Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
BALLOU WINS AGAIN IN USAC FINALE
Posted July 21, 2014
BALLOU TAKES USAC VICTORY AT TRI-STATE
CLAUSON RETAINS THE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE FOR 2014
Haubstadt, IN - July 19, 2014 - Robert Ballou won the 30 lap USAC
Sprint Car feature Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway. The event
which unfolded before a large crowd served as the finale for Indiana
Sprint Week. Ballou started on the pole for the main in what would
become an outright duel between the Rocklin, CA, driver and local
driver Kyle Cummins.
Ballou and Cummins exchanged the lead and were wheel to wheel at the
line several laps. Ballou was credited with leading the first six
laps and Cummins lead the next eight. A yellow flag on lap 14
brought about a restart which then worked to Ballou’s advantage. He
reclaimed the lead. The two set a commanding pace. Cummins would
finish second. Lapped traffic came into play after lap 20. Fast
qualifier Jon Stanbrough moved up to claim third spot. Brian Clauson
started fourth and finished fourth. Daron Clayton was on the move
and had the familiar 92 sprint up to fifth at the checkers after
Ballou’s victory was his third sprint car feature win in a row at
Tri-State Speedway this season. It was his second in three nights on
the Indiana Sprint Week circuit. The Don Ott powered Maxim has been
producing the wins for Ballou Motorsports which is sponsored by
Deaton Waterfront Services. Ballou was both excited and relieved in
victory lane. “This car is what we have got so it’s what we bring.
Luckily we didn’t have too many cautions. It was as hot as it’s ever
Brian Clauson was crowned as the ISW Champion in a second ceremony
following the feature event. It was his second title. Clauson also
took the title in 2013. “It was good to be able to finish this one
off!” Rain prevented the final race from being held last year.
Clauson won features on Wednesday and Friday to take the week’s
points lead. Clauson was as high as third in the feature running
order Saturday until Jon Stanbrough slipped by him on the bottom.
The top five in sprint week points were Clauson, Ballou, Darland,
Bacon, and Stanbrough.
Chase Stockon received the Hard Charger Award for the race as well as
the Passing Master Award for the entire week which was based on the
number of accumulated spots gained in the feature races. Saturday a
broken axel during qualifying caused the car to turn over and a multi
team effort got the car repaired in time to start the heat and make
the feature. That heat was one of four very competitive heats that
transferred four cars each into the feature. The winners were Kyle
Cummins, Max McGhee, Chris Windom, and Brandon Mattox. Chad
Boespflug won the 12 lap, eighteen car Semi feature.
Zach Fair of Petersburg, IN, won the UMP Open Wheel Modified feature.
Josh Harris led two-thirds of the 25 lap event. After a restart
Fair passed both Dave Beck and Harris to gain his second win at the
track this season. Harris placed second for his best finish so far
this season. Beck was third with Michael Fox and Stan Beadles
rounding out the top five. Harris and Fair won the two heat races.
The next event scheduled to be held at Tri-State Speedway will be the
annual Hoosier Sprint Nationals which will pay $5,000 to win. The
event set for August 2nd is sanctioned by MSCS. The UMP Modified
cars will supply accompanying action.