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Thomas Gets Tri-State Reveng

September 20th, 2017

Haubstadt, Indiana………Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in Saturday night’s USAC AMSOIL National/MSCS Sprint Car “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway.

For the second time in a row at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile paperclip, a green-white-checker duel for the victory came down to he and July Tri-State winner Kyle Cummins.

The setting was the same in the Thomas v. Cummins sequel on the final restart. Thomas led Cummins when the green flag dropped, but heading into the final corner on the final lap, the roles became reversed when Thomas responded to Cummins’ final haymaker by crossing underneath off turn four to defeat Cummins by the blink of an eye, a scant margin of 0.053 seconds to win the $12,500 prize.

“You have to restart on a very racy racetrack with Kyle Cummins on your tail, what do you do,” Thomas pondered. “You just got to drive your (rear) off and hope for the best. These guys gave me a great racecar. To set up a car here to run 40 laps with as much as the track changes, that’s pretty amazing. Hats off to them for reading the racetrack right and making all the right changes. Kyle Cummins is the king of this place. To beat him here doesn’t happen very often and, last time, it didn’t happen.”

In fact, it was even a similar scenario as the night before at the Terre Haute Action Track. Thomas led until four laps to go when Chris Windom used a slider to get by for the top spot. Thomas didn’t have much of an opportunity to respond as he ran out of fuel two laps short of the finish. At Tri-State, lack of fuel came into play on the 40th and final lap. Another lap or another caution would’ve spelled doom for the Cullman, Alabama native who freely admitted in the post-race that his first investment is going to be the purchase of a larger tail tank heading into next Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

“I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning,” Thomas detailed. “I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. Going down the back straight on the last lap, I ran out of fuel. Cummins slid me getting into turn three, but the car picked up just enough to cross him under and get the bite coming off the corner to get back by him. Honestly, if he doesn’t mess up or wheelie, he wins that race.”

With all of his past accolades at Tri-State, Cummins was odds-on favorite after picking up the $500 Unique Breedz bonus for recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then winning his heat race. After pole-sitter C.J. Leary’s car jumped out of gear as he led the field into turn one on the opening lap, the inside rows were moved up, placing Cummins in the envious position on the pole.

However, Thomas wouldn’t let Cummins get away scot-free as he ran him down from his outside second row starting position, making the move for the lead with an inside turn two pass on the fourth circuit.

Thomas immediately stretched his lead out to as much as a half-straightaway over Cummins during the next few laps. Yet, the faster you break away, the faster you enter lap traffic, which Thomas did on lap 15. However, Thomas seemingly caught a break when the yellow flag waved for the stopped car of Shane Cottle in turn one, erasing the potential hazard of wading through the lappers for the time-being.

Thomas was gone again when he saw green on the lap 16 restart, but once again, eight laps later, just as Thomas was about to encounter the tail-end of the field, another yellow forced the stoppage of action when Jon Stanbrough spun off turn four in front of the second-place cars of Cummins and Thomas Meseraull, forcing the two to take evasive action to escape unscathed.

With that said, Cummins felt the traffic wouldn’t have made much of a difference at that point in the race as his car hadn’t fully came to him yet.

“Even in traffic, he was still better,” Cummins credits Thomas. “In traffic, I still wasn’t catching him. As the race went on, the car got a little bit better. I was always just bound up a little too tight. Once he passed me, I’m half throttle trying not to wheelie. I knew he was going to be quicker at the get-go. I kind of let him get out front there. Forty laps is a long race and I knew once it got slick, we were going to have a better car.”

On the other hand, Thomas has a love-hate relationship with the lapped cars and, just like many things in racing, sometimes they can help in one instance and may be a hindrance on another occasion.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) proudly displays the $12,500 combined prizes for winning Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas is joined in victory lane by second-place finisher Kyle Cummins (right)
and third-place finisher Thomas Meseraull.
(David Nearpass Photo)

“Sometimes I like lap traffic and sometimes I don’t,” Thomas admits. “Tonight, a few of those times, I liked it. Then, there were a couple times, they were three-wide and there was nowhere to go. If you made one mistake and pushed, Kyle Cummins is going to peel your stickers off on his way by. You have to focus so hard on, not necessarily hitting your marks, but keeping your car rotated. You have to run the car so tight here. The corners are so sharp that, if you make a mistake, you’ll push for a hundred yards it feels like. It’s a big concentration track. It’s mentally and physically tough. It’s 40 laps around this place as hard as you can go. There’s no cruising whatsoever. You’re always working at the wheel.”

On a restart with 13 laps remaining following a Dakota Jackson spin, Cummins finally stuck close to Thomas when the field got up to speed. For the next eight laps, Cummins was just two car-lengths away as both rode the lip of the cushion, ready to strike when opportunity arose until Dave Darland’s left rear tire went flat with four to go, leaving rubber scattered on the racing surface to bring out the yellow once again.

On the lap 37 resumption, Thomas responded with a great restart, gapping Cummins by about four car-lengths over the next two trips around the oval. With two to go, Thomas’ recurring nightmare reemerged when yet another late-race caution interrupted his run to the checker. The four-car incident in turn four involved Josh Hodges, Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett and Isaac Chapple. All were able to restart.

Once again, Thomas was set up in a green-white-checker situation with Tri-State Speedway master Kyle Cummins breathing down his HANS device. Thomas didn’t exactly know who was behind him on the final restart, but he had an inkling.

“These corners are so sharp, you can turn your head and see a color of a car,” Thomas explained. “On that longer green flag run toward the end, I could see a big white car. I just knew that had to be Cummins. It always is. Near the end, I kept looking back and I didn’t see a white car, but I knew he didn’t drop out, so I had the feeling he was on my tail.”

Cummins threw his first shot heading into turn one on the restart, sliding past Thomas momentarily before snagging the turn two cushion with the right rear.

“I knew if I could break his momentum and get in front of him, he wouldn’t be able to catch me,” Cummins believed. “It was like we were the same speed. I knew I couldn’t slide him. On the restart, I knew I was going to have to do something. I was all over him when we took the green. I got just enough of a run and just threw it in there. When I came up there, I was hard on the throttle and I was just trying to touch the cushion a little bit. It threw the front end and got me behind. If I wouldn’t have messed the cushion up, I would’ve been a lot closer and I think it would’ve been a lot better.”

Yet Cummins wasn’t completely out of the picture frame. As he fell back roughly five to six car-lengths, he shadowed Thomas for a full circuit before sizing up his next move midway down the back straightaway on the final lap. At the same moment, Thomas was experiencing issues of his own.

“I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning,” Thomas details. “I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. But going down the back straight, that’s when I ran out of fuel.”

Cummins quickly erased the gap as he threw his car to the bottom on the entry to turn three as Thomas rode the cushion, surprising even Cummins to an extent.

“I thought there was no way I’d be that close to him,” Cummins admitted. “I’m like ‘where’d he go?’

Cummins took over the lead when he slid up in front of Thomas at the exit of turn four. Thomas quickly countered under Cummins and, in a drag race to the line, defeated Cummins by a mere 0.053 seconds to win his second “Haubstadt Hustler.” Meseraull, Chet Williams and Tyler Courtney rounded out the top-five.

Thomas picked up his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points-paying feature of the year in his KT Motorsports/Jeff’s Jam-It-In Storage – Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. It marked the first National victory with newly-hired crew chief Davey Jones who the team brought aboard during USAC/CRA’s “California Sprint Week” a couple weeks back, marking three wins out of six for the combo since joining forces.

After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Thomas on the final restart, Princeton, Indiana’s Cummins came up just short, finishing in the runner-up position in his Rock Steady Racing/Debra Corn Foster Care – ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins.

Throughout the race, Cummins’ mount continually got better and better, but was quite a handful at the beginning of the 40-lapper.

“I knew at the beginning we were going to be way too tight,” Cummins acknowledges. “The track looked like it had moisture, but then I thought it was going to blow off a little bit better, so we tightened it up quite a bit more. At the beginning, I had to be careful. The car was wanting to wheelie. I thought as the race went on, every time we had a yellow, the car got a little better.”

“We know next time to go ahead and keep it a little looser,” Cummins said in retrospect. “I got it as loose as I could with the shocks. At the end, I just got it to where it was good. If we had a chance to do it all over again, it would’ve been so much better. But at the last race, we said ‘this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to tighten her up just a hair more.’ But the track just didn’t get slick enough for us. On the last lap, I didn’t think it was even going to be close. I was so tight, even the middle was decent. But, now we know for the next time and we’ll get it a little looser.”

Darland Teams with Dutcher This Weekend for Terre Haute & Haubstadt USAC Sprint Races

September 16th, 2017

USAC’s winningest National Sprint Car driver Dave Darland will take over the reins of the Michael Dutcher Motorsports No. 17GP this weekend when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes stops on Friday to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Friday, September 15 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Saturday, September 16.

Darland has yet to compete for Dutcher’s team in USAC competition this season, instead driving much of the year aboard the Phillips Motorsports No. 71p and, most recently, in the No. 40 for Mark Hery. However, Darland has had success with Dutcher in 2017 in local Indiana sprint car action, capturing the victory last Saturday night at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Darland also made three starts in Dutcher’s Silver Crown car in 2016, finishing in the top-ten twice, including at Terre Haute, site of this Friday’s “Jim Hurtubise Classic.”

Darland will be the fifth driver to wheel Dutcher’s sprinter in USAC competition this season, following Jeff Bland, Jr., Stevie Sussex, Ryan Bernal and Tyler Thomas, who came within a lap of scoring a huge victory in August’s “Sprint Car Smackdown VI” at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Dutcher’s cars have won at both Terre Haute and Tri-State Speedway with USAC. In 2013, Kevin Thomas, Jr. drove Dutcher’s ride to a pair of Tri-State victories and a Terre Haute win during Indiana Sprint Week where, ironically, it was Darland who Thomas had to hold off in the final laps.

The pairing of Darland and Dutcher could be a boon for both sides as both aim for their first “Hurtubise Classic” win. Darland remains in search of his first USAC National victory of 2017, a streak he has kept intact since 1993! Dutcher, the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner, hasn’t scored a USAC National Sprint Car win since February of 2015 at Florida’s East Bay Raceway Park with Kevin Thomas, Jr., a span of 102 races.

Darland has won five times at Terre Haute: twice in sprints, once in Silver Crown and twice in midgets. However, Tri-State hasn’t been as kind to Darland, one of the few places he has yet to reach victory lane, and where he hopes to snap that record in this Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler,” which pays $12,500 to win!

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:15pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 10 and under are free.

For Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm with on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

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MSCS Goes Back to Back August 13th and 14th

August 10th, 2016

Haubstadt, IN -The Midwest Sprint Car Series will be sanctioning the “Hoosier Sprint Nationals” at Tri-State Speedway once again this season. It will be the 12th annual show. However the event will be on a different weekend this year. The 2016 date is August 13th. The change was made in an effort to find the very best date possible. This race is one that everyone interested in non-wing sprint car racing deserves an opportunity to attend or participate in. The feature will pay $5,000 to the winner.

Then on Sunday the 14th MSCS will be racing at the Terre Haute Action Track. The event is being promoted as a “Sunday Funday” at the track. The race is an opportunity for the series to makeup the annual “Spring Fling” that was rained out in May at the track. The feature will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start. These two big events scheduled back to back will test the versatility of all the drivers. Saturday they will be racing on a tight quarter mile facility and then opening up at a half mile on Sunday. The two Hoosier tracks are located within 90 miles of each other using U.S. 41.

Ten Hoosier Sprint National events have been held to date and eight different drivers have posted a win. Brady Short became the first and only repeat winner in 2014. He made it two victories in a row in taking his third Hoosier Nationals last year. Rain has intervened only once! This race has continued to be a popular season attraction at Tri-State Speedway producing some of the more memorable highlights season after season.

The “Spring Fling” at Terre Haute has been on the MSCS schedule since 2012. Robert Ballou won that event. Brady Short took the checkered flag at the Fling last year over Jerry Coons Jr. and Carson Short. It was one of Brady’s 10 big wins with MSCS in 2015. Rain prevented this race being held the two seasons between. A convenient date was secured to provide a second opportunity to hold the event this season.

Brady Short and Brandon Morin have been battling for the MSCS points lead since May. Early in the season C.J. Leary and Kyle Cummins also took a turn at the top of the standings. Carson Short remains a steady contender. He has been as high as second in points following two different events. Carson won the Indiana Sprint week race for USAC Sprints at Haubstadt in July. Drivers with multiple MSCS wins this season are Chase Stockon and Thomas Meseraull.

Other drivers who have consistently held positions in the top ten in points this season include Tyler Hewitt, Donny Brackett, Jared Chastain, Dakota Jackson, Nevil Algie, and Mitch Wissmiller. The most recent additions to the top ten include Brandon Mattox and Jon Stanbrough.

The UMP Open Wheel Modifieds will also be competing at both tracks. The MMSA Mini Sprints have also been added as a third class this year in support of the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Haubstadt.

Saturday the pit gate at Haubstadt will open at 3:30 P.M. in the afternoon Hot laps which include group qualifying begin at 6:30 with heat races beginning at 7:30 C.D.T.. Sunday the pit gate at Terre Haute will open at 3:00 P.M. Hot laps and group qualifying begin at 6 o’clock with racing at 7:00 E.D.T. More detailed information can be found at tristatespeedway.com or at terrehauteactiontrack.net.

Provided as News and Information for MSCS.

Randy Timms Tames Tri State Speedway in CCSDS Competition

June 16th, 2016

Pocola, Oklahoma – The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) presented by Lucas Oil concluded a triple header weekend with a visit to Tri State Speedway on Saturday night, where Randy Timms scored the $3,000 victory for his first-ever triumph with the tour.

Thirty-six entries registered for competition in the event, which was co-sanctioned by the CCSDS and MARS Super Late Models. After surging to the win in his heat race, Austin, Arkansas’ racer, Chandler Petty earned the New Vision Graphics Pole Award.

At the drop of the green flag, fellow front-row starter, Kyle Beard grabbed the lead. The two-time CCSDS Champ from Trumann, Arkansas paced the field for the first twelve circuits before 4th-starting, Randy Timms surged to the top spot.

Timms went on to drive away from the field to score the victory by more than two seconds.

“I felt like the bottom was the lane to be in. I just committed and kept digging, you know, getting whoa’d up enough to get committed to the bottom and started reeling ‘em back in,” Timms said. “And then when we got into lapped traffic, I was able to turn under ‘em and exit and make the pass. And then hang on from there.”

Beard, Hunter Rasdon, Chandler Petty, and Jon Mitchell completed the Top-5 finishers.

Black Diamond Race Cars Heat Race #1 was won by Randy Timms with Allen Manufacturing Heat Race #2 being claimed by Kyle Beard. M&M Paint & Construction Heat Race #3 was won by Morgan Bagley, while Chandler Petty won
ROCKHARD Powder Coating Heat Race #4. Jason Hughes took the win in Racing Head Service Heat Race #5.

Mark Martin Powersports B-Main #1 was topped by Jacob Magee with Jon Mitchell winning Arctic Cat B-Main #2.

The Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award was won by Jon Mitchell, who advanced from 19th-5th. Jake Davis received the Henryetta Ford Hard Luck Award after just missing the starting grid for the finale.

The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series will now enjoy an off-weekend before returning to action June 24-25 with a doubleheader at Tracey Clay’s I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas). Friday night will be headlined by a $1,500-to-win event, while Saturday’s program will post a $2,500 top prize. For more information on the event, please visit www.I-30Speedway.com .

The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil is sponsored by and would like to thank all of their sponsors including- COMP Cams, Lucas Oil, Hoosier Tire South, Kuntz and Co. Racing Engines, New Vision Graphics, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Henryetta Ford, Black Diamond Chassis, Mark Martin Powersports, Arctic Cat, Wilwood, Allen Manufacturing, Boston’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, ROCKHARD Powder Coating, Woodco, Mark Martin Automotive Group, Mid-State Golf Cars, Henryetta Ford, M&M Paint and Construction, Ronald Surrett Contracting, Beach Veterinary Services, MSR Mafia Marketing, Sampson Racing Communications, AR Bodies, Schoenfeld Headers, Wilwood, Central Arkansas Pest Services and Keyser Manufacturing.

For the latest information on the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil, please visit www.COMPDirt.com .

Stockon Defends Home Turf; Takes Tri-State’s Spring Showdown

April 17th, 2016

It was home-sweet-home for Haubstadt, Indiana resident Chase Stockon as he ran down Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 12, and pulled away to capture his first series victory at his backyard track and his seventh career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at a seventh different track after winning Saturday night’s “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway.

On the initial start, outside front row starter C.J Leary jumped to the lead using the cushion to ride around pole sitter Meseraull for the top spot. The action quickly came to a halt for inside second row starter Max McGhee as he saw his night abruptly end after smoke began to pour out from under the hood of the number 17.
On the restart, it took just one lap around the high-banked paperclip for Meseraull to slide up in front of Leary to claim the lead on the second lap. Meanwhile, Stockon got around Leary for second and then set his sights on Meseraull for the lead. A yellow for the stopped car of Aaron Farney on the sixth lap bunched up the field momentarily, but the frontrunners continued their torrid pace, catching the backmarkers in less than a handful of laps.

Meseraull rode the high line as Stockon worked the middle, inching ever closer to the lead on each corner of every lap. As Meseraull and Stockon negotiated heavy traffic, Stockon staked his claim for the number one spot, getting by Meseraull at the exit of turn four on lap 12. Just four laps later, Tri-State Speedway fan favorite Kyle Cummins got by Meseraull for second, putting him in position to make a run at Stockon for his first career series win.

Despite a yellow for Isaac Chapple’s stopped car with just five laps to go that bunched up the field, on the restart, Cummins was no match for Stockon, who sprinted to a half-straightaway advantage in the final laps to take the checkered flag in his 32-TBI Racing Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher
ahead of Cummins, Carson Short, Chad Boespflug, Leary, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Brady Short, Meseraull and Kent Schmidt.

Chase Stockon, of Haubstadt, Indiana, (inside) makes the pass on Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 12 of Saturday night’s “Spring Showdown” at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.

Stockon’s win vaulted him into the series point lead by 14 markers over Meseraull. Similarily, after last season’s “Spring Showdown,” Stockon held a 15-point lead in the series standings. Stockon, the winner of numerous races at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years outside of USAC competition, was proud to add his name to the list of USAC winners at the southwestern Indiana track.

“It feels great to finally get a USAC win down here with it being so close to home,” Stockon said. “I’ve always loved it (Tri-State Speedway) and have been fortunate enough to win a fair share of races and even some down here, but to get a USAC win feels awesome. This thing was unreal and I don’t think I could’ve driven any harder.” Cummins once again showed his prowess at Tri-State, finishing a distant second in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins and, as a result, moved into third in the series standings. Cummins is still searching for his first career USAC win after earning his ninth podium finish in the series. Despite another close, but no cigar performance, Cummins is pleased with his performance after running into misfortune during the last couple of races.

“After last night (at Bloomington) and Lawrenceburg, this is a nice turn around,” Cummins said. “Chase (Stockon) was a little better and I thought I had a shot on that late restart. I was going to try to slide him and he moved down a lane and I had to chalk it up a little bit just so I didn’t take us both out. It was all I could do, but the car is running really well right now. The beginning of the season has started out really well, so if we can keep up these podiums, we’ll get a win.”

Young Carson Short of Marion, Illinois, earned a career-best third-place finish in his Richard Short/Total Field & Environmental Services – RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC. “It feels really good to kick the season off running well,” Short said. “I’m hopeful we can keep this little bit of momentum up for the next few months and keep putting together some good finishes.”

2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Feb 18: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Bryan Clauson
Feb 19: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Robert Ballou
Feb 20: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull
Apr 2: Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Dave Darland
Apr 15: Bloomington, IN – Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Bryan Clauson
Apr 16: Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Chase Stockon
Apr 23: Montpelier, IN – Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 6: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
May 7: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
May 20: Gas City, IN – Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 21: Brownstown, IN – Brownstown Speedway
May 25: Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Jun 7: Bechtelsville, PA – Grandview Speedway
Jun 8: Abbottstown, PA – Lincoln Speedway
Jun 9: New Egypt, NJ – New Egypt Speedway
Jun 11: Port Royal, PA – Port Royal Speedway
Jun 12: York Haven, PA – Susquehanna Speedway
Jun 23: Jackson, MN – Jackson Motorplex
Jun 24: Eagle, NE – Eagle Raceway
Jun 25: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway
Jun 26: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway
Jul 1: Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 8: ***Gas City, IN – Gas City I-69 Speedway
Jul 9: ***Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Jul 10: ***Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
Jul 13: ***Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Jul 14: ***Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 15: ***Bloomington, IN – Bloomington Speedway
Jul 16: ***Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
Jul 29: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway
Jul 30: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway
Aug 20: (SE) Brandon, SD – Badlands Motor Speedway
Aug 21: (SE) Brandon, SD – Badlands Motor Speedway
Aug 24: (SE) Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 25: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 26: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 27: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Sep 16: Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Sep 17: Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
Sep 24: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
Oct 1: Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
Oct 15: Flora, IL – Route 45 Raceway
Nov 4: ### Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway
Nov 5: ### Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway
Nov 10: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 11: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 12: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying “Special Event”
Races noted with %%% represent Eastern Storm
Races noted with @@@ represent California Sprint Week.
Races noted with *** represent Indiana Sprint Week
Races noted with ### represent a race with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

Spooker gives Cole IMCA Modified bookend win at Tri-State

October 24th, 2015

POCOLA, Okla – The bookend win to Tate Cole’s 2015 campaign came Saturday night in the Tri-State Speedway Spooker finale.

Cole started outside the front row, led all 30 laps and went home with $2,000 for taking the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified checkers.

He’d also led the distance in topping the season-opening Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger and had another seven feature wins in 2015 at Pocola.

“It was exciting to be able to win another big race. It was just a fun all-around deal,” the new 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “We knew we had a good car but never thought we’d win that many times and both big races.”

Running a lane off the bottom, Cole was into heavy lapped traffic just after midway. A handful of cautions interrupted the main event, the last time with five laps left.

Cole pulled away again to win by nearly a straightaway over Shannon Reheard.

Johnny Bone Jr., 10th starting Nick Lawrence and 14th starting Zane Hunter rounded out the top five.

Michael Ables started 15th and ended in sixth.

“I was excited to win this race and get my name on next year’s Spooker T-shirt. My wife was hap­pier that I’d won $2,000,” said Cole. “Another thing this win did was give us momentum going into the (Oct. 22-24) $5,000 to win OctoberFest at Outlaw Motor Speedway.”

Short Ends Drought With Haubstadt Score

July 21st, 2015

Haubstadt, Indiana…….Brady Short ended an over-four-year winless streak in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series by closing “Indiana Sprint Week” with the victory in Saturday’s 30-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway, and Robert Ballou charged from tenth to finish fourth to clinch his first Sprint Week title.

Short started from the pole, but Chris Windom took the lead from the outside at the onset. He opened up a lead in the first few laps, as Ballou quickly pressured Brady Bacon for position, one which would decide the Sprint Week title, as the duo came into the feature separated by just two points.

Windom was out front and still pulling the front wheels on lap nine before encountering traffic just two laps later, as Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Short began to close the gap along with Chase Stockon.

Thomas reeled Windom in and went side-by-side with him on lap twelve and stayed in his shadow until lap sixteen, when they again battled wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch before Thomas cleared him for the lead.

As the lead pack stayed bottled in traffic, Short disposed of Windom on lap twenty for second. He put himself just a few car lengths back of Thomas on lap 22 as they raced into turn-one, with Thomas up higher and getting caught behind a slower car getting sideways in front of them. Short darted past on the bottom, going on to win by 1.157 seconds aboard the Sipe’s Body & Glass – Indiana Stone Works #11P Maxim/SPEC in a race that took just over seven minutes to complete. It was the first USAC win for car owner Cam Pottorff.

“It’s huge to get a win again in USAC. It’s so tough out here. It’s no secret, I’ve buried myself a lot in qualifying. I knew if I hit my marks tonight and gave us a decent spot, we’d have a good shot. Traffic is huge here, and you’ve got to know how to maneuver around them. If you can get your car to pin and run off the bottom, you’re a lot better off. The motor was getting way hot the last few laps and starting to lose power, but luckily it made it to the end. Coming down here is always a blast and we have some great races with those guys, and it feels good to come out on top of them,” Short said.

Ballou finally entered the top-five on lap 26, as he passed Josh Hodges, who had a strong run going but was visibly overheating. He then ran down Stockon in the closing laps to take fourth in the Blakesley Auto – TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott, joining the list of “Indiana Sprint Week” titlists by a final margin by 17 points. In addition to the $5,000 winner’s share for the week, he took the coveted Bridgeport rocking chair supplied by John Youngs.

“I never really paid attention to points much, but I’ve figured it out this week and realized you’ve got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I’ve always said you shouldn’t win a championship if you don’t win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rainouts, kinda play in our favor to help us. This is a tough place, and I know all the races we run here helps us a lot. Brady is fast and good, and I knew he’d fight us hard if he could, so to get by him early was kind of a relief. We were just a bit off tonight, but got up through there a bit to get the job done. As always, I have to thank Derrick Bye for all the work he puts into this operation, along with all the people on this race car who help us,” Ballou said.

Thomas came home second and showed the heartbreak of a close miss on the week-long championship, as he also finished as runner-up for the week in the Bakken Concrete – Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

“That was everything we had, laid out there, since we ran 12th at Terre Haute and knew we had a lot to make up. We did everything we could the last couple nights, but it wasn’t enough. Once again, we had some bad luck with the weather taking away some great opportunities this week. You gotta have some luck and be on your game every night this week to get the rocking chair, and we just had those small bad breaks. This week is so mentally straining and try to get every single point every time you’re out there. Tonight, we were really good but just caught a couple lappers a little wrong being out front. It’s a tough place to get around, and traffic can be a real headache. This place is hell on wheels for 30 laps, and tonight we came up just short,” Thomas said. Windom’s fine run closed on the podium as he steered the Rick Pollock – Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced to a seventh-place overall finish for the week.

“To be honest, I wouldn’t expect this when we first came here. Rick and I tried some different things here, and it was actually really good. Leading laps here and lapping cars is something I’m not used to in a while. It’s nice to finish off with a good night to end Sprint Week. We had some good nights and could have had some really good ones, but rain stopped those. Once we got to traffic tonight, I just didn’t quite have the grip and they could hustle the middle harder than me, and that’s when they got me,” Windom said.

Chase Stockon finished up fifth in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, with Hodges sixth and Kyle Cummins finishing up 7th after starting 16th to earn the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award,” worth $300 on the night in the memory of sprint car fan and former official Larry Williams, who died while traveling to the Sprint Week event at Terre Haute on Wednesday.

Justin Grant took the night’s ProSource “Fast Time Award” before finishing eighth in the feature.

Brady Bacon finished up third in Sprint Week points after coming into the night as the leader before finishing 11th in the feature.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night’s American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer from the Semi-Feature.

IMCA Modifieds return to Tri-State; Stocks, SportMods are new this season at Pocola

February 17th, 2015

POCOLA, Okla.– IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds make a long-awaited return this season to Oklahoma’s Tri-State Speedway.

The division will be joined by IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA SportMods on Saturday shows at the Pocola venue, now owned and promoted by Carey Menasco.

“I’m a fan of IMCA and when my wife Nicole and I purchased this track we converted it back to that sanction,” said Menasco, formerly the promoter at Outlaw Motorsports Park. “There’s already been a lot of inter­est in what we’ve been doing out here. If we can get half the people who drive by on the weekend to see what’s going on to come to the races, we’ll be doing all right.”

Former IMCA national champion William Gould has lent his expertise – and turned some laps – on the 3/8-mile oval. The racing surface was shortened and 350 truckloads of clay added in the process of reconfiguring the corners and banking.

“It looks like it’s going to be fast,” Menasco promised.

Fans will get their first chance to try out new concession stands and grandstand seating when Tri-State opens with the 36th annual Cecil Harlan Memorial Kegger on March 26-28.

First local track points will be awarded April 4. Modified points earned at Pocola figure toward IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region standings while Stock Car points apply in the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region.

“We had a factory class that was fairly close to the IMCA Stock Car division. So many people called to say they wanted to race here for IMCA national, regional and state points that I decided to sanction that class a year sooner than I originally planned to,” explained Menasco.

SportMods also make their debut at Pocola this season. IMCA Modifieds ran there from 1988-2001.

“A lot of our drivers grew up around here and can remember it being IMCA,” Menasco said. “I learned a long time ago that I could not write a set of rules that would make everybody happy. I can enforce them better than I can write them.”

“IMCA’s rules are simple, their divisions are economical and their point system is another plus,” he continued. “This is their 100th year. They’re obviously doing something right.”

Season championship night at Pocola is Sept. 26. The 36th annual Spooker special is Oct. 14-17.

Tri-State Speedways Battle of the Borders boasts $4,000 to win for USRA Modifieds

September 4th, 2014

POCOLA, Okla. — A whopping $4,000 is up for grabs for the winner of the USRA Modified main event when JRT Trucking presents the Battle of the Borders at the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-6.

Thursday will be an open practice beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free and pit passes are $15.

On Friday, USRA Modifieds will compete in qualifying heats and features. Also on the racing card will be the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) Sprint Cars presented by Champ Hinton Enterprises, plus a full show for E/360 Mods and Factory Stocks.

Saturdays finale will feature B qualifiers and the 40-lap, $4,000-to-win A main for the USRA Modifieds with a full show of USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and FWDs also on tap. In addition to the $4,000 top prize, Saturdays USRA Modified A main will pay a minimum of $400 to start.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids each day. Pit passes are $35 each day. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and spectator gates swing open at 5 p.m. each day with the first green flag at 7:30.

All USRA Modified rules apply and USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded. The entry fee is $150 if post-marked by Aug. 30 or $175 after that date. An entry form can be viewed and/or downloaded at http://www.tri-statespeedway.com/images/2014/Flyers/BOB-2014.pdf.

The Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.6 miles west of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State line on US 271, then 0.3 mile north. For more information call 918-436-2914 or visit www.tri-statespeedway.com online. You can also follow the track on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TriStateRacing or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TriStateSpeedway.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing onTwitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Tri-State Speedway Battle of the Borders boasts $4,000 to win for USRA Modifieds

August 29th, 2014

POCOLA, Okla. — A whopping $4,000 is up for grabs for the winner of the USRA Modified main event when JRT Trucking presents the Battle of the Borders at the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-6.

Thursday will be an open practice beginning at 6 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free and pit passes are $15.

On Friday, USRA Modifieds will compete in qualifying heats and features. Also on the racing card will be the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) Sprint Cars presented by Champ Hinton Enterprises, plus a full show for E/360 Mods and Factory Stocks.

Saturdays finale will feature B qualifiers and the 40-lap, $4,000-to-win “A” main for the USRA Modifieds with a full show of USRA B-Mods, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and FWDs also on tap. In addition to the $4,000 top prize, Saturdays USRA Modified A main will pay a minimum of $400 to start.

Grandstand tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids each day. Pit passes are $35 each day. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and spectator gates swing open at 5 p.m. each day with the first green flag at 7:30.

All USRA Modified rules apply and USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded. The entry fee is $150 if post-marked by Aug. 30 or $175 after that date. An entry form can be viewed and/or downloaded at http://www.tri-statespeedway.com/images/2014/Flyers/BOB-2014.pdf.

The Tri-State Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.6 miles west of the Arkansas-Oklahoma State line on US 271, then 0.3 mile north. For more information call 918-436-2914 or visit www.tri-statespeedway.com online. You can also follow the track on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TriStateRacing or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TriStateSpeedway.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Hull wins MOWA’s Tri-State stop in dominating fashion Indiana weekend ends with second solid event in as many nights

June 24th, 2014

HAUBSTADT, Ind. — Jerrod Hull became the second winner in as many events for the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores at Tri-State Speedway, Saturday.

The win, and some bad luck for Joey Moughan, allowed Jerrod Hull to extend is season points lead over Maughan. A.J. Bruns, who remains third in MOWA points, won both dashes during the weekend, but got tangled up with Hull on the original start, Saturday. The incident on the backstretch with Hull, sent Bruns to the pits with a broken car, ending his bid less than a lap into the event for a chance at two wins in a row.

While Bruns and Hull were getting together on the backstretch, Critter Malone spun in turn two collecting Chris Urish, Jordan Kinser and Paul Nienhiser. In all, five cars were knocked out on the opening lap of the event, as none of the aforementioned cars were able to restart the event. Hull took the lead on the start, over Kody Kinser — who moved to the pole position from inside row three. As the race moved forward, Joey Moughan moved to second around Kinser to take the second spot and gave chase to Hull, who worked through lapped traffic throughout the middle stages of the event.

When Hull got slowed by lapped traffic, after having lapped up to fifth place, Moughan saw his chance. But, as he Moughan went low into turn one below a lapped car, only to clip a tire and get upside down in turn one. He was done for the night, which left on five cars on the lead lap as the field took the green on the restart with four laps remaining.

On the final restart, Hull again ran away from the field, with just Kody Kinser, Cale Thomas, Jeremy Standridge and Tiffany Wyzard the only other cars on the lead lap. Standridge would spin on the restart, but kept the car rolling, not bringing out a caution, but he did fall back to fifth spot. Thomas work on Kinser until the checkered flag, but could not find a way around, settling for the third spot.

The MOWA Sprint Cars Series presented by Casey’s General Stores is back in action, July 6, at Quincy Raceways. For information on this event and other events visit www.quincyraceways.com or www.midwestopenwheel.com.

Brady Bacon wins 60th Hut Hundred at Tri-State

June 5th, 2012

HAUBSTADT, Ind.—Brady Bacon shot past Jerry Coons Jr.’s wounded Midget to take the lead with less than two laps remaining and won the 60th Lucas Oil Center Hut Hundred on Saturday at Tri-State Speedway.

Coons had a suspension piece in the left-rear on his Fontana-powered Beast break in Turn One on the 99th of 100 laps on the quarter-mile track. The 40-year-old from Tucson, Ariz., had taken the lead on the 17th lap and Bacon’s Toyota-powered Spike had been his closest pursuer since the 19th. It was Bacon’s first victory in the Hut Hundred, one of Midget racing’s most prestigious events that was co-sanctioned by the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and USAC’s Mopar National Midget Series this season. There were 41 entries for the 34 (including one provisional for Dalton Armstrong) starting positions.

“It’s unfortunate for Jerry,” the 23-year-old Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., said. “I’d like to beat him heads up, but I’ll take it. It feels good. It’s probably the biggest Midget race to win as far as prestige. I felt we were getting faster and faster and I think we were going to get by him anyway. We were all over him.” Coons has been one of short track racing’s biggest stars for a decade, a Triple Crown champion of USAC’s Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions, but he hasn’t won the Hut Hundred. Coons didn’t think Bacon could have overtaken him in the final two laps.

“It’s a pretty big disappointment,” Coons said. “I had everything under control. He hadn’t shown his nose to me except in traffic. We had the car to beat, no question. To be honest, this race is definitely one you want to put on your resume.”
Chris Windom , Bacon’s Wilke-Pac Racers teammate, finished second. Windom, of Canton, Ill., started 14th –the middle of the fifth row in the three-abreast lineup–and steadily moved up. He was sixth when the race was red flagged for 20 minutes for a rain shower after 85 laps.

“It’s pretty awesome for a one-two for Wilke-Pac,” Windom said. “I’m happy with second. The bottom was good and I adjusted the shocks to make my car work on the bottom.” Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., finished third, Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., was fourth and Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif., was fifth. Coons took the checkered flag sixth. “We were one of three or four of the best cars and if you run up there, eventually you’re going to win some,” Jones said. Coons started on pole with Bacon next to him and Bernal on the outside of the front row.

Bernal took the lead on the start and held it for 16 laps that included a caution period from lap four through 12. The caution laps counted in the Hut Hundred up to lap 50, then went to the usual short-track non-scoring procedure. Coons passed Bernal for the lead on the inside exiting Turn Four on the 17th lap and was able to work high and low to get through traffic. Bacon was never far behind. “You might think that with running 100 laps, you can lay back a little,” Bacon said. “It’s not the case. You have to run hard for all 100 laps.”

For more information on POWRi Racing, go to www.POWRi.com.