Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
Bland wins Memorial Weekend Classic
Posted May 29, 2014
BLAND WINS THE TRI-STATE MEMORIAL WEEKEND CLASSIC
A BACK TO BACK WIN IN MSCS
Haubstadt, IN - May 25 - Jeff Bland Jr. of Springville, IN, won
Sunday night’s Memorial Weekend Classic at Tri-State Speedway. The
race was co-sanctioned with MSCS joining in with the KISS series for
this event. Bland led all 30 laps on a fast track. Traffic
presented by the 20 car field never became a problem for him. But
the race was not over until the final lap. C.J. Leary launched a
challenge between turns three and four for the lead. The slide job
fell short. Robert Ballou saw an opportunity and passed Leary to
take second. Chase Stockon and Brady Short rounded out the top five.
Jeff Bland Jr. captured a second MSCS win in as many nights as the
driver of the Jerry Burton 04 sprint. Earlier he had also presented
the American flag during opening ceremonies by driving the car around
the track in memory of the former driver Josh Burton. Bland was
elated in victory lane. “It feels great! The car took off from the
start. We were lucky in that it worked out for us. I saved it on
the last lap! I feel like Josh Burton was riding along - a real
friend.” Runner-up Robert Ballou saluted the winner. Hats off to
Jeff Bland. He had everybody covered!”
KISS points leader Shane Cottle of Kokomo, IN, led the second five to
the finish. Dakota Jackson was seventh. Kyle Cummins restarted
after being involved in an incident in turn one and finished eighth.
Carson Short and Bradley Sterrett rounded out the top ten.
Seth Parker was busy at the wheel. He won the 12 lap B Main to earn
a transfer spot to the feature. Then in competition he moved up 6
spots to become the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger for the race.
He also received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award in finishing
eleventh. Ten of the twenty starters improved positions, but gaining
even 1, 2 or 3 positions was a difficult task with the level of
competition being exhibited.
The four heat races were won by Chase Stockon, Dakota Jackson, Brady
Short, and Kyle Cummins. Thirty one drivers signed in. Heat race
competition became intense. Kent Schmidt flipped his sprint in turn
four of the second heat. Ethan Fleetwood caught the third turn wall
with a flip in turn three of the third heat. The fourth heat turned
into a four car shootout between the front runners!
MSCS will race next on Friday night June 6th at the Farmer City
Raceway in Illinois. The KISS series will be racing on Saturday, May
31st at the Paragon Speedway.
Levi Kissinger of Mt. Vernon, IN, won the 25 lap UMP open wheel
modified feature. It was Kissinger’s second feature win of the
season at Tri-State. He also won one of the four heat races.
Mark Lamont finished second in the feature. Zach Fair, Stephen
Schnapf, and Trent Young rounded out the top five. Lamont, Clayton
Miller and Dustin Beck took the other three heat races. Dave Beck
won the B Main. Thirty-six modifieds competed.
The UMP Modifieds will be the main attraction for the next race at
Tri-State Speedway. The Tri-State Summer Showdown - Summer Modified
Nationals will be presented on Saturday, June 7th. It will pay
$3,000 to win. The program will also include the full bodied PCRA
Provided as News and Information for Tri-State Speedway and MSCS.