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BALLOU AND HULL WINNERS IN THE SPRINT STAMPEDE
Posted June 22, 2014
Haubstadt, IN - June 21, 2014 - Robert Ballou won the 25 lap Hoosier
Tire Midwest Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.
The win came with a $2,000 winner’s check and a trophy which
represented Ballou’s first win at this quarter mile oval. However it
was not his first MSCS win. He has nine of those and ranks third on
the series All Time Winner’s List.
Ballou was finally in victory lane at Tri-State Speedway. “This is
awesome! I first began racing here in 2007 and it has been a
struggle to win here. It is just one of those deals. It is good to
finally get the monkey off my back and get that first win of the
year. Now we just need to keep this thing going!” The winning car
was powered by an engine built by Don Ott. Sponsors for Ballou
Motorsports include Maxim, Indy Race Parts, Hinchman, and Deaton
Ballou was very fast in an all out drive in which he pulled the field
at run-away speeds indicative of the track’s promotion for the race
as the Southern Indiana Sprint Car Stampede. Ballou led throughout
the event with Jeff Bland, Brady Short, and Kyle Cummins, in turn,
becoming his closest pursuer. Ballou had some breathing room at the
front as Brady Short battled to get by Jeff Bland Jr. for second
place. As Short obtained the runner-up spot he began to close in on
the leader. However the yellow flag displayed on lap 21 was for
Short. He was forced to retire to the pits with a damaged car.
MSCS Points leader Kyle Cummins had an unexpected opportunity. He
was now second and at the restart there would only be four laps
remaining. Despite the increased effort Cummins would finish second.
“I couldn’t go any faster on top those last two laps.” Jeff Bland
Jr. was next across the line. “I was lucky to finish third. I can’t
complain. We just need to keep being consistent with top three
finishes which is what I want.”
Rounding out the top five were Daron Clayton and Brandon Mattox. The
two were race ready and set to be reckoned with. Clayton popped a
wheelie in pursuit on the front stretch and Mattox turned in his
second top five feature finish in as many tries.
Bradley Sterrett was sixth after a run back up through the pack
following a spin on lap six. Brian Karraker, Donny Brackett, Hud
Cone, and Chet Williams earned the next four top ten spots. Shane
Cockrum was 11th and thus picked up the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award.
He started at the back of the 21 car field. The progress that
followed also earned him the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of
the Race Award.
The three prelimnary heat races were won by Dakota Jackson, Jeff
Bland Jr., and Robert Ballou. Brady Short and Daron Clayton earned
the most passing points in the heat races. Both drivers raced up
through the field to finish second in 10 quick laps after starting at
the tail. There were only a couple of caution periods in the heat
races. But there were four yellows in the main event.
The Midwest Open Wheel Association Winged Sprint Cars (MOWA) made their second
appearance at Tri-State Speedway Saturday evening. The series is
presented and sponsored by Casey’s General Stores. Their participation
in the Stampede made the program an all sprint car evening of dirt track
Veteran Sikeston, Missouri, campaigner Jerrod Hull won the MOWA
feature which also paid $2,000 to win. Kody Kinser of Bloomington,
IN, finished in the runner-up spot. Another Hoosier Cale Thomas
was third. Tiffany Thomas and Jeremy Standridge rounded out the top
The action was plentiful with five cars sidelined after crashes in
the very first lap. At the final caution on lap 21, only five cars
were on the lead lap. The action was still not over. Jeremy
Standridge spun, but caught it, and only lost one spot in the
process. Earlier Joey Moughan, who was running second, turned his
car over in traffic down low in turn one.
Moughan won the second of the two preliminary heats. Jerrod Hull won
the first heat. A. J. Bruns took the dash held just before
intermission. Hull’s success enabled him to preserve the series
points lead. The victory was his fourth in MOWA competition this
season. The series will race next at Quincy Raceway on July 6th.
Two drivers, Kent Schmidt and Jordan Kinser, did double duty and ran
with both series. Schmidt’s highest finish was a tenth with MOWA and
Kinser finished twelvth with MSCS.
MSCS will return to Tri-State Speedway on Saturday June 28th for
another $2,000 to win show. There will be a triple header that night
with the POWRi Midgets and Micro Sprints also contributing to the
open wheel action. Racing begins at 7:30.
Provided as News and Information For Tri-State Speedway