Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
First Victory for Cummins
Posted July 3, 2012
Haubstadt, IN - June 30, 2012. Kyle Cummins, of Princeton, IN, won
the 30 lap feature for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series
during the Summer Blast at Tri-State Speedway Saturday evening.
Cummins took the lead from Jonathan Hendrick on lap 8 of the event
and then held off a charging Damion Gardner to preserve the win. The
victory came despite a green, white, checker finish which closed up
the field and gave all the top runners a renewed opportunity at
taking the lead. The yellow had beckoned when Levi Jones' car
stopped on the front straightaway. Jones had been running fourth.
Damion Gardner would finish as the runner-up. Gardner took a final
shot at gaining the lead that took him up underneath Cummins in turn
two. Robert Ballou was also on the move in racing up to third after
starting tenth. The run granted Ballou the Keizer Aluminum Wheels
Hard Charger of the Race Award. Jonathan Hendrick took fourth in
holding off Brady Short to complete the top five.
Cummin's victory was his first at Tri-State Speedway in MSCS sprint
car competition. The win was worth $2,500! Sponsors of the
Cummins Racing Maxim Sprinter include Vincennes University,
Greenwell Auto Body, Remax Midwest, and Cummins Racing Engines.
In victory lane Cummins was elated. "I had begun to think that
this would never happen." Cummins was not only fast but
determined. "I felt that no-one could catch me if I stayed at the
top. The car was perfect. I just had to concentrate so I didn't
jump the cushion those last two laps!" Cummins became the seventh
different winner in the seven MSCS features held so far in 2012.
The heat races were won by rookie Brian Karraker and Hunter
Schuerenberg. The two drivers are teammates with Rock Steady Racing.
Karraker's heat win was his first in MSCS competition. Schuerenberg
finished sixth in the feature after running as high as third during
the battle for those front spots.
MSCS Points leader Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Levi Jones, and
Kevin Thomas Jr. rounded out the top ten in the feature. Donny
Brackett was the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award winner with an eleventh
The MSCS series will be idle during the month of July. The next race
to be sanctioned by MSCS will be the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at
Tri-State Speedway. It will be held on Saturday night August 4th.
The feature will pay $5,000 to the winner.
Stephen Schnapf of Newburgh, IN, won the UMP Modified feature. Dave
Beck was second in the 25 lap event. It was the second win of the
season at the speedway for Schnapf. Josh Harris, Shawn Cates, and
Stan Beadles rounded out the top five.
Dave Beck won the first heat for the mods with Schnapf and Paul Miles
winning the other two heats. The UMP Modifieds will be back on the
racing card July 8th when the UMP Dirt Car Late Model Summernationals
ventures into Tri-State Speedway. The late models will be running
for $5,000 to win and the modifieds will be running for $1,000 to win
on that night.