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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.