Tri-State Speedway News & Publicity
WILD HOOSIER SPRINT NATIONALS TO HENDRICK
Posted August 6, 2012
Haubstadt, IN - August 4, 2012. Jonathan Hendrick of Fortville, IN,
won the 2012 edition of the Hoosier Sprint Nationals which was held
at Tri-State Speedway Saturday night. Hendrick became the seventh
different winner of this annual race. It was also the first feature
victory for Hendricks in the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series.
Hendrick was driving the J & J Hendrick Motorsports Spike sprinter.
Hendrick had been searching for this one and for the words that
follow such a big win! "This is great! Words can't describe the
feeling! This is by far our biggest win. We had run good but never
got a win." The team's effort was sponsored by Hendrick Pool & Lawn
Service and Competition Suspension.
The 40 lap event rated as one of the wildest features ever presented
at the track. There were multiple lead changes in a front running
pack of strong contenders. There were breakaway runs that ended
unexpectedly. The $5,000 to win was within grasp of as many as eight
different drivers and they all went for it producing one exciting
Brady Short started on the pole alongside Braylon Fitzpatrick. The
two exchanged the lead during the first 14 laps. Fitzpatrick was
fast and began to build a substantial lead but spun and made contact
while overtaking slower traffic in turn three.
The race restarted for the third time on lap 24 with Jonathan
Hendrick now at the point. Daron Clayton had spun on lap 14 to bring
out the second yellow! A fourth caution on lap 27 created new
opportunities. Wes McIntrye was able to take the lead which he held
for the next 8 laps. Kyle Cummins moved up into second and a fierce
battle developed again for the lead.
Kyle Cummins made one pass for the lead that a yellow flag erased.
Daron Clayton had spun again after working his way up to fourth from
the tail. McIntyre then coasted to a stop with the engine failing to
make a healthy response on the restart. Cummins had the lead on lap
36. Misfortune struck as Cummins rode up and along the wall in turn
two and almost turned over before the car landed on all fours.
Jonathan Hendrick was back in the lead on the restart and would take
the checkered flag first. Chase Briscoe made a late race charge
after climbing into the top five and passed Joshua Clemons to take
second. Briscoe had started 19th in the 23 car field. Clemons was
third in an infrequent appearance with the series. Bobby East and
Donny Brackett rounding out the top five.
Part of the second five became entangled in turn four on the final
lap which brought out the red flag along with the checkered flag.
Brandon Morin and Kent Christian were sixth and seventh in the
feature with Jeff Bland Jr., Kent Schmidt, and Jordan Kinser rounding
out the order of finish.
Kyle Cummins received the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award. Although he did
not complete the race he was 11th on the field. Only 7 cars crossed
the finish line in a wild night of all out racing! Contact reduced
the field by 7 cars and mechanical issues parked another 9. Bobby
East was the Keizer Aluminum Wheels Hard Charger of the Race in a
performance in which he started 22nd and finished fourth.
The three heat races produced preliminary victories for Brady Short,
Kyle Cummins, and Braylon Fitzpatrick.
YOUNG WINS MODIFIED FEATURE
Trent Young of Hopkinsville, KY, won the 25 lap UMP Open Wheel
Modified feature Saturday night at Tri-State
Speedway. It was his second win at Tri-State this season. Young
finished ahead of Stephen Schnapf, Michael Fox, Tyler Nicely, and
Bradley Sterrett. Sterrett, Nicely, and Dave Beck won the three heat
races held for the 25 car field. Schnapf also took the B-Main before
making the drive up through the field to second in the A Main.