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Jake Swanson Shines at Spoon River Speedway with POWRi WAR/Xtreme Sprints
 
Belleville, IL. (9/10/22) Jake Swanson would win the weekend with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League feature event at Spoon River Speedway, running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Series presented by Low-E Insulation, to notch his third career league feature victory.
 
Early on track accomplishments with twenty-six entries would witness Anton Hernandez clock fast-time in group qualifying with 13.005-second-lap as Jake Swanson, Robert Ballou, and Kevin Thomas Jr each notched heat racing victories. Nic Harris would earn the semi-feature win with Kevin Thomas Jr. gaining the high point qualifier award after preliminary competition.
 
Redrawing four during intermission to shuffle the first pair of rows in the grid would find Robert Ballou combat front-row companion Anton Hernandez into the first pair of corners with Robert Ballou gaining the early race lead as Jake Swanson, Kevin Thomas Jr, Mario Clouser, Anton Hernandez, and Kory Schudy all battled inside the first three rows of competition in close contention for the front.
 
Grabbing the preferred position in front after the initial three laps would witness Jake Swanson overtake Ballou for the lead with a hungry pack of traditional sprinters trying to keep a quick pace with the front-runners.
 
Keeping the field of drivers behind him, Jake Swanson would sweep the weekend of victories by winning for the third time in 2022 as Robert Ballou would finish in a close runner-up positioning with fourth-starting Kevin Thomas Jr clinching the final podium placement in the event.
 
Maintaining a solid showing all night, Anton Hernandez would finish fourth as Shane Cockrum rounded out the top-five finishers in the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League, running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Series, feature event at Spoon River Speedway Saturday Night.
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Jake Swanson; 2. Robert Ballou; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.; 4. Anton Hernandez; 5. Shane Cockrum; 6. Mario Clouser; 7. Max Adams; 8. Alex Bright; 9. Isaac Chapple; 10. CJ Leary; 11. Kory Schudy; 12. Matt Westfall; 13. Wesley Smith; 14. Nic Harris; 15. Brandon Mattox; 16. Colton Fisher; 17. Steven Russell; 18. Tyler Roth; 19. Will Armitage; 20. Landon Simon; 21. Mitchell Davis; 22. Mitch Wissmiller.
 
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Jake Swanson Wins at Jacksonville Speedway with POWRi WAR/Xtreme Sprints
 
Belleville, IL. (9/9/22) Jake Swanson would strike in the latter stages of the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League feature event at Jacksonville Speedway, running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Series presented by Low-E Insulation, to notch his second career league feature victory.
 
Early on track accomplishments with twenty-seven entries would witness Mario Clouser clock fast-time in group qualifying with an 11.605-second-lap as Alex Bright, Robert Ballou, and Anton Hernandez all each notched heat racing victories as Mitchell Davis would earn the semi-feature win with Anton Hernandez gaining the high point qualifier award after the preliminary competition.
 
Redrawing six during intermission to shuffle the front of the grid would find Brandon Mattox combat front-row companion Alex Bright into the first pair of corners with Bright gaining the early race lead as Robert Ballou, Jake Swanson, Mario Clouser, and Anton Hernandez all battled inside the first three rows of competition in close contention for the front.
 
Grabbing the preferred position in front after a late-race restart would witness Jake Swanson precisely maneuver around the leading Bright with a hungry pack of traditional sprinters trying to keep a quick pace with the front-runners.
 
Keeping the field of talented WAR/Xtreme drivers behind, Jake Swanson would emerge victorious for the second time in 2022 as one-time leader Alex Bright would finish in a close runner-up positioning with seventh-starting CJ Leary clinching the final podium placement in the event.
 
Maintaining a solid showing all night, Anton Hernandez would finish fourth as Kevin Thomas Jr rounded out the top-five finishers from starting ninth in the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League, running in conjunction with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Series presented by Low-E Insulation, feature event at Jacksonville Speedway Friday Night.
 
Feature (30 Laps): 1. Jake Swanson; 2. Alex Bright; 3. CJ Leary; 4. Anton Hernandez; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr.; 6. Shane Cockrum; 7. Matt Westfall; 8. Robert Ballou; 9. Mitchell Davis; 10. Mario Clouser; 11. Kory Schudy; 12. Nic Harris; 13. Will Armitage; 14. Steven Russell; 15. Anthony Nicholson; 16. Wesley Smith; 17. Austin Archdale; 18. Max Adams; 19. Landon Simon; 20. Isaac Chapple; 21. Brandon Mattox; 22. Logan Faucon.
 
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Mihocko Wins Sprint Feature Friday Night at Gas City I-69 Speedway
 
GAS CITY, Ind., Sept. 3 — Gas City I-69 Speedway got the Labor Day weekend off to a roaring start Friday with a four-division show that saw Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz., post his second 25-lap non-wing sprint car feature victory of the year at the Grant County quarter-mile oval.  He won here on May 13.
 
Colin Grissom of Anderson, Ind., started second in the sprint car feature and passed polesitter Travis Hery of Hilliard, Ohio with a move to the outside in Turn 2 on the first lap to nab the early lead.
 
A little further back Jack Hoyer of Frankfort, Ind., was going like gangbusters. He started ninth, but was sixth on lap one, fifth on lap two, fourth on lap three and third on lap five. On lap six he passed both Grissom and Mihocko, who had started third, to vault from third to the lead.
 
By lap 10 Hoyer had a 2.098-second advantage over the field.
 
Grissom and Mihocko were duking it out for second at that point, while Colten Cottle of Kansas, Ill. was fourth and defending track champion Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. was running fifth.
 
Cottle got third on lap 11 but Mihocko took the spot back on lap 13, and then Mihocko charged into second by passing Grissom to the outside in Turn 4 on lap 16.
 
With all that dueling for positions behind him, Hoyer enjoyed a 2.130-second lead on lap 21 when the race’s only yellow waved after a car got off the track in Turns 1 and 2 but somehow kept going.
 
That set up a four-lap dash to the finish and allowed Mihocko to close right up behind Hoyer. Hoyer held him off initially, but Mihocko got by at the start/finish line on lap 23 and went on to post a 0.746-second victory over Hoyer.
 
Anton Hernandez of West Lafayette, Ind. started fifth but dropped as far back as ninth on lap five before rebounding to finish third. Cottle placed fourth and Weir rounded out the top five. Grissom finished sixth and could take heart in the fact that he set the fastest lap of the race. Kyle Shipley of Lebanon, Ind., was seventh. Scott Hampton of Greenfield, Ind. celebrated his wedding anniversary by finishing eighth followed by Brandon Spencer of Nashville, Ind. and Hery.
 
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Tye Mihocko; 2. Jack Hoyer; 3. Anton Hernandez; 4. Colten Cottle; 5. Scotty Weir; 6. Colin Grissom; 7. Kyle Shipley; 8. Scott Hampton; 9. Brandon Spencer; 10. Travis Hery; 11. Dustin Ingle; 12. Matt Goodnight; 13. Zack Pretorius; 14. Brayden Clark; 15. Ryan Barr; 16. Brady Click; 17. Evan Mosley; 18. Levi Winget; 19. Tom Davies.
 
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-5, Grissom; laps 6-22, Hoyer; laps 23-25, Mihocko.
 
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Kory Schudy Crowned King of Kansas City at Valley Speedway with POWRi WAR
 

Belleville, IL. (8/13/22) Kory Schudy would use low-line precision through late-race dramatics to earn the throne as King of Kansas City with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League at Valley Speedway to notch his ninth career league feature victory in thrilling fashion
 
Early on track accomplishments would witness Kory Schudy clock fast-time in hot laps with a 13.793-second-lap as Anthony Nicholson and Cody Baker would each earn a heat racing victory.
 
Soaring into the initial start would see the high-point qualifier and pole-sitting Cody Baker combat front-row companion Jack Wagner into the first pair of corners with Wagner gaining the early race lead in the first few laps as Baker, Kory Schudy, Wesley Smith, and Anthony Nicholson all battled in close contention for the front.
 
Slicing and dicing through the field with multiple lines of racing would witness Wagner leading until the mid-race point when Kory Schudy would use inside momentum to grab first as Jack would spin trying to retake the lead in turn one.
 
Holding the pack of hungry WAR drivers at bay, Kory Schudy would be the driver to beat as a late-developing high-line would nearly alter the outcome with Wesley Smith and Cody Baker each going to the top in hopes of finding speed.
 
“When your leading like that it’s almost like you are a sitting duck up-front, I didn’t know that the top would come in as it did. I didn’t hear Wesley up there until it was almost too late, I knew it was close, feels good to win fun races like that,” stated the newly crowned King of Kansas City Kory Schudy in victory lane.
 
Finding the fastest running line, Kory Schudy would hold the front of the field to notch his league-leading third win this season within POWRi WAR as Wesley Smith would wheel his way to very close runner-up placement by a .02-second margin with Xavier Doney placing in the final podium position.
 
Maintaining a solid showing all night pole-sitter Cody Baker would hold steady to finish fourth as Anthony Nicholson rounded out the top-five finishers for the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League feature event for King of Kansas City at Valley Speedway.
 
A Feature (25 Laps):
1. Kory Schudy; 2. Wesley Smith; 3. Xavier Doney; 4. Cody Baker; 5. Anthony Nicholson; 6. Jack Wagner; 7. Luke Howard; 8. Steven Russell; 9. Samuel Wagner; 10. Bryson Smith; 11. Chad Tye; 12. Brad Wyatt; 13. Jesse Bebee; 14. Garrett Hulsey; 15. Dean Bowers; 16. Blake Bowers; 17. Zach Clark.
 
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Westfall Wins a Barnburner of a Sprint Feature at Gas City
 
Gas City, Ind. – The stars of the non-wing sprint car feature were Westfall; defending track champion Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind.; Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz., and Anton Hernandez of West Lafayette, Ind. They finished in that order, but not without a good old fashioned slugfest.
 
Polesitter Evan Mosley of Lapel, Ind., led the first lap and finished fifth.
 
Westfall started second and passed Mosley with a move to the outside in Turn 2 before Levi Wignet of Wabash, Ind., spun in Turn 2 to cause a compete restart. Mosley led the first lap before Westfall got him again, this time on the backstretch, to lead laps two and three, although there was a pause between those laps when Colin Grissom of Anderson, Ind., spun off Turn 2. Lap three was also when Mihocko charged under Mosley for second in Turn 2 and set his sights on Westfall.
 
It only took Mihocko a quarter of a mile, as he passed Westfall low in Turn 4 to lead laps four through seven, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap five in the process. Weir, meanwhile, had made it to third by lap five after starting eighth, while Hernandez was fourth after starting third.
 
Westfall tried the outside repeatedly to pass Mihocko. He made a pass stick at the start-finish line on lap eight, but four laps later Mihocko was still just 0.381 seconds behind Westfall.
 
Weir was close too, and on lap 13 Weir passed Mihocko for second. On the next lap the top four of Westfall, Weir, Mihocko and Hernandez were running under the proverbial blanket, and they kept it up until Matt Goodnight of Muncie, Ind., had a problem in Turn 4 with 16 laps down to bring out another yellow.
 
The pressure ramped up even higher when they got another lap in the books and then Grissom brought out another yellow when he stopped on the frontstretch with 17 laps down.
 
Hernandez, who had just gotten a call from Scott Benic, flew under Mihocko in Turn 4 for third on lap 18, but Mihocko got him back on the very next lap. Mihocko also passed Weir for second on lap 23, but Weir regained the spot on the white-flag lap. Weir was 0.624 of a second behind Westfall’s at the checkered.
 
The next Friday night show is the Labor Day Classic on Sept. 2, with a big five-division card.
 
The James Dean Classic featuring the USAC national sprint cars and the USAC national midgets is Thursday, Sept. 22, and then the 2022 season closes Oct. 21-22 with the fourth annual Gas City Fall Festival of Speed.
 
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps):
1. Matt Westfall; 2. Scotty Weir; 3. Tye Mihocko; 4. Anton Hernandez; 5. Evan Mosley; 6. Jack Hoyer; 7. Colten Cottle; 8. Brayden Clark; 9. Ryan Barr; 10. Corey Smith; 11. Travis Hery; 12. Kevin Newton; 13. Jack James; 14. Korbyn Hayslett; 15. Ricky Lewis; 16. Matt Goodnight; 17. Cooper Welch; 18. Brady Click; 19. Colin Grissom; 20. Levi Wignet; 21. Tom Eller; 22. Andrew Cockman.
 
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, Mosley; laps 2-3, Westfall; laps 4-7, Mihocko; laps 8-25, Westfall.
 
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POWRi WAR Slated for Valley Speedway’s King of Kansas City
 

Belleville, IL. (8/8/22) Crowning royalty in the open-wheel wingless world of the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League will next see competitors in the annual and honorary quest of the returning King of Kansas City on Saturday, August 13th at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.
 
Classes scheduled for competition at Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 13th for the King of Kansas City include the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League, Midwest Mods, Pure Stock, Mod-Lites, B-Mods, and Dirt Demons.
 
Saturday, August 13 | King of Kansas City | Valley Speedway Details:
Pits Open: 4:00 PM
General Admission: 6:00 PM
Driver Registration: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Drivers Meeting: 6:00 PM
Engine Heat: 6:15 PM
Hot Laps: 6:30 PM
Racing Following Hot Laps
 
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Adams Wins Sprint Feature at Gas City
 
GAS CITY, Ind., Aug. 6 — Max Adams of Marion, Ind., the 2020 non-wing sprint car champion at Gas City I-69 Speedway, became the sixth different sprint car feature winner at the Grant County quarter-mile dirt oval so far this year on Friday night.
 
Polesitter Scotty Weir, the defending track sprint car champion and current point leader, led the first 10 laps of the 25-lap sprint car feature. Except for the first two laps, Adams, who started fourth, was right behind him in.
 
Adams passed Weir for the lead on lap 11 and led through lap 18, but then the plot thickened.
 
Colin Grissom spun at the top of Turn 4 with 18 laps down to bring out the race’s first yellow flag. Before another lap was complete Jack Hoyer of Frankfort, Ind., spun in Turn 2 and Sterling Cling got very high off Turn 2 but kept going.
 
On the restart working lap 19 Weir passed Adams low in Turn 2 for the lead, but seconds later three cars collided on the backstretch with a fourth one flipping to bring out a red flag. It all started when Anton Hernandez who was fourth at the time, had the uneasy experience of getting sideways on the backstretch in front of the rest of the field. Brayden Clark and Kyle Shipley couldn’t avoid him. Brandon Morin of didn’t have anywhere to go either, and he flipped. Morin suffered an ankle injury but was not transported to the hospital, while the other three climbed out of their cars under their own power.
 
Following the restart, Weir’s car biked and bounced badly in Turn 2 on lap 20. Somehow, he regained control, but he dropped from first to fifth during his wild ride. Adams regained the lead followed by Saban Bibent; Cole Bodine, and Colten Cottle.
 
On the next lap Bodine’s possible podium finish disappeared when he flipped in Turn 4. He was disappointed but unhurt.
 
That moved Weir to fourth place, and he passed Cottle on lap 23 for third. The checkered and the yellow waved simultaneously when Travis Hery of Hilliard, Ohio spun between Turns 1 and 2 on the last lap.
 
Bibent, who started sixth but ran in second or third place for all but the first two laps, recorded his best finish of the season when he took the checkered flag in second place, 1.852 seconds behind Adams.
 
Weir finished third while Cottle and Tye Mihocko, rounded out the top five.
 
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps):
1. Max Adams; 2. Saban Bibent; 3. Scotty Weir; 4. Colten Cottle;  5. Tye Mihocko; 6. Jadon Rogers; 7. Sterling Cling; 8. Harley Burns; 9. Korbyn Hayslette; 10. Jack Hoyer; 11. Colin Grissom; 12. Dallas Hewitt; 13. Brayden Clark; 14. Dustin Ingle; 15. Travis Hery; 16. Anton Hernandez; 17. Derek Crane; 18. Cole Bodine; 19. Kyle Shipley; 20. Brandon Morin; 21. Aaron Davis; 22. Larry Kingseed Jr.
 
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-10, Weir; laps 11-18, Adams; laps 19-20, Weir; laps 21-15, Adams.
 
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Mario Clouser Cruises to POWRi WAR Night Two Win in LOS Beach Brawl
 

Belleville, IL. (7/23/22) Mario Clouser would use a high-side hustle to precision with the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League at Lake Ozark Speedway for Night Two of the Beach Brawl Weekend to earn his twelfth career League feature victory.
 
Early on track accomplishments would witness Mario Clouser clock top-time in hot laps with a 14.023-second-lap as Jack Wagner and Zach Daum would each earn a heat race competition victory.
 
Soaring into the initial start would see the high-point qualifier and pole-sitting Mario Clouser battle front-row companion Jack Wagner into the first pair of corners with Clouser earning the early lead the first few laps by using a fast but tricky high-line.
 
Slicing and dicing through the field with multiple lines of racing throughout the field would witness several drivers all attempt to run down the speedy Clouser as Zach Daum, Steven Russell, Quinton Benson, and Kory Schudy would all make runs at the front.
 
Finding the fastest running line in the caution-free feature, Mario Clouser would grab the front of the field and hold on to the lead to notch his first win this season within POWRi WAR as Zach Daum would wheel his way to a solid runner-up placement with a low-line running Anthony Nicholson placing in the final podium position.
 
Maintaining a solid showing all night Steven Russell would hold steady to finish fourth as Wesley Smith hard-charged his way to round out the top-five finishers for the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint League feature event for Night Two of the Beach Brawl at Lake Ozark Speedway.
 
Feature (20 Laps):
1. Mario Clouser; 2. Zach Daum; 3. Anthony Nicholson; 4. Steven Russell; 5. Wesley Smith; 6. Quinton Benson; 7. Kory Schudy; 8. Samuel Wagner; 9. Jack Wagner; 10. Joe B Miller; 11. Chris Morgan; 12. Jason Billups; 13. Rees Moran; 14. Katlynn Leer; 15. Will Armitage; 16. Bryson Smith; 17. Zach Clark.
 
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Joe B Miller Gains POWRi WAR Win at Lake Ozark Speedway’s Beach Brawl Night One
 

Belleville, IL. (7/22/22) Joe B Miller would use the low-line to perfection with the Lucas Oil POWR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint League at Lake Ozark Speedway for Night One of the Beach Brawl Weekend to earn his fifth career League feature victory.
 
Early on track accomplishments would witness Kory Schudy clock top-time in hot laps with a 13.792-second-lap as Mario Clouser and Wesley Smith would each earn a heat race competition victory.
 
Soaring into the initial start would see the high-point qualifier and pole-sitting Mario Clouser battle front-row companion Joe B Miller into the first pair of corners with Clouser earning the lead the first few laps by using a fast but tricky high-line.
 
Finding the fastest running line to the low-side, Joe B Miller would grab the front of the field and hold on to the lead to notch his first win this season within POWRi WAR as one-time leader Mario Clouser would wheel his way to a solid runner-up placement with point-leader Kory Schudy placing in the final podium position.
 
 “The car was really good in the feature, the track was pretty tricky but I think the track time helped from the 410 wing race into the non-wing side; feels good to carry the speed into the weekend,” said a victorious Joe B Miller in the Eldon Missouri Victory Lane.
 
Maintaining a solid showing all night Zach Daum would hold steady to finish fourth as Anthony Nicholson would hard-charge to round out the top-five finishers for the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint League feature event for Night One of the Beach Brawl at Lake Ozark Speedway.
 
Feature (20 Laps):
1. Joe B Miller; 2. Mario Clouser; 3. Kory Schudy; 4. Zach Daum; 5. Anthony Nicholson; 6. Wesley Smith; 7. Steven Russell; 8. Jack Wagner; 9. Will Armitage; 10. Rees Moran; 11. Zach Clark; 12. Samuel Wagner; 13. Mitchell Moore; 14. Bryson Smith; 15. (DNS) Garrett Hulsey.
 
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Westfall earns Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield
 

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Monday, July 4, 2022
 
By Brian Liskai
 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio’s Matt Westfall hasn’t won the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield since 2009. He put on a driving clinic Sunday at Waynesfield, taking the lead on lap 10 and surviving several late race cautions and near catastrophe with five laps to go to score the $4,000 payday for the 13th Annual Jack Hewitt Classic with the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS).
 
In the 30-lap BOSS feature Steve Irwin grabbed the early lead over Landon Simon, Michael Fischesser, Isaac Chapple, and Westfall. Westfall moved into third by lap three and charged into second on lap seven. Westfall made his winning move on lap 10.
 
Three cautions and a red in the last half of the race kept the field close. Westfall nearly dumped his Ray Marshall Racing mount on lap 25, hitting the big berm with the car getting air born. He gathered it back in and drove the Buckeye Machine, DPI Ink, Hempy Water, All Star Performance #33M to the win over Chapple, Keith Sheffer, Kody Swanson and Irwin.
 
WAYNESFIELD RACEWAY PARK
Sunday, July 3, 2022
 
BOSS A Feature (30 Laps):
1. Matt Westfall; 2. Isaac Chapple; 3. Keith Sheffer Jr; 4. Kody Swanson; 5. Steve Irwin; 6. Dallas Hewitt; 7. Dustin Ingle; 8. Michael Fischesser; 9. Rick Lewis; 10. Trey Jacobs; 11. Brian Ruhlman; 12. Jesse Vermillion; 13. Chad Wilson; 14. Max Frank; 15. Greg Mitchell; 16. Blake Vermillion; 17. Landon Simon; 18. Kyle Shipley; 19. Luke Hall; 20. Paul Dues; 21. Drew Rader; 22. Thomas Meseraull.
 
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Mihocko scores Gas City/I-69 Opening Night Non-Wing Win
 

GAS CITY, Ind., May 14 —With and without wings the sprint car action was fast and furious Friday night as Gas City I-69 Speedway opened its 2022 season to an enthusiastic crowd.
 
Tye Mihocko of Phoenix, Ariz., won the 25-lap non-wing sprint car feature, while John Paynter Jr. of Bloomington, Ind., was victorious in the 25-lap main event for the 305 c.i. Schaeffer’s Oil IMCA Indiana
 
A bull (Mihocko’s nickname) and a donkey (Mihocko drove Jamie and Michelle Paul’s High ASSpirations Farms DRC No. 24P, which is sponsored by the Pauls’ donkey farm in Eaton, Ohio) were a winning combination in the non-wing sprint car feature. But it didn’t start out that way, as Koby Barksdale of Avon, Ind., by way of Norman, Okla., started on the pole and led the first eight laps.
 
Barksdale’s Maxim Tranner Chevy owned by Tom and Kim Knight of Mooresville, Ind., was 3.726 seconds ahead of Mihocko when Tyler Kendall of Greenfield, Ind., spun in Turn 4 with seven laps down while 12th to bring out the first of only two yellow flags in the feature. Following the restart Barksdale got too high in Turn 4, jumped the cushion, and slid to a stop high in the turn to bring out the second yellow flag with eight laps down. He was able to restart the No. 16K sponsored by A&S and Smith’s Small Engines, but there were three cars ahead of him on the restart on lap nine, so he was penalized three positions in the final rundown.
 
Barksdale’s misfortune gave the lead to Mihocko, who led the rest of the way, although defending track champion Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind., kept the pressure on him at first. Mihocko had to carefully thread his way through lapped traffic, but he did so without any glitches, and he took the checkered flag 1.374 seconds before Weir did the same.
 
National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland of Atlanta, Ind., started and finished third in his DRC Claxton. Chad Boespflug of Lebanon, Ind., finished fourth and Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind., rounded out the top five. Young Saban Bibent of Cincinnati; veteran Matt Goodnight of Muncie, Ind.; Dustin Ingle of Lima, Ohio; Evan Mosley of Lapel, Ind., and Kyle Shipley of Lebanon, Ind., rounded out the top 10.
 
Non-Wing Sprint Feature (25 laps, with starting position in parenthesis):
1. Tye Mihocko (4); 2. Scotty Weir (2); 3. Dave Darland (3); 4. Chap Boespflug (7); 5. Cole Bodine (6); 6. Saban Bibent (11); 7. Matt Goodnight (15); 8. Dustin Ingle (16); 9. Evan Mosley (9); 10. Kyle Shipley (10); 11. Colten Cottle (12); 12. Korbyn Hayslett (20); 13. Zack Pretorius (14); 14. Corey Smith (17); 15. Tim Creech II (8); 16. Koby Barksdale* (1); 17. Jack Hoyer (13); 18. Tyler Kendall (5); 19. Aaron Davis (18); 20. Rob Caho (19).
*: Penalized three spots for not restarting on the tail.
Lap leaders: Laps 1-8, Barksdale; laps 9-25, Mihocko.
Margin of victory: 1.374 seconds
 
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Gas City I-69 Speedway’s Gappens Accepts General Manager Position at Eldora; Boos to Take Over as Gas City Promoter
 

GAS CITY, Ind., April 18 — Although Gas City I-69 Speedway was silent over the weekend, a great deal was happening behind the scenes. Jerry Gappens, promoter of the quarter-mile Grant County dirt track for the last four years, has accepted the position of general manager of the famous Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and will start work at Eldora immediately. Larry Boos, the promoter of both Winchester Speedway and Montpelier Motor Speedway, will take over Gappens’ position and become the new promoter at Gas City I-69 Speedway too.
 
Boos, who was the director of operations at Eldora Speedway for more than 30 years, will hit the ground running, as Gas City’s “Test and Tune” is Wednesday, April 27, and the season opener is Friday, May 6. No changes to the schedule or the class rules are anticipated.
 
“It’s not unusual for good people to be offered new opportunities, and although the timing was not ideal for us, we cannot thank Jerry enough for the tremendous job he has done at Gas City over the last four years,” said Jack Himelick, owner of Gas City I-69 Speedway. “We wish him only the best. We also feel extremely lucky to have someone with Larry’s experience agree to take over.”
 
“It is very bittersweet for me, as I’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into running and improving Gas City I-69 Speedway,” Gappens said. “It has been my honor to work with the staff, teams, drivers, sponsors, and fans at Gas City. I’m proud of what we built. Gas City will always hold a special place in my heart.”
 
“I look forward to joining the competent Gas City I-69 Speedway team that is in place, and to continue the great plans that Jerry has worked so hard to put into place,” said Boos. “The excitement and competition levels have made Gas City a Friday night staple in the Hoosier state, and I am excited to come on board with the team.”
 
Boos said he intends to retain all of Gas City’s current staff members.
 
In addition to promoting Winchester Speedway and Montpelier Motor Speedway, Boos is the owner and promoter of the popular Rumble in Fort Wayne each winter. He has also been the manager of the Ohio Indoor Kart Series for 44 years.
 
Over the off-season Gappens developed an exciting schedule of over 20 events for Gas City I-69 Speedway in 2022, primarily on Friday nights.
 
Located approximately 70 miles north of Indianapolis, Gas City I-69 Speedway opened in 1986. Bull Bradley was one of the original co-owners.
 
After operating for a few years, the track went dormant for several years until Himelick purchased the facility in 1996. Himelick has made significant upgrades during his ownership. He brought in Jiggs Thomason in 1997 to promote the track and the two enjoyed a successful 17-year run until Thomason’s retirement. Various promoters rented the facility for special events only prior to Gappens’ arrival.
 
Gappens, a Kokomo, Ind. native, leased the facility in 2018 and has developed it into one of the premier weekly short tracks in the nation. It is the site of two USAC NOS Energy Drink national midget events and also hosts two USAC AMSOIL national sprint car events.
 
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