Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
IT WAS SCHUERENBERG ALL THE WAY
Posted September 6, 2011
IT WAS SCHUERENBERG ALL THE WAY AT THE CHALLENGE
Haubstadt, IN - September 4, 2011. Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston,
MO, turned in a dazzling performance Sunday night at Tri-State
Speedway in capturing the Labor Day Weekend Challenge. Schuerenberg
led the entire 30 lap distance for the feature in the Hoosier Tire
Midwest Sprint Car Series sanctioned event. The victory was worth
After starting outside on the front row Schuerenberg eased away from
pole sitter Braylon Fitzpatrick and then maintained the lead over the
best of the 19 challengers hoping to work their way forward.
Schuerenberg was elated. "It is awesome to be back in victory lane
here! Even though we got to start on the front row you have got to
earn it no matter where you start. The track was a bit heavier
tonight but it slicked off. Tri-State Speedway is one of the raciest
places we go to."
Early arrivals found rainy conditions by mid afternoon upon
arriving at the track. A steady rain lasting more than an hour at
first threatened the possibility of racing but ultimately with a
lot of added track prep just delayed the proceedings.
Schuerenberg was also quick to acknowledge some needed assistance in
the pits which was provided at the beginning of the night. He
thanked the Briscoe family and Daryl Tate. A rocker arm broke on
Schuerenberg's car during hot laps. "I ran around looking for a part
and the Briscoes loaned us one and Daryl Tate helped us change it."
Schuerenberg then just made it out the gate for the start of the
first heat which was already on the track. With the help of the 2
other race teams Schuerenberg won that heat.
Blake Fitzpatrick was quick to claim the second spot for which Brady
Short picked up the challenge over the last half of the race. Blake
Fitzpatrick would prevail with Short third. Dakota Jackson was
fourth which provided him with his highest MSCS finish so far this
season. Veteran Critter Malone took fifth, his third top 5 finish of
Heading up the second five was Jonathan Hendrick. Hendrick finished
sixth after starting sixteenth. That was good enough to earn him a
second consecutive Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race.
MSCS Rookie Points leader Braylon Fitzpatrick would place seventh.
Chase Stockon was eighth finishing ahead of Casey Shuman and Kyle
Cummins. Chase Briscoe received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award after
The three heat races were won by Schuerenberg, Brady Short, and Chase
Stockon. Short had the highest passing points total for the heats.
Kyle Cummins captured the B Main. There was one caution in the B
Main. That was on lap 3 when Adam Nigg spun while running second.
He restarted, moved up in the field, but missed the feature transfer
by one spot. The A Main was caution free and stayed under green flag
conditions from start to finish.
Brandon McDowell won the 25 lap UMP Modified feature. It was his
second win at the track this season. The official top five also
included Zach Dennis, Larry Anderson, Trent Young, and Michael Fox.
Anderson, who earlier took the B Main, was one of several drivers on
the move. With 32 cars in competition the racing provided some
exciting moments including a red flag for an overturned car. The
four heat races provided timely victories for Shawn Cates, Tyler
Nicely, Stan Beadles, and McDowell.