out when Steve Little spun in turn 2 while simultaneously Fischesser and Smith made contact taking Fischesser out of the event. The race was restarted with 4 laps remaining and on the white flag lap, series regular Adam Miller climbed the wheel of Jeremy Duposki and went for one of the highest and wildest flips in series history. Despite major roll cage damage, Miller was able to walk away unhurt.
The green flag waved for the final time with a one lap shootout to finish the event and there was no denying the Burkey #57B from its first trip to victory lane at Wayne County. Following Spithaler to the checkered was Joe Liguori, Dustin Smith, Chuck Wilson and Mike Miller. Rounding out the top 10 were Derek Hastings, Aaron Middaugh, Chad Wilson, Kirk Jeffries and Jeremy Shambuagh.
The win, the fourth of Spithaler's BOSS career, now puts him atop the all time win leaderboard with the series. This was his second win of 2014 and he now joins Logan Hupp as multi time winners this season. Both drivers have 3 more shots at making history by becoming the first driver to win 3 races in one season! The series' final 3 events will be at Montpelier Speedway in Montpelier, Indiana on Saturday, September 6th followed up by a pair of Ohio track finales at Fremont Speedway October 4th and Eldora Speedway October 11th.
Event #14 of 17
Wayne County Speedway - 8/16/2014
B.O.S.S 410 Sprints A-Main - (25 Laps) 1. 57B-Brandon Spithaler ; 2. 6RR-Joe Liguori ; 3. 77-Dustin Smith ; 4. 31-Chuck Wilson ; 5. 82-Mike Miller ; 6. 32M-Derek Hastings ; 7. 91x-Aaron Middaugh ; 8. 14-Chad Wilson ; 9. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 10. 1J-Jeremy Shambaugh ; 11. 3-Joe Butera ; 12. 97-Scott Hardman ; 13. 5-Bob McMillin ; 14. 53-Steve Little ; 15. 13-Jeremy Duposki ; 16. 24M-Adam Miller ; 17. 320-George Willard ; 18. 4-Michael Fischesser ; 19. 34-Troy Kingan ; 20. 2M-Logan Hupp ; 21. 1-Butch Beasley [DNS]
CUMMINS BECOMES THE 7TH MSCS FEATURE WINNER IN
2014 POINTS LEADER WINS THE SUMMER DOUBLER AT BLOOMINGTON
Bloomington, IN - August 15, 2014 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series made a special appearance at the Bloomington Speedway Friday night. Three time series champion and current points leader Kyle Cummins won the 30 lap feature in a program sponsored by the IU Surplus Store. The Princeton, IN, driver earned the top prize of $3,000. Cummins competed with a Spike Chassis Sprint powered by a Cummins Racing Engine and sponsored by Vincennes University, Re/Max Midwest, and Greenwell Auto Body.
Kyle Cummins started in the back half of a 21 car feature field. For 19 laps he was moving up through the field led by Casey Shuman. Cummins then led a couple of laps only to run out of space in lapped traffic and drop back to fifth. Shuman was still in the battle until a right rear tire went down with 22 laps completed and the yellow displayed. Brent Beauchamp inherited the point at the restart with Brady Short running second. Two laps later Cummins moved by Short and he began to close in on Beauchamp. As the white flag signaled one lap to go, Cummins set up for a slide job. The effort was completed near the top of turn two but not without some contact. Cummins was clear and Beauchamp continued on to finish second. Short finished third. Shane Cottle, Robert Ballou, and Dave Darland ran fourth, fifth, and sixth.
It was an unpredictable and exciting feature. Repeated caution periods interfered with drivers being able to get a clean start. Robert Ballou and Daron Clayton were just two of 7 or 8 drivers that found themselves relocated at the back of the field at the outset. Ballou visited the work area after his car turned over in a second incident but was able to restart and finish in the top five. By lap six only 17 cars were left running, but running hard!
The four heat races were captured by drivers Casey Shuman, Shane Cottle, Brady Short, and Brent Beauchamp. Shuman earned the most passing points! These events were not without incidents. Donny Brackett won the twelve car, twelve lap B Main. Chris Babcock picked up the final transfer to the feature after starting ninth. He had been forced out of competition in his heat with a cut tire.
After a weekend off the MSCS Sprint Cars will be running on two consecutive nights over the Labor Day Weekend. On Saturday August 30th the series will be at the Brownstown, IN, Speedway. Then on Sunday night the series will return to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN.
Feature (30 Laps) - Kyle Cummins, Brent Beauchamp, Brady Short, Shane Cottle, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Aaron Farney, Daron Clayton, Ethan Barrow, Chris Babcock, Brandon Mattox, James Lyerla, Jared Fox, Brandon Morin, Daylan Chambers, Casey Shuman, Jeff Bland Jr., Chad Boespflug, Kent Schmidt, Donny Brackett, Ethan Fleetwood.
BIG JUMP IN BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONLS PURSE
(Perris, CA, August 6, 2014) Hard as it is to believe, America’s premiere traditional sprint car race, the 19th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, is only three months away and promoter Don Kazarian is pleased to announce a hefty increase in the race purse. The total purse is $91,000.00 with the winner taking $20,000.00. The race will pay $1,000.00 to start.
America’s premiere traditional sprint car race, the Oval Nationals is also the biggest motorsports event in Riverside County. This year’s edition will feature the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint Cars on November 6th and the USAC Amsoil National and CRA Sprint Cars on November 7th and 8th. The PAS Senior Sprints and California Lightning Sprint Cars will also be in action on the 7th and 8th.
The $20,000.00 winner’s share of the purse from the 40-lap main event on November 8th is up from the $15,000.00 it paid to win in 2013. The total purse for the 410 portion of the show and the entry blank are posted at the end of this press release.
In addition to Saturday’s big money payday, Friday’s preliminary main will pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. The total purse is $91,115.00 for the two nights of racing. A separate purse will be announced for the Thursday night 360 portion of the program featuring the USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint Car Series.’
“This is great news for drivers and fans alike,” promoter Don Kazarian said with a grin. “This will once again elevate the Oval Nationals into one of if not the best paydays in traditional sprint car racing and it should add some more top drivers to what already is a superstar field. It is a win win-win situation for everyone involved. The racing at the Oval Nationals is always off the hook and this should make it even better as hard as that is to believe. There is so much prestige associated with winning the Oval Nationals from the bragging rights to the much sought after eagle trophies to the winning owner & driver and the winning crew chief gets the Ray Scheetz Award. Now throw in a minimum of $20,000.00 for the win on the final night.”
Three time Oval Nationals champion Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana (on the inside) and Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson fight for the lead at the 2013 Ovals that Darland eventually won. Media please feel free to publish this photo and please give photo credit to Doug Allen.
The jump in the purse comes from presenting sponsor All Coast Construction.
“Mike Grosswendt, who owns All Coast Construction, is probably more passionate about 410 sprint car racing than anyone I know,” Kazarian said. “His voice exudes his love of the sport when you talk to him. He called and said he wanted to bump the purse up for the Oval Nationals and he jumped in with both feet. This means a lot to everyone involved from the drivers to the fans and everyone in between. A huge thank you is in order to “Big Mike.”
For more information on The PAS call: (951) 940-0134.
Camping for all events at The PAS is available for $25.00 per night. The campground will open at noon on Friday. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM for all PAS events as well.
SHORT WINS THE $5,000 TOP PRIZE AT THE HOOSIER SPRINT NATIONALS
Haubstadt, IN - August 2, 2014 - Brady Short won the 40 lap Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway. He became the first repeat winner for the 10th annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals. The Mitchell, IN, driver was at the wheel of the Indiana Stone Works Sponsored, Spec powered, Maxim sprint car. Don Short serves as the crew chief. The victory was worth $5,000.
In victory lane Brady Short was not at a loss for words. He was excited! "It's been two years since I've been in victory lane here but I've been in contention. It's a lot of hard work! Cam Pottorff, the car owner is behind me 100%. He's never won a race here at Haubstadt. He was thrilled when I called him."
Brady Short passed pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. to take over the lead on lap six. The competition behind the two front runners intensified. The battle for third and fourth centered around veteran Jon Stanbrough, Kyle Cummins and Daron Clayton Cummins and Clayton were able to take the battle to the next level during the last 13 laps. Clayton passed Cummins on lap 27 and then Thomas a lap later to claim second. But it would be Cummins who passed Clayton back on lap 38 and then made a spirited charge to overtake Short on the last lap. The two drivers banged wheels but never let up and crossed the finish line side by side.
Short relived those moments for the crowd listening to the post race interview. "I didn't know where to go there at the end. I started losing a little bit in the center. I didn't know if I needed to move down. I looked off four and there he (Cummins) was. We both stood on the gas and wheel banged. It was a lot of fun!"
Daron Clayton was third, Kevin Thomas Jr, next, and Jon Stanbrough finished fifth. Robert Ballou led the second five followed by Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett, Brandon Mattox, and Jeff Bland Jr. Brackett picked up the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race Award with a gain of 9 positions in the feature. Chase Briscoe received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award after finishing eleventh.
The heat race winners were Brandon Mattox, Robert Ballou, and Daron Clayton, Daron Clayton earned the most passing points with a 110 point total.
The Hoosier Sprint Nationals was not a beneficial night for MSCS Rookie drivers. James Lyerla flipped in the feature. Daylan Chambers broke an axel after climbing up onto the fourth turn wall in his heat race. Nick Hale discovered engine problems early. Aaron Farney got involved in the four car spin on the first lap of the feature but was the most fortunate and completed the race collecting a 15th place finish.
The next MSCS event will be the "Return to Putnamville" on August 9th. The 30 lap feature will pay $3,000 to win. It is the second of five MSCS sanctioned races scheduled for August on Indiana dirt tracks.
Feature (40 Laps) - Brady Short, Kyle Cummins, Daron Clayton, Kevin Thomas Jr., Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou, Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett, Brandon Mattox, Jeff Bland Jr., Chase Briscoe, Carson Short, Brian Karraker, Kent Schmidt, Aaron Farney, Chet Williams, James Lyerla, Jared Fox, Mitch Wissmiller, DNS: Daylan Chambers, Nick Hale
INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TO CONCLUDE AT TRI-STATE ON JULY 19TH
USAC DRIVERS TO COMPETE FOR $5,000 TO WIN & THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Haubstadt, IN - July 15, 2014 - Indiana Sprint Week for 2014 is already underway. The series of seven races over a nine day span has continued to attract race fans who enjoy the outstanding dirt track racing that is presented night after night. Three Hoosier Speedways have already taken a turn at hosting the United States Auto Club Sprint Cars as the introductory weekend concluded Sunday night.
Tri-State Speedway will host the series finale this coming Saturday night July 19th. The Indiana Sprint Week Champion will be crowned after the feature that night. The feature winner will receive a check for $5,000.
Three other Hoosier dirt tracks are set to host USAC-ISW Races during this week. The first of the four remaining races is on Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track followed by events the next two days at Lincoln Park Speedway and Bloomington Speedway. Then Saturday the action moves to Tri-State Speedway with hot laps and qualifications beginning at 6:30 and racing starting at 7:30 C.D.T. The fastest laps for non-wing sprints are usually at or near the 13 second mark around the quarter mile oval.
The USAC Sprints have made one appearance at Tri-State Speedway this season. That show was a USAC-MSCS co-sanctioned event. The winner was Daron Clayton over closest rivals Brady Bacon and Jon Stanbrough. Stanbrough won the last ISW feature held at Haubstadt which was during the 2012 season. Rain fell last year!
Jon Stanbrough won the opening night's feature at Gas City for this year's Indiana Speed Week. Dave Darland was the winner the next night at Kokomo. Justin Grant was second both nights and Chris Windom finished third both nights. The third night's race at Lawrenceburg was rained out during the heat races. Chase Stockon set fast time that night. Car counts have been in the forties and fifties!
Both the 2014 USAC season championship and the Indiana Sprint Week title are affected by the outcome of each night's racing. Brady Bacon leads the USAC season standings while Dave Darland leads in sprint week points. This could change several times before Saturday's finale. Fans can check usacracing.com for updates each day. Heading into the second half of the week, point margins are as close as 2 or 3 points!
Former Sprint Week Champions who are active these days on the circuit include Brian Clauson, Chris Windom, Jon Stanbrough, and Dave Darland. Clauson and Windom took the titles in 2013 and 2011 respectively. Stanbrough has won the title twice, the last one coming in 2010. Darland has been the Indiana Sprint Week titleholder three times with2007 being the year of his most recent title.
Reserve seating is available for events at Tri-State Speedway. Fans can call 812-768-5995 to order reserved tickets. Parking and seating are available on both sides of the track for your convenience. The track is located on U.S. Highway 41 at Haubstadt, IN.
TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY"S INDIANA SPRINT WEEK RACE ARRIVE EXTRA EARLY AND SUPPORT A SPECIAL CAUSE!
Haubstadt, IN - July 16, 2014 - This year's Indiana Sprint Week race for USAC Sprint Cars will be held at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday July 19th. The rain date for this special event, if needed, will be Sunday July 20th.
For race fans who arrive early or would enjoy some added activity upon arriving early, Tri-State Speedway will be hosting a special benefit for Sheila Manuel beginning at 12 noon that day. Food booths will open then and raffle items will also be available.
Of special interest will be the corn hole tournament with registration beginning at 10:00 A.M. and closing at 11:45 A.M. Two player teams can register at a cost of $20 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd places with the amount depending on the number of participants. Ten teams will be needed to meet the
minimum requirement with forty teams set as the maximum number of entries.
Sheila Manuel has been a concession manager at the track for 14 years. She was recently diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. On race weekends she can be found in the concession area on the west side of the track. There her service with a smile has befriended the many race fans who have attended Tri-State Speedway.
Please show your support, arrive early, and be part of the entire afternoon's pre-race activities. A camping area is provided at the West side of the track for fans following the week long series.
OCRS Sprint Cars Goes Wingless Labor Day Weekend
OCRS Public Relations
Tulsa Oklahoma (July 10, 2014) – Officials with the Oil Capital Racing Series and the Osage Casino Caney Valley Speedway have elected to make the previously scheduled August 30th date an AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories ‘Non-Wing’ OCRS sprint car event. The originally scheduled non-wing event at the ¼-mile track was rained out on May 24th.
This change on Labor Day weekend creates the third AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories non-wing event for the season and provides fans of OCCVS an opportunity to witness both styles of sprint car racing for 2014. “OCRS is very appreciative to Kerry Gorby (track promoter) for working with our series in making this change,” said OCRS president Barry Grabel. “OCRS has some sponsor commitments to fulfill in offering non-wing sprint car racing to the schedule and Gorby is not only assisting OCRS in this matter, but is also providing his fan base with a style of racing that they will enjoy.” OCCVS had a packed house this past Saturday night for OCRS sprints.
2013 OCRS champion Harli White gave OCCVS fans their monies worth and more when she won last years OCCVS non-wing race from the 12th starting position while runner-up Tim Kent also stormed his way through the field having started in the 11th position. Chance Morton won the first AmeriFlex Hose & Accessories non-wing event of 2014 at the West Siloam Speedway and current OCRS point leader Danny Smith took the second topless affair at the South Coffeyville Speedway.
CLAY COUNTY SPEEDWAY NEXT IMPORTANT STOP FOR MSCS
Haubstadt, IN - July 1, 2014 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will be in action again this weekend. The 410 non-wing series will make a special appearance at the Clay County Speedway in Flora, Illinois, on Saturday, July 5th.
Everyone will have an opportunity to continue to celebrate the country's independence with an evening at the races. Fireworks will be replaced by the thunderous roar of sprint car engines. The sprints will headline a show which will also include all the regular divisions at the track. In all five divisions of race cars will be in competition. The MSCS sprint car feature is scheduled to be pushed off first.
The sprint car drivers will be racing for a purse that pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start. The normal starting field for MSCS is 20 cars. The series has averaged 29.6 cars per event through the first nine races this season. The race at Flora is an important stop. The season is half over and this race is the first to be run in the second half of an 18 date season. The 1/3 mile facility will be the most spacious track the series will compete on this season. The Terre Haute race on a half mile was rained out.
For those who are first time travelers, Clay County Speedway is located on U.S. 45, 1.9 miles North of U.S. 50 just West of Flora. This is a closer opportunity for sprint car competitors and fans who live in Illinois or Missouri to attend a MSCS race.
The track does race non-wing sprint cars on a regular basis. Those drivers are familiar with the track, and the match-ups with regular MSCS drivers should make for some interesting qualifying heats. Matt Humphrey won the most recent sprint feature to be held there.
MSCS will be returning to the banks of Clay County Speedway following an absence of five years. The MSCS driver roster has changed since then, so some drivers following the series will be making their first laps around the oval. This would include some of the current crop of MSCS rookies. But not all - MSCS Rookie Points leader James Lyerla picked up a feature win there in September of 2013.
The first half of this MSCS season has featured performances by drivers who are keeping things interesting with hot streaks. Robert Ballou could make it three in a row with a victory Saturday night!
Jeff Bland Jr. won two features in a row Memorial Day weekend. Hunter Schuerenberg won two of the first three races to start the season. However, Kyle Cummins has the current points lead. He is looking for that first win this season and closing in with runs of 4th, 2nd, and 3rd in his last three appearances. Daron Clayton and Tyler Courtney also have feature wins with MSCS this season.
The top five in MSCS Points are Kyle Cummins, Bradley Sterrett, Robert Ballou, Carson Short, and Brady Short. Brady Short won one of the last 2 MSCS features held at Clay County.
The top five in track points are Matt Humphrey, Aric Gentry, Donny Brackett, Steve Thomas, and Anthony Loehr. Promoter Kevin Bayer has additional information posted on the track website at www.claycountyspeedway.net. Hot laps are set for 7 o'clock with racing set for 7:30 P.M. It is the last appearance for the MSCS
series in Illinois this season.