Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
Gardner Wins USAC Finale
Posted July 17, 2011
Haubstadt, IN - July 16, 2011. Damion Gardner of Concord, CA, was
victorious at Tri-State Speedway Saturday night in the 30 lap USAC
feature held to finalize the 24th annual Indiana Sprint Week. In
victory lane he recounted. "You know it is tough to win anywhere
Sprint Week. We have not been the strongest here at Tri-State. I
have been trying and trying to win one here. This track has made me
pay the price. I love this place! We needed a good win to build my
confidence." It was Gardner's third USAC win of the season and
twelfth in his career.
Damion Gardner started alongside Tracy Hines who was on the pole for
the feature and passed him for the lead on lap 6. Hines stayed close
as Daron Clayton moved up to make it an exciting three way battle. A
yellow for Hines who slid to a stop in turn four with only 4 laps to
go gave Clayton a chance to race Gardner one on one for the victory.
Gardner continued undaunted taking the checkers ahead of Clayton,
fast qualifier Jon Stanbrough, Casey Riggs, and Brady Short. Levi
Jones headed the second five consisting of Bryan Clauson, Blake
Fitzpatrick, Chad Boespflug, and Chris Windom. Coleman Gulick was
eleventh. Robert Ballou converted a provisional start into a 12th
Chris Windom was presented with the Indiana Sprint Week Championship
trophy and accompanying handcrafted cherry rocking chair following
the feature. Windom collected the most points during the Hoosier
State sweep that led fans to 7 different tracks in just 9 days.
Windom finished ahead of Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland in the
Indiana Sprint Week points. Windom's car is owned by the Baldwin
Brothers from West Lafayette, IN.
In preliminary action Saturday night Dave Darland, Blake Fitzpatrick,
Mike Spencer, and Casey Riggs won the very competitive heat races.
Levi Jones won the Semi over Brady Short and Coleman Gulick. That
transferred six more cars to the feature. In all 29 drivers
participated in the sprint car portion of the program.
Bryce Jewell of Madisonville, KY, won the 25 lap feature for the UMP
Open Wheel Modified class. Jewell was elated following the feature.
"This is the coolest win of my life." In retrospect he added, "I
was the most hungry for a win. Jewell's modified is sponsored by
Toyota of Hopkinsville.
Most of the large crowd had remained, evidently transfixed on the
action being provided by a field of equally determined drivers intent
on gaining positions and finishing higher. It took three attempts to
get the race started. A multi car spin in turn four, a spin in turn
one in front of the field, and another yellow for an incident in turn
four with just one lap completed shuffled the lineups and set the
tone for a relentless battle.
Bryce Jewell held off Tyler Weiss for the first 12 laps. Then Zach
Fair and Paul Miles provided a combined challenge with Miles trying
his best to get under Jewell. The dual ended high in turn four
with Miles retiring to the pits under caution. Trent Young would
move up after starting eleventh to finish second. Kyle Decker,
Brandon McDowell, and Chris Brewer rounded out the official top five.
Tyler Weiss, Dave Beck, and Stan Beadles won the three heat races.
Michael Fox won the Consolation. A field of 25 cars competed for the
18 starting spots in the feature.
The next event at Tri-State Speedway will be held on Saturday night
July 30th. The MSCS sprint cars will return to compete in the
Hoosier Sprint Nationals which pay $5,000 to the winner. The always
exciting UMP Modifieds will also be competing. Reserved seats are
available and may be ordered in advance by calling 812-768-6025.