Grant Spins and Wins at Kokomo
On a night when the feature lineup was populated by feature winners, track champions and sanctioning body champions, Justin Grant sped away to nearly a half lap lead before he almost gave it all away by spinning midway through the race. But he recovered to re-assume the lead when new leader Brady Short had an engine disintegrate. No one had anything for Grant after a late re-start as he scored his first King of Indiana Sprint Series win at the Kokomo Speedway.
As race teams signed in on a breezy Sunday afternoon, one could quickly notice that there would be several strong racers on hand. 22 cars were set to tackle the graduated banking of the quarter mile oval 50 miles north of Indianapolis. There would be no need for a B main tonight; all who were able would start the feature.
Early on the fast groove was around the top and passing would be difficult. But Jon Stanbrough was on the verge of passing leader Shane Cottle in the first heat. The 22 time KISS feature winner would settle for a close second behind the local kid made good. Robert Ballou was third ahead of Casey Shuman and Aaron Farney.
Brady Short, the KISS Terre Haute winner only a week ago, led all of the second heat and finished ahead of Justin Grant, who began an early search for one of the various lines that is part of what makes Kokomo such a racy track. Dave Darland was third with Chad Boespflug coming from last to fourth. Dickie Gaines was fifth.
Saturday night’s Lawrenceburg winner C.J. Leary outgunned front row mate Kevin Thomas Jr. to win the third heat. Thomas Meseraull was third and Jerry Coons Jr. came from last to finish fourth. KISS point leader Kyle Robbins was fifth.
The redraw put Short and Grant on the front row with Cottle and Thomas in row two. Moving on back, one found talent, lots of it with at least half the field a threat to win. Along with the front four, Stanbrough, Leary, Ballou, Darland, Meseraull, Shuman, Boespflug and Coons made up six of the 11 rows.
But none of that cut any ice for Grant who rocketed to a growing lead immediately, leaving Short to fight with Leary and Stanbrough for second. A bit further back one could find multiple fights for position among Cottle, Ballou, Jarrett, all winners and all neither asking nor giving any quarter.
By the midway part of the 30 lapper, Grant’s lead approached an astounding half lap. But equally astounding was his spin at this point for the second straight night. The California native had done the same thing at Lawrenceburg, but the yellow flag waved and he was sent to the rear and C.J. Leary won. This turned out to be more dramatic, especially when it was noted that Grant had run close to half the race with a broken right front shock. Danny Sullivan would have been pleased.
Grant recovered and rejoined the fight, but Short had taken a slim lead while a committee composed of Leary, Stanbrough and Meseraull were all interested in getting around the Mark Hery owned machine. It wasn’t going to happen. Grant stayed close to Short and with only two laps to go the Cam Pottorff owned sprinter gave out, emitting huge puffs of smoke as the yellow waved for Logan Jarrett who had slowed.
The re-start was almost routine as Grant kept the others at bay. Gas City winner Jon Stanbrough was second and Thomas Meseraull came from ninth to finish third. C.J. Leary was fourth by a thin sheet of paper over Robert Ballou.
Those finishing sixth through tenth were Shane Cottle, Chad Boespflug, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Robbins and Kevin Thomas Jr.
With Short’s late race misfortune, Robbins remains the KISS point leader with 484 points. Brady has 445.
The King of Indiana Sprint Series resumes action on May 16 at the 3/8 mile high banked oval in Lawrenceburg.
Gas City/I-69 Speedway
30 Lap KISS A Main
1. Jon Stanbrough
2. Kyle Robbins
3. Thomas Meseraull
4. Dickie Gaines
5. Robert Ballou
6. Logan Jarrett
7. Kevin Thomas Jr.
8. Scotty Weir
9. Dave Darland
10. Chad Boespflug
11. Brady Short
12. Aaron Farney
13. Conner Donelson
14. Chris Gurley
15. Frank Flud
16. Shane Cottle
17. Justin Grant
18. Tyler Hewitt
19. Joe Liguori
20. Max McGhee
KISS Doubleheader This Weekend
The King of Indiana Sprint Series will invade two of the Hoosier states’s cherished bullrings this coming weekend. After the opener at the half mile Terre Haute Action Track Sunday evening, the usual “suspects” will gather at the Gas City/I-69 Speedway on Friday night. Two nights later, the caravan will stop by the Kokomo Speedway for a visit to a second quarter mile oval in northern Indiana.
Last year saw the rain taking center stage, disappointing those who had looked forward to racing on track or on the playground behind the bleachers. Shane Cottle won the Kokomo/KISS feature last year after a last lap tangle between Daron Clayton and Bryan Clauson.
Both tracks have a significant history with KISS. Jon Stanbrough is expected to show up and add another KISS victory to his series high total of 21. He won at Gas City in 2007-8 and at Kokomo in 2010.
Somewhat oddly, Dave Darland’s results in KISS racing have been not what one might expect. He has “only” four KISS feature wins, but two of them have been at Gas City. The People’s champ has never won a feature at his home track of Kokomo.
Past winners at Gas City include Tony Elliott (the first Gas City/KISS race in 2001), John Wolfe, J.J. Yeley, Michael Burthay, Stanbrough, Darland, Clauson and Brady Short in 2013.
Kokomo winners have been Kent Christian, Mat Neely, Cottle, Stanbrough, Hunter Scheuerenberg, Billy Puterbaugh, Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Ballou.
With USAC sprints taking the weekend off, fans will look for several regulars to try their best to walk off with the $2500 that awaits the winner.
The pit area opens at 3 p.m. on Friday with the stands opening at 4. The draw for positions ends at 6:45 and hot laps will begin immediately after that. Racing begins at 7:30.
Come Sunday, the pit gates at Kokomo open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 4. Hot laps begin at 6 with racing following hot laps.
At both tracks kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult.
Admission both nights is $20 for general admission and $30 for a pit pass.
For information, updates, etc. go to Facebook and type King of Indiana Sprint Series and/or to Twitter and type KISSracing.
MSCS TO RACE AT MONTPELIER MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Haubstadt, IN - April 29, 2015 - Montpelier Motor Speedway will be hosting the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series this Saturday night May 2nd. This will be the first visit to the facility for the series since its’ inception in 2001. The record book for the series lists Travis Thompson as the winner of a September race that season. None of the top five that night are currently racing in the series. Fifteen seasons have gone by and a new generation of drivers are taking more and more checkered flags.
Four MSCS races have already been completed this season. The results show four different winners. Chase Stockon won the season opener. Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon took victories in the two MSCS/USAC co-sanctioned events. Brady Short won the Spring Fling at the Terre Haute Action Track last weekend. Fifteen different drivers have finished in the top five in these features. Chase Stockon has three top five finishes. Brady Short, Brady Bacon, and Robert Ballou have two top fives each. Ballou is looking for that first MSCS win in 2015. Ballou is the most recent sprint car feature winner at the track.
Chase Stockon led the MSCS Series standings after the first three stops. That changed Sunday night as Carson Short took over the points lead after finishing third in the 25 lapper at Terre Haute. The nineteen year old driver is from Marion, Ill. Short has been running sprint cars with MSCS for 3 seasons. He has a slim lead of nine points over former Champion Brady Short.
Racing is set to begin at 6:30 P.M. local time in Montpelier. Warm ups and hot laps will begin at five o‘clock. Fans will want to arrive early to watch these 410 non wing sprint cars practice. The track is a D shaped slightly banked quarter mile. Those few laps should help teams complete the race set up. MSCS does not hold qualifications. Drivers draw for starting positions in the heats and passing points are used to set the feature lineup. The pit gate opens at three.
For first time visitors, using I-69 in East Central Indiana to travel to the track, take exit 264. The track is located at 700 South Jefferson one fourth mile south of State Route 18 in Montpelier. You will find a recently upgraded facility with a historic past dating back to its first automobile race in 1915 - one hundred years ago!
There will be two KISS races in the immediate area the same weekend. With those events being on Friday and Sunday evenings the Saturday MSCS race serves to make it a complete non-wing swing for teams and fans. The MSCS feature at Montpelier Motor Speedway will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start.
The top twelve MSCS drivers listed in the standings are Carson Short, Brady Short, Kyle Cummins, Shane Cockrum, Chase Stockon, Robert Ballou, Donny Brackett, James Lyerla, Jon Stanbrough, Max McGhee, Aaron Farney, and Brandon Morin.
BRADY SHORT FIRST AT THE ACTION TRACK
Terre Haute, IN - April 26, 2015 - Brady Short of Mitchell, IN, won the Spring Fling for KISS and MSCS Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track Sunday night. The event was the opening race for the 2015 King of Indiana Sprint Series and the Action Track. It was the fourth race on this year’s schedule for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.
Brady Short lead the last 19 laps of the 25 lap feature to take the $2,500 top prize. The win moves Short up to second on the MSCS Drivers All Time Wins List.
Jerry Coons Jr. continued running in second place but did not have the speed needed to overtake Short. Restarts gave him repeated chances. Brady Short kept the lead and proved to be the master of the long straightaway. Carson Short made significant gains and took a restart three wide with just six laps remaining. No change! Kyle Robbins rode the cushion to perfection to finish fourth behind Carson Short. Robbins and Carson Short moved up 11 spots each on the field. Mitch Wissmiller powered his way up to fifth.
Chris Babcock led the second five with a strong run culminating in a sixth place finish. Max McGhee was seventh. Dickie Gaines, Aric Gentry, and Ethan Barrow rounded out the top ten runners.
Brandon Mattox, Brady Short, and Jerry Coons Jr. won the three heat races. All cars started the feature except Mattox who scratched for the main event prior to the redraw.
The start of the feature was delayed to remove debris that had dropped in the second turn. A red flag for Ted Hine’s accident on the initial start was then followed by three caution periods in those first 6 laps. There was a red flag on lap 7 for a three car incident, and another red flag after that restart when Shane Cockrum flipped. The final yellow was on lap 18.
Defending KISS Champion Shane Cottle led the first six laps after starting on the pole.
He was one of the drivers falling out as attrition took its’ affect. Defending MSCS Champion Kyle Cummins retired early after having flipped in the second heat race. Brent Beauchamp had worked his way up to fourth in the feature before dropping out of the competition. Only eleven of the 23 starters managed to finish the race.
The next Midwest Sprint Car Series event will be held at Montpelier Motor Speedway on Saturday night May 2nd. That race is scheduled on a night between appearances for the KISS sprints at Gas City and Kokomo Speedways. It should be a great weekend of non-wing sprint car racing across the upper middle region of the Hoosier state. Provided as news and information for MSCS.
Terre Haute Action Track
April 26, 2015
Feature (25 Laps) - B. Short, Coons, Short, Robbins, Wissmiller, Babcock, McGhee, Gaines, Gentry, Barrow, Morin, Simmons, Newlin, Beauchamp, Cockrum, Boespflug, Lyerla, Brackett, Cottle, Cummins, Brenton, McMillen, Hines, Mattox (DNS)
Stornetta and Slack Lead Wingless Series Into Petaluma Speedway Saturday Night
Aptos, CA)- Coming off of a very talked about race at the Calistoga Speedway on April 12th, the Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos returns to action this Saturday night as they take to the Petaluma Speedway in their second full points show, and third overall show, of the 2015 season.
Early in the 2015 campaign, fans have been treated to some great non-wing sprint car racing, as Joe Stornetta, and Colton Slack have flexed their muscle early. During the season’s opening event at the Silver Dollar Speedway, current series point leader, Joe Stornetta survived a wild race to capture the win.
In the series’ most recent race Colton Slack put on a strong showing as he chased down, and passed, Terry Schank, Jr and then fended off a late surge by Stornetta to grab the win in the series’ first ever stop at the historic Calistoga Speedway in the first of two stops there in 2015.
Saturday night, the scene is set for the Petaluma Speedway in what will be the first of two stops at the bay area speed plant.
As mentioned Joe Stornetta leads the series into action as the current point leader, with Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Gary Nelson, Jr., and Shane Myhre in a very tight point battle.
Other drivers that are expected to make the trip to the Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night include, Shanyna Sylvia, Terry Schank, Jr, Klint Simpson, Bradley Clark, Bryan Grier, Zack Kavert, Angerlique Bell, and many others.
The Petaluma Speedway kicks their program off earlier than other tracks with the drivers meeting scheduled for 430pm, as well as the main grandstands opening at 4pm. Qualifying is slated to hit the track at roughly 5pm with racing to follow.
Tickets are available on Saturday night with adult tickets $16, juniors and seniors $12, and children 5 and under free.
MSCS DRIVERS WILL PICK UP THE CHASE AT THE ACTION TRACK
Haubstadt, IN - April 21 - The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series will conclude a busy April schedule with an appearance Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track. The annual “Spring Fling” that evening will not only feature the MSCS competitors but include the addition of the most competitive drivers from the Hoosier state’s other special event and weekly tracks.
The “Spring Fling” will be the first of seven King of Indiana Sprint Series Races to be held at different tracks over a short, intensified two month period. These drivers will be competing in other events prior to and after a KISS show is held at their regular track. Combine that influx of drivers with the MSCS touring drivers and the race will be on. Two sets of points will be affected by the outcome!
The pit gate will open around three o’clock. Race teams are once again reminded to use the back gate to the fairgrounds to relieve some of the traffic congestion coming into the main gate. Drivers will need to arrive as early as possible to register and draw a pill for starting positions. The KISS race format will be used so passing points will not be a factor. Time trials will not be held.
Hot laps will get underway at 5 P.M. local time. Racing begins at 6:30! The earlier start time was set to get the Sunday race completed as early as possible. Monday is a back to work and school day for everyone.
Andy Hillenburg joins with Bob Sargent this season as the two team up to promote the racing at the Terre Haute fairgrounds facility. Racing has been a happening on the half mile there since 1952. The UMP Modifieds will also be on this program.
The last KISS and MSCS sanctioned event to be held at the Action Track was won by Robert Ballou in 2012. During the last two years rainy weather proved to be a culprit in preventing the racing from occurring.
MSCS features held at the track have enjoyed talented fields of drivers with very competitive rides. Some were already at the top of their game while others were adding to their racing reputations with an opportunity to race at Terre Haute a big step in the process. It is the only half mile track that MSCS will appear at this season and also the only half mile on the KISS tour.
The defending KISS Champion is Shane Cottle. Brady Short won the KISS title the year before for a second time. Kyle Cummins is the defending MSCS Champion. Chase Stockon currently leads the pack in MSCS Points. A KISS points leader will emerge as the racing activity unfolds Sunday. Of immediate concern Sunday night will be sizing up the competition, using that right foot, and winning the feature and the top prize of $2,500
Midwest Sprint Car Series
2015 Points Standings
April 18, 2015
1. Chase Stockon 197
2. Robert Ballou 186
3. Jon Stanbrough 173
4. Carson Short 166
5. Kyle Cummins 165
6. Aaron Farney 153
7. Shane Cockrum 152
8. Brady Short 149
9. Donny Brackett 139
10. James Lyerla 130
CLAUSON WINS BLOOMINGTON USAC AND MSCS SHOW
Bloomington, IN - April 17, 2015. Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, IN, won the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car feature Friday night at the Bloomington Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series. The resulting action highlighted an all open wheel event which served as a season opener for the quarter mile facility.
Clauson took over the lead on lap 13 and powered to a sizable advantage as the battle for second intensified. Carson Short had led the first dozen laps.
Jon Stanbrough would finish second in the main. He was also third in the 12 lap semi while racing to earn a transfer spot in a strong field of competitors. The overall performance moved him into second place in the MSCS points standings.
USAC & MSCS Points leader Chase Stockon finished third in a season marked with consistency. Tracy Hines and top qualifier Brady Bacon rounded out the top five. Bacon turned the track in a lap of 11.056 seconds during time trials.
Carson Short finished sixth in the 30 lap feature. Brady Short, Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle, and Dave Darland completed the top ten. Semi Feature winner Kevin Thomas Jr. finished 11th to earn the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award from MSCS. Twenty-five drivers started the feature as three drivers elected to take provisional starting spots.
After a Saturday night appearance at Tri-State Speedway on the 18th the MSCS Sprint Car Series will appear at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday April 26th. That event will double as the first KISS race of the 2015 season.
April 17, 2015
Feature (30 Laps) - Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Tracey Hines, Brady Bacon, Carson Short, Brady Short, Robert Ballou, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Logan Jarrett, Justin Grant, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Landon Simon, Jarett Andretti, Jerry Coons Jr., Ted Hines, Shane Cockrum, Max McGhee, Aaron Farney, Brandon Morin
BACON FIRST AT SPRING SHOWDOWN FOR USAC & MSCS SPRINTS
Haubstadt, IN - April 18, 2015 - Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, captured the “Spring Showdown for the AMSOIL USAC Sprint Cars and the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Cars which was held Saturday night at the Tri-State Speedway. Bacon was at the wheel of the Huffman Racing Dynamics Mean Green machine.
Post race Bacon admitted that the last few laps “kind of made me nervous.” There was a yellow flag with 7 laps to go following an otherwise masterful job of driving by the entire field. Track conditions were very good. Runner-up Robert Ballou remarked that it was the “first smooth race track” he had been on in Indiana this season.
Bacon took the lead from Kyle Cummins on lap 4. The two drivers are the defending USAC & MSCS Champions respectively. Tracy Hines had led the first two laps. Cummins led lap three. Then Robert Ballou arrived at the scene and he chased Bacon for the remaining 26 laps looking for an opportunity to make the pass for the lead. He was so close but traffic upset his best chance and Bacon was always ahead at the stripe. Cummins dropped back but then held on to finish third. It was the best MSCS finish for him with the new race team so far this year. Brady Short moved up to finish fourth and current USAC and MSCS Points leader Chase Stockon was fifth. Short and Stockon both started back in row 6.
Tracy Hines led the second five to the finish line with a sixth place finish. Top qualifier Dave Darland was seventh followed by Kevin
Thomas Jr., C.J. Leary, and Carson Short.
The three ten lap heat races were victory runs for Robert Ballou, Brady Short, and Brady Bacon. All three winners started in the second or third row. California’s Justin Grant won the 12 lap Semi (B) Feature. Travis Hery took seventh and the final feature transfer spot. Twenty-four sprint car teams registered to race.
With USAC and MSCS teaming up to present two shows during the weekend, drivers who have been following both series enjoyed a double benefit in points. Robert Ballou is now second in points for both series behind Chase Stockon. The margin is just 11 points in MSCS and 15 in USAC. Jon Stanbrough and Kyle Cummins are ranked in the top ten for both series. Plus Bacon was credited with his first feature win in MSCS competition.
The next event for the Midwest Sprint Car Series will be the “Spring Fling” which is scheduled to be held at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday April 26th. It will be MSCS’s only appearance on a half mile track this season and it will be round one of the King of Indiana Sprint Car Series.
April 18, 2015
Feature (30 Laps) - Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., C. J. Leary, Carson Short, Chase Briscoe, Aaron Farney, Jon Stanbrough, Logan Jarrett, Ted Hines, Shane Cockrum, Chet Williams, Donnie Brackett, Justin Grant, James Lyerla, Jeff Bland, Jr., Travis Hery
MSCS AND USAC DRIVERS PREPARE FOR TWO CO-SANCTIONED EVENTS TO BE HELD AT BLOOMINGTON AND TRI-STATE SPEEDWAYS
Haubstadt, IN - April 14, 2015. The Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series drivers will be back in action this weekend with appearances at Bloomington Speedway on Friday evening April 17th and at Tri-State Speedway on Saturday evening April 18th. Both events will be co-sanctioned with the United States Auto Club. Racing will be conducted using the USAC format which includes qualifications for all the 410 non-wing sprint cars entered.
This is not the first time the two organizations have competed together, but the first time they have participated together in co-sanctioned shows back to back on the same weekend. Both features will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start. The races also serve as the season opener at both tracks. Fans who are anxious to see that first race of the season at their local track will be seeing the best drivers in the sport at the very outset of the season. There is a minimum amount of highway travel from location to location for fans and participants.
The MSCS licensed drivers will be receiving full points even though it is a co-sanctioned event. The series has competed just once so far this season. Chase Stockon won that event. He captured the $4,000 feature prize at Lincoln Park Speedway on April 11th. The feature victory combined with a win in his heat produced a clean sweep of the program that included the maximum total of 70 points and the MSCS Points lead!
The next five drivers in the current 2015 MSCS standings are Daron Clayton, Jon Stanbrough, Max McGhee, Robert Ballou, and Aaron Farney.
Eight different drivers currently rank in the Top Twenty for both organizations. These two races could be double rewarding in points for this active group of competitors.
It is interesting to note that Stockon is also the AMSOIL USAC Sprints points leader as both series head to Bloomington Speedway Friday night. The top five USAC drivers at this point in the season includes Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, and Kevin Thomas Jr. All time MSCS wins leader Jon Stanbrough is sixth in USAC points. The standings could change prior to Saturday’s “Spring Shootout” at Tri-State Speedway.
The feature events will be for a 30 lap distance. Robert Ballou is the only driver to post more than one victory during the seven races
that USAC has already held. Ballou was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race in MSCS competition at Lincoln Park. Logan
Jarrett won USAC’s most recent feature at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Heat races are set to start at 7:30 each evening.
Bloomington Speedway Ready for 92nd Season Opener Featuring USAC/MSCS Co-Sanction
Bloomington, IN- April 14, 2015- After six months of sitting idle, the high banked red clay of the Bloomington Speedway will roar back to life in a big way. A co-sanctioned event featuring the USAC Sprints and the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) will kick off the 92nd season of racing at the famed ¼ mile with a huge $5,000 to win/$500 to start main event.
The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars have six completed events in the books, with one rainout at East Bay Raceway Park. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN currently leads the Amsoil National standings by a scant 11 point margin over two time winner in 2015 Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA. 54-time USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car winner Dave Darland of Lincoln, IN sits third in the point standings ahead of a tie for 4th. Nine time feature winner and current, reigning, and defending USAC Amsoil Sprint Car Champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, OK and fellow nine time winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, AL both sit tied for the fourth position. The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars most recent event on April 4th at the Lawrenceburg Speedway saw Logan Jarrett of Kokomo, IN score his first ever USAC victory.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series will also be in action in the co-sanctioned event, coming off of their opening event at the Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN on April 11th. Just like in the USAC point standings, Stockon currently leads the MSCS points standings. Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend, AZ sits second in points over Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, and Daron Clayton. Stockon won the $4,000 to win opener at Putnamville, continuing his streak of consistency in 2015.
The Ricks Automotive & Towing UMP Modifieds will be itching to start their 2015 season on Friday night under the bright lights of the new Speedway lighting system. Defending track champion Chad Combs of Bloomington is ready to get his Combs Custom Carvings, Zatkoff Seals & Packagings, Spec powered, Factory Elite Chassis back on the red clay to attempt a back to back championship run. The UMP Modifieds should be out in numbers to get accustomed to the speedway before next Friday nights $2,000 to win 2nd Annual J.B. Robinson Memorial featuring the American Modified Series.
Making their first ever appearance at the track will be the brand new KinserAirFilter.com RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars. This division poses the biggest question mark as to who will be competing. So far some confirmed names are Ethan Fleetwood, Eric Smith, and defending Chad’s LLC Hornet champion Luke Bland has the new cars ready to go. Who will join them this Friday night in the historic opener for this new series? We are hearing some drivers from out of state will be joining in the opening night festivities.
Activities for the season opener on Friday night April 17th will see the pit gates opening at 4:00 PM with the General Admission area opening at 5:30PM. Hot laps will begin promptly at 6:40 PM followed by time trial qualifications for the USAC/MSCS Sprint Cars. Racing will follow directly after. General admission for this $5,000 to win event will be $20, with pit passes $30
STOCKON CLAIMS INDIANA OPEN WHEEL.COM RACIN’ FEST AT LINCOLN PARK SPEEDWAY
Putnamville, IN - April 11, 2015. Chase Stockon of Elizabethtown, IN, won the 30 lap Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series feature
Saturday night at the Lincoln Park Speedway. The Indiana Open Wheel.Com Racin’ Fest served as the opening event at the speedway again
this season. It was also the first event of 2015 for the series.
Stockon retook the lead on the 5th lap from Casey Shuman and managed to build and maintain a slight lead as the drivers battled for other top five positions behind him. Shuman continued to hold onto the runner-up position to finish second. Robert Ballou would pick up third position with just a couple of laps to go and complete a remarkable drive up through the pack after starting 18th. Brent Beauchamp finished fourth and Daron Clayton was fifth.
Chad Boespflug lead the second five across the finish line. He too had started deep in the pack after winning the B Main to transfer.He moved up 11 spots. But Ballou’s increase of 15 positions during the feature would make him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race.
Max McGhee was seventh in the feature followed by Jon Stanbrough and Shane Cockrum with Aaron Farney rounding out the top ten. Donny Brackett received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing eleventh. He just missed the top ten after starting 19th on the field.
The three heat race winners were Casey Shuman, Jon Stanbrough, and Chase Stockon. Max McGhee collected the most passing points of the 28 drivers
who raced with a total of 121.
There were some exciting moments. An accident in turn two during the third heat race damaged the cars of Brady Short and Robert Ballou. Ballou managed to complete repairs in time to run in the B but the damage was too extensive on Short’s sprint car. A.J. Hopkins brought out the red during the feature by flipping his car in turn two. The feature also had 3 caution periods for spins and debris. However 13
drivers finished the feature race.
The Midwest Sprint Car Series will compete twice next weekend with an appearance at Bloomington Speedway on Friday night April 17th and Tri-State Speedway on Saturday night April 18th. Both racing programs will be co-sanctioned with the United States Auto Club. The features will pay $5,000 to win.
A-Main (30 Laps) - Chase Stockon, Casey Shuman, Robert Ballou, Brent Beauchamp, Daron Clayton, Chad Boespflug, Max McGhee, Jon Stanbrough, Shane Cockrum,
Aaron Farney, Donny Brackett, Brandon Morin, Janes Lyerla, Bub Cummings, Dickie Gaines, Carson Short, Kyle Cummins, Jeff Bland Jr., Mitch Wissmiller, A.J. Hopkins, Brandon Mattox
TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR 2015 WITH USAC AND MSCS IT WILL BE THE FOURTH ANNUAL SPRING SHOWDOWN
Haubstadt, IN - April 10, 2015. This season the opening event at Tri-State Speedway is scheduled for Saturday night April 18th. The first race has all the added ingredients to make this event one of the major productions at the Haubstadt oval again this season. The race will feature the combined efforts and the talented drivers of two sprint car sanctioning bodies - USAC and MSCS.
In participating together the United States Auto Club and the Midwest Sprint Car Series will compete in a full program which will include qualifications, heat races, a semi, and a 30 lap feature. These non-wing sprint car drivers will be running for a purse paying $5,000 to win and $500 to start. Hot laps are at six o’clock.
The MSCS appearance at Haubstadt is scheduled to be only the third race this season anywhere for the series. MSCS is set to compete at Lincoln Park Speedway on April 11th. MSCS will also do a co-sanctioned race with USAC at Bloomington Speedway on April 17th. That is the night before the event at Tri-State Speedway.
The “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway will follow the 2015 USAC official rules of competition. Qualifications will be held to start the program. Twenty-two cars will earn starting positions in preliminary events. Heat racing will begin at 7:30 C.D.T. Provisional programs will be in effect for both series which could increase the field!
USAC’s schedule provided eight opportunities to race before heading into Haubstadt. Robert Ballou is the only repeat winner so far in the 2015 season. Other feature winners, when racing could be held, include Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., and Logan Jarrett. Chase Stockon is at the top of the AMSOIL USAC National Points standings.
Previous “Spring Showdown” winners include Missouri’s Daron Clayton last year, Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2013, and Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg in 2012. This race is the first of three appearances by USAC at the track in 2015. They will return for Indiana Sprint Week on July 18th and again for the Haubstadt Hustler on September 19th. The Hustler will also be co-sanctioned with the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series. Daron Clayton also won the Haubstadt Hustler last fall. Kyle Cummins is the defending MSCS Series Champion!
Wingless Series Presented By Joe Hunt Magnetos Makes Calistoga Debut Sunday Alongside World of Outlaws and King of the West Series
Aptos, CA)- Sunday night in Calistoga, CA, history will be made as the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos makes it’s first ever visit to the 78-year-old half-mile Calistoga Speedway.
With a rich history of traditional non-wing sprint cars at the Calistoga Speedway, Sunday night mixes in a nice twist of both winged and non-winged sprint cars, as the Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos will compete alongside the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and the King of the West Sprint Cars.
With this weekend’s stop marking the first of two stops for the series as this historic track in 2015, Sunday’s contest will offer all teams show up points only, giving drivers the chance to acclimate to the large speedway.
During the season opening event at the Silver Dollar Speedway, Joe Stornetta put together a great drive to grab the win over Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Gary Nelson, and Shane Myhre, in what was a very exciting, and action packed feature event.
Stornetta leads the series into Sunday night’s second round of Wingless Series presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos action, and it is shaping up to be another great race with the likes of Gary Nelson, Nick Larson, Colton Slack, Terry Schank, Jr, Geoff Ensign, Shane Myhre and more expected to be on hand.
Sunday afternoon, Will Call and the ticket window will open at noon, with the front gate opening at 3pm, and opening ceremonies slated for 6pm. This weekend will offer two days of action at the Calistoga Speedway, and two-day tickets are available at http://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=163 or by calling 1-877-395-8606.
ON TAP: The Wingless Series Presented by Joe Hunt Magnetos return to action on April 12th at the Calistoga Speedway.
WINNERS: Joe Stornetta (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 7th).
ALL COAST CHALLENGE TO OFFER SPRINT CAR RACING, BEATLES MUSIC AND FUN AT THE VENTURA RACEWAY!
(Ventura, CA, April 2, 2015) Race organizer Mike Grosswendt is promising a great night of racing, nostalgic Beatles music and fan fun when the All Coast Challenge takes place at the gorgeous beach side Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, May 9th. The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will be the only class racing on the program. It will be the only night the 12-year series appears at Ventura in 2015. Spectator gates will open at 3:00 PM and qualifying will begin at 5:30.
The race is expected to draw one of the largest car counts on the 2015 USAC/CRA championship schedule. The 30-lap main event will pay $5,000.00 to win and $500.00 to start. The winner will also receive a specially designed, one of a kind trophy. In addition to the regular stars and cars of the West Coast’s number-one sprint car series, including Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Matt Mitchell, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson and the Williams brothers, the prestigious race is expected to draw teams from the local VRA(Ventura Racing Association) organization, Northern California and Arizona. Grosswendt is offering Arizona teams that tow to the race $500.00 in tow money to be a part of the affair.
“I want this race to have a real party atmosphere,” Grosswendt said. “I am determined to make this as special of an event as possible. I want everyone to come have fun, see a great race and be on their way home before 10:00. Last year we had a lot of people show up who had not been to Ventura in a while. This year we expect to see them back along with some others who have not been there for a long time.”
Wanting to make it more than just a race, a special public address system is being brought in for the show along with a guest DJ. Other than the National Anthem at the start of the night, the only tunes played will be from The Beatles with a heavy emphasis on their early releases. During intermission, there will be a special dance contest held for kids 12-years-old and under on the walkway on the main grandstands and the winner is going to take home a very special prize (to be announced in the upcoming weeks). There will also be a big t-shirt giveaway.
Grosswendt is also bringing in longtime Perris Auto Speedway announcer Scott Daloisio to call the action for the show along with Ventura promoter Jim Naylor.
Adult tickets for the race are $25.00. For seniors 60 & older, active military with id and students with id it is $15.00. Kids age 7-12 are $10.00 and children 6 and under are free.